VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER TONIGHT?
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STEMWARE VESSELS FOR VINO. Add a couple of goblets for water, wine, or other liquors. Don’t limit yourself to clear crystal—go for tinted or quirky-shaped vessels for fun. Crystal Glass, P395, Carafe with Handle, P1,980, both from Habitat • Black Goblet, price available upon request, a11
SERVING WARE GO FOR A NATURAL APPROACH. Bring out your elegant stewpots and serve food straight from them. Present a few appetizers on rustic wooden boards and lay an array of cheeses on marble or stone
platters. Acacia Pedestal, P2,089; Copper Soft Cheese Knife, P309, Crate & Barrel • Denver Stewpot with Lid, P6,995; Etah Copper Bowls, P995, all from Habitat • Round Cheese Plate, price available upon request, a11 CENTERPIECE LESS IS MORE. Minimize the frou-frou décor and skip the floral centerpiece. Bring the eyes up with tall but slender candleholders that vary in form and height. Create a romantic mood with candlelight. Emmet Taper Candleholder, P899, Crate & Barrel • Candleholder Granti Copper, P1,250, Habitat
DINNERWARE BUILD UP WITH SHAPES. Go for dramatic stacks of plates and bowls with polygonal chargers, oddly shaped salad plates, and earthenware. Play with materials, like wood, glazed ceramics, rough clay with bronze, and silver flatware to create
texture. Mateo Salad Plate, P244.50; Fusion Teaspoon, P264.50; Dinner Knife, P279; Salad Fork, P249.50; Butter Knife, P249; Mallorca Teaspoon, P264.50, all from Crate & Barrel • Black Diamond Tray, P995, Habitat • White Dinner Plate, Dessert Plate with Uneven Edges, Black Soup Bowl, prices available upon request, all from a11 LINEN HAVE A LOVE AFFAIR WITH LAYERS. Layer linen to add depth and a luxurious feel. This will also give your table setting a fuller, more complete appearance. Then choose a runner that contrasts against your tablecloth. Beckett Table Cloth, P5,539; Helena Table Cloth, P4,169; Liam Stripe Napkin, P459, all from Crate & Barrel