In this post: For unique Valentine table decorations, this tablescape goes beyond simple red hearts and utilizes an interesting pattern mix.
Every holiday I love having the opportunity to put a new table setting together. What I most enjoy is trying to capture visually the spirit of the celebration. For this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to utilize only pieces that I already owned, yet use them in a completely new way. I opted to go bolder than the soft pinks I did last year, yet I wanted something a bit different than the typical red valentine table decorations. I wound up with romantic red in an unusual pattern mix.
Initially I was playing around with various dishes, trying to find the hook that would communicate what I was trying to say. Generally, my concept is driven by the patterned plates I choose, but this time the challenge was to ensure these patterns looked fresh and not a repeat of the tables they were used on in the past. I realized the best way to do this was with a dramatic underpinning, achieved with a claret velvet throw, playing the part of the tablecloth.
The other key component was a mix of flowers, rich in color and playing off one another. In the center, I used lacy edged roses which caught the light in a beautiful way.
To keep it all from getting too heavy, I went with a pale blush pink for the napkin clusters, ringed with a simple copper band. (See below for resource info.)
The florals vary in height and shape, but the use of shades of red lends a cohesive note.
The plate stack is where things really got interesting, working with a tartan plaid offset by English florals. I was most concerned that in using the bold plaid, it would be difficult to make it different than my Christmas dinner table setting. But I think the result is quite an individual look.
On one side of the roses, I incorporated sunny gerber daisies in a perky rich tomato red.
The vases are all glass but they vary in shape, from a simple cylinder to a cut crystal with a voluptuous round base. China coffee mugs add another vibrant pattern whose palette brings together the various tones that surround it.
The silver lovebirds are actually salt and pepper shakers that add an air of romance to the tabletop.
A vintage china teapot is a sweet little addition, helping to keep the tableau from getting too dark.
The floral trio looks delightfully rich against the gentle sheen of the velvet background. The foundation of the plate stack is a copper charger, which brings a glint of metal with a warm rosy glow.
Brass candlesticks are topped with rosy crystal bobeches.
Rounding out the floral trio are welcoming red tulips, with petals that seem to be opening in a warm embrace.
In the pale pink flutes rest red wrapped chocolate hearts.
The many elements come together to offer a romantic setting for a love-filled Valentine’s Day.
Valentine Table Decorations Source List
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- Copper chargers
- Plaid dinner plate
- Vintage floral salad plates
- Floral china mugs
- Pink champagne flutes
- Pink ruffle napkin
- Copper napkin ring
- First Love silver flatware
- Crystal vase
- Lovebird salt and pepper set
- Brass candlesticks
- Bobeches with color drops
- Red velvet throw
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