Who says that Valentine's Day has to be all about white lace, pink champagne and red roses? Why not redirect Cupid's arrow and aim for a more updated and modern approach to the holiday by creating a romantic table for two inspired by the color blue? Sampling from the entire spectrum of the hue, we paired some smart purchases and even a quick DIY project to create a lush and layered vignette that will surely stoke the fires of desire.
Have fun! Show your wild side by mixing patterns in your place setting. We layered a graphic cheetah-print charger with a more subdued but still fun animal print plate. We then finished it off with a salad plate in a traditional pattern.
Make your own chargers with wrapping paper, spray adhesive, foam core and paint. Cut the foam core any shape you want (we chose octagon), but the final size should be about 13 inches from side to side. With a small craft brush, paint the edges of the foam core shape a coordinating color. Spray the foam core with the spray adhesive and carefully lay your wrapping paper to avoid air bubbles. Take a straight edge and trim excess paper. If you plan on using these for more than one service, apply a layer of protective sealant like Mod Podge to the entire surface.
Notice something? The flatware doesn't match, and that is OK! Vintage mother-of-pearl mixes with family heirloom silver and everyday utensils for a look that is elevated but relaxed.
If you are going to attempt a mixed floral arrangement, make sure you have a "thriller" (lisianthus), a "filler" (pink roses) and a "spiller" (sunset heather). As a general rule of thumb, I like to have a 60/30/10 ratio for the combination of flowers. Tightly packed pink roses create the latticework for the purple lisianthus, while the heather is used to soften the edges. It's a formula that has worked for me repeatedly.
To elevate your floral arrangement to another level, consider a nontraditional vessel for it. A bulbous low vase sprayed to match the table decor was used for the centerpiece. A secondary arrangement was made and placed inside a silver box. Simple individual centerpieces were made in small jewelry boxes and used as part of the place setting.
We borrowed this simple yet stylish idea from a wedding we once attended. Silk sashes bought at an Indian sari shop add a splash of color to upholstered chairs in a nonpermanent way.
Who says that Valentine's dinner has to occur in the dining room? Why not give you and your paramour a change of scenery and have dinner in another space in your home? What is typically the living room was changed into a dark and moody bistro for a special dinner for two, complete with mood lighting.
Use the above tips to set your Valentine's Day table, and you will definitely not be left feeling blue come dinner. Actually, truth be told, you may be stoking the fires for one red-hot night!
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