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Valentine’s and Mardi Gras fall right before my twins’ birthday, so because I’m busy planning their birthday party, I tend to skip those holidays, or throw something together for our family at the last minute. But this year, we were scouting Sprouts for the grazing baskets we’ll make for the birthday party, and I couldn’t stop thinking about all the cuuuute heart-shaped candy we saw there.

Valentine's candy boards by The Party Teacher

Back I went and scooped up more than enough to make individual Valentine’s candy boards for a little kitchen table celebration. Everything else came from my storage bin of Valentine’s decor. Between flowers and candy, I only spent about $50.

Valentine's individual candy board overhead - The Party Teacher - 3

How to make valentine’s candy boards

Here’s what to pick up if you want to make your own candy boards:

  • Berry snap cookies
  • Peach sour gummy hearts
  • Red cinnamon gummy hearts
  • Red, white and pink cream hearts
  • Strawberry roasted almonds
  • Two more types of gummy hearts that didn’t have names
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Yogurt covered pretzel knots
  • Chocolate covered nuts

Yes, my kids really like gummies.

Valentine's candy board overhead - The Party Teacher - 1
Valentine's candy on heart plate close up - The Party Teacher - 2
Valentine's candy on heart plate side view - The Party Teacher - 1

For tips on how to create a charcuterie board, see this Thanksgiving board and this Christmas board.

Valentine’s Table Settings

Here’s how to set the table:

  • Layer light pink table cloth on your table
  • Add heart wrapping paper from American Greetings criss-cross
  • Add round woven placemats
  • Top white dinner plates with red melamine heart plates
  • Add a hot pink napkin and white-handled utensils
  • Choose a heart straw and add a foam heart sticker
  • Add a little box at each place for your Valentine’s gifts
Valentine's place settings - The Party Teacher - 3
Valentine's place settings - The Party Teacher - 2
Valentine's place settings - The Party Teacher - 1
Valentine's heart straw with foam heart sticker - The Party Teacher - 1
Valentine's gift boxes - The Party Teacher - 1

Here’s how the table looked before I added candies to the heart plates.

Valentine's place settings - The Party Teacher - 4

Rose Centerpiece

The flowers also came from Sprouts; they have rose bouquets for $14. It wasn’t quite enough for my vase, so I added a few faux flowers from my stash. (Can you tell which ones are fake?). Beats going back out in the rain!

Tip: if you feel like a newbie arranging flowers, look for a vase with a frog topper. It makes keeping flowers where you want them so much easier.

Valentine's rose centerpiece - The Party Teacher - 4
Valentine's rose centerpiece - The Party Teacher - 2

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! How are you celebrating this year?


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