6 Date Night Decor Tips to Make Valentine’s Day (or Any Day) Feel Extra Special

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching—but plans might look a little different this year. Instead of a fancy dinner out, many couples are opting for a date night in. But for some, that can feel like a bit of a let-down. After all, how can you make Valentine’s Day dinner (or any date night dinner, for that matter) feel special, when you spend night after night together at home?

All it takes is a bit of creativity and planning ahead! With a few decor swaps and some rearranging, you can make an at-home date night or celebration feel just as special as a night on the town. So, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a Galentine’s get-together, or an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or special milestone, we have the tips you need to elevate your night in.

Read on for a round-up of simple tips and small decor shifts to take you from a regular dinner at home to a very special, thoughtful date night in.
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1. Tidy Up

Key to making date night feel different from any old evening? A clean home. After all, your favorite restaurant doesn’t have dirty dishes in the sink or toys strewn about the floor, does it? Elevate the vibe of your space by giving it a good clean! So, either the night before or day-of, give yourself some time to tidy up your space so that when dinner time comes around you can sit back and relax.

2. Bust Out the Fancy Stuff

Do you have special dishes, glasses, or cutlery that you only use when you have company over or on major holidays? Well, consider this the perfect opportunity to bust out that special occasion tableware. Use your nice dishes, your best serveware and flatware, and your favorite wine glasses. Have a decanter or wine chiller collecting dust at the back of your cabinet? Date night is the perfect time to elevate your drink presentation as well! Pour your red wine into a decanter for serving at the table, or keep your white wine or champagne chilled, tableside.

Stylist Tip: If you and your partner have a favorite restaurant, try to recreate the vibe of that space at home! Bring in decorative elements and tabletop pieces that visually resemble the restaurant’s ambiance and style.

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3. Create Some Ambiance

Nothing says “there’s nothing special happening here” like bright, unflattering overhead lighting on date night. So, make sure you create some ambiance before settling in for dinner! Dim (or entirely turn off) your overhead lighting and light some candles! You can go with tapers, a trio of pillar candles, or even a few flameless votives. Want a little more light? Consider investing in a mood-setting new lamp to place on a buffet or console table!

But ambiance isn’t just about lighting. Queue up some background music, too! Bonus points if it’s on vinyl, played on a nearby turntable.

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4. Arrange Some Fresh Flowers

A simple floral bouquet or vase of fresh greenery will help enliven the mood and serve as a beautiful centerpiece while you dine. Want your space to feel even more special? Scatter a few different arrangements of florals and greenery around your room—from the table to a buffet and even your bar cart. (More on that next!)

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5. Prep Your Bar Cart

Plan ahead for what you want to drink on date night, whether that’s a fancy cocktail or mocktail, or some celebratory bubbles. Make sure your bar cart is stocked and styled with the necessities. From there, take it to the next level by sprinkling in little moments of delight that will make mixing drinks feel extra special—like a vase of fresh flowers, flickering candles, a decanter, and perhaps a book of love poems!

No bar cart? No problem. Here are 7 ways to create an impromptu bar!

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6. Consider Setting Up Somewhere Special

If having dinner at your dining table feels too “everyday,” consider setting up your dinner or appetizers elsewhere in your home. Don’t be afraid to dine in your living room by the fireplace (how cozy!), lounging by your sofa, or even at your eat-up kitchen counter if you want to recreate the vibe of your favorite bar! (What is it about sitting side-by-side on barstools that feels so romantic?) Any of these relocations will help your date night feel different than the ordinary day-to-day scene.

Stylist Tip: If you set up in your living room, consider swapping in a few special throw pillows and extra cozy blankets to up the cozy and romantic vibe of your space!

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6 Fall Tablescape Ideas That are Sure to Impress Your Guests

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about hosting! While the holidays are about being together with the people you love—not impressing them with a Pinterest-worthy home—it is fun to gussy up your house and make it extra inviting for guests. One simple way to get your dining room holiday-ready is by designing a beautiful tablescape!

A tablescape is an artistic arrangement of objects on your table. Obviously this involves your dinnerware — but to create a truly stunning tablescape, you can also work in additional objects like greenery, candles, and linens. Depending on the objects you choose, you can embody different design styles that will compliment the overall style of your home while playing up those fall vibes. Keep scrolling for fall tablescape ideas for 6 different styles!

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1. Modern and Minimal

For a look that’s more modern or transitional, keep your tablescape free of frills and too many decorative objects. Take a minimal approach to styling, with only a few simple and thoughtfully curated accents. We love white pumpkins for a modern touch of fall style. Complete the look by opting for for contemporary and simple serveware.

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2. Mid-Century and Rustic

This dining room features a more eclectic take on a fall tablescape. For both mid-century and rustic looks (or the perfect combination of the two: modern rustic), gravitate toward a warm color palette and play with interesting or unexpected forms. Here, we love the organic shape of the wheat stalks, a handleless carafe, and even the surrounding artwork.

Next, play up the texture. We incorporated texture with woven placemats, featuring tassels that tie into the color scheme. What results is a look that is cohesive, visually nuanced, and interesting enough to get your guests talking about something other than politics.

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3. Elegant and Glam

If you like tablescape ideas that are chic and a little over the top, this one’s for you. When styling your tablescape, layer on gold, crystals, and statement pieces — like gold chargers, a stunning chandelier, and these crystal geode candlesticks.

And speaking of those candlesticks, they contrast perfectly with the delicate glassware. It’s the perfect pairing of glamorous and luxe materials with sleek forms to keep the look balanced.

But despite all the glitz and glam, this fall tablescape idea still takes a traditional approach to styling for a look that’s both sleek and feminine.

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4. Rustic and Traditional

This look embodies the classic sense of “fall” in all its glory. With rugged woods, a farmhouse dining table, Windsor-style chairs, and plaid accents, you have a tablescape that’s truly rustic and cozy. Family-friendly to its core, the table decor is pared back yet creates a cozy sense of place.

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5. Classic and Contemporary

Elegant and sophisticated, this fall tablescape idea relies on simple styling for a fresh and clean feeling. It’s the perfect look if you like more classic or coastal styles, as it has a more formal air to it. While it features a fall color palette, it’s in a more subtle and contemporary style topped with simple, fall-inspired decor.

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6. Rustic and Eclectic

This dining room mixes a few different styles in one space—a little bit bohemian, a little rustic, and a lot of eclectic. With that, you’ll notice unexpected pieces and styling moments, like wishbone chairs and basket wall art.

This look is grounded by saturated earth tones and a solid wood table with a live-edge look. And the tablescape idea is finished by layering on a lot of textures and natural materials — including plenty of plants and greenery.

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