Happy Valentine's! Or happy day before or day/s after Valentine's, depending on when you are reading this! I'm not a fan of going out for dinner for this day of love. It is often over-priced and you're crammed into a table right next to another couple, so we usually stay in.
Over the years we've often made a nice meal together and got each other a little present with a £5 budget - I think the smaller things count more and it's not necessary to spend a fortune on what actually is a fairly commercialised event. So little gestures it is, and this year I've set the table up ready for our 'Dine In' meal from a certain special supermarket! Want to see...?
I've mentioned it a few times, but in my role as a wedding stylist my absolute favourite part is laying the tables. I love to apply real attention to detail and turn a drab white-clothed table into a stunning wedding tablescape. Getting your table decor right at your wedding is really important, as your guests will be spending a fair amount of time looking at them during the wedding breakfast.
And so I loved styling this little table for two for our Valentine's meal in. It was fun taking the kitchen table and turning it into something that is pretty, plus romantic of course! My favourite kind of styling look is soft, romantic and elegant, and this is how I wanted my Valentine's table to look.
As I have a blue and white kitchen, I used soft blues and whites as my starting point. With a blue linen tablecloth from Silk & Purl, I added my blue and white Burleigh plates, vintage cutlery, vintage white napkins and vintage champagne glasses. I wanted to bring in some delicate pinks too, to soften the look and bring in some feminine touches, so I added pink hand-dyed ribbon, also from Silk & Purl, to the napkins, along with the prettiest cupcake ever from Elizabeth's Cake Emporium. I also added a lovely calligraphy name tag from Sugar & Spice Designs, to give you an example of a pretty wedding place setting.
For a fun factor I added some heart marshmallows in complimentary shades and finally the finishing touches were the pretty white and pink Spring flowers and of course, candles - all placed in vintage cut glass vases and holders. I chose this delicate and elegant glass, rather than brass or anything too heavy, as I think it was really important to keep the look soft and in order for you to not lose focus on the other pretty items on the table.
So what do you think of my pretty Valentine's tablescape? Has it given you inspiration for you, if you are having a meal in? Or perhaps use it for inspiration for setting a table for a dinner party or for your table styling at your wedding.
I love to bring a design to life, encapsulating a couple's personality in a wedding and styling the day with detail and precision. If you would like me to design and style your very special day, please get in touch with me here. I have a few dates available in 2018 and I am starting to get bookings for 2019, so be quick! I would love to chat to you.
Thanks for reading, VA x