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What? A Neutral Table For Valentines?

Neutral vs Reds and Pink when styling your table for Valentines.

I know most of us immediately think pink and red when it comes to Valentines Decor! But I don’t personally feel that your decor style has to change drastically to create a fun and festive Valentines table.

Today I’m sharing how I personally put together two completely different table settings that both reflect a Valentines Theme! First, let me say, I didn’t leave the house! I only used items I had on hand to create both of these tables. I have been gathering a few things for Spring. Some are new items but most are vintage finds. Some I’ve had for years and other’s I’ve picked up recently at Thrift Stores. I’ll be sharing a post within the next few weeks on how to successfully shop Thrift stores.

Neutral Table

But for now, let’s get started.

Let’s begin with a neutral table and here are some step by step methods I use when planning my table.

Lots of texture

I begin planning my neutral table by adding texture. This helps to keep the table setting from disappearing on the table. Here I’ve used woven place mats and the table runner is a handcrafted macrame runner. Both adding lots of texture immediately.

DIY Heart Garland

Next I add a couple of my DIY heart garlands. These were made using old music sheets and red construction paper. I strung them together with jute twine.

White on White plates

Next I used a combination of new large white plates and vintage ironstone plates. I love mixing old and new!

White bowl with a music sheet heart and a little love bird

I then added these french ironstone bowls on top of the plates. Inside I tucked another of the hearts cut from old sheet music and held them in place with a cute little white bird. We’ll assume it’s a LOVE bird.

Silverware cone from vintage sheet music with a fabric bow.

To keep the sheet music theme going, I made silverware cones from old hymnal pages and tied them with some red check fabric I had on hand. I placed them on a white napkin for added impact.

I decided to added a milk glass cake stand to the center of the table. I originally added a eucalyptus ring to the top of the stand but it felt to heavy so I placed it under the stand. The brass bird salt and pepper shaker’s are vintage family heirlooms.

Next I added two sets of candle sticks. Both sets are thrift store finds that I painted with Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. It’s important to keep these pieces in varying heights. So I placed one on the cake stand and one on the table beside it.

You can see that I added a stack of ironstone dessert plates underneath one of the small candle stick to help vary the height and make this whole space more eye appealing. You can then use the plates when dessert is served as well. I also added several more pieces of ironstone to the table to give it balance.

You can see the cream and sugar bowls on the cake place, the butter pat plates and a gravey bowl. Plus, the vintage water goblets that were one of my latest thrift store finds at The Triad Goodwill.

I’m loving this neutral table

I was able to create this whole table with mostly items I’ve had on hand for some time. I used a few new thrift store finds that literally cost pennies. The macrame table runner and the eucalyptus ring are new items for Spring! This neutral table is complete with my Spring Cow Painting “Faith”!

Traditional Valentines Colors

Here is another look at the same table but with more traditional colors for Valentines! I was able to pick a few new daffodils blooms yesterday! (I know, crazy here in Feburary!) They are so lovely and I had to incorporate them into this fun, festive table.

Reds and Pinks combine perfectly with the yellows and greens!

As you can tell, I like a bird theme whether Traditional Colors or Neutral! Here are a few of the planning steps that went into creating this table setting.

Same runner and DIY heart garland. I just flipped several of the hearts over to the red construction paper side. I added the green thistle garland, red cake stand and white pitcher with fresh daffodils.
These bird dishes add just the perfect color combination

Using these festive bird plates, salt and pepper shakers and vintage green goblets totally change the feel of this space.

I also added some additional pops of yellow with a water pitcher and a salad bowl.

The same candlesticks look complete different with a fresh green candles from Hobby Lobby.

Notice I changed out the pitcher holding the daffodils. This pitcher has a wonderful aged patina and I feel it works better with this table setting. It was a recent thrift store find and I love using new finds in interesting ways.

This table setting was also created using a lot of items I’ve picked up from thrift stores, however, the bird dishes, the thistle garland and the macrame table runner are all new for this Spring.

Thanks so much for making it to the end.

Share with me below, which style you prefer.

Regardless of your preference, I hope you got some tips on planning your table styling for Valentines and into the summer months. Always feel free to comment and ask me questions here.

XOXO, Rachel


Thursday 30th of December 2021

Rachel, I'm going to share this beautiful table in Valentine's Day round up coming to the blog soon!


Thursday 30th of December 2021

Ann, I really appreciate this.


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I really liked both n love that macrame runner! Yet I'm a gal for color so my vote is the second one. Love the creativity re that heart pillow too! Always looking forward to your next appearance in my email box!!!

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Julie, Thanks so much for your sweet compliments. I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.


Saturday 8th of February 2020

I love your neutral Valentine tablescape! I love how you explained step by step in pictures! Such great pictures and a beautiful table!

Sunday 9th of February 2020

I appreciate your input Heather! I'm so glad you like it.

Lori @houseonwren

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Rachel, love your blog - so glad I signed up. Both tablescapes are lovely and your post was so informative!

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Lori, Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to sharing more on this blog.


Thursday 6th of February 2020

Beautiful Rachel. I luv the neutral table and that macrame table runner😱

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Thank you so much Ann!