I'll help you keep it simple and stylish this Valentines, starting with the essentials for creating a romantic table for two...
Want to stay away from the cliche red this valentines, how about dusky pink and mint with a gold twist. A gentle, romantic colour pallet, pulled together with flowers, tableware and candles. And, even if this isn't your favourite colour scheme the below five tips will help create a special table for two, no matter what.
- Table cloth or runner
A quick and simple way to add a little luxury to your meal, I love the grey runner pictured, it adds sophistication and grounds the otherwise feminine pallet.
Valentines wouldn't be the same without them and they create a statement centrepiece for your table without requiring too much work. Tip: Keep flowers below eye level so you can hold a conversation over dinner.
Use a mixture of tall candlesticks to create height, I have a gold set which would look at home with this scheme, and smaller tea lights and candles to create a soft glow. Remember, in design we work in odd numbers, 3,5,7. The same rule applies here, trust me, you'll make an impact with absolutely no fuss.
Go the extra mile this Valentines and add something special to your napkins. A pretty napkin ring, ribbons or a sprig of rosemary... And if you've got the extra time, two sprigs of rosemary joined together will make a fragrant heart.
- Set the table
Obvious, perhaps but set the table for two... plates, cutlery and glasses and you will have a complete table for two this Valentines. Enjoy!