For Valentine’s Day, I set out to create an easy dessert table display that anyone can achieve with just a little bit of extra effort. You can make your food and dessert, as well as party decor if you wish, or you can even pick up just a few things at the store to help style your event.
My first thought about this Valentine’s Day table was that I wanted it to be somewhat simple, cute and require as little money for extras as possible. I made the heart on the wall out of a poster board and tissue paper, which was extremely inexpensive. It just took about an hour to glue all of the tissue onto the heart. I already had the gold frame in my home, so I just left it on the wall to add a little more design for the design.
The table cloth you see is actually just a white decorative curtain, but you wouldn’t know that if I hadn’t told you. The curtain used to be in my office, but I have since purchased something a little more colorful, but I decided to hold onto the curtain just in case I ever needed it. In this case, it was the perfect table cloth for this table.
The gold glitter stripe in the middle is simply some wrapping paper I picked up during Christmas. I ended up not using it for Christmas gifts, so I thought it would make the perfect runner for the middle of the table.
The main thing your table needs is a few different desserts or foods to choose from. Don’t want to do desserts? How about a Valentine’s Day themed breakfast table?
I ended up making all of these desserts myself, but if you’re in a time crunch, you can always just order them made for you. I chose these desserts because they were pretty simple to do.
Chocolate covered strawberries: Just purchase your strawberries at the store and melt some chocolate. Then dip and set them aside on wax or parchment paper to let the chocolate harden. Voila!
Marshmallows on a stick: I dipped the tips of the marshmallows into some melted white candy bark, and then I just rolled and dipped the bottom of the marshmallow into sprinkles. It’s super easy and really didn’t take much time at all. After that, I stuck some paper straws in them to add some dimension/height and to make it easier to grab off the table. Don’t have paper straws? You can also use toothpicks. Just pick some up that match your theme colors, and you’re all set! These don’t even have to be perfect. As you can see from the photo, the sprinkles aren’t even all the way around the marshmallows, and I promise you, they still taste just as yummy!
Heart-shaped Rice Krispy treats: I made the treats following the directions on the box. Then I just cut them out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter I had. I had a small and large cookie cutter, so once plate had just a few large ones, and then another plate had some smaller hearts. I added some sprinkles to a few of them just to add a little bit more color.
Heart-shaped cake: I baked a heart cake using a Wilton pan I picked up at Target. The pan was less than $10, and I knew I would be able to use it over and over again for Valentine’s Day, maybe a bridal shower and anniversary celebrations. I decorated the outside of the cake with a “rosette” design. It’s really not as hard as it looks, but you can always just decorate it any way you wish. For my cake topper, I just got out three glittery hearts and taped them onto toothpicks. So simple, but oh so cute, too!
Heart-shaped strawberries: These are so cute and so, so easy to make! Just cut the tops off the strawberries, and then cut the strawberry in half. Stick a toothpick to hold the two sides together, and you have a heart! They take no time at all to make.
I purchased these little red milk glasses from a local store. They’re perfect for your little ones to drink from, and I bet they’ll love the cute straw with the big heart on it.
My biggest advice when it comes to setting up a dessert or decor table is to always have different heights. Stack things on top of boxes to create different dimensions. It’ll draw your eyes up and things won’t get lost on the table. Also, stick with the same color scheme throughout. I would just choose a few colors and play off of those when it comes to decor. Too many colors can take away from the overall feel of the event, so you just want to make sure and keep everything cohesive.
What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Any special plans with your loved ones? If not, set up a cute little dessert table. I’m sure they’ll all love the sweet treats! Happy Valentine’s Day!