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No. 51
Entertaining

We know, we know… it’s often the most disliked “holiday” of the year: Valentine’s Day. We know it gets a bad wrap, but we personally love any excuse to gather around with friends and loved ones, so we’ve put together a dinner party guide if you’re on-board the V-Day train with us! With the overwhelming amount of romantic comedies and dating apps and dinner-for-two specials floating around, it can be very easy to feel jaded if you’re single on February 14th, but we want to turn those frowns upside-down. Who doesn’t love champagne bubbles and an excuse to celebrate solid friendships?

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be a couples-only affair. When we were kiddos, everyone in class received Valentine’s cards. So, we devised an intimate dinner party setting that will surely incite sparks of love and laughter. We’re not going for the cliche hot pink and purple design, nor do we envision any cupids with arrows making any appearances. Instead, we opted for a subtly romantic vibe that combines modern details of wood, metals, and neutrals with pops of soft color. After all, love it timeless, so we couldn’t stick to one theme of traditional or modern — we wanted to meld the two together.

a Valentine's Day party dinner setting

A small flower arrangement and a brass candlestick

a modern Valentine's day dinner setting

Layered rugs are always our favorite addition to a setting, because hey, two rugs is always better than one! So, we threw our flirty pink + blue Elizabeth rug over a neutral Large jute rug, and we then centered the Samson farm table directly on top. Our Eames chairs add a bit of a modern flair to round out the overall design. We obviously had to utilize our American Limoges plates with blush pink rims, because does anything really scream Valentine’s Day more than those plates? We think not! Our gold flatware perfectly accentuates the slight gold leafing design on the plates. We finished the place settings with our Linen napkins and our modern Bodega wine glasses for a clean, simple palette. Fresh florals arranged in leather, glass, and copper vessels flow gently throughout the center of the table over a delicate, just-feminine-enough Cheesecloth runner. It’s a sight to behold, especially when the candlelight from our brass candlesticks illuminating the beautiful faces of cherished friends and/or lovers around the table.

blush pink china plates and golden flatware

golden flatware

brass candlesticks and small clay vases

a geometric terrarium flower arrangement

a wine decanter

a modern dinner setting for Valentine's Day

Photos: Randi Reding

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