Pink Gingham Valentine's Table

Royal Blush: A Toast to Cupid

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to put together a bright and endearing table display. Whether you’re sharing a romantic dinner with your sweetie, celebrating solo with your favorite rom-coms or planning a festive galentine’s gathering, you’re sure to find that February 14th offers something for you to love.

Everyone expects to see plenty of hearts for St. Valentine’s big day. To stand out from the crowd, consider only accessorizing with these festive shapes and using classic gingham as your table’s main focal point. And while roses might be red, your table linens can be a beautiful mix of pink and white. The Pink Gingham Collection creates a soft and inviting Ode to Cupid, while fresh rose petals placed down the center of the table offer a sweet, fragrant and beautiful presentation.

If you’re looking for a unique centerpiece idea, inexpensive apothecary jars filled with colorful candy provide a quick and easy way to add height to your tabletop. And guests will love to help themselves to the tasty treats inside!

Fun Fact: Valentine greetings date to the Middle Ages, although written valetines didn’t begin to appear until after the start of the 15th century. The oldest known valentine still in existence is a poem written in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Today, the original handwritten poem is preserved in the manuscript collection of the British Library.

The Royal Blush

Plus, no Valentine’s celebration would be complete without a cocktail to help you toast the occasion. The Royal Blush is a delicious, ruby-red libation that will wow your guests.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon cherry purée

3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) vodka

1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup

5 fresh mint leaves

1 cup ice cubes

1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco, chilled

Transfer purée to chilled martini glass. In chilled cocktail shaker, combine vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Tear mint leaves in half and add to shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Slowly strain into martini glass without disturbing purée, then top with sparkling wine and serve.

Recipe courtesy of epicurious.

We hope your Valentine’s Day this year is filled with love, laughter and warmth. Cheers!

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