I have always been of the opinion that people of all ages deserve to get a Valentine on February 14. When I taught high school, I gave all of my students Valentine cards, even though tenth-graders like to act as if they are above such sentiment. One year when I was passing them out, one young man looked up, and said, “Wow, this is the only Valentine I’ve gotten this year.” And I thought, “That’s exactly why I do this, because everyone should be remembered on Valentine’s!”
Well, I feel the same way about celebrating holidays with your family. Whether your children are young or old, your husband will be on time or late for supper, whether you and your single friends have lots of family or no family but each other–you always have a good reason to do something special to enjoy the day celebrating love.
A festive table setting is always a nice way to put your guests in a good mood and to make them feel special. For this table I have focused on the traditional colors of red and pink with white accents for my decorations. I left the table bare and used red polyester place-mats. My white 10 Strawberry Street dishes are enhanced by large pink heart-shaped paper doilies and by red heart-bordered dessert plates, found at the Goodwill. The pink cotton napkins are folded lengthwise and placed under the plates, and the sterling flatware is Chantilly by Gorham.
The centerpiece is grounded on two more pink paper doilies, and a red beaded garland with hearts is draped on the doilies for additional color. Four white votive candles in clear-glass holders are placed around the base of a clear glass candleholder which supports a separate round clear-glass vase. The vase is filled with white sugar in which bought Valentine cookie pops stand. These treats are iced in white and pink and are decorated with sentimental messages like “love” and “xoxo” for “hugs and kisses.”
This holiday table features a bit of romance and sentiment with the red and pink, the lacy doilies, and the candles, and the fun comes from the cookie pops which can go home with your guests at the end of the evening. You could also sprinkle red cinnamon hearts or pastel conversation hearts on the tabletop for more tasty treats.
Don’t miss a chance this year to let Valentine’s spirit of love take you and your family and friends to a happy place!