Our Valentine’s Day Dinner Table || Splurge + Save

Today is the day we celebrate those we love in an extra special way! We started a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner tradition with the boys a few years back. They look forward to it–especially the food! I make one of my most liked recipes, my Vodka Cream Pasta with Prosciutto. They all gobble it up like it is going to be their last supper. It is one of those recipes I am proud of because I tweaked it and made it my own.

Today, I am sharing our Valentine’s Day table with you. I think it is fun to create special occasions in your home. Those little family traditions that make your family special. I love to have my family around the dinner table and spend an evening enjoying their company… and delicious food. So, naturally, we do the fancy feast with a decked out table every year.

Valenitine's Day Dinner Table

I thought it would be fun to show you guys how I save money doing this every year. You might think that creating a beautiful table could cost a lot, but I am going to show you how I keep the cost down every year.

Splurge v. Save

Splurge. First things first, you got to know what to splurge on. When I say splurge, translate that into what it means for you. I choose to splurge on the basics that can be reused dinner after dinner. White china is a great investment and transitions to so many occasions. We actually use this white china for our every day set too and it has held up going on 12 years now. It is just the classic white china from Pier 1. Not expensive, but if your wallet is a little tighter you can find basic white china at the dollar store. I would shoot for dinner plates. You can always add in a new look with a patterned appetizer plate or napkin.

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I also think a basic white tablecloth that washes up nicely is another item to splurge on. You can change runners, placemats, and center pieces over a white tablecloth. Mine was not expensive at all and I found it at Target. It has held up just fine over the years.

Splurge on flowers

One more table item I think is worth the splurge is a fresh floral bouquet. It’s great when the weather is nice and you can just go out in the yard and clip greens and flowers. In the dead of winter,a quick trip to the grocery store for flowers is cost-effective. This bouquet was only $15 and it will keep for at least a week with proper care. Flowers on a table just make a table feel more expensive and beautiful.

Save. Now that you have the basics the rest you can get really creative with. You don’t have to buy a table runner. You can make one. I love to use uncommon things for runners. I’ve used full length mirrors, art paper, scarves, and all kinds of things. I like to shop my house first. This year I had enough of this gold striped wrapping paper left over. It makes a fun runner.

save-table-runner Reuse items. Now I like to layer my table, so I took an old Halloween runner and flipped it over and added the greek key ribbon left over from a DIY project. I save clippings of fabric and ribbons from projects just for occasions like these.

Shop thrift stores and clearance sales. I found our Italian crystal bar glasses at a flea market new in the box. The whole set was $7. I had just seen the same set at TJ Maxx for a lot more and know it retails a lot higher. Our chargers are from Goodwill. 50 cents each. The appetizer plates were an after Christmas Target clearance item. Only $5 something for all 4. If you are looking to save and have a little patience, you can find the best things if you are willing to shop thrift stores and wait for clearance sales.

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Make your own decorations.Sure you can buy seasonal decor, but I really like to make my own and it’s free! Scrapbook paper is my go-to for crafts. I made these DIY heart arrows a couple of weeks back using stuff from around the house. Kebabs and paper, that’s all it is. My heart paper punch got a work out this holiday and I used the left over hearts on the table like confetti. The calligraphy phrases were a free printable and I just printed and glued them to paper.

B@H || DIY Valentine's table

 

Create a Valentine's Table

 

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I can’t wait to enjoy this table setting with my favorite people tonight! I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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34 Comments on Our Valentine’s Day Dinner Table || Splurge + Save

    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 14, 2014 at 7:04 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Julia :) Happy Valentine’s Day :) xo Kristin

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  1. angela
    February 14, 2014 at 7:09 am (6 months ago)

    Love! Seriously, the black, white and gold is such a nice twist on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy you day!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 14, 2014 at 7:12 am (6 months ago)

      thanks Angela :) Happy Valentine’s day!! xo Kristin

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  2. Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art
    February 14, 2014 at 8:27 am (6 months ago)

    This is so pretty. I love that arrow with the card. So perfect. Happy Valentine’s!!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Katja :) It’s always fun to come up with something different every year. xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Jennifer :) It was a lovely time! I hope you enjoyed your Vday as well :) xo Kristin

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  3. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor
    February 14, 2014 at 9:19 am (6 months ago)

    I love you’re valentines dinner tradition Kristin! It’s so sweet that you celebrate it as a family with the boys. The table setting is so pretty:)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Shavonda :) It is always such a lovely time! xo Kristin

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  4. cassie
    February 14, 2014 at 10:03 am (6 months ago)

    love it! love all the gold! and love your tradition- happy valentine’s day!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks friend! xo Kristin

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  5. interiorsbykenz
    February 14, 2014 at 11:10 am (6 months ago)

    So cute! Your family is going to love it! Happy Valentine’s :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Kenz :) It’s fun to do it every year :) xo Kristin

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  6. anu
    February 14, 2014 at 11:45 am (6 months ago)

    So pretty! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Anu! I hope you enjoyed your Vday :) xo Kristin

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  7. Kayla @ KR Dixon Designs
    February 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm (6 months ago)

    So pretty!!! A great tradition indeed! Enjoy your valentines with all your boys. I think we will be celebrating next week since my little came down with the flu yesterday :(

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm (6 months ago)

      Flu = Boo. That’s too bad Kayla! I hope she is better soon. Thanks so much for the compliment. xo Kristin

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  8. Linda @ Calling it Home
    February 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm (6 months ago)

    This table is fantastic, and your favorite recipe has me wanting some. I have a feeling you are going to have an amazing dinner. Happy Valentines Day.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Linda :) Thanks so much. It is one of those recipes that is full of sinful fat and goodness…probably why I only make it once a year and we look forward to it so much…LOL. It was a wonderful night. I hope you enjoyed your day too :) xo Kristin

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  9. ConfettiStyle
    February 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm (6 months ago)

    What a beautiful table Kristin. Enjoy the day with your family and Happy Valentines Day.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Shelly! I hope you enjoyed your Vday! xo Kristin

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  10. Kathy
    February 15, 2014 at 9:44 am (6 months ago)

    So pretty and fantastic tips! I’m sharing this on Weekend Reflections today.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm (6 months ago)

      That’s sweet of you Kathy! Thanks for sharing. xo Kristin

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  11. Emily Maldonado
    February 15, 2014 at 11:43 am (6 months ago)

    We always do a special dinner at home too, but I didn’t think to put together a tablescape for the occasion! Idea for next year! Thanks, and your table was gorgeous!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Emily :) Such a fun tradition, isn’t it? xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Amber :) xo Kristin

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  12. annekemcconnell
    February 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm (6 months ago)

    Your table setting looks beautiful Kristin! And great tips ~ thanks girl!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks A! It was a fun night :) xo Kristin

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  13. Pam @ Simple Details
    February 16, 2014 at 9:19 am (6 months ago)

    Oops, late to your party, but it looks fabulous!! Love your table!!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Pam :) Hope you enjoyed your Vday! xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Bethany :) Will we ever tire of gold and black…I hope not…but stranger things have happened. xo Kristin

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