How To Amp Up The Romance Factor When Setting The Table For Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and couples and friends alike are beginning to make plans to show how much they care about each other. Valentine's Day as a holiday to share affection originated in the 1500s, according to Britannica, though the first physical Valentines were printed in the mid-1800s. The holiday has obviously evolved over the years and is presently a day of love and connection.

For many couples, Valentine's Day is meant to celebrate each other and the relationship in its entirety. It's a day to do something special for each other, and as it goes, a romantic dinner is one of the favorite ways to celebrate the day. You already have a personalized menu of all of your favorite foods and dessert drafted. But it's time to take your Valentine's Day dinner to the next level. The meal will be even more special with a stunning tablescape. If you're setting up a romantic dinner for two, these ideas are sure to bring passion and romance.

Floral centerpiece

No Valentine's Day is complete without beautiful blooms. Look for flowers that symbolize love and romance, like roses, tulips, and peonies. All of these flowers come in shades of red, white, and pink, which are colors that symbolize love and will pair perfectly with a Valentine's Day tablescape. Add some greenery to make the bouquet more visually interesting. For a simple and minimalist look, try a few florals in small bud vases. And if you're looking to be more dramatic, the more flowers, the better.

Candles for ambiance

Create a romantic ambiance for your Valentine's Day dinner with lots of candles. You can set pillar candles in hurricane vases around the room. Taper candles in candlesticks add an elegance that will make your dinner feel like the special event that it is. The candles can reinforce the romantic color scheme, or you can add contrasting colors like purple or blue for a little more interest. You'll want to look for unscented candles so they don't interfere with the flavor of the food.

Heart-shaped plates

What's Valentine's Day without a few heart-shaped details? The universal symbol of love is a must-have when creating a romantic tablescape. Place a heart-shaped plate over the traditional round plates for a layered look. You can use the smaller heart plates to serve the appetizer or dessert. They're usually smaller than traditional dinner plates so they'll be the perfect size to start or end the meal.

Soft and passionate colors

Pink represents romance, happiness, and nurturing. There is no better color to celebrate your relationship and love. Along with red, which symbolizes desire, pink creates a beautiful, soft tablescape with a little bit of heart-racing passion. Bring these colors in through the decor and food. You can also elevate the tablescape with gold flatware, which naturally feels more luxurious.

Add some texture

Bring a little texture into the tablescape so that it doesn't look visually flat. Consider a table runner down the center of the table. Light fabrics like linen and sheer ones like chiffon can add an airy look to the table. You can also add texture with table napkins while also providing functional details. Charger plates are an updated version of placemats that look elevated and add some visual interest to the table.

Finish with glassware

Whether you're having a glass of champagne, wine, or juice, you don't want to skip out on the glassware. Using fancier glasses and stemware will help make the dinner feel like an event that stands out from your everyday meals together. Opt for goblets for water, coupes for cocktails, and highball glasses for cocktails or sodas. Don't forget to create a special Valentine's Day cocktail or mocktail or open a nice bottle of wine to sip on through dinner