It doesn’t matter that you have to strategically place your salt and pepper shakers just to make enough room for your plates: Tiny tables for two are romantic and cozy. So a little roundup of some of the most inviting ones on Houzz seemed like just the ticket for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re grabbing a quick coffee together in the morning, playing hooky and meeting for lunch, reconnecting after work or sharing a lovely dinner, try to grab a tiny-table-for-two moment today with someone who warms your heart.
1. This tiny shelf of a table is a wonderful place for sitting side by side, sprinkling powdered sugar on some crepes and sipping French press coffee.
2. For those lucky enough to live in a climate that’s warm in February, a special breakfast outside is divine. Since this patio is in California, the meal is probably a healthful one with a little decadence: egg white omelets with avocado and bacon.
3. This amazing conservatory may have orange juice in the photo, but it’s calling for something a little more exotic for Valentine’s Day — like a couple of mango and passion fruit smoothies. We’ll add some piped-in sounds of the rainforest to complete the experience.
4. This French-cafe-inspired banquette already has a chalkboard menu that includes cafe au lait and croissants, and that sounds just right. (On Feb. 14, chocolate croissants would be a special treat.)
5. Oh, the little heart shapes on the backs of these cafe chairs — can you stand it? Let’s just go with it. The menu here for a midday mini date would include heart-shaped cookies, two steaming lattes with heart-shaped foam art and two red blankets to snuggle up in. Embrace the day’s clichés!
6. Well, this styling says it all. This is the perfect place for opening a picnic basket, pouring a yummy Bordeaux and toasting to love.
7. This little corner of a kitchen is oh so happy and bright, the perfect place for a couple to connect after work and clink two glasses of prosecco together.
8. This woodsy table in Minnesota seems like a good place to share a warm lunch of homemade tomato soup and crusty bread on a cold day.
9. This lovely Barcelona balcony is calling for two big bowls of paella for lunch on the special day.
10. Cedar, fir and acacia woods make this houseboat in Seattle so warm and inviting. Perhaps some slow-cooked comfort food like a fresh local catch in a bouillabaisse?
11. Add a few candlesticks and dinner at this little table will be much more romantic than in the dining room. In the spirit of being Lady and the Tramp-casual, it seems like a perfect spot for spaghetti and meatballs.
12. Cozied right up to the radiator, this cafe table in Turin, Italy, is just the place for enjoying the region’s delicious cuisine. After a yummy ravioli dinner, some “lady’s kisses” — the chocolate and hazelnut candies Turin is known for — would make the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.
13. The couple that celebrates with grilled burgers and beer together stays together.
14. This cozy treehouse seems like the perfect getaway for a Valentine’s Day date. I imagine a couple sneaking up here with a Thermos of cognac after the kids have been tucked in bed. (I don’t know if in the history of cognac anyone has ever put in in a Thermos, but that’s what I imagine two people sneaking out to a treehouse would do.) What happens after that we’ll leave up to them.
15. Finally, while I’ve only talked about couples sitting at these tables so far, remember that Valentine’s Day should be about everyone you love. Reach out to a friend who may be feeling lonely that day and meet for a chocolate treat, give your pets some extra love, and celebrate with your kids. This playhouse is a perfect spot to have a special tea party (and it’s easy to prep for since the tea is made of air).