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Setting the Table for Valentine’s Day

Setting the Table for Valentine’s Day

Left: Tablescape by Calie Rose Wedding & Events; photo by Brooke Schultz Photography. Right: Tablescape by Poppy & Plum; photo by This Modern Romance.

Continuing our Setting the Table series, today’s post showcases tablescapes in tones of red, pink, and white, with some gold and wood tone accents. All of these creative tablescapes can be appropriated perfectly for Valentine’s Day, whether you’re entertaining just one, a group of friends, or even a smattering of kids. If you find yourself entertaining children, don’t shy away from using real linens, be it casual placemats or full-on tablecloths. Then, be sure to reference our tips for caring for table linens.

We talked to four designers and event planners on finding inspiration for setting a table for Valentine’s Day. And, for even more inspiration, you can peruse our Setting the Table board on Pinterest.


Photo by Julie Harmsen.

Cassandra LaValle of lifestyle blog Coco + Kelley shares her thinking behind the modern Mexican-inspired red and white Valentine’s Day tablescape she created in her Seattle studio, which is perfect for a dinner with friends or a low-key date.

“I love celebrating traditional holidays in non-traditional ways. Valentine’s Day especially! So when I was trying to think up a theme for this party, I fell into the idea of a festive Mexican dinner, in shades of white and cream with pops of coral reds. Why? Because if this day is all about professing love, then guacamole and churros are speak to my heart. Plus, even pretending to be anywhere warm right now sounds good.”

We love the simple white tablecloth, embroidered napkins, wooden bowls, and brass flatware. As for putting it together on your own she says, “The best part is that the menu and theme are easy for two or a few. The touches of Mexican influence are subtle, and the colors are fairly neutral. All you need are a couple of serapes, paper pieced banners, and an hour or two in the kitchen. “ 


Photo by Meg Perotti.

Jacquelyn Kazas, one of the designers who heads up Beijos Events in Californina put together this crisp pink Valentine’s Day-themed table with a celebration for kids in mind.

“We wanted to create a fun morning Valentine's Day celebration for both the kiddos and the mamas. Valentine's Day isn't just for adults; it's also a day for little ones to celebrate love. We made yummy heart shaped waffles and other treats, along with a fun DIY photo project that the kids could gift to their daddies.”

The color scheme is cheerful and fun, without being childish. A pretty multicolor floral arrangement designed by Wylie Weddings takes center stage, while heart-shaped balloons with tassels by Studio Mucci provide background décor.


Photo by Jeff Loves Jessica.

Confetti Pop founders Maddy Hauge and Shauna Younge incorporated geometric shapes into their Valentine’s Day tableau, which is a rich combination of rose, red, gold, reinforced by the florals, designed by Prairie Fair, which add touches of deep and pale greens. They tell us how to gear this design to a fun-filled table for two.

“A Valentine's Day celebration for two is the perfect opportunity to design a detail-laden tablescape without overworking yourself. Dazzle your date before dinner is even served with a geometric place card and coordinated DIY faceted stirrers in your drink. To create a cozy atmosphere, remember to put the focus on each other. Big blooms are fabulous for a party, but practice restraint when dining a deux so your florals don't block lingering gazes across the table.”


Left: Photo by Sylvie Gil Photography.Right: Photo by Dyan Kethley Photography.

We’d love to take cues from this outdoor wedding planned by Katy Higgins of Kathy Higgins Weddings. The bubble gum pink runner with matching flowers by Valley Flora, and prettily scalloped white dishes are a perfect complement to the romantic crystal chandeliers they hung on the trellis above. Higgins shares more here.

“We are delighted you love this wedding as much as we did. The bride, as you can tell, was all about the pink, both soft and bright tones, which we used on rustic farm tables and dressed up with Venetian chandeliers.  The soft draping behind the tables wafted in the breeze adding a little mystery. We used tons of candles and what is more romantic than candlelight, especially if you’re dining on Valentine’s Day? Add the best bottle of champagne you can buy and delicious food, starting with fresh oysters. Instant joy!”

Dallas-based firm Events by Kristin created the Valentine’s Day spread on the right with friendship in mind. Roses in varying shades of pink designed by Angie Strange of Posh Floral are lined up along a preppy striped table runner, while charming fashion illustrations by Lauren Martyn sit atop gold rimmed chargers at each table setting, proving celebrating love with friends is just as much, if not more, fun.


 Photo by Natalie Franke. Right: Photo by Christian Oth Studio.

The table setting on the left, created by Caitlin Moran for lifestyle site Glitter Guide, takes cues from vintage Valentine’s, with its pastel color scheme marbled table runner, made out of paper and inexpensive artificial flowers that she spray painted gold. On the right, event guru Colin Cowie sets an extra long table in shades of pale pink and gray, with small bouquets of flowers by Grymes Cannon Design.