In this post: Gorgeous velvet hearts add plush texture and rich color to the Valentine’s Day decorations that adorn this holiday tablescape.⇒
Last month I celebrated my 35th anniversary!
That’s 35 Valentine’s Days I’ve spent with my hubby!! So, I’m thinking I’m a pro at this. We’ve done it all – dinners out, romantic getaways, dinners for two at home.
But with grown children and an empty nest, we can do that any night. Restaurants are crammed with tiny tables on top of each other, jacked up prices and limited menus with blah food. So I’ve re-designed Valentine’s Day…
Valentine’s Day Decorations
These days, my favorite thing to do on Valentine’s Day is spend time at home with the people I love.
To celebrate the occasion, I set a lovely table adorned with gorgeous Valentine’s Day decorations and serve the best food and drink for my family to enjoy. This is the day to splurge on your favorite wines.
With the money you’re saving from not eating out, you can head over to the grocery and order steamed lobsters.
Top it all off with an amazing dessert and you’ve kept your kitchen clean and treated yourself well!
This year I decided to set my table in pinks and reds, punctuating a base of pretty whites.
I don’t use red often, but when I saw these gorgeous crimson velvet hearts from Plush Pumpkin, my own heart went aflutter. Imagine my delight when they offered to send me some pieces for my post today, so a special thanks to Plush Pumpkin for providing the hearts!
I usually start a tablescape with the plate stack, but this time I really wanted to work the relationship between pink and red, so I began with red linen hem stitch napkins and gathered them in these lovely pink ranunculus napkin rings.
I’m so delighted to see they’re back in stock for the coming spring!
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Next I moved to the plate stack where I wanted to stay pretty subdued.
I used textured cream dinner and salad plates, bolstered by a silver charger. I wanted to be careful not to go overboard with the color and ensure the table still retained my signature modern French style.
The velvet hearts come in various sizes and quite a few colors and are accented here with velvet ruffled flowers. The two tone sequin heart has an iridescent feel and really takes my Valentine’s Day decorations to a whole new level.
Because I love contrast and balance, I kept my tablecloth underpinning very quiet and delightfully rustic, using a laundered linen cloth with ruffled edging. This is one of my new favorites, so you’ll probably see a lot of it in the upcoming months.
I love to invest in pieces that can work with so many different looks.
These sweet pink champagne flutes have just a whisper of color, but they add a note of blush warmth to the holiday table.
If there was ever an occasion that was perfect for my flatware it’s Valentine’s Day, as the pattern is named “First Love”. Although, truth be told, I use these on every single table because it’s the only flatware I own!
(Well, apart from my everyday set, which probably has only 3 forks left…)
Topping my plate stack I used vintage tea cups, this time matching, in the ‘American Beauty’ pattern. I tucked velvet hearts and ruffled flowers into the tea cups for a loving welcome to the table.
Of course, the florals were the easiest part of this table, as all I needed to do was mix the prettiest tones of pink and red in a variety of shapes that worked together. I used red ranunculus, fuchsia roses and pink hyacinth for their intoxicating aroma.
With the table set, just add love!
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