5 DIY Table Settings for Valentine's Day

Holidays, Valentine's Day
on February 6, 2014
5 DIY Table Settings for Valentine's Day
Megan McGee Wedding Photography

While tradition dictates the perfect Valentine’s Day date consists of boxed chocolate, a bouquet of red roses, and a date at an overcrowded restaurant, there are plenty of other options to create the perfectly romantic V-Day date. We teamed up with several local Nashville vendors and big-box retailers to set a romantic table for two, in five different looks. Here are the variations of an at-home dinner that can be easily replicated for a sweet date night in.

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Regal Table

Regal 2

For the couple that loves tradition and formality, this antique King’s Crown crystal setting is perfect. The vintage red-trimmed crystal pops on ivory ornate carved chargers. Gold swirl-patterned linens look positively divine set with a white-on-white paisley napkin and traditionally-set flatware.

A gold calligraphy place card provides an extra touch of thoughtfulness (who doesn’t love seeing their name written in the most beautiful fashion?), and a red velvet cupcake is the perfect crowning touch. For bonus points, use you or your loved one’s heirloom family china or crystal to make it even more meaningful.

Where to Find this Look:

HomeGoods: Gold Ornate Linen and Ralph Lauren Napkins
Ebay: If you don’t have heirlooms, Ebay is a great source for King’s Crown Crystal
Pier 1: Ivory Ornate Chargers
EsqueScript: Place Card Calligraphy

Cheesy Chic Table


The ultra-traditional “Valentine’s Day” table is made perfect with a “love you” runner coupled with “love” napkins, wrapped flatware in red and pink glittered ribbon, and various heights of florals in different vessels.

Color-coordinated sparkling blush wine in champagne flutes looks fabulous styled with pink heart paper straws, and scrapbook paper-cut hearts add extra appeal. Nashville’s Dulce Desserts’ Cupcake of the Month, an unbelievably good Boston Cream Pie cupcake, and pretty V-Day shortbread cookies complete the look. If you want to make your sweets from scratch, try Relish’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe.

Where to Find this Look:

HomeGoods: “Love You” Runner and “Love” Napkins
Pier 1: Scrollwork China
World Market: Heart Paper Straws, Blush Sparkling Juice

Parisian Femme Table

Parisian Femme 2

Who says single gals can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day? This Parisian tablescape is the absolute perfect girlfriends’ brunch or dessert party setting! The flamingo print fabric complements bright pink “Poodle Love” napkins we found at Anthropologie. A purple tie-dye-trimmed plate contrasts beautifully with Depression-era glass pink bowls, set above scrapbook paper in XOXO prints with precious Je T’aime-engraved pencils.

Sprinkled Cupcakes tie in all of the fun, whimsical colors and glassware is composed of bright purple tumblers and pink antique goblets. An antiqued-pink array of roses and pale pink florals, tied with a vivid coral-pink satin ribbon, makes the perfect centerpiece!

Where to Find this Look:

Anthropologie: Purple Plates, Purple Tumblers, Poodle Print Napkins
Textile Fabrics: Flamingo Print Fabric
Etsy: Vintage Pink Goblets & Depression Glass Bowls
World Market: Heart Paper Straws
Papermart: Coral Ribbon

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Rustic Table


This rustic table is definitely a crowd favorite. Create a gender-neutral look with bright pops of red, natural materials, and this trendy-meets-classic vibe. Rifle Paper Company’s stunning designs make botanical print Valentines a no-brainer. The chalkboard place cards are simple to recreate—add some adhesive chalkboard labels to basic gold cardstock, and place in little handmade wooden holders.

Where to Find this Look:

Pier 1: Burlap-and-Velvet Napkin, Ivory Ornate Chargers
Anthropologie: Botanical Valentine Card
World Market: Red Napkins
Target: Chalkboard Labels

Rose Gold Table

Rose and Gold

Looking for a not-so-obvious Valentine’s Day color scheme? Metallics complement more subtle shades of red and pink beautifully. Repurpose some fabulous gold-and-cream striped wrapping paper as a table runner. This tablescape incorporates some pretty mother-of-pearl chargers and fabulous rose gold Christmas ornaments as the “favors.” The easy-to-reproduce place cards are composed of tented ivory cardstock, glue-dotted onto some pretty floral metallic notecards. Easy and chic!

Where to Find this Look:

Pier 1: Capiz Shell Chargers, Scrollwork China
Vintage: Pink Plates and Glasses
TJ Maxx: Metallic Moroccan Tile Napkins
EsqueScript: Place Card Calligraphy
Anthropologie: Vows Print Card
Papermart: Pale Peach Ribbon


Kelly StackKelly of Kelly Dellinger Events is a talented wedding and event planner based out of Nashville, TN. For this romantic table shoot, she teamed up with Megan McGee Wedding Photography and Florist Mary Love Richardson of Rosemary and Finch at Riverwood Mansion