Sunday is Valentine’s Day and sadly there will be none of the dining out that we associate with this special occasion. However, why not take this opportunity to do something a bit different and create an intimate space for dining just for two. It might be difficult to surprise your partner especially if you don’t have a separate dining room that you declare off limits while you prepare. However, perhaps you could cook a romantic meal together or, if that doesn’t appeal, look for local restaurants who are offering a home delivery option.

Whatever, your choice then the key thing is to create a special dining experience – lay a beautiful table. When deciding on how you want it to look take inspiration from your favourite restaurant and seek to emulate their look. Here are the elements to consider.

The Table

Image of a small dining table dressed with a plain white linen cloth. There are two place settings on the table and a vase of white flowers in the centre

Even the most basic table can be made to look attractive with the addition of a cloth. A crisp white cloth is the classic foundation whether a plain linen for a rustic style or vintage damask for the more opulent look. You want to build on this foundation by layering with a runner and placemats.

Crockery and Cutlery

Image of a table place setting on a white table cloth. There is a red charger plate on top of which is a dinner plate and smaller plate both white with a silver rim. There is also cutlery and two wine glasses.

If you have a dinner service that you rarely use, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to bring it out (don’t forget to give it a good wash!). Alternatively, splash out on some special place settings, it is usually possible to buy individual items so you don’t need to buy a whole new dinner set, just the pieces that you are going to need. If buying new then buy something that you will also want to use on other special occasions or date nights. I think it’s worth spending a bit more to get something special. Charger plates are large plates on which you place your dinner plates and are a chance to add a wow. Don’t neglect your cutlery choose something that is above your everyday. As with crockery, it is often possible to buy pieces individually rather than a full set.


Close up image of two crystal glasses

Glassware is another opportunity to add sparkle – literally. Have appropriate glasses for champagne, red wine, white wine, water. It does look nice if they match but if you don’t have a set then mixing different styles can still look good and it’s more informal. Wash all glassware in warn soapy water and dry with a clean tea towel for a smear free finish. An ice bucket positioned on a side table is a lovely way to create that restaurant feel.

Finishing Touches

Image of two lit heart shaped wooden tea light holders on a table

Your table needs those finishing touches. Linen napkins (no paper please!), candles and a floral table decoration. This could be something ordered from your local florist or create your own using some Spring flowers and greenery. A string of fairy lights placed along the centre of the table or coiled in a glass vase is a pretty addition.

Do you have any home decor dilemmas – struggling to decide on a paint colour or furniture? Then give me a call on 07745 876182 or e mail me at I’m based on the Wirral and for home visits also cover Cheshire and the North West. In addition, if you are further afield or prefer a consultation via telephone and/or online means then I offer remote consultations as well.