This Valentine’s Day my husband and I will actually be in the same city (hooray!) so we’ve decided to have a low-key celebration at home. Sometimes having a little quiet time together is better than braving the crowds, the pre-fixe menus, and the forced romance on Valentine’s Day. But even though we are staying in, we still wanted to mark the occasion with some fanfare.
In addition to cooking a special meal together, we are adding some relaxed romance with the design of our tablescape (and hey, I might even change out of my lululemon yoga pants and into a dress and heels!)
I wanted to use shades of pink throughout the design, and create an ambience that is soft, cozy, yet still chic. The texture of the wood tile placemats, soft pink roses, and candles in mercury glass votives highlight the “relaxed romance” vibe.
Each individual place setting features a simple white dinner plate (I LOVE plain white china…it works for every occasion!), red-striped salad plate, and a baby pink dessert bowl. The gold flatware adds a little glitz to the place setting (I do love some glitz, obvi!) and it ties in the gold etching on the Arte Italica water goblets. Instead of using the bread plate for a dinner roll, I placed a heart-shaped iced cookie and a champagne white chocolate truffle on each. Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day definitely calls for highlighting sweets during the meal!
The last decorative touches to the table decor include this cute “Love” glass tray that I picked up from The Paper Source, an art-deco crystal candelabra that adds height as well as a little more glitz, a textured silver champagne bucket, and Riedel wine glasses.
My grandmother gave me these Waterford crystal toasting flutes and I love using them on special occasions! I added some festive spirit by tying these Valentine’s Day tags on the bottom of each flute and writing some love notes (it wouldn’t be Valentine’s day without some cheesy element!)
This cookie & white chocolate truffle from whole foods looked too good to pass up! Plus, I’m not really a baker, so store-bought cookies definitely save me some time in the kitchen…
The final element to our “relaxed romance” ambience…a roaring fire in the fireplace!
Happy Valentine’s Day, womanistas!
I hope you all have a wonderful day with your loved ones!
xo, the Womanista