It’s going on five years since I got married and I still can’t “quit” weddings on Pinterest. More specifically, reception sweetheart tables. They are like the “white box challenge” (old school HGTV Design Star reference, anyone?) of entertaining – there’s only a finite blank canvas but the options and creative direction are endless. Truth be told, I didn’t actually have a sweetheart table at my reception. (You can check out some of my wedding HERE). But, I’m totally addicted to the head table details and when I joined Lory of Designthusiasm for another Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour round (check out our Thanksgiving entertaining HERE and Christmas HERE), I was excited to pull together a romantic outdoor sweetheart table, fit for a wedding and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
If you are joining me from Jennifer at Town and Country Living, welcome! At the bottom of the post, I’ll send you on to the next stop on the tour. All week, new Valentine’s Day entertaining inspiration and ideas are being shared by different bloggers in the group; you’ll definitely want to check back in later in the week 😉
It’s still winter (did winter actually ever arrive?) but here in Georgia, temperatures have been close to 70. Grab some throws for a chill when the sun sets but with those warm temps, there’s no reason not to dine al fresco. As I’ve talked about before, I’m less about the literal hearts and more about the romantic vibes… bring out the candle light, champagne, flowers, and sweets!
Since the table is more banquet style, I opted for a garland instead of a centerpiece. Although it’s full and sumptuous, the eucalyptus keeps costs lower. The same goes for your house- if you are looking for an inexpensive way to bring in fresh, live plants/flowers, eucalyptus can fill the house for a fraction of the cost of florals. Trader Joe’s always has it in stock 😉
While their permanent home is on the breakfast buffet (see the recent transformation HERE), I use these candelabras (SIMILAR) every chance I get to really make a statement. On a smaller scale, my brass candlesticks from Pottery Barn (HERE) are used the most often.
You don’t have to be elaborate to make your dinner special… just doing something different will make it special. Sometimes, all you need is a new location, new scenery, or a new recipe.
*I thought I was using dripless candles and realized within a few minutes of lighting them, that they most definitely were NOT. If you have tips to remove wax from tablecloths, let me know in the comments below!
For the next stop on the tour, head to my talented friend Kris of Driven by Decor. I brag on her often (and if you have visited with her before, you know why 😉 ). She has a way of turning little touches and details into big, brilliant ideas!
To make sure you catch all the posts, here’s a list of all who are participating today and throughout the week.
Maison de Pax | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Decor Gold Designs
Life on Virginia Street | Bless’er House | My Soulful Home
Shabbyfufu | Ella Claire | Zevy Joy
Town and Country Living | Kelley Nan | Driven by Decor
Maison de Cinq | So Much Better With Age | Sand and Sisal
Randi Garrett Design | French Garden House
Designthusiasm | CitrineLiving | Setting for Four
On Sutton Place | Design Dining and Diapers
ZDesign at Home | Finding Home Farms | Becky Cunningham Home
Eleven Gables | The Wood Grain Cottage