Valentine's Day may be the holiday for romance, but it's just as much a day to celebrate with the kids, too. Considering all the unconditional love they throw your way 24/7 (occasional tantrum excluded), it only makes sense to ring in the holiday together.
Here to help you do it, without sacrificing your beloved dinner party style? The floral designers at , who crafted this rose-hued tablescape (surprisingly, without a rose in sight).
"One thing we love about Valentine's Day is getting to wake up your tastebuds with yummy treats," says Caroline Bailly, founder and owner of L'Atelier Rouge.
It's an aspect of the holiday kids surely love as well. And this bright, monochromatic design has no shortage of fun snacks, from strawberries sprinkled across the table, to heart-shaped cookies to jars filled with red and pink treats.
While most people associate roses with Valentine's Day, Bailly chose to go a more unexpected route, with blooms such as striped anemones, tulips, heart-shaped succulents and mini begonia plants.
"Tulips are wonderful because they keep growing, like love for one another," Bailly says.
And since the flowers and plants in this tablescape are all seasonal, they should be easy enough to find this time of year.
Even better, the succulents, which Bailly picked up from , serve as an interactive party favor. Using markers, kids can write fun messages for loved ones to put on display later. And as succulents require minimal maintenance, they make a great party gift to represent lasting love, Bailly adds.
Another fun element for kids: mini bud vases, which Bailly found through . Select a few blooms to trim, then have your kids place them into the bud vases along the length of your tabletop.
Not only will these tiny arrangements add depth to the design, the illusion of flowers popping up from the table will undoubtedly be a fun element for kids.
Beyond adding lovely color to your display, the monochromatic red and pink color scheme is also decidedly low-maintenance. "When you're at home, sometimes you're in a rush and you don't have time to overthink your design by bringing in mixed colors," Bailly says.
To get the look, Bailly chose a , and from Merci. White plates from add contrast and sophistication and plays up the accent color in the anemones.
Even Bailly's drink choice helps complement the table decor. Served in clear glasses from , pink lemonade can be a kid-friendly alternative to the grown-ups' pink champagne.
Inspired to throw your own sophisticated love fest? Swipe up for all the lovely details from L'Atelier Rouge's tablescape, and hear how Bailly designed it on ELLE DECOR's .