Valentine’s Day Dessert Table

Create a Valentine’s day dessert table with 5 easy-to-follow steps. I’m breaking it down for you here and just a few elements is all you need. Here are even more best practices and tips to designing dessert tables that I’ve followed for years. When you take it step by step, creating a party at home is easy.

Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.

5 Easy Steps to Create a Dessert Table

It’s fun to indulge in a variety of sweets on occasion, so I designed this display to illustrate 5 easy steps to create a dessert table. I’m going to break them down for you below, with a little help from Cold Stone Creamery and their specialty ice cream cake as the centerpiece.

Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, like hanging a banner with heart detail
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
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Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.
Create a dessert table for any occasion with my 5 step plan, here.

First let me tell you my thoughts on this design.  I love the look of dessert tables but the pragmatist in me thinks they can be overwhelming with too many options to choose from.  That’s why I like to focus on one key dessert – in this case They Call it Truffle Love” cake from Cold Stone – and fill in with items that complement the focal point.  Check out the photos and my tips for putting it all together…

Focus on these 5 Elements

  1. Tablecloth – For this table the tablecloth is a stand out feature and the secret is…it’s a shower curtain!  That’s right, as I was shopping around for something unrelated {at Bed, Bath, and Beyond} I stumbled across this textured shower curtain.  The size is right and it inspired the entire look of the design.  Think outside the box when you need fabric and table coverings.  Curtains, shower curtains, even sheets can all do double duty here.
  2. Focal Dessert – Spend your money and/or time wisely and invest in one awesome dessert.  This ice cream cake is made up of layers of red velvet cake & fudge truffle ice cream, wrapped in rich fudge ganache and chocolate shavings.  It’s pretty spectacular, from Cold Stone Creamery.
  3. Hanging Garland – Nothing rounds out a celebratory space more than some type of hanging decor.  There’s no need to go very elaborate either.  This simple strand of gold glitter paper hearts hung with gold washi tape adds a modern finishing touch above the desserts.  I made it myself by cutting out hearts from scrapbook paper and stringing them onto gold & white bakers twine.
  4. Crafty Accents – Because the little details count, it’s nice to add a few crafty touches to the table.  Here, I used a small bag of red glitter heart stickers, and some gold paint.  At first glance those red stickers seem rather cheesy and only appropriate for children’s projects, but when used sparingly and unexpectedly they add a touch of whimsy to a display that’s attractive to all ages.  I added a couple to the hanging garland, and to the corners of a platter.  Those tiny pops of red keep the eye moving around the entire space.  As for the gold paint, I just spray painted the champagne bottle around the bottom 2/3 because I don’t want to get too close to the opening since it’s not ‘food safe.’  I didn’t even tape off the stop line because I like the faded look of the paint at the edge.
  5. Store bought items – Make it easy on your self by filling in with store bought items like mini cupcakes, chocolate dipped pretzels, truffle candies, and fresh strawberries.  The colors coordinate with the rest of the palette and the flavors and textures balance out as well.

These tips will help you create a beautiful, functional, but still easy to handle, dessert table for any occasion.  This design would work well for other “love” themed parties too, like a bridal shower or engagement party, since the colors are fairly neutral with pops of red and some hearts thrown in.

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33 Comments

  1. The Cold Stone cake looks off the charts wonderful. Thank you for the tip about focusing on one main desert.
    AND!! I’m a shower curtain fanatic. I use them for soooo many things. They are fun, attractive and functional. You’re a woman after my own heart. This table is realistically doable. THANK YOU for the great tips!

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comments! I agree – fabric shower curtains are my “secret weapon” for fantastic design ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I actually have this shower curtain…hope i w8n i would love to try this out for my daughters baptism ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. With my son, my husband will be at work but he always makes a wonderful meal the night before or early in the morning so all I have to do is warm it up. We catch up on his break and snuggle when he gets home later that night. Thanks

  4. Not doing anything- my 10yo will be recuperating from tonsillectomy and my hubs will be recuperating from back shots.. fun fun.

  5. Hubby and I are having a special dinner with a dear friend. Lots of food, fun and laughter will be on hand!

  6. I let the kids pick their favorite dinner entree on Valentine’s Day so we usually end up eating filet mignon (daughter) and hot dogs (son)!

  7. Another special way to celebrate the Valentine Day. Only you would find a shower curtain to take your breath away. Love your hints and finds and creativity. Thank you.

  8. Beautiful and elegant setting. Loved the idea of a shower curtain for the table cloth….

  9. Love, love your tablecloth/shower curtain and I would love that cake for our Valentines day. Beautiful table as always.

  10. Super fun post, easy to follow tips and love the ‘table cloth’ . . .looks amazing! That cake looks soooooo good and who doesn’t just LOVE ice cream cake? As far as I’m concerned it’s the ONLY cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. As far a celebrating, well the hubby will be working – so we will likely celebrate another day instead, which i like bc i hate the crowds just bc its a holiday ๐Ÿ™‚ I love me a steak dinner and a babysitter lol (mom of 5 under 12) and im not a roses type of gal, id rather have an airbrush, or cake tools..

  12. OH My LOVE this but my fav part is the shower curtain table cloth! HUGE WOW! GORGEOUS!!!

  13. I wish I could say I am doing something wonderful with my husband, but I’ll be helping with my son and daughter’s school parties. I will make a nice dessert for later that night. I’m totally NOT lame at all, eh?!?!?!?

  14. I really like how you styled this table- so elegant. I’ve ordered some cake pops and my 6 year old daughter is having a few friends over for a “tea” party.

  15. This is stunning Chris! I’m more of a pink girl myself, but this color combo and the deep dark brown in the cake is just perfection.

    1. Thanks Jessica. I wanted something that could go beyond just Valentine’s day inspiration. I really like this color combo – somewhat unexpected. And I’ve always loved how well red and brown go together!

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