Style a romantic Valentines table with vintage transferware!
Welcome to February! Even though this is one of the shortest months of the year date wise, it feels like one of the longest because, at this point in the winter, I am just longing for Spring. So, to help combat the winter blues, I decided to style a pretty table! This tablescape was inspired in every way by a set of vintage transferware dishes that I found at the thrift store. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to share this incredible find with you and this is it. Come along as I show you how to style a Valentines table with vintage transferware!
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Valentines day is one of those ‘holidays’ that I don’t typically decorate for. I literally just finished styling my winter decor a few weeks ago and I’m not about to take it all down again. I personally don’t see the need to go all out on this day because, in my opinion, LOVE is something to be celebrated every day!
However, I had a vision in my head for this Valentine tablescape that included pale pink and cream mixed with this set of thrifted transferware. I wanted it to feel whimsical and romantic. With the help of the delicate features on the dishes, my vision came to life!
Vintage Thrifted Transferware
Before I get into the tablescape details, can we take a minute to talk about the transferware?! Okay… let me tell you real quick how I found these.
So, back in the fall, I think it was the beginning of November, I was doing a quick spin through the thrift store. It was really busy there that day and there were so many people in my way!
There were a bunch of boxes near the back of the store that were not unpacked yet. So, I started rummaging through them. All of a sudden, I see this pattern sticking out from underneath a book.
My heart starts racing and I’m trying to get to these plates as fast as I can before someone else. That box held all 4 of the dinner plates. I moved to the next box and found the 2 small plates and the 2 bowls. The box next to that had the creamer and sugar. You guys…I literally almost cried because I had been searching for a set of these dishes for almost a year!
I kept looking, making sure I wasn’t missing any more of the set. After being sure I had gotten all of them, I carefully made my way to the register. Honestly I didn’t really know how much these were going to cost because at this point, the price didn’t matter. Well, to my surprise, I paid just under $20 for the whole set!! What!?!
I just couldn’t believe it! These dishes make me so happy and am beyond thankful I could rescue them before they broke in those boxes. Also, I can’t even with the creamer and sugar dishes…how stinking adorable are they?!
This just goes to show you that you never know what will be at the thrift store on any given day and that patience does pay off. Okay, okay…onto the table!
Valentines Table With Vintage Transferware
I am going to share the steps and items that I used to style my table but know that you can tweak those things as needed. I always like to encourage others to use what they have around the house first. If you are still in need of some pieces, check the thrift store for inexpensive decor. The dollar store is always a helpful place to find craft items and centerpiece fillers.
Tablescape Items Used
*I have linked similar items from Amazon at the bottom of this post in case you are wanting to purchase something similar!*
- light pink ribbon
- cloth napkins
- wooden hearts
- wooden heart garland
- lace table runner
- faux cream colored roses
- neutral tablecloth
- Ironstone vase
- fresh flowers
- set of Ironstone dishes
Putting Together The Tablescape
Start by choosing a base, such as a tablecloth or table runner.
I already had a neutral linen on the table which was perfect and exactly the look I was going for. But, I wanted to use another runner going down the middle. To me, it helps the centerpiece itself feel cohesive and grounded. So, I placed a vintage lace table cloth down the center of the table.
The next item I added was this wooden heart garland that I made a few years ago. It reminds me of candy hearts!
Layering pieces like this helps to create depth and interest when creating a centerpiece.
I placed it on one end of the runner and zig-zagged it down the middle.
Then, I added the fresh flowers. I flattened out the middle of the runner and placed my favorite transferware vase in the center of the table.
This vase is just the best thing ever and makes me so happy! Fresh flowers are a beautiful way to lift your spirits in the middle of winter.
Next, I placed faux roses randomly across the lace runner. I found these at the dollar store and actually worked better than I thought they would! They introduce that romantic feel and the color of them is perfect.
There were six roses in the pack so I placed three on each side of the vase.
I had a bunch of pink wooden hearts leftover from my heart garland project so I used a handful of them to add a bit more interest to the centerpiece.
I simply scattered them along the runner, being mindful to not make it feel too crowded.
The Place Settings
Next, I placed four chargers around the table. These are the same ones I used for my Thanksgiving tablescape.
Then, I placed the large dinner plates on top of the chargers followed by the small plates.
You will notice that I mixed and matched some of the small plates because my set only came with 2 small plates.
I added in the 2 small bowls, one on each side of the table.
The creamer and sugar made most sense to me in the middle of table.
I nestled them in amongst the hearts, placing one on each side of the vase.
The last step in this Valentine table is to place a napkin at each table setting. I mixed and matched cloth napkins that I already had.
To add a bit more character at each place setting instead of just placing a napkin on a plate, I came up with a simple idea.
First, I used wide pink ribbon and cut a strip roughly 9 inches long.
Next, I tied that strip around a napkin and knotted it.
To finish it off in a pretty way, I placed a pink wooden heart on top of the knot.
And there you have it! A simple and delicate napkin holder for this Valentines table.
This tablescape turned out better than I imagined. It is whimsical, delicate and romantic.
The light pink and cream colors combined with the transferware hints at Spring, which is so lovely.
The beautiful thing about styling a table is that it allows for such creativity. There are not any rules and anything goes!
I hope this Valentines table with vintage transferware is uplifting for you! My whole goal when creating these is to give you different ideas and ways of making your home beautiful without spending a lot of money.
Tablescapes are so fun to create because you can use items that you already have and tailor them to achieve a one-of-kind display. I encourage you to take the ideas shared here and make them your own. Embrace this season of love and be inspired to create along the way.
Let me know in the comments if there is anything you do to decorate for Valentines Day. Do you decorate your whole house or just a small area? I would love to know!
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Hi Rachel! Your Valentine’s tablescape is just lovely!! I can not believe you found that whole set of dishes at a thrift store, and it was less than $20! You have the most luck of anyone I know! The pattern on the dishes is so pretty! I love your sweet Valentine’s garland! It adds the perfect touch to your table! Happy Day!
Thank you!! I know…I could barely contain my excitement at the store! This one was fun to put together…thanks for coming by today!
Rachel, what an amazing thrift store find!! Those dishes are so beautiful and they made for the most perfect vintage valentine’s table. I am in love. The heart garland and fresh flowers were such a sweet touch. Have a great week.
The entire table scape is just lovely! I love the idea about tying the napkins with the ribbon.
wow, what a great find, Rachel. You know I have a mini obsession with brown transferware. Your table is beautiful and you’ve styled it all so lovely!! Love the pink ribbons tied around the napkins. Happy Valentine’s my friend!!
Thank you! I know…I knew you would love these dishes as much as me 🙂 Happy Valentine’s!
Rachel!!! What.a.find! I love me my transferware & you totally lucked out. You did a great job styling the table and I love the pink & brown color combo. Beautiful my friend. XO- MaryJo
Thank you! I knnnooowwww…I just couldn’t believe it!! Thanks so much!!
This is just SO pretty, Rachel! I love your transferware dishes and the little touches of pink are just perfect1
Rachel! I can’t believe you found those dishes for $20!!!! That’s amazing! Your tablescape looks beautiful and perfect for Valentine’s Day. I love seeing the treasures you find while thrifting. Pinned!
I KNOW!!!! Thank you, Anna!!
This is all so beautiful, Rachel! I’m crazy excited you were able to find and rescue these transferware pieces because I know you’ve been looking for some for the longest time. They’re the perfect complement to your vintage linens, pink hearts, and flowers. Great job sweet friend – you nailed it! Hugs, CoCo
Thank you!!! I’m beyond happy to now have these dishes in my collection!! Thanks so much for the encouragement, friend!!
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This is a beautiful table!
Thanks so much!!
I love the way all of this goes together. It is beautiful!
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What great dishes Rachel, I love how you styled them for Valentine’s Day.
Thanks so much!!
Such a lovely tablescape Rachel. It’s romantic to think of the many conversations had over these dishes through the years.
Thank you!! I know…it’s almost magical in a way. Thanks so much for stopping by!