It’s never too late to celebrate love: romantic ideas for setting the right table for your date


By Arshi Mukri

Didn’t Valentine’s Day go as planned? It is not too late. Don’t let the uncertainties spoil the month of love – February.

Instead of taking your loved one to a five-star restaurant, have an intimate dinner at home. It will make your date even more special. Take the romance a step further with all things bespoke and table-esque.

1. Extraordinary location

Choose a place that is both warm and cozy. Host alfresco dining filled with whimsical awnings or lavish decorations under the starry night to embrace the poignant weather of February. If you prefer something indoors, decorate the space with glowing lights to create a dreamy ambiance.

2. Bewitching flowers

As the saying goes, the devil is in the details and as cliché as it sounds, nothing makes a better statement gesture than a few beautiful flowers. If you want to give your happy affair a royal touch, order a blooming floral chandelier atop a candle-lit table. If your style is rather shy, consider seductive tiger orchids or delicate pink lilies in a vase of verve to seduce your date like Gatsby did Daisy.

3. Table decor

It is very important to serve the pie and pastry on layered table runners, exquisite tableware and calligraphy menus. If you like to keep it in French fashion, consider accents in black and gold. Or play it elegantly the English way and spread the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches on fine silverware.

4. Sparkling affair

A romantic date is incomplete without clinking your champagne-filled glasses. Whether it’s rosé or red, bourbon or hot chocolate, you have to prepare your glasses and thermos, and ready. Don’t forget the corkscrew and a platter of delicious strawberries, and treat yourself to an unforgettable night!

5. Underground Classics

The secret to making the night without a doubt special is out. Mood lighting plays cupid and adds panache to a meticulously refined table. A flute of sparkling wine and a bowl of poached pears in wine give off a glow of all the shimmer, bouncing off the glittering chandeliers hanging above. Complete the retro-glamorous look with a vintage candelabra to radiate a sparkle on your loved one’s face.

Create a magical evening that your love will cherish forever. Also, don’t forget about Instagram for now, just like millennials.

(The writer is a design expert at Pepperfry)

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