With Valentines Day & all things romantic coming up,
planning a romantic dinner, evening date or a getaway
with that certain someone special in your life might be swirling
around in your mind already.
I know that a lot of people don't really celebrate Valentines Day
and we don't usually plan a special date or getaway on Valentines Day proper-
it is kind of the way it works with crazy work schedules.
But celebrating with chocolates, those cardboard hearts and writing sweet notes
to tell someone how much they mean to you - is something that you can do even so.
Another is planning a simple and sweet dinner
(or breakfast or lunch if that is what your schedules permit)
and an inspired table setting.
So many times I have heard from readers about stressing when figuring out what goes with what
when it is more fancy than a regular table setting.
But you know what?
It doesn't have to be fancy or elegant to be sweet & perfect
and it definitely doesn't have to be stressful.
Some of my favorite tables are a favorite mix of mine:
Simple rustic elements with a touch of elegance.
So today, I thought I would share
a few tips for a romantic Winter table setting
that is as easy to put together as it is pretty.
#1. Start with simple
I chose the rustic outdoor table for this setting
but hey, it is Winter and I know, many of you are getting snow as I type this.
So, no worries-you can use any table - there are no rules.
I also left the table unadorned- without a cloth
Really- that is just a personal preference.
I like to see the natural weathered wood underneath the elegant china.
#2. Keep it classic
I prefer simple white dishes almost all the time for table settings
but when I want a little more than the everyday whites~
I choose something with a detailed edge
#3. Add a touch of elegance
For another pop of pretty elegance~ gold flatware.
I am majorly crushing on this flatware.
There is just something about that pop of gold.
#4. Simple charm
Simple stemware is always in fashion- it compliments without overwhelming.
Whether you have stemware from your grandmothers collection
or something you just picked up in the bulk section- keep it a simple and classic shape and size
and it will look stunning.
#5. A Natural Centerpiece
I was thinking of clipping some of the greenery from the yard for this table
but I decided to use some of the dried bay branches that were from Christmas.
Yep, I have a whole bunch of them-so you know what- use what you have on hand.
Whether it is clipped from the yard or store-bought greens- simply laid
on the center of the table is perfect.
Tuck in a few candles in glass for the lighting and
for a little height -
I used a couple of vintage silver goblets as vases.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am kind of in love with their mottled, unpolished appearance
or these pale peachy pink roses.
Such a sweet compliment.
#6. Warm it up
If setting a table out under the stars
drape the chairs with a cozy throw
to warm up with when the chill sets in.
A soft white faux fur.
Of course, fresh flowers are always a perfect finishing touch in my mind
and what could be more romantic than roses for Valentines Day?
I always love the beautiful flowers that my husband brings me for Sweethearts Day
and I usually place them in vases around the house to enjoy.
So if you get flowers on that special day, they are also perfect
for adding to the table at the last minute.
Tip: Roses tend to go up in cost around Valentines Day
so use whatever flowers you find that you love.
There are so many beautiful romantic blooms out there to choose from.
Peonies and ranunculus and lisianthus for example...
hint hint if you are reading this Honey.
Truly though, no matter which flowers
and dishes that you choose for your table setting~
just remember that the personal touches that you add
and who you are with are what makes it so special.
I am joining this great group of ladies sharing
some of their own romantic inspired vignettes, decorating, diy, recipes, you name it,
today. I hope you will stop by and see what each of them are sharing.
Coming your way this week~
that peanut butter chocolate cheesecake recipe
more about the marble and kitchen redo
Happy Monday everyone!
Dishes- Mikasa Adelaide Platinum
Dishes- Mikasa Adelaide Platinum