Wintry Valentine’s Day Tablescape

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Feb 14, 2018
In need of some last minute Valentine’s Day inspiration?
Look no further than your own back yard… you can create a simple, inexpensive table setting with a few branches, any color dishes and hearts!  You gotta have hearts for Valentine’s Day, y’all!!
I was inspired by these wooden heart ornaments to create a winter inspired tablescape using natural elements and things that I already own! I found these wooden heart ornaments from Cracker Barrel during Christmas time and they were too cute to not use for Valentine’s day.  Hobby Lobby and Michaels have a great selection of heart shaped ornaments in the traditional holiday colors or wood tone.  You can cut hearts out of cardboard and tie with jute for a quick, free and natural looking alternative.
To begin, I covered the table in blue wrapping paper!  I chose a color to contrast the wood table and the wood chargers that I planned to use.  You can use any color or pattern of wrapping paper or tablecloth.  I thought the blue was kind of reminiscent of winter! Plus, y’all know that I love blue.  I encourage you to think outside the box the next time that you want to set a fun tablescape for your family or friends.  Look around your home for things that you already own that could work together to set a theme or style. Holiday decorating does not have to be traditional or bought from the holiday decor section.
 Next, I placed wood slices cut from cedar at each place setting to use as chargers.  I have seen faux wood chargers in stores, but you can ask someone that you know who lives in the country and owns a chainsaw to cut some for you. Thanks, sister! I love the natural look of the wood chargers and the chunkiness of these!
I layered my white dinner plates and blue and white china on the wood chargers.  The white plate contrasts well between the wood and patterned dishes.  I used my striped napkins for a fun mix of pattern!  Lastly, I placed white candles on each plate.  White candles are great to decorate with for winter.  When lit, they provide a warm glow to remind me of being cozy by the fireplace.
For the centerpiece, I cut branches from my backyard and placed them in white pitchers. I initially used glass jars but they didn’t stand out enough on the blue paper.  The bright white pitchers were a great contrast and pulled the table together well.
I hung the wooden heart ornaments on several of the branches placed in the white pitchers.  I had previously tied gingham ribbon on the top of each heart for a pop of color.
I think this works well for Valentine’s Day, simply because of the heart ornaments!  When you use one item that really signifies the holiday, you can keep everything else simple.
That means you can use natural or found elements, untraditional colors or decor, and things that you already own. Celebrate in style without breaking the bank or feeling the need to have it all.
The moments gathered around the table will be remembered by your family!  Make them special, y’all! Especially, if you aren’t a great cook like me, pretty distractions are key!

I Heart Valentine’s Tablescape

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Jan 18, 2018
This Valentine tablescape is packed full of red and pink patterns, hearts, and faux bouquets. By using a few things you already own, and adding a few inexpensive pieces of Valentine decor, you can wow guests this Valentine’s Day.
Most of my serving pieces are white or clear glass, but red is great to have for holiday decor. It is such a powerful color and goes with a majority of holidays.
Layer a red placemat with a clear glass charger, then add a fun patterned cloth napkin in between the white dinner plate and festive dessert plate. Even paper products like plates or napkins can be mixed in with your ceramic or glass dishes.
Place felt hearts, word cutouts ands a sweet treat for guests on each plate. I added a touch of greenery to break up all the red.
Heart shaped straws are a fun, inexpensive way to dress up your everyday glasses.
Using red and white twine, tie on a few ornaments to the rim of the glass.  You can find Valentine ornaments at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
I actually used these red checkered ribbons at Christmas. Yep, reuse your holiday decor!  I found this wired greenery at Target, wrapped it around a few times, and hot glued a bow onto the top. I attached on the front of the chair with a dot of hot glue under the trim.
The centerpiece is a simple DIY wired tree in a red and white bowl – another Christmas accessory.  Fill with glass beads and hang some valentine ornaments on each branch.
I love to use hearts for Valentine’s Day decor, and roses, too!  My husband gave me this crystal rose for our anniversary a few years back.  When I decorate for a holiday, I often shop the house for items that will work in my theme or color scheme.  You don’t have to spend a lot if you can be creative or resourceful.
The buffet table holds extra serving pieces, drinks and candy for guests.  You can find the gum ball machines online or at Hobby Lobby.
I used plain kraft paper over some art work that I had previously framed.  With glue dots, I placed an assortment of fun Valentine papers in red, pinks and white. Then I hung a galvanized banner that spells out love to set the mood!
At each place setting, I have a sweet treat for guests.  You can easily make these by hot gluing felt roses and wrapped candy on a wooden skewer, available at the grocery store.
You can buy premade felt roses or make your own with sheets of felt from the craft store.
You can place several of these candy flowers in a glass mason jar tied with ribbon to create a sweet centerpiece or gift.  I simply placed a Valentines napkin around the inside of the glass to hide the wooden skewers.  Scrapbook paper would also work well.
Here is the view from my living room into my formal dining room.  The chandelier adds the perfect amount of bling, especially for the holidays.
On the other side of the room, I used my Christmas pillows to add some pops of red- resourceful, y’all.  I used my DIY coffee filter wreath and a burlap banner on the mirror. The natural wood elements in this room and paper projects tone down the red!

Whether, you are having dinner for two, a family meal, or hosting a Valentine’s Day party for the kids, I hope you find some inspiration to decorate your table this Valentine’s Day.


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