A Romantic Valentine’s Tablescape for Two

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.

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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:

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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
Candle lanterns
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

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  1. Oh Chloe, this is stunning! I love your gorgeous rose centerpiece and how clever to give it plenty of space in front of the table. So romantic–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. Chloe I love it and I’m sure your hubby loved it too. I know how difficult it is to have lost a loved one and helping the other one cope when you are dealing with your own emotions. You are in my prayers. AND I love the romance of your table. So intimate and beautiful. Love the tulle background and lighting. My table (I will have to publish is later and perhaps closer to Valentines day) was very intimate too and I just think that is better for this time of year and save the bigger gatherings for other holidays. Well, back to my IT issues (since I crashed and burned) but I wanted to comment on all you gals’ tables. Hugs my friend

  3. Wow! This is really magical! Love the idea of putting lights under the tablecloth so it will glow. Your plate stack of silver and white is so beautiful. Plus all your gorgeous flower! You outdid yourself with this tablescape.

  4. Wow, this is like something out of a movie. You truly created a beautifully romantic scene! For some reason, half of your photos didn’t load, so I’m going to try to look at your post on another server later.

    I’ll be back!

    Ricki Jill

  5. Oh Chloe, this is so beautiful and so romantic! It looks like a wedding! I adore the rose petals scattered on the tablecloth and cascading down the fabric to the beautiful arrangement of roses in the silver silver champagne bucket and candle filled lanterns! So smart to put the white lights under a layer of fabric, magical!! Your silver and white plate stack is elegant and of course sterling flatware and crystal stemware adds even more to this special evening Valentine celebration for 2. Gorgeous!

  6. Oh, how DREAMY Chloe! Wow, I love everything about this, but most of all the twilight photos! I have a friend who has artificial turf in her backyard and it’s really nice. Florida has such an inviting climate for this time of year, and the outdoor dining simply can’t be beat. The floral arrangement and lights, the flowy fabric just takes my breath away. Gorgeous! Thank you joining and for bringing romance to our Valentine hop, Chloe!❣️

  7. Chloe, first let me say I’m glad you and your sweetheart celebrated early and plan to do so again on the 14th. Make each moment count. Celebrate each other every day. Life together is precious.
    Love the fairy lights under the cloth and the twilight setting. Dining alfresco is my favorite. Fortunately here in Texas we get to enjoy outdoor dining most of the year. Your flowers and choice of china are perfect for this romantic setting. Well done!
    Always a pleasure to be in a blog hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Oh my goodness Chloe. This is nothing short of stunning! The lights, the fabric, the table, the flowers, and the flower petals have all combined to make this such a gorgeous table and setting. There is just no end to your creativity and I am completely blown away here. I hope you and your husband had a lovely meal and thank you for sharing this gorgeousness. Happy Valentine’s day!

  9. Chloe, You have created the most romantic setting! Stunning, elegant, and gorgeous all describe your ambiance.
    I love your elegant plate stack and such lovely white champagne flutes! Your lovely flower arrangement of roses, greenery, and pussy willow is striking. The pussy willow took me back to my time in Alaska, and I sunk to my knees in the snow along the river bank to cut some pussy willow! Amazing, what sparks a memory!
    Chloe, I am so sorry for your loss! I know you miss your mother. I will be thinking of you as you care for your father.
    I enjoyed seeing your creativity today.

  10. Chloe, your beautiful setting made me long for warmer weather to be able to enjoy the outdoors for a romantic dinner for two. Loved the lighting and linens and that truly spectacular floral display. The rose petals were such a nice touch and really pulled the whole setting together. I can imagine a very romantic evening in this setting.

  11. Chloe, What a magical and romantic setting you creating in your backyard! The draping tablecloth, tulle swag, gorgeous rose bouquet, petal strewn table, lanterns and plate stack are all beautiful! Adding the additional lights underneath the table was genius. . .I love the added glow! As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

  12. Chloe, this is truly a stunning and romantic setting. You thought of everything to make a magical table from twinkling lights to petal strewn! I am so happy you were able to enjoy dinner with your husband this past weekend and will again celebrate on Valentine’s Day. I am so sorry to read of your beloved mother’s passing. I do understand taking care of your father. Sending prayers and hugs your way.

  13. Chloe, you have created such a pretty romantic table. I love the idea of adding lights beneath a table. I love the night time view of your romantic table for two. Twinkling lights and rose petals are icing on the cake. Your floral arrangement is gorgeous in the over-sized champagne bucket. Adding the extra lanterns creates more ambiance. The tulle adds such softness to your pretty setting. How fortunate to enjoy your yard year round. I bet your husband loved this nice surprise. Take care of yourself. So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.

  14. Wow!! How beautiful!! I love that you can set an outdoor table in February!! We have 3 inches of snow!! The way you set your lights underneath the tablecloth makes this setting so romantic! And please!! Those are grocery store roses??!! They look gorgeous!!! I hope you have a nice Valentine’s Day ❤️❤️

  15. Chloe, romance is definitely in the air. It is so stunning. The lights under the table really make the tablescape an intimate occasion along with the lit lanterns. And the beautifully arranged rose floor vase creates such a feeling of being in a rose garden. The silver pattern plate stack and tossed rose petals are details which hint that there is something very special taking place. I could easily see an entire wedding ceremony taking place here that would create a joyous and cozy memory for anyone exchanging their vows and looking for many memories for years to come. I can almost feel the evening breeze and hear the sweet music while gazing into the eyes of my loved one at this exclusive table. It is a pleasure to blog hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  16. Chloe, this entire setting is absolutely gorgeous! The lights, placesettings, and airy table linens create such a romantic setting for two. Your arrangement of roses is breathtaking. My husband travels a lot as well. You have inspired me to create something like this for our Valentine’s Day. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I hope that you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. Chloe, your table is stunning. Especially love it all lit up at night! You really have set the scene for an intimate and romantic dinner party for two! The floral petals are a nice touch and draw your eye to the stunning arrangement in front! The softly lit lanterns add to the ambiance. Wish you and your husband a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

  18. Romantic, lovely, secluded. A table to enjoy and to remember long after the dinner is finished. The dishes, silverware and crystal are understated yet elegant. The white and sheer cloths are a beautiful backdrop and I love your creative (and unexpected) use of lighting. The roses in the champagne bucket make a dazzling focal point, introducing traditional Valentine colors. The nighttime photo is stunning. I enjoyed hopping with you!

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