“It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.”
William Carlos William
Whether you celebrate Valentines’ Day or not, this intimate table setting could also serve as inspiration for a special anniversary dinner, which in my case, is one and the same.
I chose rich jewel colors to keep the setting from getting too syrupy-sweet and added pink as an accent. The inspiration for this table was a linen napkin from Anthropologie
that I fell in love with when featured on Coco and Kelley last fall in the gorgeous tablesetting here.
I loved their modern gray color and bold botanical motif. I layered a bright fuschia napkin inside the botanical one for a splash of color and tied them with a criss crossed velvet ribbon with a heart ornament(JoAnn’s) threaded on.
To keep the table intimate, a smaller round table was draped with a pale pink underskirt and a rich velvet throw for texture and drama. Elegant red chargers held everyday cream dinner plates and fancier pink rimmed floral china salad plates. Mixing high end and low end china creates energy and interest on a table.
The Baccarat wedding crystal wine glasses were mixed with fun glass champagne flutes. Instead of place settings, whimsical Scrabble lettering spelled a Valentine message. Silverware was my husband’s great grandmother’s.
I scattered numerous mercury glass votives(Tuesday Morning) across the table for romantic candlelight. A boiled wool heart-and- crystal Valentine banner(JoAnn’s) was casually intertwined around some of the votives on the table top.
The menu was written in a frame with a favorite Elizabeth Barrett- Browning quote for another touch of sentimentality and whimsy. The casual wooden frame with patina scales back the fussiness of the crystal and silver and complements the wooden Scrabble letters.
The bouquet of flowers in pinks, reds and whites arranged in a red vase was right from the supermarket and set to the side so as not to interfere with conversation. A favorite picture in a silver frame of the guests of honor is set on the table along with some decorative hearts in silver and pink, adding to the romantic theme.
A bottle of champagne chilling in a silver ice bucket completes this tête-à-tête tablescape.