Valentine Day is just around the corner, so it is time to switch gears and start thinking of romance. The best gifts we can give to those we really love are personal and presented in a meaningful way that tells them they are special. Years ago when I was shopping at a material store, I ran into a friend. She had a variety of beautiful bolts of fabric and I asked her what she was making. Her reply was that she was making a table cloth and topper for a romantic dinner for her husband on Valentine’s Day. I have never forgotten that! How devoted she must be to put so much thought and time into creating a romantic evening for her sweetheart! So I thought it would be fun to put my own Romantic Table for Two together for you (and of course, my honey). No sewing required :)
I had all this around my house except the salad plates, which I purchased last weekend at Little Antique Mall, my favorite store on the Oregon coast. Drum roll, please… they were just five dollars each! I am pretty much in love with them. I must confess, the black table topper is not hemmed. I literally just cut the selvage off. Light down low, romantic music, candles, and sexy you; your sweetheart won’t care that the table top isn’t hemmed. But by all means, hem it if you wish; I just ran out of time :)
A little bit of ribbon and a rose, voilà napkin ring done!
Roses do speak love, and for Valentine’s Day I naturally went with red roses. Of course, right before Valentine’s Day the prices on roses skyrocket. So with that in mind, I think a couple of candles would be a great substitute for the rose centerpiece, which I used in the third photo. Red or Black candles would have looked great but I just had white.
I cut these hearts out using my Cricut and the “Don Juan” cartridge. Good ole’ fashion scissors work, too, though :) Flip them over and your darling will find love notes just for them. Ok and I did throw on crystal beads from my “jewelry supplies” – although I am still not sure what I think of this addition …
I have created two different printouts for cards with sayings I love. The “I love you” quote is from Pablo Neruda and the “best love” quote is from Nicolas Sparks. They are both 4×6 inches. Once you print them out (or send them out to be printed as a photo), all that is left to do is to trim their width to 3.5 inches and attach them to some paper. I choose to just attach them onto accent paper and wrote on the back. You could make a traditional card, though. Go crazy, have fun, let your creative energy loose! FYI, I the accent papers are 4.5” x 7.5” and 4.5”x 8.5.
We all have different styles we love to decorate with. I pretty much have the philosophy that one can never have too much sparkle (especially when holidays of any sort are involved), so this table represents my tastes. Your style might be less glittery or altogether different, but hopefully something in this post gave you ideas for your own romantic table. You might even decide to give yourself a break and be wined and dined at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day (which is what I plan to do), but sometime this year, you might find a special occasion to surprise your sweetie with a home cooked meal or take out and your own romantic table for two you created by design with love.