Every year there is one single holiday where decorating with layers and layers of pink is socially accepted (not that it stops me from setting a pink Christmas Tablescape or using blush and rose gold for Thanksgiving) but Valentine’s Day is definitely the Queen of pink holiday’s! So this year we’re breaking out all the pink: pink tablecloth, pink dishes, pink cups, pink knife rests… the whole nine yards!
Then we’ll break it up with a few pretty antique white and rose dishes that were my great-grandmother’s. After all the key to a monochromatic color scheme is lots of different shades of that same color. Instead of one pink shade for each piece we’ll use light pink, dark pink, salmon pink… a few varieties that will give us movement and difference.
Then the white dishes with that pop of dark pink in the roses will give us a different pattern to really break up all the pink. Not to mention one big pop of dark pink for our centerpiece: a cranberry colored glass cruet condiment caddy. Which is a fancy way to say a fun antique piece that will hold salt, pepper, vinegrete’s and oils.
That I love!
So if you want a few tips on mixing monochromatic pieces that merge antiques with modern day pieces stay tuned. We’re going to get started!
- Matceramica Blush Pink Dinner Plates
- Matceramica Blush Pink Salad Plates
- American Sweetheart Pink Dessert Plates by Macbeth-Evans
- Pink and White Buffalo Check Chargers
- Oneida Countess Flatware
- Antique Blue Knife Rests
- Recollections Pink Water Glasses
- Fruit/Desert Bowls
- Serving Bowl
- Bone Dishes
- Vintage Victorian Cranberry Cruet Condiment Caddy
- Pink Glass Cake Stand
- Pink Dog Topped Depression Glass Dish
- Pink Depression Glass Sugar and Creamer Dishes
- Pink Tablecloth
See the entire process! Setting my Valentine’s Day Table:
I knew I wanted to use as many pink depression glass pieces on this table as possible… so I started with my pink depression glass dessert plates and water glasses. From there I played around with the other pieces in my stack of plates.
The pink tablecloth meant I needed a white or drastically different colored pink charger and these white and pink buffalo check chargers were the best of both worlds. They break up the pink while popping just a little bit… plus they’re very soft and sweet.
Then a pink dinner plate and salad plate finish off the stack!
At this point we had a great pink base so it was time to break up allll the pink with a bit more white and a bit more pattern.
So I added a pretty white napkin with a fun lace and crocheted corner detail under the salad plate and my great-grandma’s fruit dishes to the top of the stack. It was like the icing on top of the cake!
Since my pink tablecloth came pre-loved (with a few stains) I also needed something to cover a stain to the top left of one of my place settings… so out came the bone dishes. I absolutely love these little bone dishes but to be fair I love all bone dishes so it’s not exactly a fair fight.
Of course, bone dishes are not a new invention… they’re actually a relic from a bygone era. But they’re coming back in style! They go to the side of your place setting and you use them to hold little bones (or shrimp tails!) as you’re eating.
I love them and want them in a billion different styles. One for each of my tablescapes.
After finishing the place setting with my Nana’s fruit dishes I needed to start on the centerpiece. We have plenty of light and medium tones but we need a bright pop of our darkest color. I wanted to match the darker pink in Nana’s bowls and I thought this fun cranberry colored glass cruet condiment caddy was the perfect touch!
It’s a pretty antique piece and honestly? It’s a fabulous piece and the color is perfect for Valentine’s Day!! If you’ve never seen a cruet condiment caddy before (my Mom taught me about them last year and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one ever since) they typically hold salt, pepper, oils and vinaigrette’s. They’re great for a tablescape where you might serve a light salad or lunch… I’m not 100% sure what I’ll fill mine but it’s fabulous either way!
To finish off the table I tucked the matching serving dish to Nana’s fruit bowls under the condiment caddy. Unfortunately sitting it straight on the table was a little low… it needed just a smidge more height. So I turned over a little ramekin and volia! Instant pedestal.
Then I added the last touch: antique pink knife rests and my silver oneida flatware.
I love it!
Before I go I wanted to point out a few more pieces… my little pink depression glass sugar and creamer dishes on one side of the table and my sweet little puppy dog candy dish on the other side.
These little goodies just help to bring out a bit more of that depression glass color. One day I’ll finish my depression glass collection and be able to set an entire depression glass table but in the meantime these little touches make my heart happy.
I hope it makes your heart happy too!