Family Fun Valentine’s Tablescape

Today’s Valentine’s Day tablescape is a little different! I planned my theme around family valentines day ideas, and ways to make this a celebration of love and fun for the whole family!

Welcome! Today I am joining 15 of my table styling friends to bring you loads of inspiration for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Thank you to Rita from Panoply for being our gracious host! You will find all the links at the end of this post, and trust me, you will not want to miss a single one!

A Valentine's Day Table set with white plates, red napkins and a red and white floral centrepiece in a pink vase.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about a romantic Valentine’s table, especially since we are empty nesters, but I do think the official holiday of love can definitely be a fun family activity that gathers the family around the table and doesn’t break the bank!!

And if your kids are all grown, you may be lucky enough to have young grandchildren that would love to celebrate with you!

4 Family Valentines Day Ideas Centred Around the Dinner Table

Set the table with the kids in mind

In fact, let the kids help set the table!

Keeping in mind that little’s don’t really care about the finer details of a pretty tablescape, but I know they will be drawn to all the colours!

I used all the colours common for celebrating Valentine’s Day including red, pink in different shades, and even a hint of Burgundy in the adorable placemats. I found them at Homesense, an they are easy to throw in the wash should a mess be made!

Everyday flatware and my favourite everyday white plates are topped with pink melamine salad plates.

A Valentines Day place setting with a wood charger white dinner plate, pink salad plate and a red napkin topped with a miniature chocolate bar.

Use candy ring pops for napkin rings

These little pink candy ring pops made the perfect napkin rings. Although the ring is not as big as a standard napkin ring, I was able to pull about a third of the napkin through, and then tucked the rest of the napkin under.

Since we have a brand new puppy at our house, I couldn’t resist these little chocolates in “puppy love” wrappers!

A red napkin with a pink candy ring pop used as a napkin ring.

Introducing our new wee boy! He was tuckered out after a busy play session! Although I am not are who was more tired me or the pup!

Golden retriever puppy sleeping on a hardwood floor.
A red napkin with topped with a miniature chocolate bar with a picture of a bulldog puppy.

Add a bit of whimsy

These Valentine’s Day themed curly straws will give the kids a giggle! Set in pink champagne flutes makes it even more fun! These flutes were an inexpensive purchase from Ikea many years ago, but plastic champagne flutes are ideal and can be found at dollar stores or party supply stores.

Whimsical family valentines day ideas like A red curly straw with a red heart placed in pink Champagne flutes on a Valentine's Day dinner table

Little pink depression glass dishes of jujube hearts adorn the table for nibbling!

A pink depression glass dish filled with red and pink jujube heart candies.

And keeping with the traditional Valentine’s Day flowers and chocolate, I added chocolate hearts on a stick to a flower centrepiece made with grocery store flowers! Since it was difficult to find greenery to add to the flowers, I used faux ivy I already had on hand.

And, did you catch a glimpse of the fun Valentine’s prints! I purchased them from Lexington Prints on Etsy for under $3 each. I had them printed at our local print shop for under $1 each.

A Valentine's Day flower centrepiece with what mums, pink alsteromaria, and bright pink carnations, and chocolate hearts tucked in too.

Have family friendly activities for the kids to do at the table

The dollar store is a great source of seasonal bits and bobs. I picked up these Valentine’s themed tic tac toe boards that not only add colour, but are perfect for playing a game or two before or after dinner. I put one on each end of the table.

Family Valentines Day ideas like this pink and red tic tac toe board using hearts and O's.

Handy tip

Search Pinterest for family Valentines Day activity printables such as bingo cards or word search or crossword puzzles all with a Valentine theme.

Plan a simple Valentine’s Day craft that can be done at the table after the dishes are cleared

It need not be anything fancy. I picked up these “stained glass” Valentine’s kits for kids also at the dollar store. They come with an assortment of pain colours, brushes and even tiny suction cups to hand them in the window to catch the light when you are done!

plastic stained glass kit from the dollar store make the perfect family Valentine's Day activity.

Another great activity for the kids is to decorate their own cupcakes. You can bake them yourself or purchase them at the grocery store and set out some sprinkles, chocolate chips and coloured sugar for decorating.

A little “bouquet” of Tootsie rolls will further delight the kiddos.

So there you have it! Four family Valentines Day ideas centred around the dinner table! It needn’t be expensive. Use what you have, hit the dollar store for a few fun accessories, bake a cake from scratch, or whatever suits your fancy!

The most important thing is to slow down and have some good old fashioned family fun!

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Now, you mustn’t miss the fabulous tables linked below! So many wonderful ideas to let the love flow!

Valentines Day tablescape image of a pink plate on a white tablecloth.

Panoply – Color My World, Valentine

Hyacinths for the Soul – Cozy Moments of the Heart – Valentine Tablescape

The Cat’s Whiskerz – Hearts, Snowflakes and some Sparkle for a Valentine’s Day Table

Red Cottage Chronicles – Family Fun Valentine’s Tablescape

Everyday Living – Valentine’s Day – A Celebration of Love

Life and Linda – Love You Beary Much

The Painted Apron – Rosy Valentine

My Thrift Store Addiction – Must Have Flowers! Vintage French Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Me and My Captain – Elementary, My Dear Watson

Home is Where the Boat Is – The Birds and Bees

Karins Kottage – Flirty and Fun Valentine Table

Pandora’s Box – A Valentine Breakfast

Mantel and Table – A Vibrant Blue Tablescape for Beautiful Valentine Romance

The Bookish Dilettante – Valentine’s Day Tablescape: Hearts and Lace

Thrifting Wonderland – Be Mine…Valentine

Dinner at Eight – A Valentine’s Table with Flowers, Ribbons and Hearts

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  1. Such a fun idea for a family Valentine dinner Maureen, so many cute touches! I LOVE the Valentine tic tac toe and the curly straws! Your puppy is adorable, I can see why you had to get the dog wrapped chocolates 🙂 Very clever to use candy rings for the napkins. Your flowers look so pretty in that pink vase, and adding the hearts is perfect. The Tootsie Roll pop bouquet would be a big hit with my grands, so cute! I love the Valentine prints on the wall too~ I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day

  2. Maureen, as a grandmother of two girls and one boy, I love your ideas for the kiddos to enjoy Valentine’s Day! Setting a table with the children in mind will certainly get their attention. Using candy ring pops for napkin rings will win their little hearts. The curly straws are fun and whimsical. The framed Valentine prints are so pretty and a great addition. Activities and crafts are perfect for little ones and who wouldn’t love a bouquet of tootsie rolls. It is always a treat to hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day❤️

  3. Very sweet table Maureen. Creating a fun Valentines for the kiddos is wonderful. They love playing games. Your new puppy is adorable and sweet. They grow up so fast. They are so comforting and love us without conditions. The cute straw are a must for the kids. Very cute idea using candy pop for napkin rings. A pleasure joining you on these hops.

  4. I noticed the art on the wall immediately, Maureen, and I love it! What a great bunch of ideas you’ve put together with this Valentine tablescape. I think my granddaughter would be all about all the playful things at the table, but my grown girls would appreciate these ideas too. Love the florals (couldn’t tell the greens are faux!), the napkin ring and Tootsie roll candy fun, and who wouldn’t enjoy the tic tac toe as an icebreaker, especially if you had a mix of family who don’t frequently see each other (like my family, which is SO big a gathering when everyone gets together). This is super cute. I like the pink flutes and vase, and I think I have those same melamine salads in a bright green. Great ideas, and thank you for bringing them all together in this Valentine’s Day blog hop!

  5. Maureen, what a wonderful Valentine’s table you have set with family in mind! You’ve thought of so many cute ideas and fun things for the kids to do. The plate stack is so pretty and those new placemats are gorgeous. The flowers are gorgeous too and I love your prints. But oh my, that new puppy – how very special is he – and of course, puppy-wrapped chocolates are a must. It was great hopping with you and I hope you and your family have an absolutely wonderful Valentine’s day!

  6. Maureen, I love the idea of a family friendly valentine’s table. I wish I had some littles around my table! I think your ideas of fun straws, special candy treats, and a beautiful heart inspired table are perfect. Have fun celebrating with your family. They will love sharing the fun of this family table.

  7. Adorable and such fun and activities for the kiddos Maureen! I especially love the ring pops for napkin rings. ‘Puppy love’ is the best kind of love! What a sweet boy and addition to your family. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day. ♥

  8. I am all about having the grandkids help with setting up holiday tablescapes with me. They love to be a part of the creative process. Love the idea of using ring pops for napkin rings. You really have fun ideas on how to have fun with the family!


  9. Family style Valentine table is a great idea and I’m sure kids and grandkids will love the games and projects. The centerpiece is lovely. You really can’t go wrong with fresh flowers in your color scheme. The puppy is adorable. The candy napkin rings will have a special place in the kids’ hearts. The day will be a great celebration of Family and a fun table to enjoy.

  10. You shared so many cute ideas, Maureen! I love the ring pop napkin holders and lollipop bouquets! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  11. Maureen, your table is sure to delight young and old alike! The place settings are lovely and their colors really pop against the linens and all the whites on the table. The chocolate picks and twirly straws add a touch of whimsy that will entrance the kids. The centerpiece is eye-catching in shades of red. The ideas you shared will keep everyone engaged at the table. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  12. Maureen, your table is so festive and filled with the cutest things! I love your centerpiece (especially the pink vase), and your placemats are so pretty and fun. The prints on your wall are fabulous! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. I would have sworn I left a comment, but if you get two, just know that they’re BOTH true! I love this table and all your wonderful sweet touches! Especially those curly straws, the tic tack toes, and the puppy chocolates! Congrats on the new puppy, btw – adorable!!
    I’m thrilled to be sharing this hop with you all, and I so appreciate your support. You’re an inspiration – in so many ways! See you soon my friend!