Easy ideas for setting up your Valentine's Day table

If you are staying in for dinner this Valentine's Day, chances are you might be thinking about how you can jazz up your reclaimed wood dining table to make it look a bit more special.

First of all, make sure to follow the basics of laying a dinner table to create the perfect base to build upon. If you have a table cloth on your table, make sure it drapes evenly over both sides of the table. Then, when it comes to place settings, you may need to think about what you are eating. At a minimum, make sure your placemats, or plates are not too close to the edge of the table; an inch or two into the table is perfect. And last but not least, make sure you have enough cutlery to last the entire meal plus any serving spoons you may need. This will ensure you don't need to keep running to the kitchen and you can spend more quality time with your loved one.

When it comes to decorating the table, go with a style that suits your relationship and the mood for the evening you had in mind. Flowers in beautiful glass vases are always a great option for the classic Valentine's Day meal. You could even add a couple of white sheepskin rugs draped over a reclaimed wooden bench or your dining chairs, as above, to create a luxurious yet cosy evening in, perfect for a slightly more casual evening.

Of course, you could keep it really simple. Candles will always go down well for creating a romantic feel paired with a good bottle of wine. With candles, make sure you mix heights and styles to create a finish with more depth and to ensure your table doesn't look over crowded.

This classic table style is wonderful for a low-fuss dining table if you have little time to get ready after work, yet still looks chic. Place a single red candle in the centre of your table with a small table decoration - this could even be a small box of luxurious chocolates for after dinner and you are pretty much done. If you can, get creative with your napkins and fold them into a unique shape to add a little interest.

For more inspiration, take a look at the Modish Living website.

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