Swans and Fondue

Swans have long been a symbol of 
fidelity and love everlasting.

Seems like this winter is also everlasting.  So I sent Mr. Fun outside to dig out our mailbox… (I’m expecting some LOVE letters 🙂)

I set the table in the dining room.

But the icy view was setting the wrong mood

… so I moved everything to the little table 
in the cozy study, next to the crackling fire.

It’s a tiny table, just like one I had in my first apartment, where Mr. Fun and I spent many hours talking and planning and laughing.

Very cozy.  
Just enough room for two.

The pink table cover is a silk and wool shawl Mr. Fun found for me in Ireland.  
My favorite color!
I also LOVE hearts.

On our first date we went to a Celtics game.
I didn’t know if I was going to a hockey game or a basketball game, but I knew I wanted to go! 🙂

On our next date, Mr. Fun took me to 
the Durgin-Park Raw Bar
for a draft and oysters on the half shell.
Alcohol and a known aphrodisiac!!!
Naughty Mr. Fun!!  
I wonder what was on his mind?

A year and a half later we were married.  
That was 30 years ago.

For every two anniversaries I’ve had one birthday.  

Isn’t chocolate also an aphrodisiac?

Let’s make dessert!

Kiwis, orange slices
strawberries, cake,

chocolate fondue!

Happy Valentine’s Day
to you and your fun one.

Please join me for these
excellent parties!

Between Naps on the Porch

How Sweet the Sound

My Desert Cottage

and a new party
The Little Round Table

Linda 🙂

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74 thoughts on “Swans and Fondue

  1. Beautiful and lovely romantic dinner for two after 30 years. Loved it all, but I especially love the candlesticks — they are exquisite. Also I admire your heart silverware and the intricate napkin ring holder…and the swans. I can’t believe how much snow you have! I DO hope you get lots of love letters coming since you have your mailbox shoveled out.

  2. What a lovely post! It will be 25 yrs soon for my “babe” and me! It’s so nice to see that there is still romance after 30 years.
    I can’t pick out anything I like the most about your post – I love it all!!!!

  3. Your romantic fondue for two is just lovely, Linda. I love the little swans and the fire flickering in the background. I’ll think of this table next time I walk by Durgin Park or the Garden! Happy C2C Colors of Love!

  4. Linda, I love your romantic dessert table. And your candleholders are tdf. Congrats on your anniversary. This will be our 33rd year married. Happy C2C Colours of Love.

  5. Sounds like you have a LOVELY Valentine’s Day planned at your house! I love the candlesticks with hearts, and your silverware is gorgeous. I know Mr. Fun will enjoy dining with you fireside! Thanks for visiting my table this week, too!

  6. Forty-two years ago when Sweet Mister and. I were first married and in our tiny apartment, fondue parties were the big new trendy hit. Oh, did we make fondue. I still have all the different kinds of pots, the plates, and the forks. Your little fondue pot made me smile. I still have a fondue cookbook. Your tablescape is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  7. Hi Linda! Oh, what a pretty and romantic table! I love it. Look at those candlesticks – Valentine heaven! Everything is so beautiful! Happy Valentine’s Day!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  8. I have never had chocolate fondue! Can you believe I got through the seventies and eighties and never had fondue? I love your napkin rings and flatware. In love with that flatware. Beautiful setting and cozy table!

  9. Your first dates sound wonderful. Memorable, and that is good. I still have fondue plates (2 sets), cookbooks, pots etc.. what cozy times. I love your table by the fire. To many more romantic dinners.

  10. Fondue by the fire on a pink table sounds perfect to me Linda, especially chocolate fondue. Thanks for sitting next to me on Tablescape Thursday and for your sweet comments on my tablescape this week.

  11. My word~ I hope your mailman can navitigate the roads to deliver your love letters! Love your cozy table by the fire~ enjoy your fondue!

    I’m still giggling over alcohol & aphrodisiac date 🙂

  12. Pink is my favorite color too, and I think your table is just plain lovely. You made it even better by pulling it in front of the cozy fire.

    I laughed at not knowing whether the Celtics were hockey or basketball.

    Which one is it?
    Just kidding.

    A truly delightful post all the way around.

  13. Oh, my dear Linda, you make me laugh. You have such a flair with your words! AND, your table is just gorgeous with the pink cloth. T he crystal candlesticks are beyond lovely, and the list of beauties goes on forever. Mr. Fun (love the name you have given to him )…..must be special. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both.

  14. The dining room table was lovely, but then when I saw the romantic setting by the fire I knew you made a great choice. What fun to share such a beautiful setting with your sweetheart of over 30 years.
    Have to say, I fondly remember the “fondue parties” of the 70s. Does that age us? 😉
    ~ Sarah

  15. OOO, Linda…this is sooo pretty and sooo romantic. Just a beautiful table. And with all the romance and aphrodisiacs, I hope you don’t turn up pregnant.!!! Haahahah HAHAHAHA AHHHHAA
    xoxo bj

  16. I’m back to answer your question. Yes, that’s scrapbook paper on the back of my little hutch. I’ve meant to put some of the beadboard wallpaper but I’ve never done it.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  17. Linda, your table is lovely. I am loving the heart candle holders. So romantic in front of the fire. I love the nick name Mr. Fun. Fondue is yummy. perfect for this occasion. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet words.

  18. Thank you so much for your comment and for following Crafty Couture. Your blog is so wonderful! I would love to have a Valentine’s dinner as beautiful as this. I just might have to send the boyfriend to your page 🙂

  19. What a great way to start my morning! Love your setting by the fire with all your pretty things and memories.

    Thanks so much for joining my first linky party on The Little Round Table and I hope that you will be able to visit again soon.


  20. You know, I was here the other day and I thought sure I left a comment because I said I had never seen swan napkin rings….anyways your love table is gorgeous. You have so many sweet things on it, the kind of things I love also.

  21. I love that, Linda! That scarf from Ireland is grand! I have been to Durgun Park, so long ago!!!

    Yourtable is just so romantic and perfect for 2!
    And I am thinking you have some Irish to share on the 15th for my blog crawl??

  22. How sweet!!!!! Congratulations on keeping the romance alive after 30 years of marriage! Looks like the ice really pounded your area. My goodness!!! Have a happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

  23. What a coincidence! I’ve had one birthday for every two anniversaries too! 😉 I love you little table for one and chocolate fondue sounds pretty darn good to me. Have a great weekend and a Happy Valentines Day! Nan

  24. It looks like you are positively BURIED in snow! I hope a little Valentine’s lovin will keep you warm! Happy Pink Saturday and have a great Valentine’s Day!

  25. Linda…

    How romantic! Ghirardelli chocolate, Grand Marnier, a roaring fire for two and your wonderful table (love the pink heart dish!). Pink is my favorite color too (along with red).

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Glad you like Cyril’s name. He was named after a cat in Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mysteries. Enjoy Downton Abbey! I think I know the lines by heart at this point!

  26. Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment! Love you table for two next to the crackling fire- so romantic. I love your table setting and anything with chocolate will do for Valentine’s Day!
    Have a love filled and hopefully melting weekend!

  27. You certainly have more snow than we do right now, but we’ve had our share and I’m tired of it!!! 🙂 Your lovely tablescapes would be guaranteed to put the fun in a Valentine’s dinner! You have wonderful pieces which you put together in a beautiful way! I really enjoyed reading your post!!

    Hope you have a wonderful Pink Sat. and a great Valentine’s Day!


  28. Very sweet table! Sometimes dinner at home can be much more FUN. Congrats to you on having a dedicated marriage! (These things should really be celebrated these days)

    Happy PS!

    Bella Rosa Antiques

  29. I remember when fondue was the rage back in the 70’s. I still have my orange fondue pot. 🙂 I loved reading this post….what fun! Happy Pink Saturday and a Valentine’s day filled with love and coziness (that photo of your mailbox is amazing) xo

  30. Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie…
    Love is in the air. I can see it in these photos. Such a gorgeous share. I love the table set for two by the fire. SO ROMANTIC.

    Have a beautiful Valentine’s Day. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  31. How exquisitely and lovingly arranged for the one you love!! Just beautiful, and so welcoming and warm—we are having a little family celebration Monday evening, and I was thinking brownies, but the fondue sounds great fun, especially with a three-year-old to participate.

    And we DO have those four-times-too-big marshmallows I’ve been wondering what to do with. Won’t that make an enticing mess?

    Happy Pink Saturday!!


  32. I like your cozy table for two by the fireplace, Linda. This has definitely been a winter for the bad weather record books, but your fireplace makes a frozen day look romantic. I also love a chocolate fondue dessert!
    Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Valentines’ Day!
    Hugs, Pat

  33. Thank you for this WONDERFUL DELICIOUS Post! So Romantic and Fun! Oh how I LOVE Forever Hubbies! Mine and I are together almost 40years and married 36. Thank you for the fondue idea! I’m going to set mine up tomorrow. SUCH FUN! I have had it for years and never used it. You’ve SPARKED my enthusiasm… What’s your recipe? I HAVE a bag of semi-sweet morsels, Do I just melt them??? HOW FUN!!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you,
    Hugs, Donna

  34. Beautiful table. LOVE the candlesticks & the icy tree branches with the red berries!!!! Glad you had a great Valentine celebration. I came to say hello from Karen’s. Thanks for sharing.

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