Last week we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a low key (yet still candlelit and romantic) Dinner at home. I kept the decor very simple this year and decided to use natural, rustic and woodland elements for my Dining room dresser and Valentine’s table setting.
I’d already given my dresser a Valentine’s makeover of sorts earlier this week and used slightly distressed pieces including a wooden pallet I’d painted and used to display my Eucalyptus wreath. All it needed was a rustic vine heart to replace it and make it a little more ‘Valentine’s Friendly’.
I kept my Farmhouse table very neutral with a white hemstitch tablecloth and added a linen table runner in a natural shade from Ikea. Pink Roses in a pretty enamel jug were used as a centrepiece, and the rest of the table was finished with heart themed candle holders and pink table scatters. My bark candle lantern had just the right Rustic feel and for our bread rolls, I used a pretty wire work basket to give the table a little country charm.
Over the years we’ve celebrated Valentine’s in some rather amazing places, and I have to put my hands up and say that it’s usually down to my other half being so thoughtful and super-organised – whereas I am definitely Ms. Lastminute…until this year, that is. So at Christmas I decided to return the favour, and as I always take a little bit of stick for my love of a Cream tea I made it my mission to find one that both of us could enjoy…which is how we ended up having Afternoon tea at the appropriately named ‘Tale Bar’ at London’s Playboy Club in Mayfair.
Decorated with Vintage ‘Bunny’ memorabilia and decorated in shades of gold and teal, the Bar combines Old school and Modern glamour with huge velvet button-back couches and an opulent gold bar stretching the width of the room.We were waited on by one of the club’s iconic Bunny-girls (in a red costume and ears…very appropriate even if it was post-Valentines) who brought us our cream ‘tea’ . The tea itself was a ‘Teapot Cocktail’ and we were both able to choose from a variety that included a Mulled wine fruit tea (hers) and Mint and Chocolate (his).
We were both equally impressed by the quality of the food…the savouries (salmon blinis, tomato bruschetta and steak in mini baguettes) and the sweets – mini muffins with chocolate ‘bunny ears’, carrot cake (of course) and Macarons – tasted deliciously home-made.
We finished off our ‘tea’ with a glass or two of Prosecco each (in a Playboy flute, of course). I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to book a special and slightly unconventional treat for their partner. All in all the tea was a memorable experience from beginning to end…and so it was with very happy faces that we walked off into the night to keep our appointment with a certain Mr.Grey…xxx