If he’s a gentleman. If she’s a keeper. If your favorite person is a soul mate—instead of the requisite Valentine’s Day card, why don’t you just spring for some mood-setting and fun? One of the best ways to do this (and Valentine’s falls on Sunday this year so you have no excuse) is to create a place setting for a meal, where shape, color and texture help to enhance the effort.
Take a look at my place setting for a Valentine’s Day brunch. (No one said it had to be dinner?) There are pancakes in heart shapes using Trudeau’s egg shaper tool, espresso cups from Trudeau—very chi chi—and beautiful leatherette coasters from Kim Seybert. Place it on a red background. Add bourbon sugar for the coffee, real maple syrup, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a topper and you’ve got a Wow!
A few details:
The egg ring is silicone and can accept temperatures between 428°F and 220°C. The little handle assures you won’t burn your fingers.
The tasse a café espresso or coffee cups are porcelain with stainless steel bottoms. They come in 3 oz. (90ml), 6 oz. (180 ml), and 10 oz (300 ml) and are dishwasher safe.
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A coveted holiday for most romantics, Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming if you’re playing host for the evening or even if
you’ll just be with your significant other or a group of gal pals, home décor is the last thing you want to worry about! Tiffany LeBlanc from Le Blanc Design, a full service boutique for interior design, has some ideas about how to add more mood.
She says, “Arrange a unique tablescape with jewel tones and red accents, bring in texture with linens. Layer in a welcoming scent to your décor with diffuser oils. Line the room with candles or consider installing Edison bulbs into decorative fixtures like a chandelier.”
We asked Tiffany these questions:
Andrea Campbell: Do you have any more ideas on working with diffuser oils, that is to say: vehicles, cautions, scent suggestions?
Tiffany LeBlanc: With any sort of fragrance for the home I would stick to natural, more authentic smells; forget vanilla spice and think Eucalyptus or lavender. Two products I like are Jo Malone London or Diptyque. JoMalone has a red rose diffuser that might be nice for Valentine’s Day.
A.C.: Do you have a dealer for the edison bulbs?
T.L. Rejuvenation.com has all different kinds