Setting an intimate table for 2 or more? Follow my 7 tips for creating the perfect atmosphere.
Creating a romantic and intimate setting is all about the details. Any space can be made into a quaint area with the proper setting.
A dining room is a good place to begin creating that setting, since it typically is a separate room from the rest of the house, in more traditional homes.
A dining room by definition is a room in the house where meals are eaten. I think many of us don’t use our dining rooms everyday but save it for special occasions. I am guilty of that too. So I am sharing 7 tips to create an intimate and romantic setting in any room of the house.
7 Tips to Setting an Intimate Spring Table
Tip #1- Mood Lighting
Using the dining room to create an intimate space is ideal. Dining rooms are common areas to use dimmers on the chandelier, creating mood lighting perfect for an intimate gathering. We use dimmers HERE in many of our rooms, and love the fact that they can be controlled by our voice using Amazon’s Alexa HERE.
You can read more about voice controlled lighting and devices in How to Remotely Control Your Christmas Lights from Anywhere.
Adding sconces to the walls in a dining room adds ambiance as well. Ours are separately controlled from the chandelier, so we can have only the chandelier or only the sconces on, or have them both on at the same time.
Tip # 2 – Linens
To create a romantic and intimate setting, you should use fine linens on the table. A crisp, ironed tablecloth or linen placemats HERE will set the mood. White linens are the best choice for fine dining.
Tip #3 – Your Finest Place Settings
Ok friends, so this the time to bring out your best china, you know the set, the one you received for your wedding, or your grandmother’s set that was handed down to you years ago. Elegant dinnerware never goes out of style and should be used and enjoyed.
This is also the time to bring our your finest glassware. Those gorgeous crystal goblets that sparkle so beautifully on the table.
I adore our Waterford Glasses and Goblets HERE, drinking wine out of crystal creates a special feeling that just adds to that intimate feel of the room.
Not only did I break out the crystal red and white wine glasses, but also my Waterford bowl and candlesticks HERE.
Notice my favorite ginger jars SIMILAR HERE on the console table? You have heard me talk about them for sometime, I still enjoy them daily.
These crystal bowls HERE are spectacular. The shine and intricate cuts of the crystal are amazing.
And the light reflection from the crystal makes the whole room sparkle.
I was so thrilled when I found these sparkly napkin rings HERE that compliment the crystal and china perfectly. And we can’t forget that every perfect place setting has beautiful elegant flatware HERE that exudes romance.
Tip # 4 – Dessert
Every romantic dinner has a decedent dessert to end the meal. This can be a homemade cake, pie, or fruit tart. Desserts are a great way to add color to your beautiful table as well.
The blueberries of the dessert coordinate with the blue china pattern and napkins.
I chose a cheesecake for this setting and topped it with blueberries.
Tip # 5 – Accessories
Adding a few accessories to the table makes a grand statement. Bring out your silver teapot, creamer, and sugar cup, more items to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Tip # 6 – Flowers and more Flowers
My absolute favorite addition and a must to any beautiful intimate table is flowers. Roses, carnations, hydrangeas, pick your favorite, fresh flowers add color and romance to any table. Choose a low centerpiece for the table so you will still be able to see and talk to those sitting across from you.
In addition to the hydrangeas in the center of the table, I added a garden basket to the side console. This is an area of the room where a tall arrangement works well, especially against a wall, not obstructing the view of anything else.
A collection of carnations, tulips, daffodils, spray roses, iris, and greenery make a beautiful Spring basket.
Tip # 7 – Candles
Lastly, we can’t forget perhaps the most romantic addition to a table…candles. The soft flicker of candles brings ambiance to any setting.
Make sure to use unscented candles on the table, so the scent doesn’t compete with the aroma of the food.
This was one of my favorite table arrangements to date , I had so much fun putting it all together.
If you are wondering if we will use it…yes definitely for an intimate dinner party.
Do you use your dining room everyday or just for special occasions? I would love to hear from you.
I would also like to share a link from one of my friends who wrote a very detailed post about setting a beautiful and formal table HERE. Barbara is fairly new to blogging and she shares great entertaining and decorating tips on her blog. Head on over to check it out, I bet you will like Barbara’s blog as much as I do.
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