How to create a romantic table setting for Valentine's Day

Rather than dining out this Valentine's Day, avoid the crowds and an expensive bill by creating a romantic table setting for two at home.

Villeroy & Boch has these tips to help you create an intimate and treasured experience to remember - one that doesn't necessarily have to take place at the table.

FRESH IDEAS: A romantic setting doesn't have to take place at the table. Breakfast in bed can be just as beautiful and memorable. It's My Match collection from $25.95.

FRESH IDEAS: A romantic setting doesn't have to take place at the table. Breakfast in bed can be just as beautiful and memorable. It's My Match collection from $25.95.

Think outside the box

That's right, a romantic table setting is not restricted to dinner. Breakfast in bed can be made to look just as beautiful and sophisticated.

Use colourful or patterned plates to create a casual and unique look, far from the run-of-the-mill morning meal. Serve orange juice or a fruity mocktail in champagne coupes for an indulgent feel.

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MONOCHROME MAGIC: Black and white tableware creates a modern look that allows the food to take centre stage. Manufacture collection from $19.95.

Classic with a twist

Tableware should showcase your heartfelt meal with a casual elegance.

Use a mix of dishes for a more intimate mood that still creates a feast for the eye.

Alternating classic black and white tableware creates a trendy look that celebrates the food as the star of the show. Accessorise with metallic or coloured glassware, cutlery and napery for a thoughtful and personal take on a timeless and elegant setting.

PRETTY SETTING: Decorating the table with flowers and other sprigs of foliage helps make a setting extra special. Flow Couture collection from $25.95.

PRETTY SETTING: Decorating the table with flowers and other sprigs of foliage helps make a setting extra special. Flow Couture collection from $25.95.

Go above and beyond

Decorating the table with flowers, candles or fairy lights makes a setting extra special.

If using a large table, opt for a scattered mix of small bouquets and tealights so the setting feels abundant and colourful.

For smaller or circular tables, tall candles and a floral centrepiece will draw the eye and make the setting appear more impressive.

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