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How to Make your Sweetie Feel Special with a Romantic Valentine Table

No matter how much (or little) time you have to spend with your Valentine make it special with a chocolate fondue feast, a romantic table for two and stamped napkins that add sweet sentiment to your Valentine table.

valentine table

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m joining a group of bloggers for a Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all of the other participants!

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Every year, without fail, although we don’t do a ton of decorating, we have a Valentine Day party with the kids. We exchange little cards and candy and finish the day off with one or two of our favorite Rom-coms. As fun as that is, sometimes it would be nice to spend some time alone with just my Valentine. We’re so busy all of the time that it is hard to remember to take time for us.

valentine table for two

I think this year, on top of our usual party, maybe I’ll make something special just for us – After all, a shared disdain for Valentine’s Day resulted in the first funny conversation we ever had. And the rest, they say, is history!

I’m a dessert girl and haven’t gotten past the idea of chocolate fondue with fruit and pound cake, complete with a chilled glass of Prosecco, but I have figured out exactly how the table is going to look! I’ve also figured out the special message I’ll be sharing with my Valentine – hopefully, he knows he’s the love of my life, but just in case, I have a fun project to remind him and to share with you.

HOW TO MAKE SWEET STAMPED VALENTINE TABLE NAPKINS

These napkins are a snap to make with just a few materials.

materials - stamped napkins

You will Need:

  • Fabric paint
  • Napkins or flour sack towels
  • Paint Brush
  • Stamps
  • Paper Plate

Squeeze a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.

stamped napkins - step 1

Spread the paint out into the size and shape of your stamp. You don’t want the paint to be swimming on the plate, but you don’t want enough that the stamp can pick it up.

stamped napkins - step 2 spread paint

Press your stamp face down into the paint.

stamped napkins - step 3 stamp paint

Press the paint side down onto your napkin or towel and press firmly.

Carefully peel the stamp off of the fabric.

 

SET THE TABLE

valentines table for two-fireplace

I placed the table by the fireplace, lit with candles for a soft, romantic glow and placed a sumptuous faux fur rug underfoot.

valentines table for two - from top

The table palette is soft creams and grays, with a simple centerpiece of greenery and white feathers.

valentine table for two-centerpiece

valentines table for two - cross my silverware

My sweet napkin sentiment is complete with a chocolate kiss topper.

stamped napkins - step 6 napkins

Often, when decorating the table, I use our everyday white stoneware, but for today’s setting, I pulled out the china. These sweet napkins deserved to have their moment, so I wrapped the silverware in gold and jute twine and crossed them – cross my heart!

valentines table for two -closeup setting

Dessert will be a scrumptious but simple fondue – A delicious platter of fresh fruit, marshmallows, key lime and pound cake bites for dipping into both white and dark chocolate.

valentines table for two-fondue

valentines table for two-marshmallow fondue

To round out our feast, we’ll treat ourselves to glasses of chilled Prosecco – a perfect ending to moment – for that’s about as much time as we’ll have before someone needs something!

valentine table for two-prosecco

With any luck,  we the kids will be well, it won’t be snowing, and we’ll get a few hours to ourselves to have a good giggle about that first Valentine’s Day. Either way, I hope my Valentine knows he’s the bee to my honey, the peanut butter to my jelly, the stars in my sky, and the love of my life!

How about you, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Anything special you like to do with your Valentine?

Thanks so much to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing another fun Tablescape Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the links below for more table inspiration this week:

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Monday

Home is Where The Boat Is
Belle Blue Interiors
Everyday Living
A casa di Bianca
PMQ for Two

Tuesday

Life and Linda
Knock it Off Kim
My French Twist
Red Cottage Chronicles
Our Crafty Mom

Wednesday

Bluesky at Home
The Painted Apron
The Little Yellow Corner Store
The Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving

Thursday

At Home With Jemma
Dining Delight
Panoply
Home and Gardening with Liz

Friday

From My Carolina Home
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The Red Painted Cottage
Celebrate & Decorate

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Setting a Modern Vintage Christmas Tablescape

This modern tablescape maintains a vintage Christmas feel with fresh greenery, bright, vibrant blooms. The bottlebrush trees and cheater-putz houses all lend a nostalgic feel, and the geometric globes hold a special gift, just for you – free Holiday gift labels! 

vintage Christmas

Hello, Friends! The most magical time of the year is upon us with Christmas Day arriving in T-minus -21 days! I hope you’re as excited as I am!  I’ve been busy decorating every nook and cranny – I’m sure you have been, too! Thanks so much for stopping by today and joining 27 beyond-talented bloggers and me for our Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to visit them all to soak up every fabulous Christmas table decorating idea!

HOW TO SET A MODERN VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE

I stepped outside of the box on this one and created a tablescape with modern color, style, and accents, which still maintained that vintage Christmas feel I’m so crazy about.  I love green and red as much as the next person, but I like pinks and blues and turquoises far more, and this setting has that in gangbusters!

THE ROOM

Like many of you, I’m sure, the only time my dining room gets dressed up is special occasions. A few years ago we created a dining/play multipurpose room. During most of the year, our dining table folds up and acts as a console table. But when Christmas (Or Thanksgiving. Or Halloween.) comes around, things get fancy, and that table folds out!  Here it is the night before the big decorating! For more information on that, click here!

vintage Christmas -Dining Room

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THE CENTERPIECE

vintage Christmas - green runner

I started by laying a scotch-pine runner, adding sprigs of Leyland cypress and boxwood atop a teal and vintage looking lace-edged layered table runner, right down the center of the table.

vintage Christmas - Greens

I nestled glittery candles and cheater-putz houses bathed in glitter in pinks, blues, and other pastels. I’ll be sharing the fastest tutorial on these later in the season!

vintage Christmas - Putz Houses

Next, came various sizes and colors of bottlebrush trees, along with clementines for color and texture.

vintage Christmas - Reindeer

Colorful reindeer ornaments adorned with sparkle flank the sides of the runner.

vintage Christmas - Gift Tags

Geometric globes hold small gifts, wrapped in ribbon and love from Santa, just for you. His gift? These free downloadable gift tags!

Christmas Gift Tag Graphic

 

vintage Christmas - blooms 1

vintage Christmas - center side

In the center sits a large vase of vibrant blooms and evergreen stems.

vintage Christmas - blooms 2

THE PLACE SETTINGS

The gold chargers are my holiday standbys, but I love finding new ways to use them!

vintage Christmas - Tablesetting

The salad plates were a budget find this year. I love the whimsical message and images and the mix of colors and patterns. Linen napkins wrapped in gold napkin rings and red and white baker’s twine bows set the scene. I wasn’t able to find Christmas crackers in time, but rest assured I’ll be adding them before the season is out!

vintage Christmas - salad plates

I’ve been dying for pink dinner plates, but I’ve been unable to find any in the right shade (or budget).  I decided to take matters into my own hands and painted these on regular white dinner plates using a non-toxic enamel – I’ll be sharing a tutorial shortly!

vintage Christmas - pink platesb

Being an informal table setting, I skipped the place cards. I may decide to use my gift tags as place cards later in the season.

vintage Christmas - side view

Just because it’s an informal setting doesn’t mean I’m skipping the crystal! These crystal goblets hold cranberry mimosas garnished with fresh cranberries, orange slices, and sprigs of Rosemary. I know what we’ll be serving for Christmas breakfast!

vintage Christmas - Cranberry Mimosa

 

vintage Christmas - tablesetting with centerpiece

NEW VINTAGE

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Even with its non-traditional colors, this table still holds all that is near and dear to me at this time of year – a place to gather with my family and friends, to celebrate the most wonderful time of year, surrounded by magic! And, of course, a visit from all of you!

vintage Christmas -full view from side

Merry Christmas and many thanks to Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate for organizing such a fun blog hop – always one of my favorite collaborations! Don’t forget to visit the other contributors – I’m headed over there now!

 

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How to set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table (with informal stuff)

Posted in HOLIDAYS, TABLE SETTINGS, Tablescape, Thanksgiving
on November 21, 2017

How to Set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table with informal stuff. Use your everyday dinnerware and decorative items from around your home to set the festive holiday table of your dreams! 

How to Set a Semi Formal Thanksgiving Table

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I’m popping in today with some tips for decorating your semi-formal Thanksgiving table using your everyday dinnerware and items from around your home. To make this task even quicker, I’m also sharing a free Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet PDF that we can both refer back to every year! #whichsidedoestheforkgoonagain

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thanksgiving table - place cards

 As a blended family with busy, grown children, that also shares custody of our younger children, we celebrate Thanksgiving twice – once on Thanksgiving day and usually the week before. We often invite friends to join us and have affectionately named this day Ca-Merican Thanksgiving, combining my Canadian traditions with My American hubby’s. Our family looks forward to this celebration every year. This year was even more special as my bestie of 33 years was visiting from Canada. This girl and I go waaaaay back and will forever be friends if for no other reason then to protect our secrets. #SheKnowsTooMuch
knockitoffkim - besties visit
We enjoyed a hectic visit with all kinds of shenanigans and even managed to fit in an overnight road trip! Her response to everything we saw in Washington DC? “I thought it would be bigger.” Just like a Canadian.
thanksgiving table -left side
Finally, Ca-Merican Thanksgiving arrived, and it suddenly occurred to my foggy brain that I hadn’t given three seconds of thought to my Thanksgiving table decorations. #alottawine #stillrecovering
thanksgiving table centerpiece
I know – the world would not end if I didn’t have a perfect table-setting, but my blog brain doesn’t work like that.No doubt you can relate! But what if you don’t have the tablecloth/charger/fine-China/Crystal wine glasses/etc., but still want to set a semi-formal table? Use what you have!

How to set a Semi-formal Thanksgiving Table (with informal stuff)

Add a tablecloth

thanksgiving table - runner

I found this runner last spring on clearance at Home Goods – it’s me to a “T” with lots of color and pattern.
thanksgiving table - length view
My tablecloth is another matter altogether. Whether you have a 10 feet long table such as this or are putting together multiple tables, I’ve yet to find an affordable cover that will fit. This year, I used curtains panels and layered them on top of one another. Here are some other ideas for runners and cloths:
  • bed sheets
  • blankets
  • long scarves
  • unfinished fabric
  • wrapping paper
  • craft and scrapbook paper

Make a centerpiece

thanksgiving table - centerpiece

thanksgiving table - centerpiece 1

 

Make a centerpiece of several colored pumpkins, both real and faux fabric, dollar store tealight candles, and glass bottles filled with 2-3 stems of faux flowers and eucalyptus stems. Even better? Use Fresh flower stems! Other centerpiece ideas:

  • A single row of lit candles
  • seasonal fruit
  • flowers laid out in a row, interspersed with candles or tealights

Pick a charger – or not

thanksgiving table

You don’t need a charger, but they give an additional layer of depth to the table. Find metallic chargers at Walmart or the dollar store for $.98 apiece during the holidays. I use these gold chargers for pretty much everything – they are a classic look that works for many occasions. Other charger ideas:
  • placemats
  • wrapping paper
  • cardstock or even fabric

Napkins

thanksgiving table - napkin with leaf sprig
I almost always use real fabric napkins to up the fancy-meter, no matter what else is on my table – paper plates, plastic plates, etc. If you don’t have any hanging around, you can achieve a fun look by layering paper napkins, folding a cocktail napkin over a dinner. Napkins rings are elegant when you tie a colorful piece of bakers twine or ribbon around your napkin.

Add your dishes

thanksgiving table - plate with charger

Place your Soup Bowl, Salad Plate, and Dinner Plate on a charger. Not serving soup? Skip the soup bowl. Serving coffee? Set a cup and saucer out. Go eclectic by mixing and matching your dinnerware instead of making them all the same.
thanksgiving table-eclectic plates
One of my favorite looks is to set a white dinner plate with a patterned or colored dessert or salad plate. In the past, I have used formal style plastic plates as well as disposable plates. I do have a set of China, but I only have eight place settings. To get around that, I used my everyday white dinnerware and alternated the plate patterns. Just go with it – An eclectic table can be fun and beautiful!
 thanksgiving table-feature
No matter what you’re using, you can up the elegance factor by setting your table correctly. Here’s a free cheat-sheet that you can download after subscribing to my newsletter. No spamming, I promise!
Download Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet
 thanksgiving tablescape
Although it was unplanned, our Ca-Merican Thanksgiving table was beautiful and festive. With just a little bit of creativity and a few minutes, yours can be too! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by your besties and all of those you love!
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