Images by Michael Soo
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach…
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How Do I Love Thee?
A grand Victorian-love-story moment is worth the extra effort every now and then…just to keep the spirit of romance alive! Create your own enchanting evening with a tablescape similar to the one Lea McIntosh fashioned using resources from the wedding industry. “It’s great to tap into wedding sources for other special events like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary,” says Lea.
“Order flowers from your favorite floral designer, rent beautiful linens, and use your mother’s fine china…or you can rent that too!” Back in her event design days, Lea pulled together pieces her clients had from their families, antiques or vintage items, and mixed them with interesting linens, china, stemware, silverware, flowers, candles and accessories to come up with a beautiful tableau.
Linens: Wildflower Linen
For extraordinary linens, McIntosh adores Wildflower Linen. “They have some of the most exquisite selections when it comes to color selections, interesting textures and those that are ultra-luxurious.” Anything I can dream up, I can usually find a great solution at Wildflower.”
For flowers, McIntosh uses several sources but no one is more inventive than Bloomster’s. “I like flexible arrangements that can be used in multiple ways. I asked for a wreath of flowers so the ‘lovers’ could gaze into each others eyes.” : )
Table Accessories: Beau-coup
Diamond Shaped Crystal Paperweights
Silver Plated Diamond Shaped Tea Light Holders
“I adore Beau-coup, a fabulous on-line boutique where I always find the unexpected. They have wonderful favors and unique gifts. I have used many things from them and especially like their diamond tea lights and paperweights. They add a touch of sparkle to the table.”
So the table is set and the candles are lit…what are you going to serve? Well, if you really want the cuisine to be as five-star-stunning as your tabletop, Lea recommends…
Le Cordon Bleu at Home
“This is a really good book for classic, formal French dinner recipes.”
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