I created this table with Valentine table decorations for a friend’s dinner I hosted in the Carriage House.
When I set a table, I go through the same process every time. I shop my home, pick up flowers at the grocery store, and start creating my table. I even made the heart-themed platemats to use for my Valentine table decorations.
Entertaining Friends and Family
Holiday tables are especially fun to create. For all of them, a built-in theme and a color guideline to work from. When setting a table, you do not need to be extravagant or expensive. My goal when setting a table for Valentine’s Day is to inspire my guests sitting around the table to feel special.
I want them to feel loved and to know much I care about them. As I am creating the Valentine table decorations I am thinking about our guests and what I can do to spoil them! Creating a special table, and cooking a meal for our family and friends, are one of my favorite things to do.
And that is why I love to entertain.
Valentine Table Decorations
A Valentine’s Day theme is such an easy theme to work with when setting a table. There are so many options! You can set a table using just Valentine colors. Or you can set a table using hearts. You can transform an all-white table by adding Valentine-colored flowers. Or, if you are like me, I love to use all of the options!
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How to Build a Collection of Plates (Without Spending a Fortune)!
One of my favorite ways to set a table is to mix and match the plates that I have collected. I did not set out to collect dinner and salad plates, it just kind of happened. My plate collection started by shopping at vintage flea markets and expanded to shopping on Amazon and at TJMaxx and HomeGoods. There are so many incredible places to find inexpensive dinner and salad plates, but those are my go-to favorite places to shop.
Early on, most dishes were sold in sets. They came with a dinner plate, a salad/dessert plate, and a bowl or a cup and saucer. So I never bought new plates, just plates I could find at the flea market. Now, you can now buy just dinner plates or just salad plates and I love it.
Holidays are a perfect way to utilize all of the plates that I have collected. For Valentine table decorations, I can add a pop of pink or red to a plain white plate and the table is ready for Valentine’s Day.
For this table, I used red beaded chargers that I had just used for Christmas and added a pink platemat that I made on my Cricut machine. I shared how to make the platemats and you can click here in case you missed that diy! Lastly, I added my Rae Dunn heart-shaped plates and I love the look it created!
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Arrangements Made From Grocery Store Flowers
Grocery store flowers are wonderful for creating Valentine table decorations. I bought roses in a few colors and white mums and some sweet small flower sprigs (I don’t know the name of this flower, but it’s just so cute) and created these spectacular arrangements. I made the arrangements smaller on purpose so that we could talk over the top of them and so that they didn’t block anyone’s view.
The flowers in this photo are repurposed tulips from earlier in the week and I staged them on the vintage cabinet next to the table. I love this simple touch.
We had a couples Valentine’s dinner with some of our dear friends. Being together around this beautiful table is a wonderful way to show the people in my life how much I care about them!
If you follow me regularly, you know I use these placemats, chargers, silver, and glasses all of the time.
The table is done and I love the setting. Now all I have to do is finalize the menu. If you have any menu ideas, please leave a comment below.
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