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The Beginner’s Guide to Setting a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Table

The Beginner’s Guide to Setting a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Table

Hint: it involves flowers, hearts and pink

Written by –
Jess Ng
on February 1st 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

If the way to the heart is through the stomach, then an all-out romantic feast is a Valentine’s Day no-brainer. Whether you’re planning to woo your sweetheart, or wanting to show your galentines some love, you can never go wrong with food. But on Valentine’s Day, of all days, what matters nearly as much as the food is the accompanying decor and environment. If you’re serious about celebrating the day of love, then it’s time to step up your game by setting the mood. Here, I’ve compiled the ultimate guide to the romantic table setting to help you do just that.

Start With Flowers

Remember when I said not all tablescapes need a floral centerpiece? Well the exception to this rule kicks in on Valentine’s Day, when all romantic tablescapes most definitely do.

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For an intimate meal for two, opt for a scattered mix of small bouquets and single stems so the overall look is more casual and laid back. As for the type of flower, anything goes as long as they’re fresh!

Think Pink

When in doubt, always opt for pink, be it blush, coral or fuchsia.

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In fact, why not throw caution to the wind and incorporate all the shades into your tablescape, layered together to create a saccharine dream.

Add Candles

Would it really be Valentine’s Day without candles?

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Whether in tealight or stick form, candles are a mood setting fail safe. There’s just something about that candlelight glow…

Play with Bunting

For added impact, consider putting up some bunting.

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If you’re short on space, try hanging floral garlands behind your dining chairs. Otherwise, go all out and criss cross layers of bunting across the room for a whimsical vibe that is sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

Heart It

Finally, what better way to show off your love than putting your heart into your tablescape (literally!).

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Heart-shaped plates, heart-printed cutlery, heart-folded napkins, the sky’s the limit. Sure it may be a little on the nose, but Valentine’s Day is no time for subtlety. Wear your heart on your sleeve (or your tablescape) with pride!

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