The last couple of months have found my husband travelling so much for business and my responsibilities in caring for my father after my mother passed away has meant very little quality time and no date nights for us as a couple. My Valentine’s day inspiration was therefore, a very romantic table for just the two of us where we could dine and enjoy one another’s company. I went ahead and celebrated with this romantic table setting this past weekend so I could share the ideas and inspiration with you before the holiday. I will have to come up with something else on February 14th for our Valentine’s Day dinner!
I want to thank Rita from Panoply for hosting this assemblage of talented table stylists as we all share our vision of a Valentine’s Day tablescape inspiration.
A blank canvas:
I have been so very excited for our construction in the backyard to be finished and this small area of artificial turf is where I am going to be able to host outdoor parties. It seemed like the perfect spot for our special dinner. I had purchased a set of these black posts to support lights around this area, but for tonight, they will just hold some flowing tulle. These are a great addition to your backyard for any special occasion!
I set a small white table on the turf and draped it with a large white tablecloth. Next I took battery operated fairy lights and draped them on the tablecloth, trying to keep them in the center of the table where they would not be beneath the dinner plates and the stemware. I let them fall down over the front of the table.
After I had all of the fairy lights I wanted on the table, I covered the table and the fairy lights with some sheer drapery panels I had on hand. The lights will show through these beautifully at night. It is so fun to get out of the dining room and the best part about living in Florida is that we can enjoy dining out of doors year ’round depending upon the weather!
Let’s set the table:
I got out my beautiful Lenox Larabee Road Platinum dinner plates and placed them on some old silver serving trays instead of white charger like I originally considered. Once I decided to incorporate silver into the plate stack, it was easy to go with these silver salad plates and add the white heart shape appetizer plates as a nod to Valentine’s Day. I think these made for a beautiful table setting. Last year I used those same heart plates, but on the front porch for a simple tablescape.
I used the fine silver flatware I have and paired it with a crystal water glass and a tall white champagne flute at each place setting. There was really no room on this table for a centerpiece, so I scattered rose petals from the arrangement I made and sat in front of the table.
This turned out to be a beautiful Valentine’s day table setting that I could not be happier with. It also turned out to be the perfect way to have a romantic dinner with my husband that he wasn’t expecting!
For a rather simple table setting, the addition of the rose petals and the soft pink roses and deep red roses really adds a pop of color. This is truly a garden-inspired Valentine’s day tablescape!
The rest of the setting:
As I said, there was not a lot of room for adornment on this tabletop. Therefore, I used the sheer fabric to drape down onto the turf. I knew we would be eating at dusk, so, in addition to the fairy lights, I added a number of white lanterns filled with candles in front of the table. I put little twinkle lights in the magnolia tree behind the table for additional lighting.
My inspiration piece was this oversized champagne bucket filled with a flower arrangement of roses in various shades of pinks and reds. These were grocery store flowers I picked up for just $36 for all of them! I used cut magnolia and ivy from our yard for the greenery and added some pussy willows to it.
As the sun set:
A great way to add extra light to the evening is to tuck a roll of Christmas lights beneath the table and plug them in. You can see how they reflect on the fence behind the table, and light up the table beneath the cloth. The magical glow was my favorite part of the table styling. Then…it was time to serve dinner!
For more beautiful Valentine’s Day table ideas:
Please take the time to visit these talented table stylists and see their Valentine’s day tablescape ideas!
Panoply – Valentine Tablescape for ‘Just You and Me’
Home is Where the Boat Is – Love Birds’ Bed & Breakfast
My Hubbard Home – Vintage Inspired Rose and Gold Valentine’s Table
Life and Linda – Sealed With a Kiss Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante – Valentine’s Day Tablescape Blog Hop: Paris Is Always a Good Idea
Everyday Living – Colors of Love
thecatswhiskerz – A Frosty Galentine’s Day Tablescape
Pandora’s Box – A Galentine’s Table
Living With Thanksgiving – Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Little Yellow Corner Store – A Glamorous Winter Snowman for Valentine’s Day
Karins Kottage – Pink and Red Valentine’s Table for Kids
The Painted Apron – Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction – Cupid’s Valentine Dessert Buffet
Celebrate and Decorate – A Romantic Valentine’s Tablescape for Two
Belle Bleu Interiors – A Day for Love
Dinner at Eight – Valentine’s Day – A Table Set for Tea
Red Cottage Chronicles – Fire and Ice Valentine’s Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul – Where You Go, My Heart Follows
Thrifting Wonderland – Start With Flowers Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Sweet Valentine Tablescape
Shop this tablescape:
Lenox Larabee Road Platinum Collection by Kate Spade
Silver platters to use as chargers
Silver platters to use as chargers
White candle lanterns
Sheer white curtains
White heart plates
Oversized silver plated champagne bucket
I will be sharing this at Between Naps on the Porch