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.
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.
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.
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.
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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