With families spending more time at home nowadays I thought some easy and fun family Valentine dinner ideas will bring joy into our homes. Whether you have kids at home or not this Valentine's Day tablescape is perfect for two or more.
These family Valentine dinner ideas will bring a smile to everyone's face. You will find a scrumptious fancy cupcake place setting idea, a gingerbread village Valentine centerpiece idea and along the runner is a fun activity for the whole family plus menu ideas.
This Valentine's day tablescape can be easily transformed into a romantic table for two or if you have a large family you can simply add more chairs and make the runner longer.
So let's jump into the steps on how to make Valentine's dinner table for the family.
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FAMILY VALENTINE DINNER IDEAS
Before you start planning the menu for your Valentine's day dinner let's talk about the table. This is my favorite part! Here is what you will need.
- Roll white craft paper
- Seersucker fabric
- Dollar Tree chargers (for centerpiece)
- Dollar Tree round cake pan
- White paint (to paint charger and cake pan)
- Clear Battery powered mini lights
- Natural color Easter grass
- Twine and Clothespins garland
- Paper heart doilies set (large, medium, and small)
- Ruffle buffalo check Coton Color plate or charger painted in buffalo check
- White plate
- Cupcake stand
- Amazing cupcakes
- Glasses or cups
- Crayons, markers or sharpies
- Glue stick
Valentine's Day Table Decorations
Because this table is for families that means it needs to be kid-friendly. Both fun and easy to clean up.
Kid Friendly Valentine's Table Runner
Next, pick up some seersucker from the fabric store and run it down the center of the table. I purchased one yard and cut it in half then gathered one side from the center to the ends and then the same on the other side.
As you can see the seersucker runner only hangs over about 10″ on the sides.
Next, let's create an inexpensive centerpiece that you can use as a decoration in your home too. Begin by painting a charger from the Dollar Tree with white chalk paint or acrylic paint and place it in the center.
Then pick up a round cake pan and paint the outside then turn it upside down on the charger.
Next place Valentine's wooden gingerbread village in the center around the edge. Here are directions on how to make Valentine's wooden gingerbread houses. They are very easy to make using a 2 x 4 piece of wood and paint.
Now grab battery powered mini lights and put the battery pack right in the middle and then start working the light around the outside of the village using tape to keep it down.
Finally, add some Easter grass around the village. I used the grass from my girl's Easter baskets. Any color grass would be pretty.
Valentine's Place Settings
The place setting is a more personal centerpiece for each person. I love to create place-setting decorations where each guest or family member gets a keepsake.
This year I found adorable cupcake stands and went on the search for a show-stopping cupcake. After asking friends on my Instagram for recommendations in my area I was lead to Les Cheris bakery. Wow! Wait until we finish this place setting so you can see this delectable little treasure.
Begin by placing a charger or larger plate. I used Coton Colors ruffled buffalo check plate from my Christmas tree centerpiece post. An idea to save a few dollars is to purchase more Dollar Tree chargers and paint a buffalo check on them.
Now place the cupcake stands on each plate just off-center because we are going to make heart doily envelopes now to sit next to the cupcake stand.
How to Make Heart Doily Envelopes
You will be so surprised at how easy it is to make envelopes from heart doilies. Simply take the largest heart doily and follow the lines and arrows on this photo.
You simply fold the sides in first. Then the top-down and using a glue stick run glue from top to bottom and fold it over. Actually, I fold it over first and score the edges then run the glue inside and fold it back over.
Then I lay something heavy on it like a book and give it about 10 minutes to dry real good. After that, I fold the top down and score the edge again then place it on the plate next to the cupcake stand.
Now back to the place setting. Place your silverware then your glass or cups. This all depends on who is sitting at your table. If you want to make a kid-friendly fancy Valentine table then I would consider clear disposable cups.
Valentine's Dinner Family Activity
I love incorporating activities with tablescapes and this one will give everyone an opportunity to spread some kindness and is apart of the table runner.
Simply run twine down the center of the table and add painted clothespins about three inches apart. You will need to slide the twine under the centerpiece or you can add it before you start building the centerpiece.
Next paint the tips of clothespins using Valentine colors. I used different shades of muted pinks and muted yellow.
Last, add the medium and small size doilies to each clothespin. Doesn't this look pretty?
Now after dinner, each person can write a love note, word of encouragement, thank you, or whatever is on their heart to anyone they want on the doily and put it in the envelope to give to someone special.
Valentine's Cupcake Place Setting Centerpiece
This table was calling for a cupcake that would steal the show. It has to be a larger cupcake at 4″ and even though it is smaller than a cake it needed a fancy cake appearance like a wedding cake.
I was so happy when I found Les Cheris bakery! Their cakes are amazing and the best part is that they can accommodate gluten and dairy-free. Talk about a win-win!
They came up with these sweet treasures and it was the icing on the cake if you know what I mean.
If you are in the Tallahassee area this you can find more about them on the Les Cheris website. If you are not in this area let me recommend making or purchasing a 4″ cupcake and adding cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries to the top. The main thing is to jazz up your cupcake with details.
This cupcake has a heart shaped macaron, chocolate covered strawberry with edible gold foil, pink icing rose, red starts and dusted with glitter.
Once you have your cupcakes place them on the cupcake stand just before dinner is about to be served or if you have toddlers you can bring out the cupcakes after dinner.
Aren't they the most beautiful cupcakes you have ever seen?!!
Now guess what? We are all finished with this family Valentine's day dinner tablescape so let's talk about the menu.
Family dinner Valentine's Menu Ideas
Cooking is not my best subject but my friend Mel has you covered when it comes to the menu. She has loads of dinner ideas on her website Adventures of Mel and a strawberry cupcake on Flours on my Fingers.
She is a great place to start when planning your menu.
Now that you have a family dinner table idea and a Valentine menu here are more photos of the family Valentine table decorations.
I hope you have enjoyed these family Valentine dinner ideas. It has been so fun creating it for you.
Now all you have to do is enjoy dinner, family, and dessert. Oh and don't forget to remind everyone to write their doily love notes.
If you are looking for decorations for Valentine I have loads more like this super easy to make doily heart garland. All ages can make this garland and it looks so cute hanging on mantles, hutches, or mirrors. You can also check out my post 5 Effortless Valentine Room Ideas to Make your Valentine Feel Special.
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