Guest Post: Vintage Inspired Valentine’s Day Table

by | Feb 2, 2018 | Eco Inspired Style | 0 comments

A note from Jen: I love florals. I love to have them around the house, and I really love to photograph them! Tara Chapman of Forgather Floral Co. and I collaborated to bring this post to you. Tara is an amazing floral designer and shares studio space with me at 96 Mary Street in downtown Barrie.

How to achieve a vintage-inspired look for your Valentine’s Day Table

This table setting might not scream “Valentine’s day” to most, and I think that’s what makes it all the more romantic. My idea of romance is showing the one we love how well we know them. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional stark red and hot pink palette we see every year come Valentine’s Day if those colours truly make you think of your beloved. Do they wear these colours frequently or decorate with them in their home? If not, chances are that palette doesn’t evoke happiness in them. Paying attention to these details is what makes someone feel special when receiving flowers. That’s what Forgather Floral Co. is all about, not just flowers for the sake of flowers, but to express love on a personal level. If you call Forgather to place an order and you’re not sure where to start you will be guided in the right direction and together we will be sure to find the right blooms for your recipient.

For this table setting, we went with a warm palette of gold, whites, deep reds, dark fuchsia, and silvery greens. To achieve the moody tones we used white astrantia, white amaranth, blood red spray carnations, dark pink peonies, golden mustard roses, red parrot tulips and silver dollar eucalyptus with touches of purple acacia.

We elevated this tabletop by bringing out the vintage silver, china, and glassware, (supplied by the owner of Bohemia Jill Dyck,) rather than using the same glasses, plates, and flatware that we use every day. You can shop your local second-hand stores for special finds like these to make an occasion stand out from your regular dining experiences. A setting like this says whatever couple sits here to enjoy a meal together has put thought, love, and care into creating a romantic ambiance.

Beautiful combo of red parrott tulips, golden mustard roses, acacia and white amaranth.

Dark pink peony, white amaranth, and acacia which is from the mimosa family. Sprigs of lavender and blood red spray carnations also complete this bouquet.

The cards that we incorporated into our table design are from the Martha Stewart Valentines Day Collection. I thought that they had a cool retro vibe to add just the right touch to our table.

Make your bouquets last longer by taking apart the floral arrangement and creating a new design

This next table design is an example of how you can make a purchased bouquet go a long way without being great at floral arranging. Often times people bring home lovely bouquets arranged by talented designers, place them in a vase and just aren’t getting that same wild and free vibe the bouquet had before. Often this is due to just simply not having the right vases. For example, a vase with a narrow opening can morph your bouquet from a loose and romantic style to an upright and stiff look. Having a collection of vintage bud vases makes the second step of bringing a bouquet home more enjoyable. Spread them around your home or use them in a long table setting like we did here.

 

To emulate this look you may want to ask your florist for some extra greenery. What we did was take apart the large lush arrangement from the previous look, gave all the stems a fresh cut and spread them into bud vases along the table. We took the greenery out of the arrangement, pat the stems dry and did a “faux” garland look by simply laying the greens along the centre of the table and spotting the bud vases throughout. This is also a great way to make a purchased arrangement last longer.

You don’t need to worry about designing an arrangement yourself when it’s been purchased in a vase, but to enjoy an extra few days of glory in your blooms, they will require a fresh cut and fresh water. This is a great way to squeeze some more life out of those flowers before they kick the bucket! I myself do this when I see an arrangement I’m enjoying at home getting droopy. It’s wonderful to see them perk up again and you have a whole new style to enjoy for a couple days. This look requires little effort but really looks impressive and stylish.

More vintage inspired cards from the Martha Stewart Collection.

Adding some lavender sprigs to your place settings is a simple and elegant touch.

Take the greenery out of your arrangement and create a ‘faux’ garland by simply laying the greens along the centre of the table and spotting the bud vases throughout.

Enjoy!

Tara

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

HEY THERE, I’M JEN.

I help fun loving women feel more ALIVE, at peace and healthy, even if they sometimes skip the kale and have wine with lunch.

MORE ABOUT ME

CATEGORIES

COME HANG WITH ME

Aphrodisac Diffuser Blend

Using essential oils as a natural aphrodisiac Essential oils have been used for centuries as a natural aphrodisiac. Try this aphrodisiac diffuser blend the next time you want to set the mood. Ylang Ylang is one of my favourite essential oils for romance and for...

Top ten ways to use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of my favourite essential oils and one that we use literally every day. I have always loved the scent of lavender. It is also usually one of the first essential oils that people are introduced to. When I started using essential oils daily, I had no...

2017 new dōTERRA oils

Well, it's a bit late, but I wanted to share a post talking about the essential oils that were released last September at the Global Convention.  I was so excited to attend the annual Global Convention last year for the first time. Although I couldn't stay for the...

The reason I switched to a more natural lifestyle

Are you inspired to live a more natural life? I know that you want the absolute best for your kids. We all do. When I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, I immediately started taking stock of everything that we were bringing into our home. For a long time...

Summer Soirée with Essential Oils

YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR SUMMER SOIRÉE! . . We are so excited to be hosting a fun summer gathering inspired by essential oils! . . Please join us Wednesday July 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm at 96 Mary Street, my photography studio. . . MINI ESSENTIAL OIL CLASSES: . . 7-7:20 pm:...

5 essential oils that will get you in the mood

Essential oils and aromatherapy have long been used to promote health, beauty, and romance. Essential oils can directly impact our mood and emotion. When we inhale a pure essential oil, the scent is processed through the brain's olfactory system which is connected to...

Guest Post: Vintage Inspired Valentine’s Day Table

A note from Jen: I love florals. I love to have them around the house, and I really love to photograph them! Tara Chapman of Forgather Floral Co. and I collaborated to bring this post to you. Tara is an amazing floral designer and shares studio space with me at 96...

Top Four Essential Oils for Kids | Part 2 | Lavender

Essential oils are a natural, safe and simple tool to help support your child's health. In the first post of my four-part series on the top four essential oils for kids, I shared one of my favourite blends to help keep your kids healthy throughout the school...

Summer Love Diffuser Blend

Hello summer! So happy that you are finally gracing us with beautiful sun-kissed days and the sweet aromas of gardens in bloom. This week, I have been out photographing in some of our beautiful parks and enjoying the fresh air and gorgeous aroma of lilacs in bloom. I...

Essential Oils for Gardening

I love this time of year! We just planted a new garden at our home and are enjoying our outdoor living space. This year, I have been incorporating essential oils into my gardens and gardening routines. Essential oils are a great way to deter pests from your gardens in...