Hosting a Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated to show appreciation for your romantic partner. But, the purpose of the day has expanded to celebrate all types of love. This day is a perfect opportunity to display gratitude for all of your friends and loved ones.

Whether you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple or celebrate with a big group for "Galentine’s Day", hosting a dinner is a perfect way to mark the occasion. Setting the table for this holiday can be especially fun because the bright palette and festive theme allow you to go all-out. Start by building out your red and pink palette with the basics. Use taper candles to set the mood, ribbons to accent chairs and place settings, and lay a foundation with a table runner or tablecloth.

Making the decorations personalized will make your party all the more memorable. Since Valentine’s Day is all about showing love, consider purchasing a pack of our place cards and writing the each dinner guest's name on the front and something you adore about them on the back.

As you start planning your place setting, be sure to check out our collection of pretty Valentine’s Day themed tableware. If you don’t want the decorations to be too heart-heavy, consider mixing and matching multiple patterns. Remember this table is all about having fun! Mix one heart print with something more abstract, such as a geometric or paint splatter print.

Where dining is concerned, decidence is the key at this celebration. Deciding on dessert can be difficult, but aim for rich treats and classic chocolate flavors. A cheesecake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, or even ice cream sundaes should all ensure that your guests get their sugar cravings satisfied.

As you round out the meal by selecting which drinks to offer, give your guests some variety. A fine wine or two is a must, so stock up on acrylic glasses before the big day. Set out colorful coasters so guests can easily find a place to set their glasses as they mingle.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whether you’re celebrating with a partner or your closest girlfriends, these suggestions will help you mark the day and enjoy the joy of being around people you love.

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