Tablescape: Happy Valentines Tablesetting

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How can you show your family how much you care? One easy visual way is to fix a Happy Valentines tablesetting for them at the dinner table on February 14. A bright festive heart-filled tablescape to remind them when they come in is a great way to celebrate the holiday with them.I always try to help my sons and friends get in the mood of any holiday by setting a fun dinner table. For this Valentine table, I played off the Valentine salad/dessert plates I had bought at Target a number of years ago. Each of these plates features a vintage Valentine card, so I decided to make Valentine cards my theme.

To undergrid the tablesetting, I used a crisp white tablecloth so the Valentine red would stand out against it. I used red-bordered Valentin dinner plates with the vintage card salad plates on top of them. I placed the folded white cloth napkins between the plates for additional interest.The center of the table had a great open space in it  since I had the leaf in the table. I decided that candles would give the dinner a special ambience, so I got out four of my clear-glass candlesticks to use. I have had a box of skinny red taper candles for a long time, and this seemed like a good opportunity to use them. Each candle was too thin to use in the taper candle hole in the candlestick, so on a whim, I tried putting two candles in the one hole. With two candles in the same hole, I pushed them a part a bit and discovered that they formed a nice V. A V for Valentine’s–how perfect! I did this with all four candlesticks and positioned them down the table.

Too much white space in the table’s center still remained, so, from my party stash, I pulled out several red metallic cardboard hearts that are usually used on walls or as hanging decorations to place on the table. On top of them, I placed paper Valentine cards of the type on the dishes. These were left from my sons’ school Valentines that they gave to their friends at school. To tweak the centerpiece a bit more, I draped a long red bead and heart garland someone gave me all around the table. My final touch was to place little red and white heart-shaped erasers from the dollar store on the big red hearts with the Valentine cards.So if you decorating for the season, remember that bright color is the best eye-popper. Seasonal items you might have saved from other uses can often be re-purposed for table decorations. Candles always add to the ambience of a dinner party. There is no right or wrong to how you decorate your table–if you think it looks nice, it does! Enjoy!

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