Welcome to the 283rd Tablescape Thursday!
Happy “day-before” Valentine’s Day! I love creating whimsical table settings and I love creating themed tablescapes. This table setting is a combination of both, a Valentine’s Day setting with an extra-large helping of whimsy on the side.
It all started when I stopped by the dollar store about a week ago to check out their gift wrap. While there I caught sight of some playing cards and an idea hit for a Valentine’s Day table. A deck of cards has lots of pretty red hearts, including a Queen of Hearts. Where else have we seen the Queen of Hearts? Ummm, hold that thought! 🙂
This Valentine’s Day table setting is definitely all about hearts, even the napkins are folded in a heart shape. You’ll find an easy tutorial for making this heart-shaped napkin fold here: Heart Napkin Fold for Valentine’s Day.
A Queen of Hearts playing card makes a great place card for this setting. The name can be written across the top or up the side of the card. I like the idea of writing it up the side and tucking the card into the heart napkin where it’s just peeking out.
The rest of the heart cards from the deck can be used to create a fun “charger” for your place setting. (Pssst: Playing cards are only .50 cents per pack (2 packs for $1.00 at Dollar Tree.)
I forgot to take a photo of the dishware so I snagged the next two pics from a previous tablescape. This Alice in Wonderland dishware seemed perfect for a Valentine’s Day “heart” themed table setting with the Queen of Hearts pictured on the right and lots of cute red hearts decorating the rim of the plate.
The salad plates each feature a character from Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat is my fave. 🙂
Our dessert for this whimsical Valentine’s Day dinner are home-made heart cakes bearing a message. Did you notice the glasses had a little message, too? You may remember those from THIS previous table setting.
There are extras just begging to be eaten here in our centerpiece. We wouldn’t want to disappoint them!
You’ll find the recipe for making these heart-shaped cakes here: Make Heart Shaped Cakes for Valentine’s Day. In the past I’ve filled them with Raspberry Preserves OR pink icing. I went with red for our Valentine’s Day setting. You’ll find the recipe for the icing in this previous post: Confectioners Icing Recipe
Have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day? Will you be eating out or staying in?
Here are two previous table settings using this same Alice in Wonderland dishware. Click on the picture or title to view that table setting.
Looking forward to the beautiful tablescapes linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
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