One of my favorite tables to decorate is a Valentine’s table. I did this one before coronavirus upended everything! I think the bright colors are uplifting because where I live we can be in the cold grip of winter on Valentine’s Day. I found flowers in varying shades of pink at Trader Joe’s which worked well with the idea I had for the party.
The inspiration for this table came from the sparkle heart emoji used for texting. if you aren’t familiar, it is a bright pink heart with gold stars.
I found heart-shaped pink and red paper plates with gold stars and they embodied the look that I wanted perfectly!
I wrapped up treats for guests in white boxes and tied them with a red bow.
Inside the gift boxes were chocolate lips and lipsticks. It is amazing how realistic the lipsticks looked! Some were dark chocolate but had a coating of chocolate “paint” so that they appeared to be real lipsticks. I tried my hand at making chocolate lips with white chocolate. It was fun but not as easy as it might seem.
I cut a few stems off of my indoor ferns and added to the arrangements which gave them flowing arms that spilled across the table to draw people together and made the table feel cozier.
I used a few pink mercury glass votive candle holders that I got from Pottery Barn a few years ago to add a bit of light to the table – but with so many flowers there was not much room for candles!
For the place settings, I used gold chargers and white gold-banded dinner plates with gold flatware.
Rustic placemats worked best with this table and the place settings because they complimented the casual flowers well.
Red roses might be the most popular flower for Valentine’s Day, but tulips usually end up in my flower arrangements.
The dark pink Gerber daisies were the perfect shade of pink and greenery from a Schefflera plant looked pretty with this large arrangement. To make one long continuous arrangement, I used long bowls and taped wet foam bricks into them, and then inserted the flowers. Once I fit all the containers together, the arrangement appeared to be sitting in one long continuous flower vase. I let lots of greenery and flowers hang over the sides of the bowls in order to cover the containers and enhance the illusion.
We took a few pictures with party hats and necklaces to remember our night of fun.
I bought large pink heart mylar balloons and gold stars to create sparkle hearts. I taped them together and onto the walls with painter’s tape, which sticks to things well but doesn’t pull paint off the walls. Did you know that you can reuse mylar balloons? Click here to find out how to remove the helium and save them for your next party.
This party was a fun way to catch up with friends and enjoy a varied menu. I’ve included links (at the end of this post) to some of the recipes that I used.
We had a sweets board with a variety of candies. Click here to see the full board and get some ideas for your own board.
- Placemats – HomeGoods; Similar Placemats
- Gold Charger Plates – HomeGoods; Similar Gold Chargers
- Red Napkins – Similar
- Pink Votives – Similar votive holders
- Flatware – West Elm
- Dinner Plates – Vietri- no longer available; click here for similar plates
- Paper Plates – Similar Look – Meri Meri Pink Foil Heart Plates
- Flowers – Trader Joe’s
- Chocolate Lipsticks – Maggie Louise Confections
- Red Heart-Shaped bowls – Staub
- Photo Props and Necklaces – Target
- Pink Heart Balloons – Walmart
- Gold Star Point Balloons – Amazon