Saturday, January 17, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--A Ballet-Inspired Tête-à-Tête Fireside

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Ahhh, Valentine's Day!  It's just around the corner!  So romantic is this special day, isn't it?  I am an avid art appreciator, and for me, one of the most romantic of the art forms is ballet.  I just love it!  I love the art form so much, I've even written about the idea of having a ballet-themed wedding.  You may read the post on my other blog The Bride Ideal here.  I wanted to play with the romance of the dance, because isn't that what love is all about?  Today's post will feature a simple ballet-themed table set for lovers.  I hope you enjoy the post!

I began next to the fireplace with a small circular table and my bistro chairs.  I love the idea of sharing a crackling fire and delicious food with the one you love!

A grey damask tablecloth followed by ballet pink tulle indicative of a ballerina's tutu dresses the table.  To achieve the tutu around the table, I used simple tulle in ballet pink.

I laid my tulle flat and folded it in half.  Next, I folded the tulle back and forth, forth and back, creating pleats.

I cut and removed a small bit of the fabric, making a hole just large enough for a ribbon to fit through.  Using a wired ribbon worked really well, because I was better able to thread it and grab it from the other side.

Once the tulle was threaded, I pulled the ribbon tautly around the table and tied it in a bow.  Shown here.

Finally, I carefully arranged the tulle around the parameter of the table.  So feminine!

On top of the table, pink chargers were followed by lovely grey plates.  Love the lace pattern!  

Delicate smoky-grey stemware was placed.

A very simple arrangement of beautiful pink Orlando Roses is seated at the head of the table.

To make the arrangement, I used store-bought blooms.

Space is a premium at this table (which makes it all the more intimate), so I opted to use a smaller, shorter vase for the arrangement,

and trimmed the roses to size.  They smell lovely!

Simple white linen adorned with ballet pink rose napkin rings were placed at each setting.

If you've read my blog before, you know sometimes I have lots of linen on my table, and several settings include two napkins per setting, one for the lip, and one for the lap!  In this instance, rosey mauve napkins were set inside each flute.

The table is set, and fire ablaze....hopefully hearts as well!  ;)

To add a little extra ambiance, adding scented pinecones to your fire is a great idea!  I love these because they are vanilla-scented, so it is a warm, sweet aroma, and not Christmassy at all.

A few more shots.

Closeups of the setting.

Another look at the arrangement.  Isn't pink romantic for ballet AND Valentine's?

From my collection:

Pink chargers, generic
Grey and white lace plates, Marchesa by Lenox, Marchesa Lace Pattern/Bloomingdale's
Stemware, Vietri Optical Smoke-Grey Champagne Flutes/Bloomingdale's
Ballet-pink napkin holders, generic, thrifted
Damask Tablecloth, Ralph Lauren
White linen, generic, HomeGoods
Mauvey-pink linen, unknown, gifted to me years ago 
Tulle, Joann's Fabric

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  1. What a wonderfully romantic setting!! Enjoy... :-)

  2. Oh my... What can I say to describe how Beautiful this table is. I just love it! You are so creative. Love what you created with the tulle, so lovely and romantic. Valerie

  3. What a lovely prelude to Valentines Day. I did pin your beautiful romantic ballet table to my Valentine's Day board. So pretty!

  4. Very pretty, very romantic, very cozy!! Love the way you did you table cloth, very clever!

  5. Such a pretty setting! I love your tablecloth and the addition of the tulle overskirt is such a statement! Love your pink chargers, and the lace plates are perfect for the look you wanted to achieve! Your placement by the fireside is sure to inspire romance. Well Done!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  6. A gorgeous table ready to be shared with that special someone. So romantic and elegant.

    Happy weekend.


  7. So simple and it. Your use of the tulle is wonderful and I love those lacy plates. Gorgeous!