In this post: Whether set for two or for a large gathering, here are charming ways to add rustic romance to your Valentine’s Day table setting. ⇒
How do you define romantic?
Surely there are as many definitions as there are people. Perhaps you picture a sleek limo, long stem red roses and the finest champagne. Or does your imagination conjure a candlelit dinner on the beach with the surf lapping at your feet?
For me there are a variety of scenarios that could work, but this year my mood fancies a gentle mix of rustic with refined.
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So how exactly am I adding rustic romance to my table?
Well, glad you asked…
The quick answer is by balancing pale pinks and vintage silver with rugged burlap.
This tablescape would have a completely different vibe if the tablecloth was white linen. Delicate and feminine, the pinks would be at risk of becoming a bit too sweet. The underpinning of burlap, however, grounds the entire presentation and becomes the most important element on the table.
While often I start my tables with a print pattern in the plate stack, this table’s concept began with the blush and burlap mix and a generous dose of vintage silver.
I love to shop my own home for items to use in my styling, and that’s exactly what I did here, prowling my rooms for silver pieces to use as floral containers. The varied patinas were, in large part, the point.
As such, I chose to keep my plate stack quite simple, using texture instead of color to add interest. My favorite silver chargers set the tone for the metals on the table and next I added two different plates in a similar cream shade.
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I’d hoped to find a variety of blush and pink flowers but January is not the best time at the flower market, so instead I settled for these lush pink roses and delighted in how they mixed with the burlap. I was going for a very soft look and the rusticity of the burlap did wonders for toning down the pink.
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I also pulled out some of my favorite pink accents, including these lovely champagne flutes. I was going for warm and delicate with my choice of pinks, in sharp contrast to the reds and fuchsias I’ve done in the past for Valentine’s Day.
You can see how entirely different my table was last year in this post!
Another treasured standby that fit perfectly with this table are the linen ruffle napkins in the softest whisper of a pink. I used my absolute favorite napkin rings to punctuate the glam side of this tablescape and I truly wish I could find more of them. They’re originally from Pottery Barn but have long been discontinued. They occasionally show up on ebay, but I’ve yet to find a good replacement to add a link in for you below.
To balance the abundant roses and satisfy my craving for varied florals, I used dried flowers from earlier table settings. The pink hydrangeas dried beautifully and look lovely in the vintage jardiniere.
I also used dried mini roses, below, in a vintage repoussé silver sugar bowl. Depression glass saucers hold pretty pink candy hearts, while heirloom silver flatware completes the place settings.
And what would romance be without candlelight? I recently picked up the silver candelabras at an antique market and they add the finishing touch to my table.
Perhaps next year I’ll be back to glamour and red roses, but this year I’m in a gentle mood and enjoying my rustic romance vibe.
Still, if you’re sending a limo for me, I might have to reconsider!
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