Valentine's Day Decoration Ideas For The Dining Room

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It’s fun and easy to make a kid friendly Valentine’s Day dining room to sweeten the theme and create a more lively and lighthearted dining room at this exciting time of year. No matter what your existing color scheme is in your dining room, you can add small changes (or bigger ones) to create a lovely Valentine’s Day dining room that bring in the pinks, reds and hearts that are synonymous with this holiday. Valentine’s Day is a day of love, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy and overly romantic, you can just as easily create a whimsical and fun, family friendly dining room for this holiday that everyone will love.

Table Decorations Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Tablecloth

  • This item can be bought and reused for years to come, so you can take heart in this purchase that it won’t go to waste.
  • Depending on the color of your dining room, you may want to get a pink or red tablecloth to go with the traditional Valentine’s Day colors.
  • If you can’t bring yourself to purchase a tablecloth in either of these shades, simply buy a white tablecloth and add red or pink accents to the table later on. This design trick will allow the tablecloth to be used for every holiday and everyday dining
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Napkins and Placemats

  • For your Valentine’s Day meal, you want to create table settings for each person, and getting festive napkins and placemats adds to your theme and is a great way to create the lighthearted, family-friendly look you are going for.
  • Stores like Target.com and other major retailers carry napkins and placemats keeping with the Valentine’s theme, so you can be sure to find ones that you like at a price you can afford.
  • The benefit of cloth napkins over paper is that they are reusable and environmentally friendly, plus they make the meal feel more special. If you traditionally enjoy decorating your dining room for Valentine’s Day, consider purchasing themed cloth napkins.
  • Your table linens don’t need patterns or images to be Valentine’s Day themed. While hearts, dots and stripes do look festive, solid colors can still work well. Try some of these colors and combinations for the perfect table display:
    • White tablecloth, red placemat, pink napkins
    • Red tablecloth, pink placement, white napkins
    • Pink tablecloth, white placemat, red napkins.

Flowers – A great way to bring in Valentine’s Day is with some great flowers on the table. While red and pink roses are the standard, you can usually find some other great flowers in those colors, or white, that don’t cost as much and create a different look. You can sometimes find tulips, gerberas or small spray roses to create a floral Valentine’s Day look that is something slightly different.

Candles – A typical way to create mood lighting, it can be fun for your family and kids to dine by candlelight on this night as well. Get candles in white, silver, pink or even red and gold to create a fun color scheme for your table and great mood lighting. If you’re worried about children near the flames, pick up some battery operated flameless candles for the same effect without the danger.

Plates and dishes – You can find great items at stores like Homegoods, as well as Macy’s and even Anthropologie that feature hearts and traditional love symbols to dine on and serve your foods in. Again, these items can be used year after year, and even throughout the year, so don’t think this will be a one use purchase. Similar to linens, patterns and images are not necessary. Solid colored plates and serving dishes in traditional Valentine’s Day colors will also work well. Red dishes can also be reused for Christmas and 4th of July celebrations as well.

Tips On Decorating For Valentine’s Day

  • Not too many hearts: At this time of year, everyone is feeling the love. While that does usually mean reds, pinks and hearts, you don’t want the room to feel like a cluttered mess. You can certainly have some fun heart items on the table, and even art on the walls, but you can also create that feel with solid colored items. The point is to feel the love, not be repelled by it, so tread lightly.
  • Get Creative: You can just as easily create a Valentine’s Day room with a white, silver and pink table, as you can with an all red one. You can get creative and stray from the normal color pattern, adding your personal style into traditional holiday décor.
  • Color Combinations: Everyone knows about pink and red at this time of year, but red and gold, red and silver, pink and silver, or even white and silver can be nice color alternatives. Even if you do traditional red, it can be nice to use silver, white or gold as an accent color to mix it up a bit.
Last Updated: January 9, 2012
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About Leah Gillis Leah Gillis has worked for several major news outlets, as well as a television series on home buying and decor. Having grown up in New England, she has lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Milan. When not trying to get a great deal, she is often found reading something, writing something or talking to someone.

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