Camille Simmons is no stranger to entertaining. The Bay Area blogger is known for her luxe tablescapes and memorable holiday events. Though her parties tend to have quite the guest list, it’s second nature to make even the most intimate, small parties look fabulous. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, she’s bringing her entertaining skills to a table for two.
Camille wanted to host a special Valentine’s Day dinner at home with her husband. Since the evening should be enjoyed by both of them, it was crucial that the design include both feminine and masculine elements. Her husband is partial to the dark gray tablecloth, and pops of fuchsia and gold show off her personality. Bright napkins complement the vibrant ranunculus in the bouquet, white dainty scalloped plates shine alongside gold flatware. The table is romantic and exotic, yet still fairly simple – and easy to recreate!!
The best part about hosting at home is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. Camille included a few DIYs to keep decor costs down. She explains, “For this table, I tied together a garland of inexpensive carnations. All you need is a little twine and a small bouquet. Tie a little knot around the cut stem and spread out the blooms as little or as far apart as you like. You can spritz the garland with a little water to keep the flowers fresh.” That wasn’t the only DIY at the table, however. She continues, “The wine glasses were also a quick DIY. Using a sponge brush and a cream-consistency gold paint, I covered just the base of the glasses. You can use any inexpensive clear glass with a stem, just be sure to hand wash carefully so the paint doesn’t come off in a dishwasher.”
Another fool-proof tip for a beautiful table? Fresh blooms! You don’t need to hire an expensive florist for it to look luxe, either. For flower arranging newbies, let Camille be your guiding light! “A flower centerpiece is really just a series of layers starting with a strong foundation. If you want to keep things simple, buy a bouquet of single flower like roses or hydrangeas and choose a beautiful vase or glass vessel. You can use any vessel really, a footed glass, milk bottle, clean jar, antique urn. My favorite for small arrangements are teacups and teapots!” She continues, “For an arrangement of different flowers, choose at least three types. First a filler flower or green with thick, woody stems or branches. This will create your foundation and take up a lot of space. Use about three or four branches with the leaves hanging over the edge of the vase, criss-crossing inside like a grid. Second pick the star of your bouquet like roses, peonies, dahlias, mums or any other large bloom. Cut and arrange about 5-7 stems into the grid of of the thick branches. Next chose a small or medium bloom like ranunculus, carnations, small mums or spray roses to fill in the gaps.”
As for bringing the romance? Follow Camille’s lead and keep things personal. She added sweet photos and used a custom Valentine instead of a place card. For the menu, prepare a dish together or order in from a favorite take-out spot. “Yes flowers, chocolate and candles make for a romantic setting but honoring your relationship is what really makes the evening special,” Camille reflects. We couldn’t agree more!
LAVENDER & ROSE HEART SHAPED BROWNIES:
Recipe available on Planning Pretty here.
Photography & Styling: Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty
Wedding photo on linen curved glass and personalized Valentine card from Tiny Prints.
Gold chargers, fuchsia napkins, wine glasses, gold tapered candles and heart shaped baking pan from Worldmarket.
Gold flatware from Sur La Table.
Threshold tablecloth from Target.
White scalloped plates from Better Homes & Gardens Collection.