Last Saturday, we hosted a Valentine dinner party for 5 couples. Typically we use the dining room, but the weather has been so glorious lately, we decided to have it outside on our back terrace.
The attire for the evening was Fetching for the women and Dapper for the men.
My new friend and neighbor, Lory, recently posted 7 Swoon-Worthy Valentine’s Day tablescapes on her blog, ToHaveToHost. I was inspired by this one-with all the pinks and soft colors. You can link to original photos related to this at StyleMePretty here.
What is unique about this centerpiece is the various sizes of cups/vessels for flowers positioned on a long piece of raised wood.
I showed a picture of the wooden base to my husband. Within a few hours he had made me this (I will do a separate post on this later).
I gathered any and all cups, bowls, spooners, and vases that would fill the space.
Keeping with soft pastels, I purchased hydrangeas, stock, tulips, roses, carnations (from Trader Joe’s, Fry’s and Safeway) and added some flowers from the garden.
The brass candlesticks and tapers were purchased from West Elm.
It was a bit time consuming to do this, but the results were spectacular. Thankfully my sweet Elisabeth provided an extra set of hands.
Menus were printed on shades of pink card stock. I cut the edges with decorative scissors (purchased at Michaels ages ago).
My daughter helped tie each menu with a pink satin ribbon.
I was so excited to use my very first set of china, Romance Collection- Juliet by Royal Doulton. It has since been discontinued but the pattern was perfect for this dinner theme.
The gifts for each guest (Pink Champagne scented candles for the women and silk ascots for the men), also served as a place card. My husband had never worn an ascot before, nor had any of our guests. It was quite fun to see them figuring out how to tie them. Quite dapper!
Julie Greder, once again catered this event. She never disappoints. Calm and gracious, Julie created a delicious menu. She also loaned her French pink glassware to add to the large wine goblets I purchased from Pier 1.
Here is the view before our guests arrived, as dusk was approaching.
The weather couldn’t have been better. Cool enough for a fire in the fireplace, but cozy enough for our guests. We had a wonderful evening with a very fun group of friends.
Special thanks to Jenna Rousseau, Central Wines, for selecting the wine pairings (and delivering them!). If you live in the area, please stop by her lovely wine bar on Central Avenue.
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ryon Lockhart is the photographer for the inspiration picture.