HOW TO: Create a Tabletop that is Très Chic

Savvy designer Kathleen Matthews spearheaded the creation of a gorgeous "ooh la la" tablescape for the the St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Tabletop Tour last November. Although ours had a Christmas feel, we think this beautiful tablescape would work equally as well for Valentine's Day, with just a few different accessories. Here's how the Savvy team made this magical tabletop come alive, and how you can do the same for a day that celebrates love and friendship this February!

1.     Choose a rich and decadent color scheme.

Using iconic St. Louis chocolatier Bissinger’s brand new packaging as their inspiration, Kathleen and her team chose radiant raspberry pink, delicious chocolate brown and shimmering gold as their color palette . . . perfect colors for Valentine's Day! We'd replace the Christmas ornament with a beautiful heart box, such as the one below from Savvy.

This beautiful hinged heart box, available at Savvy, is the perfect place to hide a lovely sentiment for your guests. Also available in silver.

This beautiful hinged heart box, available at Savvy, is the perfect place to hide a lovely sentiment for your guests. Also available in silver.

2. Add flowers in vivid hues.

Hot pink coxcomb, ruby red petite roses, and bright chartreuse hydrangea blooms grace a variety of glittering crystal and gold vases of varying heights scattered across the table. For Valentine's Day, we'd go big on the roses. . . in reds, pinks, and whites. And remember to think outside the box, too, when it comes to vases. Small juice glasses and tall water glasses also work great!

3. Add lighter elements and a touch of whimsy.

Slender, clear, champagne flutes are the perfect complement to the flowers' bold pinks and greens and the tablecloth's rich chocolate brown. Classic fine china in a traditional gold and cream pattern, as well as stunning gold flatware and linen napkins, add a timeless feel. 

Bissinger's boxes wrapped in pink ribbons are a nice touch and carry the theme throughout the tablescape. Napkins tied with satin ribbon and a small jingle bell lighten the mood and are a nod to the traditional holiday feel. For Valentine's Day, we'd remove the jingle bell and either let the beautiful ribbon speak for itself, add a Valentine bauble, or use a pretty bracelet as a napkin ring.

The beautiful champagne flutes below are available at Savvy!

4. Draw the eye up for added drama.

No chandelier? No problem. Savvy's designers simply attached a moss covered branch to the ceiling and suspended hanging glass votives in varying sizes to achieve stunning candlelight ambience above.


5. Finishing Touches!

The tour de force of this tabletop is the replica of an antique Ferris wheel, which Kathleen chose to use as the table’s centerpiece. Kathleen spray painted the Ferris wheel gold and added twinkling white lights and vintage French postcards to add another layer of magic. We think some vintage Valentines would be perfect, too!

6. Voila! A 'love'ly tabletop