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 DIY candy gift baskets.
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…
My dishes and serving pieces are neutral colors like these versatile white plates and galvanized chargers. Then, I add fun holiday plates and napkins like these that pay tribute to the conversation heart candy theme.
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 theme. A colorful felt heart garland resembles the colors of the candy so I draped it along the center of the table.
TIP: Have your local baker make some candy heart inspired cookies. Or make your own, but I am still perfecting my sugar icing skills. It is a goal for this year.
Another thoughtful, yet fun party favor for guests is candy gift baskets. To begin, use any kind of mini buckets, crates, or jars. Then, cut floral foam to fit in the container and cover with crinkled paper confetti. You can hot glue the foam in place, if needed.
Next, buy candy, suckers or other themed decorations on sticks. However, you can tape wooden sticks to the back of boxed or packaged candy, too. Then, place these in the foam in your buckets with larger, taller items in the back. Lastly, add gift tags or use clothespins to pin names on cards for place settings.
I hope my conversation heart candy inspired tablescape has inspired you to host a cute party for your kids or friends this Valentine’s Day! If you need some gift or bedroom decor ideas, check out this post or if you want some red hot inspiration for a table, check out this Valentine’s Day tablescape.
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