We have a week until that oh so special holiday which celebrats love and romance. What a perfect excuse to throw together a fancy little meal. Luckily, I have a tip for creating an easy and stunning Valentines tablescape. Not only is this idea versatile, it is completely customizable.  I’ll give you a hint…it has something to do with placemats.

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Color Scheme

Before giving you the placemat trick though, let me first show you my Valentines Tablescape.  I opted to use two of the COTR… colors of the year 🙂 that is (Ultra Violet and Cliente).  Not only are these hot colors accenting many store-fronts and getting play-time in all of the magazines, they also happen to be fabulously fitting for this time of year.

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China

As for the dishes, I can’t deny that I probably own around 1,000 pounds of china and other entertaining items (not exaggerating 😬), but I can’t get enough of this most recent $20 thrift store purchase…sexy black and gold 80’s china.  It’s just too good!

Chairs

I opted to mix Milo Baughman styled chairs into the mix.  They add just the right amount of velvet and brass to complete the look.

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Centerpiece

The long center piece creation?  You will never believe what it’s made of!!!…But that’s for tomorrow’s blog post.

 

The candle sticks are spraypainted and I picked up the African Violets for $2.50 a pop at Walmart.

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Placemats

Now, on to the DIY placemats.  I simply took old fabric, gave it a bath in crimson Rit Dye, let it dry and wrapped it around my wooden placemats (though foam board could easily be used in it’s stead).

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It’s just that easy!  Wrap your favorite fabric or paper around something firm and tuck it under.  For bonus points you could glue or tape, but I didn’t (as you can see below). This would have been a great idea.

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So there you have it folks.  A blushingly romantic tablescape done on the cheap.

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Come back tomorrow and see what I used for the oversized planter box…It’s good my friends.

Want a comprehensive guide to designing tablescapes?  CLICK HERE.  Want more placemat ideas?  I got you covered, click HERE.

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