A Romantic Table Setting for Valentine’s Day

In my opinion there are four things that make up a romantic table setting. Be it for Valentine’s Day, a special anniversary or just because!

I am so glad you are joining me today! It is our first tablescape blog hop of the year, and I am grateful for Rita from Panoply who once again is our gracious host! At the bottom of this post you will find 19 inspirational Valentine’s Day tablescapes! Each one unique and full of inspiration!

A romantic table setting for Valentine's Day in pinks, reds and gold

When it comes to Valentine’s Day table decor, I often lean towards a fun, playful setting that could be perfect for a Galantine’s Day dinner or a family Valentine’s celebration!

This year I couldn’t resist getting back to a more romantic table setting.

4 Elements that make a romantic table setting

There are 4 key things that make up a romantic table. They are all simple things, and can work for any budget!

So, let’s take a closer look at what makes up a romantic Valentine’s Day table.


Flowers are always a welcome addition to any tablescape, but they are a MUST for a romantic table. And, they don’t have to be all roses!

A romantic flower arrangement for Valentines Day with red and pink roses, and dark red carnations

This simple centrepiece is made up of grocery store flowers and cost under $30.

A couple of red roses and mini carnations, and pink spray roses and stock flowers add a variety of romantic colours. Airy eucalyptus add a height and whimsy to the arrangement!

If roses are your favourite, although they can be very expensive when purchased from florists at Valentine’s Day, you can purchase a dozen from the grocery store for a fraction of the price. With my tutorial on how to arrange roses you can create a beautiful centrepiece in no time.

Just like the one below I made with a $15 dollar dozen pink roses and a dollar store rose bowl.

How to arrange roses

Sweet Desserts & Chocolate

There is just something about sweets that add a touch of romance! Especially when they are heart shaped!

Think of sweet desserts as the love language of food!

I whipped up these easy heart shaped cakes by making 2 – 8 inch round cakes from a boxed cake mix. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Simple buttercream icing and fresh raspberries make for a pretty finished dessert!

Heart shaped mini cakes with raspberries for a romantic table setting

If baking isn’t your piece of cake (see what I did there!), you can find an abundance of heart shaped cakes and other sweet treats at both grocery store bakeries and boutique bakeries!

And, don’t forget the chocolates! A sprinkle of heart shaped chocolates or chocolate kisses are the perfect after dinner treat!

Champagne or Sparkling Wine

The highlight of any romantic meal is a sparkling wine or champagne! Again, you can choose a lower cost sparkling wine or a high end champagne, depending on your budget and preference!

A bottle of champagne helps to create a romantic table setting

There are many non-alcoholic options that also make for a very romantic table setting!

To be honest, ginger ale is my favourite bubbly of choice!

Don’t forget the candles

No romantic dinner is complete with out the flickering of candlelight!

Mixing and Matching makes the best romantic table setting

Unfortunately my camera memory card malfunctioned and I was only able to access a few photos of my Valentine’s Day tablescape this year.

Romantic Valentine's Day Tablescape

But, I wanted to share how I mixed both old and new to create this table. As well as higher priced and budget items. These are tips that would work no matter what occasion you are styling a table for.


For this table I started with very inexpensive plastic gold charger plates from the dollar store!

Next I stacked on my everyday white dinner plates purchased from HomeSense for just $4.99 each.

On the more high end, I topped the plate stack with antique gold embossed crystal plates that belonged to my grandmother.


I used simple gold flatware, also purchased from HomeSense for under $30. Amazon also has similar gold flatware at very good prices.


I love combining old and new glassware. Here I have used inexpensive pink pressed glass from Winners (just $3.99 each) purchased a few years ago, and antique gold rimmed crystal wine glasses that play into that romantic theme.

Table Covering

I opted not to use a tablecloth, as I often do since I really love our aged gray wood dining table. Instead of using my usual pink linen table runner, I used a pretty pink scarf placed down the centre of the table.

It adds a bit of colour and softens the wood backdrop. The bonus is that it cost me nothing since I have had it for years!

Romantic Valentine's Day tablescape with gold, pink and red

Other Decor Element Details for a Romantic Table

No cost: I always shop my home for different elements to use for my tablescapes and encourage you to do the same.

These battery operated flickering candles sit atop up cycled thrift store candle pillars (they also double as cake plates) that usually reside on my fireplace mantel.

Low cost: Semi-homemade mini cakes were just the cost of a cake mix and icing sugar. Foil covered heart shaped chocolates and Hershey’s Kisses in a Valentine’s theme are inexpensive additions to the table

High cost: While you definitely do not have to splurge on expensive bubbly, I did use one on the higher priced end. But, only because I had it in my wine fridge!

I hope I have inspired you to create a romantic table setting for Valentine’s Day this year. Even if you are spending the day on your own I think adding a touch of romance to our lives is always a good idea!

Other tablescapes you might enjoy

How to Style an Easter Table Kids Will Love

Summer Garden Tablescape

A Simple Summer Luxury – Dining Al Fresco

A romantic table setting

Now, it’s time to check out the other bloggers participating today. They are all very seasoned and very talented table stylists who share in my fondness of elevating the every day simply by styling a beautiful table!

Life and Linda – Love Is in The Air!

Debbee’s Buzz – Puttin’ on the Ritz for Romantic Table.

My Hubbard Home – Valentine’s Day Sweet Rustic Table Setting.

Me and My Captain – Be My Valentine

Everyday Living – Reservations for 2 at the Sunshine Cottage

Home is Where the Boat Is – ‘Owl’ Be Your Valentine

Panoply – I Only Have ‘Ice’ for You, Valentine

Karins Kottage – Easy Valentine Table Decor Tips

The Little Yellow Corner Store – Having a Big Heart for Plaid and a Valentine’s Day Tablescape Blog Hop

My Thrift Store Addiction – Home is Where the Heart Is – Whimsical Valentine Tablescape

Hyacinths for the Soul – Bee Mine, Valentine!

Dinner at Eight – A Little Romance for Valentine’s Day

The Painted Apron – Hugs & Kisses & Valentine Wishes

Bleu Belle Interiors –  La vie en Rose

The Bookish Dilettante – Valentine’s Day Tradition

Zucchini Sisters – Hugs and Kisses Valentine Tablescape

Pandora’s Box – Valentine Table for Two

Red Cottage Chronicles – A Romantic Table Setting for Valentine’s Day

Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Plant One on Me

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  1. Maureen, I am partial to romantic decor, so I love every little detail of your pretty table setting! Your little heart cakes are beautiful and look delicious–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. So beautiful!!! I love love love those pink pressed glass stemware pieces – I was so surprised when you said they were so reasonably priced – nice find! You do such a beautiful job with your florals – and now you baking as well!! Such a talented lady!! It is always a pleasure to hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day XOXOX

  3. Maureen, you had me with that leading photo – so soft, so romantic, so pretty! Your flowers in the rose bowl are, to me, prettier than in a tall vase. I just love that look of the bowl. Your high and low-end mix appeals to me in so many ways, it’s how I love dressing, furnishing my house, and setting my tables. Even with foods – you’ve made a box cake look like a high-end pastry confection! That’s beautiful. Definitely a table of romantic vibes you’ve set here and described to a tee. Thank you for joining the blog hop and bringing your unique style. I love it.

  4. Beautiful flowers Maureen, casual yet elegant at the same time. Your heart cakes are so cute and what a smart way to bake up your own! And yes, flowers, champagne, candles and a sweet treat add up to a romantic and special Valentine table! Lovely!

  5. Maureen, your table is romantic and filled with pretty dainty details like the scarf (love it), roses, glasses, and decorated heart cakes. Every tip you gave for making a romantic table is perfect. Thank for the cake tip, I will want to try that

  6. Maureen, your table is so romantic and pretty. I love a great bottle of bubbly. Those plates are lovely, especially with those yummy heart cakes. The flowers look so gorgeous. Always a pleasure to join you.

  7. Maureen, you have given us some great tips for setting a romantic table. Your table is just beautiful! The flowers look so pretty, and the heart cakes look delicous! Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Maureen, you know how to make it romantic! The flowers are a must for me, and champagne, especially Vevue Clicquot is my favorite. n details all around. Thanks for inspiring me!

  9. Beautiful Maureen! Your flowers are gorgeous and I love your pretty-in-pink pressed goblets too! I agree with Rita, your heart-shaped cakes with your beautifully piped frosting with raspberries look like a bakery confection! And you’re serving my favorite bubbles too. 🙂 So happy to hop with you again. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

  10. Maureen, the flowers are beautiful. What would Valentine’s be without sweets? I love your gorgeous confection, it looks like it came from a bakery! Your table is romantic and hits all the high notes. It is a pleasure to hop with you. Enjoy the Valentine’s season!

  11. Maureen, your 4 elements of a romantic table are right on the mark and beautifully illustrated by your own setting. You certainly have a way with flowers, and I always look forward to seeing how you incorporate them into your tablescapes. I love how you topped the plate stack with the pretty crystal dishes from your grandmother. And, the sweet treat is sure to make all your guest feel special.

  12. Thanks for the inspiration Maureen…I love the simplicity of the heart shaped cakes…everyone is right, they do look like they were made in a bakery. I am going to try that myself. Your flowers are also lovely…they always spell romance in my opinion. 4 elements? perfect “how to”.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  13. Maureen, I love your beautifully romantic table. I think the moody lighting really adds to the atmosphere of anticipation. Each element you used is pretty in its own right, but together they take the setting to the next level. The flowers seem to have fallen into place, yet I know there’s an art to arranging them just so. Your grandmother’s antique crystal and gold plates are lovely. I think a touch of sentimentality adds to Valentine romance.

  14. Maureen, most definitely these items are needed for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Real flowers are a must and your gorgeous centerpieces are stunning as they are captivating. Of course, a good chocolate is essential. I love chocolate, but I am picky about the brand since it must be smooth and creamy and have less sugar. But, it is so necessary to have the two most important items to convey love. The use of candle light is a great addition to the table. It really makes things magical. It changes the mood of any room and eases any stress from the day. So a good glass of fine wine and the Valentine’s Day is complete. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  15. Just gorgeous, Maureen. I love pink on Valentine’s Day, especially for a feminine Galentine’s affair. The floral arrangement looks so high end! It’s hard to believe you created it with grocery store flowers for under $30. The little heart cakes are darling, and I love how you shared how easy they are to make with boxed cake mix. You always share the best entertaining tips! It was fun hopping with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!