There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day… as a couple, as a group of “gal pals,” as a family, as friends at school… I don’t exactly gush over the day, but I do love my sweetheart Greg even though we cannot always spend the holiday together. This year I was delighted that we would get almost an entire weekend to celebrate, including both Friday and Saturday nights. We thought it would be lovely to go out for a nice dinner on Friday evening, and I was thinking about a homemade dinner for Saturday night complete with a romantic table-for-two. I had even decided on “the stack,” and previewed it over on Instagram:
But alas, the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. We did not call ahead early enough on Friday to get a table at our chosen restaurant, and because we had no groceries bought for the home-cooked alternative, we decided to enjoy our Valentine’s meal at a more casual (but still top-ten favorite) restaurant and save the “nice dinner out” for Saturday. Both meals – and the entire weekend – were wonderful and the company of course was delightful.
It just meant I wouldn’t get to set my table-for-two. Which I decided to do anyway, just for fun if not for a meal, and I liked it so well I think I will use it for another occasion soon!
The stack consists of beaded-look plastic chargers in a burnished gold finish – I think these may have originally been Hobby Lobby or Pier 1, but mine of course came from the Goodwill — topped with Rose Chintz dinner plates by Johnson Brothers of England and Fire King gold-rimmed dessert plates. The napkins are Pier 1 in a “rolled rose” fold.
I don’t know the brand or pattern of the glassware but these pink-almost-purple goblets are generously sized and pulled the pink from the dinner plates. They were also a Goodwill find.
Flatware is my treasured Oneida “Chandelier,” given to me by my grandmother almost 30 years ago from the estate of her sister, my great-Aunt Hazel. The tablecloth is a flat bed sheet, folded into a panel like this one so it defines the territory of the table-for-two.
And the centerpiece is none other than that romantic French dandy, Lafayette, standing atop a vintage metal lamp base covered in a hand-stitched doily made decades ago by my great-grandmother Metta. Silk flowers, tealight holders, and an elegant salt-and-pepper set complete the centerpiece, all from my existing stash.
I think this table would would work for any romantic occasion! For more pretty tables set on a budget, join my Facebook Group, Thrifty Tablescapers.
I’m also sharing this table for Tablescape Thursday over at Susan’s blog, Between Naps on the Porch.
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