Feb 1, 2019

Whimsical Valentine’s Nook

My mom was a Martha. I grew up walking downstairs on the smallest of holidays to see a kitchen table sprinkled with crafts, homemade treats, and a little bit of mom magic.   I am quite sure my husband thought I was crazy our first year as parents when my deeply engrained holiday spirit was released on our house.  St. Patty’s day was a green explosion of garland & rainbows paired with corned beef & hash.  Easter filled with huge overflowing baskets, bunny hop marks and a detailed egg hunt.  Valentine’s Day was a favorite.  Oh how it makes me cringe to think of the turmoil of being a die hard romantic starting at the age of 5.  Never fail, school would not live up to fairytale expectations.  Thus, my mom’s morning V-Day table always set my foundation of love, support, and happy for the day.

The tradition continues here.

I am so happy to join the Valentine’s Day Blog Hop hosted by Mansa of This is Simplicite with a wonderful group of ladies.  I hope you enjoyed Emily’s sweet kitchen at Lillies & Life.  Today I’ve shared our breakfast nook in the kitchen. Come take a peek, as it includes my most domestic accomplishment to date; I baked a cake.  Like from scratch.  AND IT’S GOOD.

DETAILS:  I rummaged through my supplies for the garland installation.  Old pink tissue garland from the last b-day party got a fun upgrade hung all willy nilly along with some white felt ball garland from X-mas.  A dramatic moment does not need to be expensive, go look for what you have.  By layering the garlands at all angles it creates a whimsical vibe above.

PILLOWS:  Having a neutral kitchen nook is helpful during holidays, allowing me to pop in the color du jour.  I’ve added some blush velvet pillows to the mix.

CAKES:  One cheat + one homemade.  I’ve been wanting to scratch-make my favorite cake.   I pulled together a few different recipes to create this utterly scrumptious Coconut Cream Cheese Cake.  The smaller cheat cake is a store bought angel cake, which I’ve shushed up with my own frosting.  The cake toppers are an up-cycle, pulled off a decorative banner purchased at Target from last year.

TABLE DETAILS:  Supermarket flowers go a long way when selecting one color and one type.  I’ve added some pieces from my vintage glassware collection. I love the touch of blush for Valentine’s day.

OK so full disclosure.  Fa la la to the land of blogging.  This pretty in pink table was done to my taste for this fun blog hop.  Let me promise you that on the morning of 2/14, my twinsies will be delighted with a breakfast table filled with cringe-worthy color combos of pink, purple, red, and blue (Oliver requires it), lots of little toys & trinkets, and a sprinkle of magic I *hope* I inherited from momma.

Now hop along on our awesome Valentine’s Day Blog Hop to see another decorated room to inspire your own home this February!  Next up: the lovely Caitlin over at Lion & Lantern who’s sweetened up her Dining Room.

Happy Heart Day!


Amanda at The Ginger Home

Diana at Dahlias & Dimes

Emily at Lilies & Life

Jenny at Palm & Prep

Caitlin at Lion & Lantern

Mansa at This is Simplicite

Ash at Dash Lifestyles















  1. […] Jenny @palmandprep – Breakfast Nook […]

  2. This breakfast nook is totally whimsical! I love your layering of the garlands and the soft blush pillows are perfect!

  3. Jill says:

    I love all the soft touches! That cake looks amazing, btw!

  4. Jenny, I loved reading about the cherished holidays from your childhood. Celebrations are so special and I want to create more memories like that with my own kiddos! Your breakfast nook is just perfectly pretty. Love the vintage glass and tasty cake. So glad to be on this hop with you! 🙂

  5. Mansa says:

    Jenny, you styled your breakfast nook beautifully! I love the soft pink touches and that cake looks delicious …

    Thank you so much for joining us on this home tour! We definitely should do this again!

  6. Ashley says:

    The prettiest nook, I ever did see!!! Also love the tradition behind it! 💕