DIY Valentine Table Decorations: An Easy Nibble and Nosh  

Get ready to sprinkle a dash of love onto your Valentine’s Day celebration with some easy DIY Valentine table decorations!

 Whether a romantic dinner for two or just a little gathering of sweet and savory tidbits to nibble and nosh, let’s set your table with some color, come style, and a pinch of whimsical creativity!

A "Nibble and Nosh" party using DIY valentine table decorations.

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Ah, Valentine’s Day – one of those special occasions that sneaks up on me faster than a surprise sale on chocolate!

A white plate with a red heart in the center.

Every year, I find myself doing the last-minute hustle to create an atmosphere of romance and love. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love spreading the love, but the idea of heart-shaped everything makes me break into a sweat. 

Call me Cupid’s rebellious sidekick, but my decorating style for Valentine’s Day doesn’t often include hearts. I would rather celebrate this special day through color. 

Maybe a special dinner for family members using Valentine’s decor in a red color? Of course, this would be lovely!

Or, to shake things up a bit, maybe a gathering of my entire family doing what we do best…nibbling and noshing! (That’s a fun way of saying “snacking with no end in sight!)

Creating my own Valentine’s Day table decorations!

And using a non-traditional Valentine’s Day color palette of red, pink…and blue!

Setting a Nibble and Nosh Table with DIY Valentine Table Decorations

So, instead of decorating the fancy formal dining table beast, I thought, why not turn the kitchen island into our entertaining venue? 

It’s like our culinary command center – my husband and I tag-teaming between cooking, serving, and sneakily replenishing snacks as the party rages on.

Now, picture this: a romantic tablescape masterpiece in the making. And what’s my first stroke of genius? 

Drumroll, please… a piece of brown craft paper! 

A piece of brown craft paper laid on a kitchen island as part of DIY valentine table decorations.

Yes, you heard it right. Forget about fancy tablecloths; I went rogue with craft paper along the kitchen island, hanging over the edge like it’s the coolest table runner in town.

I even threw in a short piece on one end to make room for the whole squad. (This would work just as well with a traditional table. Just roll the craft paper down the center of the table.

Creating A Wine Bar Centerpiece

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show – the centerpiece!

Sure, the classic move would be to flaunt some red roses, right? But here’s the thing: it’s practically Antarctica outside (okay, maybe not that extreme, but you get it), and I’m not about to brave the cold for fresh flowers at the grocery store. Besides, why be ordinary when you can be creative?

So, here’s my genius move: a functional centerpiece that doubles as a mini wine bar, right smack in the heart of the kitchen island!

Picture this: a long, narrow rattan tray basket, some books looking all fancy with wallpaper jackets (because why not?), creating the perfect pedestal for faux flowers.

Candle jars are an amazing upcycled resource for table setting and it is good to know how to clean candle jars.

This beautiful candle jar that used to hold one of my favorite candles has been cleaned and is now a stunning flower vase.

For my flowers, I started with faux pink ranunculus but later switched to tulips. (You know, floral mood swings!)

A DIY Valentine wine bar sitting on aa tray basket.

How to Create a Valentine Wine Glass Tray

Now, let’s talk about these pink wine glasses that I practically rescued from the thrift store last summer – they are so elegant with different shades of pink glass. 

And what better way to give them the spotlight than creating a serving tray fit for the pink elite?

All you need is a tray and some leftover wallpaper or thick gift-wrapping paper. 

My tray? Oh, it’s another thrift store gem. A pink and tangerine tray with a side of scratches and watermarks. It definitely needed a little pick-me-up!

Enter the wallpaper, a rejected bathroom makeover sample that’s getting a second chance at life. 

A pink tray and a piece of wallpaper.
Trimming a piece of wallpaper.
Pressing a piece of wallpaper into a tray with the edge of a credit card.

Simply trim it, fit it, press it against the tray’s seams – voila! You can go all fancy and glue it down, but me? I went for the slide-in move, ’cause who knows when I’ll feel the need for another tray makeover! 

A wallpapered tray used for DIY valentine table decorations
A DIY tray for wine glass used for DIY valentine table decorations.
Wine glass on a tray.

Displayed next to the wine bottle basket tray, the wine bar is complete!

Easy Valentine Table Decorations

Now, let’s talk about setting the stage for each person at the table – we’re going personal, whimsical, and keeping it easy, my kind of trio!

Here’s the secret sauce for this masterpiece: curvy paper placemats and a marker or chalk pen. Creating each place setting as a personal space is so much fun!

Now, my plate collection is like a chaotic family reunion – mismatched, but they somehow all get along. They’re united by one thing: color!

Mismatched plates.

 Blue and white patterns with the occasional rebel in pink or red.

Here’s the plot twist: instead of the classic center stage for the plates, I went avant-garde and placed them off-center to the right. And to the left? That’s prime real estate for a quirky phrase, a sentence, or a word that screams the essence of the person about to park their tush there. 

Let the dinner table storytelling begin!

Who Sits Where?

For my daughter who likes to nibble off of other people’s plates (love you, darling!), “Nibble and Nosh”.

Her husband (my son-in-law), who tells the cheesiest jokes, gets a placemat that says “Cheese Please!”

For my daughter who travels from NYC to visit and once sang the role of “Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast”, I wrote, “Be Our Guest.”

"Nibble and Nosh" written on a paper placemat.
"Cheese please" written on aDIY paper placemat to decorate a Valentine table.
DIY valentine table decorations that include a paper placemat with the phrase "Be Our Guest" written on it.

For my husband who always opens the wine bottles, “Red, White, Rose'” is written in red, white, and pink markers for the different wines served.

And for myself? Well, of course, the word “Chocolate” was written in as many different ways as my poor penmanship would allow!

AA wine list written on a placemat for DIY valentine table decorations.
The word "Chocolate" written on a placemat.

In case they can’t figure out where they are supposed to sit, I wrote their names on the brown craft paper near their plates.

For an extra special touch, your guests get to decorate the table too! Place a small pitcher full of colored pencils or markers and let your guest have fun drawing, sketching, and unleashing their inner artist!

A centerpiece and place setting on a DIY paper table runner on which guests can draw and write.

All that was left to do was lay napkins under the plates and place one lone fork horizontally across the top of the setting. (That’s all you need for a nibble and nosh!)

DIY valentine table decorations that include hand written placemats and decorated paper table runner.

Some Nibbles to Nosh

Instead of serving a fancy meal, nibbles are the name of the game.

  • Cheese and Crackers: Follow the cracker road that leads to the cheese! (Brie, Havarti Dill, and White Cranberry Cheddar are my favorites!)
  • Cranberry pistachio cookies
  • Bowls of fresh strawberries
A row of crackers leading to a plate of cheeses.
  • Teacups full of walnuts.
  • Almond Toffee given a place of honor on a small white pedestal.
  • Bowls of fresh strawberries
A teacup full of walnuts and a stack of almond toffee.

Simple Valentine Table Decorations

Wait! There are no hearts!

While color and a great chalk marker are giving me all the love I need for this table, I’m not totally bereft of the symbol of this special day of love!

Did you notice the heart plate displayed prominently on an easel amidst all of the wine? One heart can say it aall!

A DIY centerpiece with aa pitcher full of pencils so guests can draw valentines messages as table decorations.

But if you are looking to incorporate more incorporating hearts into your DIY Valentine Table Decorations, here  are some to try!

DIY Paper Hearts

This is so simple! Cut some hearts from pink and red wrapping paper or construction paper and sprinkle around your Valentine table. It is aa great way to briing simple and inexpensive color to your Valentine’s Day decorations. You could also sprinkle rose petals for an extra special pretty table!

Paper hearts cut from pink and red wrapping paper for DIY Valentine Table Decorations.

A DIY Valentine Heart with Tulips for Valentine’s Day

This DIY tulip project can be used as a Valentine door hanger or as Valentine home decor. Either way, it is the perfect way to give your room or table a romantic feel.

Using a styrofoam heart and faux tulips, you can create a 3-D floral fantasy heart.  You can get all of the DIY details HERE.

I hung one on the back side of a bar stool for the Nibble and Nosh but it could hung or tucked anywhere!

DIY valentine table decorations that include a tulip covered styrofoam heart.

Paper Cone Valentine Heart

​With some thick red paper, you might create a paper cone Valentine heart. After cutting paper into rectangles, you can twist them into small cones that are then assembled into a glorious textured heart for your Valentine’s table decoration. You can learn how by clicking HERE.

A Valentine heart made from paper cones. DIY valentine table decorations.

Yarn-Wrapped Paper Heart

Trace the shape of a heart onto a thick piece of poster board or cardboard. Then cut little notches along the outside of the cardboard heart.

Take a skein of red yarn or red twine and start wrapping it around the heart. Use the notches to anchor the yarn as you wrap. Wrap in every different direction for a fun and unique criss-cross look!

Yarn wrapped paper hearts used as DIY valentine table decorations.

Time to Nibble and Nosh!

And there you have it! We’ve exchanged dinner for a fun Nibble and Nosh event with easy DIY Valentine’s Day decorations.   From a craft paper table runner to wine glasses with their own VIP tray, whimsical placemats to guests’ artistic participation – this dinner party is relaxed, inviting, and full of Valentine love!

A wine bottle on a tray.

So, the next time someone tells you that setting the table is just about plates and forks, give them a little nibble of Valentine creativity. Because, my friends, we don’t just set the table; we create a symphony of style and laughter!

Missy standing in front of tthe "Nibble and Nosh" tablescape.

 Cheers to creating and noshing in style!

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  1. Missy I love this whole concept! Using brown paper for the table covering and then leaving all the personal messages to the guests – brilliant! Your styling is gorgeous too!

    1. Thanks, Crystal! This was really geared toward my family and I know how they like to snack and “play!”

    1. You are so sweet, Wendy! Thank you! I think we need a “Nibble and Nosh” the next time we are all together!

    1. Thank you, Kristy! Wouldn’t it be fun to have an in person Nibble and Nosh with our little group? Someday!

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