Do you struggle to create a beautifully set table? Some simple table decor tips for Valentines Day or any day that you have guests coming over for dinner.
You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to set a beautiful table nor should you feel intimidated. I prefer to make my own rules when it comes to decorating the table. If you are going all out formal that might be different, but for friends and family I say…make it yours! The only “rule” that I tend to follow is one that makes perfect sense. Fork to the left, knife to the right (blade facing in) and spoon beside if one is necessary. I love a cloth napkin and will plop it on the plate casually, in-between the plate stack or even on the right. Sometimes stuffy rules are outdated and made to be broken, so here are some table decor tips to use loosely.
Table Decor Tips For Valentines Day
I chose an outdoor setting but the same would apply to indoors. Most of what I have set my table with is vintage and that set a theme. Start thinking of what you will use first in your table setting decor. I call this a dress rehearsal in your head! Then take the dishes, flatware and anything extras you will be using out of the cupboards and set aside. Here is my order of table setting beyond that, and this is what works for me. Every time…
Decide on this first and build your table decor setting from there. I had a couple dozen grocery store roses left over from the week before that were wilting. Rather than toss, I decided to use the roses plopped loosely on my table down the center. This set the scene for a rustic and romantic setting and you could definitely do this indoors as well.
Layering The Table
With table decor tips, think of your tablescape as a three dimensional object of art! You have your centerpiece, and next comes the individual place settings. Start with your plates and layer them, as I talked about a couple of years ago in THIS POST for Valentines Day. I love (and collect) vintage and antique dishes. These days you can find them easily at thrift shops with so many people decluttering and downsizing. We aren’t formal in our home, so I grabbed an antique linen napkin and tied a piece of hand painted silk ribbon to tie as a napkin ring. If you’re interested in learning more about how to paint ribbon, see my TUTORIAL.
Flatware And Stemware
Everything can be affordable and the trick is to collect over time. Look for flatware and stemware at yard sales and thrifts, as there is where much of my own came from. These antique looking wine glasses were a recent purchase and came from HomeGoods. They are acrylic, which is great for parties and outdoor use! Mix and match the fancy with the plain, the old with the new. It’s unexpected and much more interesting than matchy matchy!
Making it yours with just one whimsical accent is something that makes a table memorable and fun. These pink velvet hearts add just that sweet touch! For Valentines Day, add some heart shaped cookies to the table or hearts cut from paper. The trick to whimsy is just to not go too overboard and keep it fairly simple.
Bring In Ambiance
Candlelight is my favorite way to bring ambiance with table decor tips that I love to share. Indoors or out, candles in glass glow in the evening light and are protected from the breeze. These small jars are antique French yogurt jars, but look for small jars in the craft store or yogurt in jars at the grocery.
Step Back And Look
As with any “art” that you create, take some big steps back and look at the composition. Is everything set so that real people can sit and enjoy? Do you have enough of everything so that you won’t have to constantly be interrupted to get up for more? Does the table look and feel balanced? And finally…do you have enough light?
What are some of your table decor tips? Let us know in the comments!