As you’ve probably figured out by now, I love all things pink and girly so it’s no surprise that I get excited to decorate for Valentine’s Day every year. Well, the day of love totally snuck up on me this year (it’s only 3 days away!!!), so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my top 5 tips for creating a beautiful tablescape, cheap and in a hurry!
- Break out the china. Nothing can elevate a table setting quite like fine china especially when you’re in a time crunch. If you don’t already have china, I would highly recommend collecting pieces as you thrift. Garage sales and antique stores are gold mines for vintage china. 95% of the time it’s an incomplete set but it provides the perfect opportunity to mix and match different pieces to create a much more interesting and layered look.
The rose bud china I used for my valentine’s tablescape I scored from a garage sale for a whopping $30! Most of the goblets were thrifted and the gold leaf glasses were gifted.
2. Use what you have. Who says you need to spend a bunch of money on a fancy center piece or bouquet of flowers to have a pretty table setting? I placed a few grocery store flowers in some glass vases for an organic, inviting look. I’ve also been known to cut large tree branches from
the neighbors err, our yard… to create a beautiful center piece on the fly.
3. Think outside the box. The secret to creating a tablescape that people will remember is by adding something fun or unexpected to the table. I had some vintage, pink colored glasses that were way too small to drink out of, so I placed a pretty disco ball in two of the glasses and placed one on each side of the main center piece. It adds the perfect amount of fun and sparkle.
Also, you don’t always have to use a traditional table runner or table cloth to add interest. I decided to highlight the center of the table by using a beautiful, ornate scarf that my mother-in-law gave me a few years back. It belonged to my husbands late grandmother so it adds a sentimental touch in an unexpected way. It ended up being my favorite thing on the entire table and really brought the pink and gold color story together.
4. The Dollar Store is your friend. It’s always good to keep holiday dollar store items on hand just in case you get in a bind and need to throw something together. I added a few dollar store foam hearts and pink gift boxes to the table to really bring home my Valentine’s Day theme. Adding a few dollar store items to help create the look of your table is perfectly fine but in order to keep it from looking like a kid’s birthday party, be sure to mix in a healthy dose of high-end items as well. I’d say 95% fancy looking/ 5%-dollar store is a good rule of thumb.
5. When in doubt add some candles. Candlelight literally makes everything better. Stock up on votives, brass candle holders, tea lights etc. It always, always looks good. Be sure to use unscented candles on your table so that it won’t interfere with you and your guests’ senses while you dine.
Thanks for reading and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!♥