19 Romantic Tablescape Ideas for Valentine's Day Dinner

Who needs to sit elbow-to-elbow with other couples at a restaurant?

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JOHN GRANEN

Creating a romantic table is easy, whether you want something bold and dramatic or subtle and modern. Whatever your choice, we think your sweetheart will feel pretty darn loved.

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Flower Chandelier

A dramatic floral chandelier is the ultimate romantic decoration to hang above your table. Naturally, you'll want to keep the rest of the table sleek and simple so as not to overwhelm.

See more DIY Valentine's Day decorations for the prettiest home vibes

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Rose Napkins

These elegant napkins will be the star of the show on any table.

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Ryan Liebe
Fiesta Time

Mixing hues that don't usually go together, like pink and red, feels playful — perfect for a fun and creative Valentine's date.

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Tulip Time

Keep it simple with and dainty metal lace pedestals. Soft accents, like throw pillows and blankets draped over the chair make this setup feel nice and cozy.

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Lush and Rustic

The contrast between these lush green plants and the sleek, geometric copper accents is oh-so-romantic.

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Velvet Bows

Even small details — like these gold utensils tied up with a burgendy velvet ribbon — can make the whole table feel luxe.

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JAMES CARRIERE
Casual Chic

Consider a low centerpiece for a group — it's so much easier to chat when you can actually see each other.

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STEPHEN KARLISCH
Exotic Elegance

A range of racy red hues bring drama to this intimate table setting.

See more of this vibrant tablescape.

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LUCY SCHAEFFER
Pretty Purples

Who knew pastels could be so bold? Liz O'Brien sets a romantic table on a field of soft purple.

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Creative Accessories

Unexpected elements bring interest to the understated plates and silverware in this cozy tablescape.

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Black and White

Gemstone hues soften this unusual bold setting. "The graphic black-and-white stripes are surprising against the muted jewel-tones," designer Oliver M. Furth says.

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TREVOR TONDRO
Bright Beauty

Tabletop expert Kim Seybert loves bold color — and lots of it. "I want my guests to walk in, see the table, and know that the night is going to be special," she says.

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JESSICA ANTOLA
Champagne Wishes

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the founders of fashion house Marchesa, bring their red-carpet flair to this glamorous table.

See more of this stylish tablescape.

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Metallic Magic

Silver accents glimmer in the candlelight (same for colorful glass), creating a lovely glow.

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DITTE ISAGER
Luxe Layers

Layering antique white place mats and a tablecloth adds "texture rather than warring colors or patterns," Padma Lakshmi says.

See how the host of Top Chef sets her table.

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Kelly Stuart
Soft Candlelight

A classic candelabra is an instant centerpiece that completely changes the tone of your tabletop.

See more of this elegant party idea.

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JOHN GRANEN
Red Drama

Heather Christos added a lush centerpiece and shades of red and pink to make this table more festive.

See more of the chinoiserie-inspired tablescape.

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Nosegay Bunches

Groupings of nosegays can be more romantic than one big vase full. Designer and gardener Carolyne Roehm recommends arranging them naturally, like the blooms just came from the garden.

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Lovely Linens

Use the holiday as an excuse to indulge in the gorgeous cloth napkins and placemats that would otherwise be too fancy for everyday use.

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