In this post: Are you one of those people who’s very on the fence about Valentines Day? Here are 5 ideas for celebrating a happy Valentines Day at home.⇒
Valentine’s Day is such a curious holiday.
It’s a wonderful concept to celebrate love, but we gave up having dinner out many years ago, for several reasons.
For one thing, it was always so odd to see restaurants remove all their usual tables and replace them with tiny rented tables for two, all crammed in close together. Menus were often limited and prices doubled. The experience felt forced and hardly romantic.
At the same time, I feel Valentine’s Day is best celebrated with family. Yes, I realize it’s designed to be about romance, but the reality is from the time they were young, our kids were trained to treat Valentine’s Day as a more encompassing holiday. From valentines given to their entire childhood classes, to the elaborate sweets we would send when they were away at college, I simply equate Valentine’s Day more broadly with love.
Which is why long ago I got accustomed to setting a pretty table to celebrate Valentine’s Day with family.
In fact setting a pretty table is #1 on my list of 5 ways to celebrate a happy Valentine’s Day at home.
Today I’m joining with a wonderful group of bloggers to bring you romantic and pretty inspiration for Valentine’s Day. Our hop is hosted by my friend Sheila from Maison de Cinq and you can find all the lovely posts linked at the bottom of this one.
But first, my list!
- 1. Set a beautiful table thematically decorated. (See the rest of the post for the details.)
- 2. Order in (or cook) a luxury meal. I love to get cooked lobsters from our local market. Caviar is also often part of our special menu. The key is to serve a meal that’s truly out of the ordinary.
- 3. Serve the best wine you can reasonably afford. (This is obviously not going to the underage kids.) We’re not talking about taking out a second mortgage on your house to acquire this bottle, but look for something a little finer than your usual price point. But don’t just spend to spend. Do a little research and get something that is a genuine luxury.
- 4. Get the dessert. Make it as decadent as possible. It’s one day. Skip the weigh-in the next day. Enjoy and move on!
- 5. Leave a little gift on each chair. This is not the holiday for big gifts, at least not in our house, but charming little gifts along whimsical lines are perfect for this day. A lovely book of poetry or stunning photography, a beautiful floral print in a gilded frame, an aromatic candle or tube of fine French lotion. For children a special picture book can be a wonderful tradition, or a heart box filled with Valentines candy. There are endless possibilities, but it should be enchanting, luxe and a subtle pleasure.
For this year’s table I wanted to mix rustic with refined. I always enjoy an unusual juxtaposition of rugged elements with fine china and silver, as well as a pairing of patterns that more blend than match.
While January is all about clean clear whites, by February I welcome adding pinks into the mix.
I began with a chunky charger in a light wood, topped by a lacy dinner plate and a glass salad dish in lustrous pink. The stack is capped with a vintage cup and saucer in two Limoges patterns that lend a feminine air. They serve as a distinct counterpoint to the rough charger at the bottom of the stack.
The centerpieces on this table offer another interesting blend. Helping to anchor the soft color palette with blush and rose pinks, at one end a silver pitcher is brimming with gracious tulips.
At the table’s center sits an antique silver bread plate serving the signature dish of the day, a medley of velvet hearts with a delightful sheen. They are plump and enchanting, punctuated by little golden crowns.
Placed prominently between the florals they are a charming reminder of what this gathering is all about.
The second floral at the other end of the table sits on a hand blown glass cake stand, atop a stack of china dessert plates. They will be conveniently at the ready when the decadent dessert is served.
The supporting characters that round out this tablescape emphasize the blushing pinks that are so lovely this time of year. There are pink linen napkins with pretty edging, rolled neatly and tucked into antique sterling napkin rings.
The rings play off the silver flatware that is adorned with orchids.
The pink champagne flutes were also chosen for their color, which was intentionally played off a white linen tablecloth to underscore their warm hue.
You don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to set a beautiful table and serve a luxurious meal to the people you love.
But I can’t think of a better thing to do on this very day!
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