I mentioned in my 2023 goals post that one of my goals is to host more dinner parties. My first one was a fun little Galentine’s Day celebration. I invited some of my girlfriends over for dinner. We had so much fun!
I was really proud of how this little tablescape turned out. I’ve always enjoyed putting together little dinner parties for my friends (remember this Tropical Tablescape from 2016!? Back then, all I had was a coffee table) and it’s become even more fun now that I have a proper dining room to entertain for special occasions.
My Valentine’s Day Tablescape.
I had so much fun decorating for Valentine’s Day. I don’t ordinarily wear or decorate with much pink so it was fun to really go all out, get a little creative, and have fun with it. The room was literally aglow in pink! I didn’t necessarily use traditional Valentine’s Day decorations (save for the little heart dishes from Amazon) so I know I’ll use these pieces again… the lips pieces will be fun for a pop-art tablescape and the pink and white will work again for spring and summer… just add some citrusy pops of color! Without further ado, my Valentine’s Day table (and some fun tips, plus even more inspiration at the end of the post! Also: highly recommend these Juliska plates. They are they perfect foundation as they go with everything, no matter the theme.
How To Decorate A Table For Valentine’s Day
Use small chocolate boxes as place cards.
Add dishes of candy to the table.
Usually I’d never do this (sweets don’t come out til dinner!) but it helps to set the mood. My rule is that Valentine’s Day is a sweet holiday, so sweets can stay on the table all night long.
Wax lips make for a very fun touch.
I actually got this idea from Houses & Parties (one of my absolute favorite websites for all things party and tabletop) but tracked down some less expensive (but basically identical) wax lips on Amazon. Bonus points: you’ll get some fun photos!
Mix and match different textures and patterns.
I like mixing up different textures and patterns. The lips against the marbling. The unexpected pearl napkin rings. What I like most about my tablescape is all of the textures. As an aside, you could also use these Valentine’s day cloth napkins, they are the perfect white napkin!
Set the mood with candles and music.
I always set at least four or five candles at the dinner table. Too much? Nah. Dim the lights, put on some jazz, and put your guests at ease. I love these candles from No1like so much but for every day, I buy these Amazon candles in bulk as they will not drip!
Martini GlassesI just love Estelle everything. I have a few different shades of her martini glasses but the pink is my personal favorite.Shop
PlatesThe prettiest salad/dessert plates. I love these!Shop
Lip PlacematsI love these so much. Great for Valentine’s Day but also, any time of year!Shop
Wine GlassesThese are so pretty and special. I break them out for dinner parties or… the good wine!Shop
Pearl Napkin Ringpretty and FUN!I love these so much. I use these for a lot of dinners but thought they were extra fun and feminine for Valentine’s Day.Shop
Dinner PlatesI LOVE these dinner plates. They’re even more gorgeous in person.Shop
Heart Shaped DishThe perfect little candy dish!Shop
Flatwaregreat price!This is my go-to dinner party flatware as it’s elegant + fun, but also inexpensive, and dishwasher safe (a must!).Shop
NapkinsI am having a little bit of a love affair with No1Alike’s marbled fabrics.Shop
TableclothI special ordered this tablecloth and it is amazing. Even more cool and unique in person!Shop
Cocktail Napkinsjust plain fun!These will work year round (maybe I’ll do a pop art party next. Love them so much.Shop
Taper CandlesJust love all the marbling. These are pure fun!Shop
Sour Candyso yummyI’m putting little dishes of these all over the table (in the heart dishes!) Yummy and fun decor, all at once.Shop
Chocolatesas a place card!These candies double as a place card AND a party favor. What’s better than that?Shop
Wax LipsAnother fun party favor. I saw these on Houses & Parties and decided to find them for less $$. Amazon delivered!Shop
Just for fun, a little more Valentine’s Day tablescape inspiration!
9 Valentine’s Day Tablescape Ideas
Timothy Corrigan’s Ultra Luxe Valentine’s Day party
Oh this is just the definition of chic! I love the tablescape (that floral centerpiece!), the cocktails, everything about it. But really, his Paris home is just to die for.
Bradley Agather’s Leopard Dinner Party
I think leopard could be such a fun and different take on Valentine’s Day. Bradley has such flawless taste that even though this is an older post with early days of blogging style photography, it still feels current! Bradley also recently did a post with 14 finds for your Valentine’s Day table. I love everything she chose.
Julia Berolzheimer’s Dusty Pink Valentine’s Day Table
Speaking of flawless taste, I loved how Julia styled her Valentine’s Day table. Using beautiful Parterrre linens and the coolest glassware (and you know I love The Green Vase’s paper flowers!), I loved her use of soft pastels and varying textures.
Mrs. Southern Social’s Bright and Happy Valentine’s Day Table
I found this tablescape on Instagram (I think it came up on my explore page maybe?) and freaked out a little bit because I loved her taste. She is also what led me to No One Alike, I fully copied her tablecloth. I love her taste. She styled the tablecloth in a way that is a bit more classic than I did and I love it.
Chefanie’s Valentine’s Day Tablescape
Stephanie Nass’s shop Chefanie has such fun things for the table (that’s where I got the lip placemats and drink napkins!) and this post really brings things together very nicely. She styled the same lip placemats with a more subtle backdrop.
Rue Magazine’s Moody Floral Tablescape
Ooh this is chic. Rue is such a great resource for table decoration ideas in general. I love how the darker flowers and dark purple linen napkins keep things from being too cute. I may copy this for a future party, it’s stunning!
Setting Pretty’s Ginori Tablescape
The Design Twins’ Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Tablescape
Oh this is just lovely (plus the post is packed with tips and tricks for building out a gorgeous tablescape on a budget.
Pizzazzerie’s Pale Pink and Gold Valentine’s Day Tablescape
This post actually contains three different ideas. The first one is my favorite (I do not like the lavender one!) This is an older post so it’s maybe a litttttle bit 2010 Pinterest, but I think it could be freshened up by adding pops of red, vintage glasses, and low lighting.
Rue Magazine’s Peach & Gold Tablescape
This is very pretty, mostly because of the flowers and crystal goblets… but if you ask me, the best part is the napkin folding trick! I am totally doing this sometime.