Imbibe in sweets, exchange gifts and smell the flowers, all in the name of St. Valentine. If you don’t have a Valentine, we still say embrace the holiday in all of its Hallmark-card splendor by throwing a celebration for you and your girlfriends. With a bit of expert help, we put together an elegant table setting, and you can too with these two important tips.

The formula for a Valentine's Day table is simple!

The formula for a Valentine’s Day table is simple: pink accents, sweat treats and something to sip on.

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Whether hosting a formal dinner or a casual affair, add gold to the color scheme to balance out the pinks and whites.

Tip #1: Filling vases of various shapes and sizes with fresh flowers helps set a tone of feminine elegance.

“When I set my dinner party table with a collection of small vases, I do it with the anticipation that each guest will leave with a flower favor – nothing compares to the gift of flowers, especially for the holidays,” says Anna Page, owner of Nashville-based Rebel Hill Florist. Rebel Hill Florist artfully arranged the flowers for this table setting. Everything from the large arrangement and small vases to the individual flowers at each place setting helps set the tone.

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Mix and match your vases to hold fresh flowers. When selecting your flower colors, stick to whites, pinks and greens.

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We adore these festive arrangements by Rebel Hill Florist.

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The grey days of winter are (hopefully) coming to an end, and we are more than happy to see some pink! The floral arrangements give us color we have been craving.

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Pale pinks are just as welcome as the more vibrant shades!

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Friends, darlings, daughters, fathers, mothers, honeys, lovers, sons and sweeties all have a place at the table with these brass napkins rings.

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We tucked an individual flower into each napkin rings to bring the color and life of the arrangements to each plate.

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Honey, pull up a chair at our Valentine’s Day table!

Send your guest home with a flower-filled vase for the perfect party favor!

Send your guest home with a flower-filled vase for the perfect party favor!

Tip #2: Save subtlety for another day and repeat the pink hues of the floral arrangement in your drinks and desserts.

We chose pink and white macarons from Little Gourmand, white and pink donuts from Five Daughters Bakery and Seersucker rosé gummy bears and cherry bombs from Olive & Sinclair for our sweets. Plan a menu that pairs with these treats, or simply offer festive appetizers for something savory. Either way, be sure to serve rosé (just as much for its crisp, refreshing taste as for its lovely shade of pink. By using food to add color, you can easily avoid kitschy Valentine’s Day décor.

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Allow the different shades of pink to play off of each other. Use gold, white and navy as neutrals to tie the table setting together.

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Guests will be glad to pass Five Daughters Bakery donuts, Little Gourmand macarons and Seersucker confections around the table!

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Yes, it maybe cliché to drink rosé on Valentine’s Day, but that makes it all the more fun.

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Head to your local wine store (such as Green Hills Corkdorks or Midtown Corkdorks) to pick up a bottle of rosé!

We love a table that is pretty in pink!

We love a table that is pretty in pink!

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Rebel Hill Florist is also responsible for this stunning arrangement. In an effort not to crowd the table, we used the larger arrangement to add life to the dessert table.

RESOURCES

Shop the story at our SB Guide partner stores: Providence Interiors, Hester & Cook, Rebel Hill Florist, Little Gourmand, Olive & Sinclair and White’s Mercantile. The donuts are from Five Daughters Bakery.

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1. Matches, $28 at White’s Mercantile | 2. Montes Doggett plates, $55-$65 and stone washed linen napkins by Linen Way, $25 each at Providence Interiors; brass napkin rings, $18 each at White’s Mercantile | 3. His/Hers/Ours decanter set, $135 at White’s Mercantile | 4. Gold marbled place cards, $6 for a set of 12 at Hester & Cook | 5. Floral arrangements by Rebel Hill Florists | 6. Bang Candy simple syrups, $9 at Hester & Cook

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1. Donut, prices vary at Five Daughters Bakery | 2. Seersucker rosé gummy bears, $10.99 for a 3 oz. pack at Olive & Sinclair | 3. Seersucker cherry bombs, $17.99 for 8 at Olive & Sinclair | 4. Donut, prices vary at Five Daughters Bakery | 5. Rosé at Green Hills Corkdorks and Midtown Corkdorks | 5. Macarons at Little Gourmand

Thank you to Providence Interiors for allowing us to shoot in your space. (Yes, you can shop all of the plates, serving pieces, napkins and stunning furniture, including the table, chairs and lamp, at Providence Interiors!) and to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the beautiful photos! 

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