Tablescapes, Valentine Birthday

HHjr’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, so we are having a little celebration the night before.  When I am doing a dinner party I love to be able to set the table in advance.  This gives me plenty of time to tweak it and get it just right.  Plus, that leaves the valuable time right before the party for cooking and other last minute details.  Sometimes I leave it set and other times I just “deconstruct” it, keeping all the elements handy so I can recreate it in minutes.  I am going to be out of town for the week before Valentine’s Day so I am preparing as much as I can before I leave.


The first thing I always do when creating a tablescape is focus on the centerpiece.  I pulled out the red and silver sparkly fabric runners that I had used on the mantle during the holidays.


I twisted it and scrunched it and tied each end with a silver bow


I wanted it to be sort of puffy so I could tuck different things around in it


Then I placed a large hurricane, filled with red and white baubles,  in the center with a fat silver candle


I brought this in from the other room where it had been part of the Valentine bar vignette.


Next I added more candlesticks with sparkling red and white candles.


I love to use sashes on the chair backs, it really adds a special party touch


I set the places with sheer silver place mats and used black chargers for a touch of masculinity.  The dinner plate is a my wedding china, which I love.  It is simple and elegant with a silver edge and border embossed with pineapples, the hospitality symbol.  I topped the dinner plate with a pewter salad plate, another way to keep it a little more masculine for the guest of honor.


Since this is a Valentine’s Day dinner as well as a Birthday,  I tucked a whimsical heart napkin under the dinner plate and added a mini vase of Valentine M&Ms to each place setting, topped with a shiny red heart.


The candlesticks vary in height, 2 low pewter, 2 medium glass, and 2 tall pewter, with the large hurricane in the center.


I tucked in my favorite faux silver packages that I recently used for the January Birthday Luncheon for my MIL.


A subtle nod to the Birthday Boy…


I never get tired of using my Mother’s silver goblets, a family heirloom.


I could hardly wait until it got dark so I could see how the table looked in candle light


You might notice that the M&Ms are missing in these evening photos…Super Boy {he’s 4} was snooping around, and I decided those little vases would be just TOO tempting!


You can see the candles reflected in the window and the lights in the hills beyond.  It looks magical.


We are going to have such fun at our “adults only” romantic birthday dinner party!

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29 Responses to “Tablescapes, Valentine Birthday”
  1. This is so pretty!!! I love what you did with the fabric centerpiece and that hurricane is fabulous!!! It also looks so gorgeous lit up at night! =D Have a great time at your Valentine’s Party!

  2. I love that photo where the table is reflected in the glass!!! You already have a good-sized dining room table, and that reflection just makes the table look a mile long! I just love the look of a long, luxurious table!!! Great idea to use elements from other vignettes around the house and from your Christmas mantel. Smart one there! I like all the different levels of ambient light, too. That adds so much sparkle to the table. Funny about having to get those M&Ms off the table before they magically disappeared otherwise!!! Poor little tyke…he just wanted to look! 🙂

  3. Beautiful tablescape!! I do the same with mine — I spend time setting it up and getting it just right days (or weeks) before the event. Saves so much time the day of when there are so many other things to concern ourselves with!

    • Thanks Kenley, lots of people think it’s kind of crazy, but I love that you “get it”! I am lucky though, my dining room is off the beaten path, so I can get away with it. I wish I could be a more relaxed last minute type, but I have to do things in advance!

  4. Miss Kitty says:

    Hi Jenna! This is a great tutorial on how to set a table for a party…something that I really need to work on. Thanks for sharing your tips. I am originally from Birmingham and grew up there. I live in Montgomery now. We also love to go to visit the beaches down in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Destin. You have so much creativity…I signed up to follow your blog via email…I think it worked…not sure.

  5. Love the varied heights of the candles. I need to get better about reusing!! What a great lesson in how to. Your dishes are lovely. The nighttime photos are soo wonderful. HB to Jr… I am sure it will be a memorable event!!

  6. Diane Struck says:

    My husband’s birthday is Valentine’s, so I understand about setting a table to celebrate two events! I love your centerpiece – you, obviously,put a great deal of effort into designing it. Lovely!

  7. Sorry, I accidentally published my comment, when I was trying to correct a typo!

  8. lulu says:

    Great job, Jenna. You’ve got it all right, right down to the last detail of tieing bows on the chairs. You know, I don’t have so much Valentine stuff, but seeing all the wonderful things people are doing makes me think I’m missing out.

  9. Kitty says:

    What a fun table! I love the scrunched up fabric runner and the ties around the chairs. All the layers of candles are so pretty. It looks so magical at night! Great job!!

  10. Tricia says:

    The end result is stunning — and I very much enjoyed following the story of how you put this festive table together! Love the napkin placement, especially, as well as the darling stirrers in the silver goblets and the tiny vases of M&Ms! Great touches!

  11. handgrs says:

    Lovely, lovely table. I really like the white and red sparkly table runners intertwined, but the whole table is just gorgeous and very romantic.

  12. Marigene says:

    Beautiful table! Love the candlesticks.

  13. Kathleen says:

    That looks wonderful!
    I love your dining chairs, so pretty!
    Thank you so much for linking to Let’s Dish!

  14. OMGoodness! This is so pretty!! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Hi Jenna. Wanted to let you know that you will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. See you tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Sarah says:

    It’s perfect! Working on my valentine table this afternoon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Bev says:

    What a wonderful, fun table! Your centerpiece is gorgeous…love it all.

  18. lulu says:

    What a wonderful table at which to celebrate a birthday. I especially like the center as you may remember I’m crazy for what I call bunched up fabric. Nothing wrong with getting it done in advance.

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