Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Conversation Heart Table

What do you get when you take a trip to the grocery store, find fresh flowers and add four bags of conversation hearts?

Something to talk about!

You can't get much more Valentine-themed than conversation hearts. These chalky little candies are a holiday classic, but my children don't care much for their flavor. So this year I decided to use them to sweeten our table instead of our tummies.

I started by accenting pillar candles with pink, green and yellow conversation hearts. I found these larger, scalloped-edge hearts at Wal-Mart. I placed the candle on a candlestick so I could turn it easily and quickly sorted a bag of conversation hearts by color. Then I started at the bottom of the candle and hot glued a row of hearts. For this candle I used an upside down pink heart for every other candy, and for the other I used an upside-down yellow heart for every other candy. Just a dab of hot glue secured each candy to the candle, and after the holiday I think I can gently remove the hearts and reuse the candles. I worked my way up the candle row by row, then tied a pink ribbon around the finished conversation heart candle.

Then I made a conversation-heart centerpiece by placing a smaller vase within a larger one and filling the space between the vases with conversation hearts. I used two bags of large conversation hearts from Wal-Mart for my two candles and vase, and I filled in extra room in the vase with a bag of smaller conversation hearts from Winn-Dixie. Once the space between the vases was filled, I poured warm water into the smaller vase and added fresh-cut flowers and greenery.

Leftover candies fill teacups and spill onto the table.

Here is a birds eye view of our table of soft pinks, white and greens.

Let's just hope our dinner conversation is as sweet as the table!

And here is something else worth talking about:

 Congratulations to Heather L., who won the Valentine package giveaway from my sister's new Etsy shop, The Polka Dot Party. Heather hosts adorable parties for her five children, so I can't wait to see how she puts to use Jennifer's cupcake toppers, liners and bottle wrappers.

Jennifer is offering a sweet deal to all readers of A Little Loveliness -- 20 percent off your entire order with the code "LOVELY" -- through the end of February.

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