If you are anything like me, you will be desperately trying to make everyday situations into something a little more special these days. Since being in lockdown over the last year, the Mr and I have made some effort to make the ordinary a little less ordinary. Fire-pits and smores in the garden, picnics in front of the fire in the snug and restaurant quality meals at the kitchen island curtesy of M&S or the local takeaway.... But is it time to up my game?
We started having date night in the kitchen when the first lockdown hit last year, which has now been renamed, as you all know, the Carrara Bar. I love getting dressed up and going out for dinner, it gives us an opportunity to reconnect without any distractions from home or work.
The Mr will say in the afternoon I've booked a table at our favourite restaurant for 7pm. They always have our preferred table available, the menu always happens to be what we fancy, the wine never runs out and we never get a bill at the end, it's perfect.
However, recently I have seen more people setting their tables for date night in a more elaborate way and as I am a sucker for anything pretty and stylish I immediately want in and I am suddenly planning a dinner party for, well, just the Mr and I.
My mind runs wild with elaborate themes in my head, you know the standard ones Mad Hatters Tea Party, even a Bridgerton theme maybe, or a Queen's Gambit theme as our plates are black and white after all.
There is some amazing inspiration out there, if you are serious about tablescaping, you can even hire or buy beautiful sets of crockery, cutlery, glassware and candles from places like Maison Margaux.
Sets range from £20 - £45 per guest an example of what is included are as follows:
- L'OBJET HAAS MOJAVE GOLD DINNER PLATE
- L'OBJET HAAS MOJAVE GOLD DESSERT PLATE
- THE FULL HELIOS IVORY FLATWARE SET
- A SOLISTI CHARDONNAY OPTICAL WINE GLASS
- A SOLISTI RIESLING OPTICAL WINE GLASS
- A TINY WHITE SHELL BISQUE BOWL (1 PER 2 GUESTS)
As well as Duchess & Butler, who price their tableware per unit i.e. per plate etc.
I follow quite a few stylists on insta as you can imagine and their tablesacaping is out of this world. These are a few of my favourites who I often find myself going to for inspiration.
I also love London based embroiderer Cressida Jamieson, who does the most stunning bespoke embroidery, from t-shirts, jumpers, pillowcases to of course napkins, as what would a beautifully set table be without and beautiful embroidered napkin.
So I am going to get my thinking cap on and create something special for our Valentine's date night at home.
Let me know if there are any other people that are smashing the tablescaping scene on Instagram, you can find me at Rebecca Middleton Refine Luxe.