My Valentine’s Table Setting!!!

Feb 06, 2017

My favorite part of any holiday dinner event is thinking of ways to set the table. And Valentine’s Day is no different!! Last year, I was especially excited for my Valentine’s Day dinner because my sweet mother had given me a set of blush pink stemware for Christmas. These glasses were given to her by her mother years before, so I love that there’s a history to them! My aunt Gayle also gave me the most beautiful blush pink tablecloth that had been hers. I guess they all knew my favorite color is Blush Pink!!! I couldn’t wait to put it all together!

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Giving party favors is a must for me and flowers both make the table look pretty and is a take-a-way that everyone loves!!! I typically go to Trader Joe’s since they always have great flowers at reasonable prices and wonderful, little items, perfect for making each place setting special. They had these adorable mini rose bushes in ceramic posts with heart embellishments, so I got this for the girls and a box of chocolate truffles for the guys. One of my client’s daughters started her own in-home bakery, Maddiecakes (everything she makes is delicious!!), and I asked her to make the adorable xo cookies, which were a huge hit!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Blush Pink Theme

One day I will get out my china… but I really don’t like washing everything by hand, so I typically use my white everyday chargers and dishes for a dinner event. I wanted some pink salad plates to add a bit more festivity, and I scored these German plates with silver engraving from one of my discount shopping sites! They only had 8 left so that was my Valentine’s Day dinner party limit!!!

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I inherited these pretty pink napkins from my grandmother, Florene!! Tied with a silver and pink ribbon, they bring out the colors of the salad plates. The adorable little butter dishes were borrowed from my mom’s Haviland china collection!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Pink Lemonade at the Bar

To carry my pink theme into the rest of the house, I added a few little touches! I set up the bar with pink lemonade and soda water from Trader Joe’s, something I always keep on hand. For everyday, I like the regular sparkling lemonade, but for Valentines Day, the pink is perfect!!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Single Rose Arrangement

I added a blush pink rose to go beside my pink glass bowl in the living room!!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - White Tulips on Side Table

Even though I focused mostly on roses, I can never resist tulips and sprinkled a few around the house!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Salad and Lobster Bisque First Course

One of my guests texted me the morning of the dinner asking what she could bring. It hit me then –everything! Haha, I hadn’t thought about the meal, just the table!!! I quickly planned the menu:

Valentine’s Day Menu
First Course
Lobster Bisque from Costco
Salad with Heart-Shaped Garnishes

Main Course
Super Easy Grilled Tenderloin
Balsamic Roasted Veggies

Fresh Fruit over Ice Cream
served with Mini Heart Cookies from Maddiecakes

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Heart Salad

To make the salad seem a bit more festive, I used this idea from Jo and Sue and cut some of the veggies using a small, heart-shaped cookie cutter!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Heart-Shaped Sweet Potato Biscuits

For the bread, I served a rosemary Italian bread from Trader Joe’s, but I love these heart-shaped biscuits too!! Best part – they’re gluten-free, sweet potato biscuits! I’ll have to try them this year… here’s the recipe.

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

I loved the medley of colors these oven-roasted veggies added to the plate! I didn’t follow a recipe, but here’s what I did:

Balsamic Roasted Veggies

1) cut up an assortment of veggies to about the same size. You can really use any veggies you want, but make sure they’ll all cook in about the same amount of time. I used onions, Brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips, cauliflower and potatoes.

2) lay out the veggies on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with fresh rosemary, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Toss in high-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

3) Roast in a 450-degree oven for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they’ve reached the desired tenderness.

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Friends at Dinner Party

We all had a great evening! My dining room only comfortably seats 6, so for bigger gatherings, I use the breakfast table which has expansion leaves. This was nice because everyone had plenty of room!!

Segreto Secrets - My Valentine's Day Table Setting - Couples Valentine's Day Dinner

It was so fun spending Valentine’s Day with several couples and celebrating at home!! I may turn this Valentine’s Day dinner party into an annual tradition!

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So cute is Isai’s (my operations manager) new baby girl Charlotte!  Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day shared with your loved ones! If you’re looking for more V-Day dinner ideas, check out this post from 2014. And if you’re wanting a creative idea to show that special someone how much you care, why not try a scavenger hunt?! Till next week!

xo, Leslie 0d1e7107-84e6-4cb5-b9df-7d03cde2430f

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  • Belinda
    Posted at 08:29h, 06 February Reply

    Beautiful Leslie!

    I wish you have a store website where I could purchase jewelries and other things you have.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 13:12h, 06 February Reply

      We are working on that! Too much to do too little time and I am so not technical! Have a great day!!

  • Nancy Piland Walker
    Posted at 10:33h, 06 February Reply

    Love everything you posted, Leslie. I also like to have everything just so when celebrating special occasions. For Valentine’s I have some of my grandmother’s pink stemware (your great grandmother’s)
    and we actually use it everyday. I just so enjoy seeking out special favors also. We’re snowed in here in Langley but hopefully by Valentine’s all the white “stuff” will be gone. Happy Valentine’s to you and your family. Love, Nancy

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 13:11h, 06 February Reply

      Hi Sweet Nancy!! At least white and pink and red look great together!!! I would love to see pictures of those dishes. So special!! Much love to you and Bill! xo

  • Tongula
    Posted at 10:40h, 06 February Reply

    Beautiful Setting! I loved the entire theme!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 13:10h, 06 February Reply

      Thank you! Send me what you do!!! It may be more kid friendly themed!! I love Valentines Day!!!

  • classic•casual•home
    Posted at 11:35h, 06 February Reply

    What an awesome party…perfect. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 13:09h, 06 February Reply

      It was fun!! It is good that I reviewed the setting from last year so I wouldn’t do the same this year!! cheers to you!!!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 20:09h, 06 February Reply

    Love it all! Loved meeting your daughter Sammy! What a sweetheart! She looks like your hubby but I see you too!❤️

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:30h, 07 February Reply

      She loved meeting you are well and was so excited about the goodies!! they are in my garage know waiting for her to sort! Much love and gratitude!!!

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 22:18h, 06 February Reply

    my mouth is watering, and i bow to you and your attention to detail. what a great dinner party for your friends! i am still in arizona helping my folks and getting a few things done at the fixer. i’ll be flying home on valentine’s day to my sweetheart and can’t wait! xox

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:29h, 07 February Reply

      Hi Michele!! Haha John is at the Colorado fixer upper and is flying back right in the nick of time for Valentines!! xo

  • April M Policani
    Posted at 09:51h, 07 February Reply

    Beautiful blog! Thank you for the mention. xo

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:24h, 08 February Reply

      Hi April! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • Design Chic
    Posted at 08:46h, 12 February Reply

    Your table looks beautiful, Leslie! I love the blush and that there is a history with so many of the pieces. What a special treat for your friends! Happy Sunday ~

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 03:44h, 13 February Reply

      Happy Valentines day to you!!! Hope you have a wonderful week!!! xo

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