When we think of Valentine’s Day, we may think of chocolates, flowers or cards; I always think of conversation heart candy. For a good reason, too, because these candies have been made for over a 150 years. I googled the original NECCO brand conversation heart candy to learn that these candies were originally designed as lozenges. The creator invented a lozenge cutter, which became the first candy machine and subsequently started the entire candy manufacturing business. So, we can blame medicine for our sweet obsessions…
And speaking of sweet obsessions, I am obsessed with these conversation candy hearts. So much so, that they inspired me to decorate a Valentine’s Day table with conversation heart candy centerpieces, plates and candy buckets.
To begin, I used checkered pink fabric and a lighter pink tablecloth as a base. Then, I placed a few sheets of printed scrapbook paper in shades of red down the center of the table. Scrapbook paper is an easy and expensive way to add color and pattern to your theme! You can place it down the center of the table, under place settings, fold for place cards or use it to make banners, signs and other crafts.
I placed candy heart trees on small cake stands and alternated them with glass containers full of these famous heart candies. You can check out this easy DIY to make your own conversation heart candy trees here…
A little ‘hello’ adds a fun graphic quality to the table setting and honors the words printed on each candy.
I buy my dishes and serving pieces in neutral colors like these white plates that work with almost everything. Then, I can add fun and inexpensive holiday plates and napkins like these that pay tribute to the candy heart.
I added felt and paper stickers to the candy containers to dress them up a little. It is another easy and inexpensive way to round out your table theme. A colorful felt heart garland resembles the colors of the candy so I draped it along the center of the table.
I had my local baker make some candy heart inspired cookies as a sweet treat for guests!
Another delicious take home gift for guests is candy baskets. You can use any mini buckets, crates, or jars to make these. Cut floral foam to fit in the container and cover with crinkled paper confetti. You can hot glue the foam in place, if needed.
Look for suckers and candy or other themed decorations on sticks that can be placed into the foam. Use tape and kabob sticks from the kitchen section at the grocery store to secure boxed or packaged candy. Place these in the foam in your buckets.
You can use clothespins to pin names or cards for place settings.
I hope my Conversation Heart Candy tablescape has inspired you to throw together a cute party for your kids or friends! Thanks for stopping by the Cuter Tudor!