Ideas for a valentine's dinner table

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Ideas for a valentine's dinner table
Pair a red table cloth with white dishes for a Valentine's Day setting. (table set event celebration red white table cloth image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

When you prepare a Valentine's Day dinner for family, friends or your significant other, present it on a visually appealing, themed table that reflects the holiday's traditions. While the meal pleases their palates, your table will warm their hearts. You can put together a memorable table whether you use items from the dollar store or high-priced china, so don't let a modest budget get in the way of a memorable event.

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Valentine Table for a Group

Set an elegant Valentine's Day table for a group with a few simple key items. Lay a pink table runner across the centre of the table. Place two crystal candelabras filled with pink, white and red candles toward the centre of the runner. Sprinkle red rose petals along the runner. For each table setting, place a white, oversized plate topped with a red plate, a pink napkin covered in silverware and a crystal glass. Place an oversized chocolate kiss on top of each red plate.

Intimate Tablescape

Serve your Valentine's Day dinner at a table that encourages intimacy. Iron black-and-white photos of you and your beloved onto a pale pink tablecloth. Set two place settings with white china and champagne flutes. Place a pink-and-white-striped napkin to one side of each plate and top it with silverware. Put a bottle of champagne in a champagne bucket as your centrepiece. Circle the centrepiece with red votive candles placed in candle holders filled with white sand or pink and white candy sprinkles.

Kid-Friendly Valentine Table

Make Valentine's Day dinner fun for children with an interactive table setting. Print Valentine-themed colouring pages and tape them together to form a paper tablecloth. Lay the tablecloth on the table and place red, heart-shaped plates in front of each chair. Use glassware that says "Love" or has a picture of Cupid. Next to each place setting, put a cup holding red, pink, white, silver and magenta crayons or markers. Complete the table by planting a white tree branch in a pink or red bucket. Hang a Valentine for each family member on the tree, then place it in the centre of the table.

Family-Friendly Dinner Table

Stage an interactive Valentine's Day dinner for your family. Cover the table with a large piece of butcher's paper, then draw place settings in front of each chair with the name of the person who will be sitting in that seat. Randomly draw Tic-Tac-Toe boards on the paper. The family can play Cupid's Tic-Tac-Toe by using empty and filled in hearts instead of "X"s and "O"s, as well as drawing the winning line as an arrow. Put individual flowers in separate vases in honour of each family member in the centre of the table.

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