Tablescape: Romantic Table Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is that special day of the year where romance is in the air, and you might want to have a special intimate dinner for two. Going out together is always fun, but sometimes you’d rather stay home. But staying home doesn’t mean you can’t make your dinner one that demonstrates how you feel about your “significant other.”
 

 
I had two large gold key Christmas tree ornaments that I thought would look great as special table favors, and they inspired the theme, “You hold the key to my heart.”
 
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I covered my dining room table with a crisp white tablecloth and added dressy red silky placemats with gold beading. They were a terrific find at the Goodwill.
 
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Then I added plain gold chargers from Michaels and my plain white 10 Strawberry Street dishes. I used my Cristal  D’arques Versailles crystal and Williamsburg flatware by Reed & Barton. The white napkins are rolled up in gold solid brass napkin rings. The attractive printable “You hold the key to my heart” is available at www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com–thank you, Ashley, for your elegant design!
 
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The gold urns are made of clay, painted gold; they came from AC Moore after Christmas one year. I bought gold and silver urns because I knew they would be so versatile, and they have been! I filled them with large gold twine balls and smaller red twine ones. Several red twine balls adorn the tabletop, too. Twine balls of this sort, sometimes called vase fillers, are available in craft stores and at discount stores like Target.
 

 
The gold star candleholders were bought at Rite Aid one year on Christmas clearance. You know how I feel about stars–I love them everywhere! The white taper candles add to the romance of the tablescape, as do the paper hearts in two shades of red sprinkled on the table. You can cut out the paper hearts yourself by hand or purchase heart shapes in paper, craft foam or even balsa wood. You can also sprinkle real rose petals or artificial ones for more romance.
 
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Light the candles, and put on some mellow music you both love. Serve a oft-requested home-cooked meal or one from a favorite restaurant picked up on the way home. Turn off your cell phone, and let the answering machine pick up your land line. Pour a glass of wine or sparkling punch, and focus fully on your loved one. Talk about the things you have in common, the things that brought you together in the first place, loving memories and exciting plans for new adventures for the two of you. The attention you give each other is the romance you seek!

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