Valentines Day Luncheon Tablescape

A luncheon is one of my new favorite ways to entertain. Maybe it’s because I’m becoming a granny and thrive on midday activities lol… I think it’s really that I just enjoy switching things up and not always doing a dinner party. I set this table for a pre-Valentines Day lunch for the mister, but you could do a similar setting for a Valentines Day luncheon tomorrow or this weekend with your significant other, other couples, or the gals! Or, use this inspo for a Spring – this look can really be used year round. #justsayin

Set the scene…

A luncheon to me can go from casual to elegant, but striking that balance is all based on the pieces used in my opinion. I decided to go with a floral look with my favorite rose gold flatware from West Elm placed on soft blush pink linen napkins from Crate and Barrel. If you’ve been on the hunt for pretty linen napkins, Crate and Barrel has some great colors. These chargers I caved and bought in this rose color (I also have them in silver and trying really hard not to go and get the gold too *covers eyes*). They were the perfect base to set these gorgeous Mackenzie Childs pieces on (which I borrowed from my mom’s collection). Unfortunately, the ‘orange marmalade’ check print shown has long since discontinued, however, there are some lovely options in lieu of them below, if you’ve been on the hunt outside of the courtly check.

At the center of the table I had to have some fresh blooms (duh), and had been eyeing this pretty bouquet from UrbanStems collection with Vogue. I just switched out the vase for my favorite Waterford crystal one. And these pretty pink water goblets and flutes, went perfectly to complete the setting. I love having at least a couple (read: a few) colored drinkware options to switch things up. However, if you’ve got a classic glassware collection, that will serve you well all the time!

What to Serve…

A luncheon opens up the door, for a ton of food options. I think a nice salad (you could try this one) and a light main course, like a fish or chicken with a veggie would be great. You could also do a quiche or something else that is a one ‘bake’ wonder *wink*. I mean, who needs all the dishes to clean up. For dessert, the choice is yours. I went with a cute side bowl of fresh berries, but you could fill with candy or plan to serve a sorbet (like this).

Stress-free Entertaining…

Whatever you choose, might I suggest buying one and cooking another. That’s a trusty tip from my girl Ina! No need to stress yourself and cook everything! If it tastes good, no one cares 🙂

photos by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography

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