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Table for two?  Table for 20?  However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, and with whomever, I thought I’d share some favorite pieces for setting the prettiest most romantical table ever!  I realized I’ve never done my series Setting the Table for V-Day before, saving it for holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, but why not Valentine’s?!  You will notice as you read on, my table is devoid of red (still not my fave color, and a little too expected), and feels much springier than you might think to do, but that was what I was feeling when searching for inspiration.  I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day with those most important to you, and think of me while I’m sobbing in my pillow.  Also, please keep the feeling of February 14th going year-round with acts of random love and kindness.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Stella McCartney resort 2014

Stella McCartney resort 2014

First things first, what to wear?  I’m thinking anything from Stella McCartney‘s resort collection, especially this pretty floral dress.  It inspired a lot of the tabletop pieces below.  Don’t forget her heart, lips, and matches embellished dress, skirt and bags either!

dinnerware from Terrain

dinnerware from Terrain

You may recall that I’m obsessed with all things mauve and rosey.  I love all the dinnerware at Terrain in that palette, and blue and white.  I love this unexpected color combination.  You can say I’m feeling a little springy!

plates from Terrain

plates from Terrain

I’m loving these artfully glazed plates in pretty neutrals as a foundation for color.

glasses from Terrain

glasses from Terrain

The perfect glass for any Valentine’s beverage…I’m hoping something with booze!  I want the blue ones for everyday.

vases from Terrain

vases from Terrain

Run these down the center of a table with more pink, white, or citron blooms in each, or paper flowers by Livia Cetti.

bowls from West Elm

bowls from West Elm

I can’t help but love these sweet little bowls!

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Frances Palmer bowl

Frances Palmer bowl from Terrain

Any piece of Frances Palmer pottery would make for a lovely centerpiece, with or without flowers.

cake plates from West Elm

cake plates from West Elm

I typically like simply decorated desserts and cakes, and these cake plates would be the perfect way to present them.

flowers by Amy Merrick

flowers by Amy Merrick

My go-to florist for any occasion is Amy Merrick.  I’m particularly liking this color combination right now.

rose gold serving set from West Elm

rose gold serving set from West Elm

If you want to add some subtle pink to your table, these rose gold serving pieces will add just that, and some sparkle.

bowls from West Elm

bowls from West Elm

Serve a pretty sorbet and cookies in these even prettier bowls.

napkins from Terrain

napkins from Terrain

My new favorite napkins, these Oregon-made linen napkins all come with a pretty rose-colored border, quite possibly my signature color.

vases from West Elm

Waterscape vases from West Elm

I love all the colors, especially the blues and sandy neutrals.  Add single stems of flowers in one palette, like a peachy variety of roses, ranunculus, and astilbe.

ferns from Terrain

ferns from Terrain

votives from West Elm

votives from West Elm

These are meant for candles, but I would use them also as bud vases, or plant them with one of the tiny ferns above.  The fresh springy greens are a refreshing and unexpected addition to a Valentine’s table.  Note: these votives match the Waterscape vases above.

chalk pots from West Elm

chalk pots from West Elm

Draw a simple heart, or “I love you” on one of these colorful versions of the classic black chalk pot, add a favorite plant, and it’s a gift after it’s done being a pretty centerpiece!

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