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Dinner in the Wine Cellar

Creating a romantic dinner for two is so much fun to do. So I set up a table for two in our home wine cellar to surprise my husband!

Dinner in the Wine Cellar

I have been wanting to create a special yet simple dinner for my husband. I picked an unlikely location which just happened to be the coolest room in our entire home and I created a dinner for two in our home wine cellar.

Cellar Dinner

It has been really hot these past few weeks so why not?

We have never spent for than a few minutes in our wine cellar at a time. So I tackled the task of turning our wine cellar into a dining area.

This is what our home wine cellar looked like before I started creating my “midweek” dinner.

Our wine Cellar

As you can see, I had my work cut out for me.

Making the Table for Our Dinner in Our Home Wine Cellar

I needed to find a table to put in the wine cellar and I found one that was the perfect size. And I say it was the “perfect size” because I just happened to have two riddling racks that fit on top of the table perfectly.

In case you are wondering, riddling racks are pretty cool. Developed by Madame Clicquot of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne house in the early 1800s, they are a way to hold bottles of wine during the process of making sparkling wine in the traditional format in France. The bottles in the riddling racks are turned a quarter distance every few months to ensure proper storage. I have wanted to use my riddling racks in a fun way for a long time. This table was perfect.

Making the Wine Table

This table is a very cool vintage table. I knew I had to remove the metal top in order to make this work. But removing the top took hours. And hours. And hours. 

Taking Off the Metal Table Top

The only way to remove the metal top was with a pair of pliers and a lot of elbow grease. I had to bend the entire outside edge so that I could slip it off the vintage table.

Taking the Aluminum Top off of a Table

Once the metal top was off, I replaced it with the riddling racks. I love how it came out!

Riddling Rack Table

Making the Wine Cork Vases

How to Make Cork Vases

I came up with an idea to make wine cork vases. All you need is a vase, a small glass, and some wine corks.

Cork Vase

Just place the small glass in the middle of the vase. Surround the glass with plenty of wine corks.

Cork Vase

It should look like this. Fill the small glass with water (I used a turkey baster) and place fresh flowers in the vase.  Next, I added a few more corks to fill up the vase. I cut these hydrangeas from my garden.


Setting the Table in our Home Wine Cellar

Wine Table Dinner

After about a thousand trips up and down our basement stairs, the table was almost set. I decided to use my copper charges and copper candlesticks from Amazon. I added my favorite Spode Delamere plates and my “every day” sterling silver.

You can shop for these items here.

Links to the Additional Items You May Need to Create a Fun Fall Table in Your Home Wine Cellar or Anywhere!

I had some fun choosing the wines. I went with two Pinot Noir bottles because I love Pinot!

The wines were perfect to enjoy with the dinner I had planned. 

Dinner with wine

The table was simple but the setting was even better!

Wine Cellar Dinner

I loved the intimate setting and the uniqueness of the location made it so romantic and special. 

Wine Dinner with Flat Top Hills

I can’t believe how important it is to think “outside of the box”. Whenever I push myself it ends up being better than I ever imagined.

I have a feeling we might be dining here a lot this fall. It’s quaint, cool, and very romantic, and perfect when it’s warm outside!

Hydrangeas on the Wine Table

I also never imagined this table would fit in our cellar. But I took a chance and moved it in there.  I am so glad I did.

Dinner in the Cellar with Flat Top Wine

Cheers to creating a fun dinner at your home. All you need is a fun location, flowers, and some candles, and you are set!

Oh wait,  I forgot you need food too. I am off to cook dinner now!

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Wine Cellar Dinner

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44 Responses

  1. How very special
    I’m sure your husband was surprised and grateful you took the time just for some quiet time with him!

    1. He was! Thank you, Diane. It really was such a great evening and I love that I get to share with you!

  2. Leslie, You really create magic, I love how this came together. The table and those chargers🥰💗🥰💗. I can’t wait to see the menu.

  3. how big is your wine cellar room, is like a cold storage cellar in older homes where they stored potatoes, etc. i love it. where are the wine wall holders from? how do you label or identify all your wines? i think they say the older the wine the better if it is stored sideways with wine on the cork.

  4. Leslie, what a beautiful and magical creation! So inspiring! You have me thinking about doing something for my guy. We could use a “date night”! Flat Top Hills picked the right ambassador for sure. Cannot wait to see what you do next. Thanks, Cindy

  5. Beautiful Leslie….very clever with the table and the decor fits the setting. The only room I haven’t been able to identify in the current remodel, lol, is the large room to the right of the entry. You had some very large paintings in that room.

  6. Lovely evening. . .we also have a sit down wine cellar and this gives me a wonderful way to surprise my husband as well. Thank you for sharing, Leslie. Have you ever enjoyed any of our fine Walla Walla wines?

  7. I love the amount of thought and effort you give to your projects! The new tabletop is definitely more fun (and romantic) than the simple enamel. I’ll have to try the Flat Top Hills wines. Very reasonably priced!

  8. This is all so quaint and beautiful but, I am so interested in what you served for dinner. You left us dreaming of what a magical atmosphere would have to go with it. So fun looking.

    Sincerely, Karen

  9. You are certainly welcome. So fun to follow along on your adventures. Let us know when those boys make the olympics. Stay safe and keep the fun coming.

  10. I love the way it turned out. The only thing I would do is put a glass tabletop over the boxes so the holes would be covered but still seen. That way nothing could accidently fall into the holes. It would also create a space to entertain with a wine party if the space is big enough.

  11. Magical indeed. I can imagine how sore your legs were from climbing the stairs so many times. Oh but so worth it. I‘m new to your post and I’ve already abandoned others for yours.

  12. Lovely – I much prefer a dinner at a spot like this instead of a fancy restaurant. We held our daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner in the basement dining room of a beautiful winery. We were surrounded by wine! The next day we did it up big in a beautiful inn overlooking one of the Finger Lakes. I love the contrast between rustic and refined. These are the types of things that keep us young!

  13. Well that is a lovely idea. We don’t have a wine cellar, but we do have a finished basement. Perhaps I can figure something out that will be unique. Your table setting in the wine cellar is so pretty. Love all your ideas!!

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