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Valentine’s Day Table

by elyn_ryn

This white and red Valentine’s Day table is set with beautiful hand-crocheted placemats and napkins folded like envelopes. The centerpiece has clear red vases filled with white hydrangeas, roses, and red tulips.

Red and White Table Valentine’s Day Table

I love a pretty Valentine’s Day table because it allows me to use one of my favorite color combinations: red and white. I love a lot of white with just an accent of red–since red is such a dominant color. Because I am easily overpowered by red in my own house, I use it sparingly for holiday decor–and I absolutely love it! But I know people who flourish in their red rooms. Isn’t it funny how that works?

Valentine's Day Table

Red Candles for Valentine’s Day Table

I like to place candles on a table as often as I can. They set a welcoming mood that invites guests to stay for a while. I used red candles on this table to accent the red flowers. Notice that I placed most of the red items in the middle of the table. It is a trick you can use to keep the table from becoming saturated with red.

Valentine's Day Table

Crocheted Placemats for Valentine’s Day Table

My talented aunt made and gave me these beautiful crocheted placemats! They have holes in the borders, so I wove red ribbons through them to outline the white placemat. The finished placemats turned out pretty! They added an additional red accent around the table.

Valentine's Day Table
Valentine's Day Table

Make a Napkin Envelope for Valentine’s Day Table

For this table, I folded napkins into small envelopes. They work like a paper envelope, so you can place a valentine between the folds. The guests open the flap to find their valentine inside. Click here to see how to fold envelope napkins.

Valentine's Day Table

Red Flower Vases for Valentine’s Day Table

I don’t use these red vases very often, but they are perfect for arrangements with lots of white flowers. And on this white table, I needed more red for the centerpiece. When using taller vases in the middle of the table, check the height so that the flowers don’t become too tall to see over while sitting at the table. In this case, they were just the right height.

Valentine's Day Table
Valentine's Day Table
Valentine's Day Table

Use Small Containers

It is fun to use small containers as part of the table centerpiece. Add treats to them, such as heart jelly beans or individually-wrapped chocolates. Guests get to help themselves to the treats–before or after the meal! The containers add color, and the candies add texture to the table. They can also help take up some of the empty table space when you need it.

Valentine's Day Table

I also like to add fresh fruit to the containers. Strawberries might be the quintessential Valentine’s Day food with their heart shape. However, use other fruits to accent the colors on your Valentine’s table.

Valentine's Day Table

Party Crackers

The Meri Meri party crackers (shown above and below) look pretty on this table with their tissue-paper flowers in pink and red valentine colors. You can use party crackers as an icebreaker before the meal or have fun with them after you finish the meal.

How to Break a Party Cracker

Traditionally, you only need half the number of crackers for the total number of guests. For example, if there are eight people, you only need four party crackers. If you haven’t used them, two people hold the cracker–one hand on each end. Both pull the cracker until it pops open. The person holding the big end (with the prize) gets to keep it. There is usually a joke included which also gives you another icebreaker. Although party crackers are mainly available for Christmas parties, they are also becoming easier to find for other holidays.

Valentine's Day Table

Flowers for Valentine’s Day Table

I often use flowers as a centerpiece to dress up a table. Flowers keep best if you have a cold place to store them. If not, just be sure to change the water every day to keep them looking fresh.

Valentine's Day Table

Some types of modern flower arrangements have less greenery than traditional flower arrangements. This makes it easy to put them together because you aren’t having to space out the flowers with the green stems. Plus, it is pretty to use a lot of beautiful flowers in lush arrangements. I didn’t use greenery stems in these arrangements and removed most of the leaves. The only greenery showing is a few tulip leaves and small hypericum leaves.

Valentine's Day Table

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