11 Vintage-Inspired Valentine’s Day Decorations That’ll Be The Perfect Addition To That Brunch You’re Planning
Maybe you gave your significant other free rein to plan Valentine's Day date night and want to return the favor somehow. Or, since Valentine's falls on a Thursday this year, you already know you'll be distracted all night thinking about what you need to accomplish at work the following day. Either way, there's a silver lining: You can go ahead and plan a romantic brunch for the following weekend, Feb. 14 or not. And since buying the ingredients is more of a day before venture, all you need to do at the moment is scout out Valentine's Day decor.
Although, depending on your style, Valentine's-themed decor can make you jump with joy... or run for the hills. You probably are well aware that incorporating bold, heart-shaped graphics can be tricky, so you may be tempted to skip it altogether — but you don't have to. To set the scene for a romantic brunch, lean into Valentine's Day's ephemera-filled, vintage-inspired side. The end result is timeless, and surprisingly modern.
Why? It's incredibly easy to style. The vintage decor bodes well with mid-century modern decor, playfully contrasts a minimalist home, and fits right into an eclectic, already-vintage bohemian style. Of course, you don't need to take a page from Rory Gilmore's playbook and pull a complete Donna Reed to woo your special someone. (Although Anthropologie does sell beautiful cooking aprons, FYI.) You only need to add a few retro touches to the decor you already own to transform it for Valentine's Day, such as Le Creuset's heart-shaped cocotte.
The cocotte is the fashionable foodie's way to tackle heart-shaped Valentine's Day decor. Inspired by '20s Le Creuset designs, the vintage cocotte features scalloped handles and the brand's renowned enameled cast iron design. Though it's a bargain marked down to $200 from $235, Le Creuset is offering an additional deal until Feb. 14: Use code LOVE on purchases of $150 to get two heart-shaped stoneware ramekins for free.
And the heart-shaped decor can stop there. For the rest of the brunch decorations, you can balance the cookware by bringing in vintage style through a retro color palette, florals, and the occasional touch of Valentine's ephemera. Keep scrolling down to explore 11 decorations that, while great on their own, will work together brilliantly to help you pull off the most romantic Valentine's Day brunch yet.
On sale for $200 from $235, you can cook your sweetheart breakfast in this '20s-inspired dish, then display it on the table as well.
Valentine's Day Red Heart Salad Plates, Set of 4
These subtly themed plates will look even less so when the heart is covered with an omelette or French toast. (Plus, you get to watch your special someone be surprised when the design is revealed.)
Manifattura Richard Ginori 1735 Set of 3 Plates the Road to Heaven Is Paved With Excess in Pink
Or go with these beautiful plates from Richard Ginori 1735 if you want something truly luxe. The classic floral design is timelessly vintage, with a modern touch from the writing.
Bodum Chambord Copper 34 Ounce French Press
Crate & Barrel
Sure, you probably already own a coffee maker — but no one can deny that the French press may be *the* most romantic way to get a caffeine fix, and much more retro than an automatic machine.
Vintage Children's Novelty Valentine Greeting Card
There are tons of cheap vintage Valentine's Day cards on Etsy, so find one to frame that'll make your special someone smile.
Ephemera Valentines Boxed Cards - Set of 24
Barnes & Noble
Not sure about actual vintage decor? These highly-rated cards were inspired by antique ephemera, and would look just as lovely thoughtfully placed around your table.
Madame + Monsieur Champagne Flutes
Romantic, Valentine's-inspired champagne flutes seem like a luxury, but these only go for $10 per glass (and are on sale for $7). Customize the set you need out of the "Madame" and "Monsieur" options.
Bethany Lowe Monkeying Around Valentine Boxes, Set of 3
You can also incorporate the look of vintage cards with these adorable nesting boxes from Bethany Lowe.
Romantic sans red, the mustard shade of these napkins will work with your vintage-inspired color palette.
First Kiss Candle
You can always look at throwback decor from another perspective. A mix of eucalyptus, patchouli, and more, this candle is meant to walk you down memory lane to your first kiss.
Donning an apron to prepare brunch is already a throwback fashion move (albeit a sensible one), so you can indulge in a more modern print.