Set a table for Valentine's Day
Whether it's a table for two, or for a group of close friends, hosting a Valentine's Day lunch or dinner is a fun way to gather together loved ones.
Whether it's a table for two, or for a group of close friends, hosting a Valentine's Day lunch or dinner is a fun way to gather together loved ones. To make the occasion even more special, dress up the table to create a fun atmosphere and get your guests talking.
Between Naps on the Porch shares a Valentine's Day tablescape with a fun little "Ice Cream Candy-Bar Sundae" centrepiece - shown left. This sweet treat makes a great Valentine's Day or birthday gift. You'll love how easy and inexpensive it is to make.
Creative with card
Use pink or red card to cut out heart shapes for placemats and name cards. This is a nice project for the kids to do as well, they can give heart-shaped cards to their teacher.
Make decorative cardboard squares and use a craft knife to cut out on all the sides. Pop in a small votive candle and turn down the lights.
It's all in the details
Small details, such as a decorative ribbon to wrap cutlery, are what make your tale setting special, and details like these don't cost much. Use crepe paper, coloured paper or wrapping paper to make a table decorations.
The key to good food is in the presentation. Think about what you will be serving for the meal and how best to present.
Cute with cupcakes
We all know that cupcakes are hot, hot, hot at the moment, so why not create your own cupcake centrepiece. Follow this basic cupcake recipe and them dress them with your choice of topping.
Crafty with sewing? Use red print, plain and floral fabric to sew up a quilted table cloth and placemats. Who knows, your talents might earn you a bit of extra cash.
Use your new-found DIY talents to create your own decor accessories for the table. Small blocks of wood make perfect candleholders for tealight, pillar or slender tapered candles.
Decorate a flower pot with a rose topiary. Make your own crepe paper roses, or silk roses, then add a decorative ribbon and place as a centrepiece.