What you need to set a romantic table
I like to start with a blank palette and build from the linens up to set a gorgeous table.
Begin with fresh, neutral table linens. I like to use either a solid cloth or one with a subtle pattern like this gold paisley on white. It’s subtle enough to add a bit of detail without overwhelming the table and becoming a focal point. In this case, we’re going all out for a romantic look that is reminiscent of an English country garden, so we want linens that are soft, yet rich.
If you have fine china with a pattern, that may decide your color scheme. However, if you have something that is on the neutral side, you can let your other decorations contribute to the romantic theme.
To keep it simple and leave room for your other decor, you’ll need for each place setting: a charger, a dinner plate, salad plate, your silverware, and a wine glass. Since we are keeping it simple, you can leave your bread and dessert plates nearby.
A little favor centered on the plate is a nice touch to show your guests appreciation.
Crystal or Glassware
It isn’t necessary for your crystal or glassware to match. In fact, using one design for water goblets, another for wine, and another for cocktails adds to your romantic table.
Don’t you love the mix of the old-fashioned pink water goblets (that can double as wine glasses) with simple clear saucer champagne and champagne flutes? It’s a play on the “something old, something new” trope and it totally works. It’s perfectly okay to mix heirloom antiques with those from Crate and Barrel.
Floral arrangements really make a romantic table
Whether you are working with a florist or doing the arrangements yourself, for a romantic table, I suggest using a combination of flowers that have opened and have opened partially. Mixing two colors, such as shades of pink and red, really strike a dramatic note and are particularly stunning.
Keeping your floral arrangements small and low is desirable. You want them to be tall enough to make an impact, yet low enough that your guests can see each other across the table for conversation. I really like to use a series of small arrangements down the center of the table and not a single, large arrangement. It gives me more opportunities for displaying the food and drinks.
When you spread out your arrangements, you also have more room to place candles.
Let your food and drinks be part of your decor
For a truly romantic table, your menu should be on theme. The flavors as well as the colors and plating will contribute to the overall feel. When you coordinate these elements, your food and drinks will do much of your decorating work for you.
Greet your guests with on-theme hors d’oeuvres and dessert bites to add to the visual feast. Like these macarons under tiny glass domes, they are enticing, consistent with the color palette, and offer a delightful taste.
Pink champagne or a rose is the perfect accompaniment. It tastes as beautiful as it looks and really picks up the color. Again, notice how well the mis-matched stemware works. And of course, champagne also offers aphrodisiac benefits too!
Don’t forget Dessert!
A gorgeous, floral topped 6 inch naked cake is the pièce de résistance for your romantic table setting. It fits perfectly between your place settings and nestles right between your floral arrangements to fill in the space. It ties all the elements together and is a beautiful addition to your tablescape.
Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Anniversaries
Setting a table like this is perfect for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. It’s also perfect for a bridal luncheon, shower or even an elegant birthday party.
We hope you enjoy these suggestions. Be sure to let us know how you set your romantic table. Tag us (@theawesomemuse) in your photos so we can enjoy the loveliness you create too!
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