For Valentine’s Day (or any time really), you just need a few ingredients (actually I came up with 10) to create a special little dinner for 2.
- Gather in a quiet place off the beaten path. My go-to quiet spot is our small, ancient parlor.
- Pull-up a couple of upholstered chairs instead of dining chairs. I love a pair of wing chairs for this intimate grouping.
- Set a small table (stationary or folding).
- Dig around in your linen closet and drawers for tablecloth options. I used a twin sized vintage coverlet for the base cloth, and layered it with a Royal Stewart tartan runner.
- Take out the good stuff: Silverware and crystal stemware.
- Mix up your old and new china. Floral vintage plates layer beautifully with new white plates. Footed compotes that are usually used for serving up fancy desserts, are re-purposed with simple healthy garden salads.
- Press cloth napkins and go one step further by using napkin rings…now’s the time to take them out!
- Add fresh flowers to the mix – but keep it simple. Try a small pot of primroses you can pick up at the market, and pop it into a decorative container.
- Make a fire if you have a fireplace and/or light candles.
- Turn on some favorite tunes.
Now just kick-back and enjoy!
Happy St. Valentine’s Day dear friends!