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How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine’s Dinner

(Note: I created this tablescape for Valentine’s Day but this blooming blush table would work equally as well for Easter, Mother’s Day, an anniversary, or special birthday party.)

It is no secret that I adore flowers. I tend to surround myself with them. I love to arrange them, plant them in the garden, and incorporate them into my interior design in every way I can. Even my darling husband, who, bless his heart, is not the most observant person in the world, has taken note of my floral fascination. Several years ago, he began the practice of bringing me a bouquet every Friday evening when he comes home from work. This is a wonderful thing because he paid attention, observed how happy flowers make me and then set out to provide me with a steady supply of them. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. So, this year, when I decided to plan a Valentine’s Dinner, I could think of no theme more appropriate to convey my feelings of love and gratitude than Valentine’s flowers.

The Language Of Flowers

One of the things I have learned about my beloved blooms is that they have meanings. The repressed Victorians developed a whole language of flowers called floriography in which they ascribed different meanings to each species and color of blossom. They used flowers as a means of coded communication to express feelings that, because of rigid societal constraints, couldn’t be spoken. If you were versed in floriography, as most Victorians were, when you sent a gift of a beautiful bouquet, you could also send a very specific message –no card necessary. This charming idea is very appealing to me. So, I decided to decorate my Valentine’s dinner table with specific Valentine flowers that will send a message to my husband about how much I appreciate his “Friday flowers.”

How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Nothing says “I love you” more than a red rose. However, I feel red roses are a little too obvious for my coded message. And besides, I wanted to use a softer palate for my tablescape. The blossoms I chose for my centerpiece are: pink carnations, which mean I’ll never forget you, pink roses, which mean perfect happiness, white roses, which mean charming, coral roses which mean desire, and stock, which means affection. Roses in general mean love and mature rose bouquets convey gratitude.

Valentine's floral arrangement --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Valentine's floral arrangement --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

I decorated my two-tiered blush colored coconut cake with buttercream flowers which included camellias, which convey gratitude, carnations –remembrance, and ivy which means fidelity and wedded love.

Tiered blush Valentine's cake decorated with camellias, carnations and ivy --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Floral Valentine's cake --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

The bowls at each place setting contain pink hydrangeas which mean gratitude for understanding.

Blush pink hydrangeas decorate a Valentine's place setting --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Valentine’s Tablescape

The table is covered with a vintage cutwork tablecloth and napkins. I placed a blush colored piece of scalloped tissue paper under the centerpiece to reinforce the color scheme.

Candlelit Valentine's tablescape --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Candlelit view of Valentine's tablescape --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

I further decorated the Gold leaf napkin rings from World Market with stems of coral spray roses (desire).

Napkin ring enhanced with coral spray roses --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

The cream dinner plates and bowls are the “Amberly” pattern from JCPenney Home. The salad plates are called “Blush Element” from World Market. The ivory scalloped chargers are from Pier 1 Imports.

Blush flower table setting --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Valentine's table setting --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

I scattered gold votives and blush pink candies around the table to add color and glow. My grandmother’s silver flatware and etched goblets round out my Valentine’s dinner table.

How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Valentine’s Dinner Menu

When planning the menu, I kept in mind the blush color scheme I established for our Valentine’s dinner table. The entree is pink and white heart-shaped pasta with a herb cream sauce.

Heart-shaped pasta served with a herb cream sauce --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

It is accompanied by a pink grapefruit and avocado salad with a Champagne vinaigrette.

Avocado and grapefruit salad with Champagne vinaigrette --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Dessert is the blush pink coconut cake that I had so much fun making, as well as some store bought pink and cream iced flower cookies. I chose a perfectly hued and tasty blush wine to accompany the meal.

Buttercream flower decorated coconut cake --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Pink and white iced floral cookies --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

I know that my husband will not immediately understand the individual meanings of the Valentine’s flowers I’ve chosen for my table unless he looks them up, but I hope he gets the message that I am very grateful for him and his “Friday flowers” and that I love him very much.

How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Blush flower tablescape --How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Whether you decide to send a bouquet or create a floral themed Valentine’s dinner for your loved ones, consider using the language of flowers to choose blooms that convey a special coded meaning this Valentine’s Day.

How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The soft blush tones and floral theme of this Blooming Blush Tablescape is perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, an anniversary or a special birthday party.

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How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine's Dinner

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20 thoughts on “How To Use The Language Of Flowers To Create A Blooming Valentine’s Dinner

    1. Thanks so much, Cathy. I am not sure if that was one of Gran’s tablecloths or not. I bought several vintage tablecloth and napkin sets from an estate sale years ago and I don’t remember if this was one of them or not. I do have several cloths, that I know were Gran’s. I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Wow! What a beautiful table– elegant with just a little bit of “edge.” 🙂 The cake is spectacular and I love the idea of putting hydrangea blooms in the bowls–so pretty! Happy Valentines Day!

    1. Thank you so much, Sandra, for your very kind comment. I am delighted that you enjoyed the post. I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day full of hearts and flowers!

  2. That is a lovely cake! Your themes are always so beautifully realized. It reminds me of all the flowers that were sent and received in “The Age of Innocence.”

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment. “The Age of Innocence” meets modern tablescape was definitely the look I was going for. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. That is beautiful and the food all look so delicious! How very sweet that he brings you flowers each week and I’m sure he’ll love the thought and care you put into all of this.

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