A Day Filled With Love

It’s true. When I feel love, I feel safe and when I feel safe I feel brave, like I can go out and be fully me – like I can achieve all my lofty goals, reach all my dreams. Love gives you a crazy kind of brave.


Truly, madly, deeply. Is there any other way to love? Fall hard for those you love. Go all in. That’s were you find the gold.

When you we are young we dream of Prince Charming on his horse coming to steal us away to a magical land. His is perfect. And then we grow up.

We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. 

Happy Valentines Day to all the lovers, mothers, fathers, children + friends. It’s a day for love – find it in yourself, those around you, nature and give it back with all you have.

XO – krayl

Home Love :: Valentine’s Gifts For Your Entranceway + Table

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It’s the season of love – so let’s show our most cherished place a little love. Whether you are buying it yourself or putting your wish list into a love note placed on a pillow for a special someone to find, gifts that bring love to your home are a special treat that can be enjoyed not just this month but throughout the entire year.

  1. Hunter Rain Boots – There is NO substitute for the original Hunter Boots to add a pop of color to a  rainy day. I think we should all have them in a rainbow of colors.
  2. Red Umbrella Stand by NACH – rainy days are perfect for cuddling but be sure you have a spot to place those wet umbrellas when your suitor stops over!
  3. NEST Candle in Japanese Black Currant – I found this scent last year when I was looking for an after holiday but before spring scent and fell in love! I think you will too.
  4. Home With Heart Door Mat – Show visitors your home is filled with love year round with the red heart doormat from Target!
  5. Paint The Town Red – Nothing says belle of the neighbor hood like a high gloss red door! I love this red gloss exterior paint from Benjamin Moore.
  6. Red Mirror Tray  – Perfect for your dinner or make-up table, a mirror tray from reflects light to any space.
  7. Ikat Red Salad Plate – Mix and match your dinnerware by placing this Mikasa porcelain salad plate on top of your white dinner plate and voila! you have a valentines table setting to die for with our buying a whole new set.
  8. Love Cocktail from Caspari – Love is in the air, so why shouldn’t it be on your napkins too! Caspari never fails to bring style and quality to your gatherings.
  9. GoVino Champagne Flutes – let your love fly free! Take these shatterproof champagne flutes by GoVino on your next adventure. #WhereDoYouGoVino
  10. AKTAD Cake stand – IKEA does it again! A clear glass lid tops the red plate of this perfectly sized cake or cupcake stand. Use it on a counter top to tempt your sweet toothed partner!
  11. GODIVA – THE chocolate for lovers, Godiva has created a limited edition truffle collection just sweet enough for your sweetie.

5 Valentines Day Tablescape Ideas

Just like searching for true love, there are SO many way to set the perfect Valentines Day tablescape I thought it might be best to pull together my favorite looks from over the years here on An Appealing Plan and from the mighty web it self to inspire you this season.

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Still one of my favorites, this vintage über pretty pink tablescape features, Ombre XOX cookies set atop of a white china cake stand and a romantic combination of pink tulips, wax flower and pink stock. It is perfect for Galentine’s Day or a week day dinner for two.

Valentines Day Tablescape Ideas - red and Pink ranunculus in mason jars from Michaels found on AnAppealingPlan.com by #KraylFunch

These ball jars filled with Red and Pink Ranunculus are perfect for a Valentine’s luncheon celebration! Found on GreenWeddingShoes.com as a bridal shower idea it is easily transformed for a February day. The paper table runner makes the pink pop and will not break your decor budget so there is more to spend on chocolate!

#AnAppealingPlan Valentines's Dinner Romantic Tablescape

Red velvet hearts hanging on curly willow branches create a dream like effect on this Romantic table for two found right here in 2013! Red and white are a classic pairing for a Valentine’s Day tablescape and this table shows you why it will never go out of style.

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Proof that romance doesn’t have to be all pink and red, and in your face, this lovely tablesetting featuring acrylic chairs running the length of this poolside table for 20. The gorgeous floral arrangements featuring coral peonies allow friendship and connection to be the focus on this table seen on  JoelSerrato.com

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And finally my favorite place to enjoy a romantic Valentines Day breakfast… in bed of course! This easy “tray-scape” can be made ahead and then completed with waffles and love potion right before your favorite sweetheart wakes up.

It’s All About the Pink. Tablescape Inspiration.

Setting a romantic table for two or for a girlfriends brunch can be pulled together quickly with just a few pretty pink items on hand.

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In this episode of An Appealing Plan TV I create a sweet tablescape complete with Pink flower arrangements and Pink Ombre XOX Sugar Cookies.

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Pink large plates or chargers go down first to set the spacing and tone for your vintage inspired tablescape. Top them with pink linen cocktail napkins and a sprig of blooming wax flower.

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Group birchwood votives around taller taper candles to set a romantic but natural feel.


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Pink Rustic Flower Arrangement

In this segment of An Appealing Plan TV I create a pink rustic floral arrangement perfect for a pink themed table, a girlfriends brunch or a romantic valentines meal for two.

Using a combination of pink flowers with various textures it is possible to create a romantic feeling centerpiece for your dining table or to be placed in any room of your home to add a natural beauty.


Allow the colors and textures of the flowers to dictate the feel of your arrangement rather than forcing it  – this lends itself to an overall vintage tablesetting.

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Using coordinating  colors in your napkins, dinnerware and glassware brings a calm feel to the table and draws the eyes to the finer details and textures.

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Add easy to make Ombre XOX sugar cookies to your table by placing them on a cakestand to add a visual interest.



Pink Ombre Sugar Cookies

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XOX Ombre Sugar Cookies for Valentines Day on AnAppealingPlan.com by #KraylFunch

Show your loved ones how much they mean to you with a special treat in their briefcase, lunch bag or as an after dinner treat. These Ombre XOX sugar cookies are chic, tasty and super easy to create.

Ombre Sugar cookies for Valentines Day by @KraylFunch on AnAppealingPLan.com for your sweetie

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1 – Begin with our basic sugar cookie recipe

2 – Cut the rolled dough using XOX and heart cookie cutters

3 – Bake dough per directions

4 – Allow cookies to fully cool

5 – Decorate with white icing and

6 – Place mini sugar hearts gently moving dark to light in color

7 – Present with wine, or milk, to your Valentine

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Looking for Some Extra Love in the Bedroom? Recipes Included.


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I talk a lot about entertaining and designing spaces but when it all comes down to it, the reason we do all of this is to be able to share time with the ones we love. This Valentines Day let’s ensure your loved ones know it is all about them with special touches through out the day to show your love. Beginning of course with the most important meal of the day…Breakfast. Belgium Waffles topped with Blueberries and Raspberries, Coffee with Whipped Foam and a flute of Love Potion Champagne Cocktail all served on a tray in bed…. Sounds perfect to me!

The famous Love Potion is a simple mixture of champagne and cranberry juice. My husband and I made it when we were dating and the story goes that he tricked me with the Love Potion. So we continue to drink it today so the spell does not wear off. If you like champagne cocktails check out these versions: Harvest  or Pomegranate

For the tray-blescape… (get it..) you will need:

  • Red and Linen napkins – 2 {one to cover the tray and the other to use}
  • Fork & Knife
  • Coffee
  • Two small bud vases with red tulips
  • card for your loved one
  • Menu: Coffee, Waffles, Love Potion
  • Add your own love

Belgium Waffles with Blueberrie and Raspberries via @AnAppealingPlan #berries #recipes 1000x

Belgium Waffles with Blueberries and Raspberries


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg – separated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powder sugar to top



In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes. Fold in whipped egg white.

Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles.

Top with Blueberries, Raspberries and dust with powder sugar.


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Love Potion Champagne Cocktail


  • Champagne, Cava or Prosecco
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Frozen Cranberries for garnish


In a champagne flute, pour champagne 2/3 full. Pour a splash of Cranberry Juice on top. Top with frozen cranberries. Let the Love Potion do it’s work. Cheers.

Show your love today and everyday. The world need more lovers. Tell me two of your favorite ways you to show a little extra love. Lets keep it PG-13. Cheers! XO ~ Krayl

What if you could Love Everyday?


love. love. love. That is what February is all about right? But what should we love… someone, something, someday?? Or is it possible to LOVE everyday? If we love the everyday then don’t we by default begin to love everything and everyone around us?


And imagine really loving everything everyday. Doing away with the complaints. Instead replacing them with love for that very thing. It’s not going to be easy but I can promise it will be worth it.

Try it for this week with me. One week of waking up loving today. Wake up, look around, breathe it all in and love it ALL. Set an alarm on your phone or write in your calendar: 2PM “LOVE EVERYTHING”

Love your work {even if you secretly aren’t crazy about it, try it}. Put love into your daily tasks. Love walking the dog at 5:30AM by sharing a picture of the sunrise to look at later. Love the person who is sitting just a little too close on the subway by telling them to have a great day when its your stop. Love your office more by adding your favorite flowers. Love making dinner at the end of a long day by trying a new recipe you printed out months ago.

Share your love with everyone and everything you come into contact with.

 This week I commit to asking everyone and everything {just in my head of course… except my husband} Will you be mine? But not just asking. Embracing that phrase. Embracing that feeling. And just maybe a little bit of that love will spread.

So….. will you come along with me on this Everyday Love Fest? Will you help me spread the love? Starting right this minute pick two things one big and one small to loving more that you have in the past. Think or look at that thing and ask them….Will You Be Mine?

Share with me what 2 items you have picked and share them in the comments. That makes it real. ~ Krayl

And if you are feeling really daring send me a message on twitter telling me about your #CelebrateEveryday journey this week.


Show Your Valentine Some Tablescape Love!

Valentines Day is more than just about a romantic dinner. Show the ones you love, how much you care for them at each meal of the day. These tablescape inspiration work for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


An Appealing Plan VDAY Tablescape Conversation Heart Placesetting

Start the day off right. A DIY “Be Mine” note card placed on a breakfast plate says you are special to me. Add candy conversation hearts and your love is sure to head into the day with a smile.


Setting a Lunch time Valentines table is sure to surprise your loved ones. Use layered red doilies under a salad plate to  add color to the table. Then place a puffy red heart on top of the napkin. Paper heart straws are easily found these days in local stores and also on-line.  {see the step-by-step tablescape set up by visiting A Romantic Table For Two article here.}


Valentines Dinner Tablesetting Ideas via @AnAppealingPlan #KraylFunch

Are you looking for more inspiration!

Check out the Step By Step instructions for a romantic table on the Table For Two story.  Or maybe you have questions on placesettings in general and how to set a table. Or feel free to SEARCH a particular holiday in the search box at the top!

XOXO lots of love – krayl

A Romantic Table For Two Please

#AnAppealingPlan Valentines's Dinner Romantic Tablescape

Creating a romantic tablescape for Valentines Day Dinner, Breakfast or Lunch can be easy.  Using your standard white plates and the addition of a few items from your local craft store your table will be ready in no time.


  • White Dinner Plate x 2
  • White Salad or Accent Plate x 2
  • Red Heart Doilies x 6
  • Crisp White Cotton Napkin x 2
  • Red Heart Ornaments or Similar x 2 +
  • Silver Flatware
  • Black or Clear Stemware

#AnAppealingPlan Valentines's Dinner Tablescape Supplies

Place one dinner plate at each placesetting.

{For more detailed information on placesettings see Place Settings Explained}

#AnAppealingPlan Valtines's Dinner Tablescape White Plate

Place three red heart doilies in a circular pattern on top of plate so that the top of each heart is touching the outside edge of the plate.

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Place white salad or accent plate on top of doilies. Adjust edges as needed.

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Fold white cotton napkin in three. Turn left side under, turn right side under to create a long rectangle. Place on top of salad plate.

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Place a red heart ornament on top of napkin to add a special touch.

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Add flatware to each as well as a carefully selected glassware. White or silver votives create a warm glow.

For your centerpiece rather than the standard purchased mixed bouquet, try something different. Think outside the box, get creative with a Love Tree, Love Pond or put two red fish in bowl to represent each of you.

Add your favorite person and let the sparks fly!

Make sure you check out the other #SundaySupper participants to see what they’ve made for our Valentine’s Day #SundaySupper!

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Breakfasts, Apps & Main Dishes:

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Sweet Eats:

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Drinks:

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Tablescape: A Romantic Table For Two Please from An Appealing Plan

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today to talk all about Valentine’s eats and treats! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.


Anniversary Gathering :: Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

It has been a while since I was able to participate in the Sunday Supper weekly posting but when Isabel, The Family Foodie, reached out and asked if I would be interested in adding a tablescape portion to the weekly blog posting, I was thrilled. {For those of you unfamiliar with the term; Tablescape, it is a word used to describe “the artistic arrangement of articles on a table”. It may be plates, napkins, flowers or other decor. It can relate to a table where food will be served or to an arrangement of items on a side table in a living room with out food.} It may not work for every topic but when it does we will try to bring a fresh idea and look to the Sunday Supper table.  Tables may be a buffet, a children’s birthday party, or some, like today, are a private table to celebrate an  Anniversary of a special couple.

An Appealing Plan. #SundaySupper. Tablescapes. Cheesecake. Anniversary Gathering.

This tablescape was designed to be a special breakfast for two {My Grandparents} but could be used for a desert table for the a large family get together, or Valentines Day celebration. As with cooking & baking, by first learning the proper way to set the table you can then play with moving items around to create the look you are going for.

Placing a photo of the couple in an aged silver frame on the table is an immediate reminder of why you are here and celebrates the love of a happy couple of many years. Metallic votives mirror the frame and give the table a classy festive touch.

An Appealing Plan. #SundaySupper. Tablescapes. Strawberries. Champagne. Valentines Day Breakfast.

Use cakestands to raise the cheesecake and bowl of strawberries off the lower table surface. This creates not only the effect of showcasing these items but also allows for additional space on the table for oversized plates. Clear flutes filled with Proseco keep the look clean and allow the bubbles to be the star. The “OFF DUTY” section of the morning paper again reminds you to slow down and enjoy this celebration.

An Appealing Plan. Tablescapes. Barbara Barry Chair Collection. Wedgwood Dinnerware. Black & WHite. China. Anniversary Gathering.

 Use oversized dinner plates as chargers, then place a smaller decorative salad plate on top to be used as the service plate. I love this chair plate and am feeling that a Chair theme table will be coming soon….  A dark brown linen tablecloth adds richness to the color scheme and allows the white plates and red strawberries to be the pop of color. Crisp tan linen napkins topped with polished silverware add additional layers of texture.


An Appealing Plan. #SundaySupper. Tablescapes. Cheesecake. Anniversary Gathering. White Hydrangea. Red Gerber Daisy.


Recipe adapted from Cristina Ferrare The Messy Baker



  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, halved and arranged on top of the cake
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

To make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, add 1 cup of pecans. Pulse the pecans until they become a fine crumb. In a medium-size bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, pecan crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and butter until moistened. Using the bottom of a glass, press the crumbs into the bottom of a 10-inch by 3-inch springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes, and cool completely.

To make the filling: In a mixer using the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese for two minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 1 cup of sugar in an even stream, and mix for 2 more minutes, until light and fluffy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition to incorporate thoroughly, and scrape down the sides of the bowl each time. Add the of sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Process until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pour the filling into the cooled crust, and spread evenly in the pan. Lift the pan and tap it on the counter several times to release any bubbles in the batter. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top is set. If it wiggles slightly, that’s okay. Do not overbake.

Cool the cake completely in the pan overnight. On the next day, release the springform pan from the cake. Arrange the halved strawberries attractively on top of the cake. Heat 1/4 cup of strawberry jam in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Using a pastry brush, brush the strawberries with the jam to give it a sweet, shiny coating. Slice and serve. Enjoy!


We are celebrating this week’s birthday event by choosing recipes from contributors that have inspired us in the past year.  Boy was this a tough week… how do you choose just one recipe from 52 weeks of fabulous Sunday Supper Recipes?

Sunday Supper Appetizers:

Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:

Sunday Supper Main Dishes:

Sunday Supper Veggies:

SundaySupper Desserts and Snacks:

Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:

Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

An exciting to announce a New AdditionTablescape by An Appealing Plan, Anniversay Dinner featuring Cheesecake with Fresh Berries orginally posted by The Messy Baker Blog

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.

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