With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it got me thinking about what the Mr and I might do this year to celebrate it. Usually we don’t do anything (romantic pair that we are), I suppose because we think you shouldn’t have to wait for a particular day to do something special together! Also, getting any one to one time over dinner is a rare treat nowadays that we’re a family of five and not a couple anymore, whether on Valentine’s night or any other for that matter.
But if we did happen to get a quiet evening alone, sharing a candlelit Valentine’s dinner, then this is what my Magical Dining Room would consist of, with some help from the lovely home dining collections at Marks & Spencer.
Instead of opting for that traditional ‘colour of love’ red, I thought a more contemporary theme would be to choose a pink and gold colour scheme; still romantic but quite classy.
I remember one of our most romantic evenings was dining at the Opus One restaurant at the Radisson in Manchester where we were staying overnight, just the two of us. We enjoyed a delicious meal in the restaurant’s glam surroundings, watching enormous flakes of snow falling outside through it’s large windows. Up in our room, the view of a still and quiet Manchester completely carpeted in thick white snow at midnight was truly magical!
So I would definitely want our dining experience to feel as sophisticated as being in a stylish and cool restaurant. I don’t like things too frilly and so the industrial table, minimalist chair and slate placemats give an urban feel, but the gold and pink accents add softness (as do the heart shaped accessories) and a touch of glamour. There would be roses and champagne (both pink of course) and a delicious 3 course meal (probably from the M&S chilled food isles, as neither of us would want to cook!).
So that’s how I would add a little magic and sparkle for a special occasion. If you like any of the items I chose to style my magical dining room, here are the details: