This post shows you how to create an easy and affordable Valentine’s table for your dining room using basic supplies. This pretty table can be created in less than 30 minutes.
It’s always fun to celebrate events, particularly in the winter months. With the cold and dreary weather outside, it’s important to have something to look forward to. Truth be told, Valentine’s Day in our home is a simple affair. We usually put together a charcuterie board and eat at the dining room table. We tend to stay at home and avoid the crowds at the local fancy restaurant.
However, I do love putting together a decorative table setting. It’s always nice to find ways to elevate your place settings for special occasions and in the process create a romantic table setting. Beautiful table settings seem to elevate even the most humble meals.
Before I share this easy Valentine’s table with you, I want to thank Michele from Vintage Home Designs for the inspiration. She created a New Year’s Eve place setting that used a similar concept. I simply adapted her idea for Valentine’s Day table settings
There are two parts to creating this Valentine’s Day table setting
- Making the napkin rings
- Creating the plate settings
So with that, let’s get started.
Easy Valentine’s Table
For years now, I have preferred to use all white china because it coordinates with anything and can be dressed up or down. Using all white dishes is just easy and practical. So while I use white plates for this table setting, you can use this same technique with any of the multitude of china patterns. Below are the supplies you will need. I have provided links to each of these items when possible.
- White Dinner plates (This is a similar set on Amazon)
- Glass dinner plates (This is a similar set on Amazon)
- Copper colored chargers
- Linen napkins
- Vintage rhinestone brooch (These are similar on Amazon)
- 1 inch ribbon
- Old wallpaper, contact paper, wrapping paper, sheet music or other vintage paper you don’t mind cutting into shapes.
- Silverplate flatware
Other ideas for simple Valentine’s table decorations.
You could use a table runner or other table linen in addition to the linen napkins.
Making the Napkin Rings
The first step in creating the table was to make the napkin rings.
Cut a piece of ribbon about 14 inches long. Find the center of ribbon and pin the brooch to the ribbon. wrap the ribbon around the napkin and tie it under the bottom of the brooch.
Repeat this process for the other place setting.
I chose to use a satin ribbon in a light pink because that is what I had on hand. However, you could pick any color of ribbon that speaks to you.
Making the Place settings
The next step is to create the place settings. I started by using a copper charger and placing a white dinner plate on the top.
Then, I created a “heart template”. I drew half a heart on the edge of card stock and then cut out the shape. (I used a manilla file folder to make the half heart template) This is the “template” that I used to make the other hearts. Then using the paper of your choice, fold it in half and trace the half heart along the fold. Cut out the heart and set aside. Repeat this process so you have the equivalent number of hearts and white plates.
Place the cut out hearts onto the white plates. Set the glass plates on top of the white plates and hearts.
This is a great opportunity to get creative with the hearts you make. For example, you could cut them out of fabric. I used some contact paper to make these hearts. You could also use vintage Valentines instead of hearts. The options are endless.
Assemble the Valentine’s Table
Add your flatware, the napkins, glasses and any other items to the table. Although I used some vintage silverplate flatware, you could also use gold flatware.
You will notice that for the valentine table centerpiece, there is a heart garland strung across some branches in a vase. This heart garland is an easy Valentine’s Day decoration to make and is outlined in the post here. (As an aside, this heart garland could be used for decor on a wedding table or used at bridal showers.)
As an alternative to the garland, you could create some simple floral centerpieces. Trader Joe’s has a great selection of affordable florals. Cutting the flower stems short and placing them in small vases along the center of the table is a great option. You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers. You could also sprinkle some votive candles down the center of the table along with some sweet treats. It’s really the small details that add a personal touch to any valentine’s dinner table.
Here are a few more photos of the table.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found some inspiration or at the very least, a way to set a Valentine’s table that won’t require much time or materials. Wishing you a fabulous Valentine’s Day dinner.