a Galentine’s mini floral tablescape

Do you celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday with your girlfriends? This table is set with a fun gal pal vibe using mini 2-inch potted cyclamen flowers. Here are some details to help you set a Galentine’s floral tablescape for your friends around the St. Valentine’s holiday.

Not all Valentine’s Day tables have to be set with a table for two intimate, romantic vibe. This table is inspired by the mini potted cyclamen from Terrain. As soon as I saw them in the store, I knew some had to come home with me. They are the perfect footprint to grace this table setting for a Galentine’s mini floral tablescape.

galantine's tablescape

Details to setting a Galentine’s tablescape

🌸 Pick a theme

A theme will help spring board your table. As I explained above, the mini cyclamen were my inspiration. I used the mini potted flowers all around the table like a little Cupid fairy came and sprinkled them all around the table.

🌸 Use casual tabletop ware

A more casual table relaxes everybody for a fun evening with much laughter and merriment. I used an eclectic mix on my table with glass accent plates, striped linen napkins, my parent’s simple crystal glassware, thrifted silver tray chargers, vintage milk glass pieces and more. It makes for an interesting and finished table, but it’s not too fussy or formal.

🌸 Accent each place setting with a special touch

Here I used a mini cyclamen flower {not to sound like a broken record} with a grapevine heart. I placed the flowers in a mini terra cotta planter atop a paper doily with a sweet heart decorated with pearl picks, inspired by Cupid’s arrow. Each guest feels special and this can be a party favor for each girlfriend to take home and cherish.

galantines Tablescape

🌸 Use candles

I used votives on this table but you can use tapers, pillars, etc. This is not to set a romantic vibe, but more to create a mood. I chose these mercury glass votives because I thought they played well with the glass plates. You can read more about our mercury glass tabletop here{mercury glass tabletop ideas}.

valentine's tablescape

🌸 Plan a fun menu

Use food and drink you know your friends will enjoy. For menu ideas in the past I have included salad with a champagne vinaigrette, a cheese sampler, finger sandwiches, crudite, and quiche to name a few. Libations always include bubbly and I always have a yummy infused water plus a port or after dinner wine to pair with all the chocolates and candies. These are just ideas, not a comprehensive menu.

Details about Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a made up holiday which is celebrated on February 13th {the day before Valentine’s Day}. It’s a day to celebrate girlfriends and shower them with love, whether they’re single or not in honor of friendship.

Galentine’s was created by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, on the show Parks and Recreation on February 11th, 2010 during the 2nd season. The holiday has now become so ingrained in our society many companies run promotions around it just like for Valentine’s Day.

Any excuse to celebrate good friendships and honor those bonds is golden in my book. Although Leslie’s original celebration on the show was a breakfast with waffles, a favorite food of hers, it can be whatever we want it to be from brunch, to lunch, to dinner, to tea….and beyond. It’s the sentiment behind the celebration which is most important.

Happy Galentine’s Day and have fun celebrating all your besties.

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“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul”

Proverbs 27:9

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Michelle Keltner says:

    Gorgeous!!!! Thank you for linking up!

  2. The potted plants are such a nice touch. Thanks for sharing the inspiration. #HomeMattersParty

  3. Really pretty tablescape, MaryJo, and I loved reading about how Galentine’s began. I never watched Parks and Recreation when it was on t.v. but I’ve seen a few shows in reruns. It’d be fun to look that episode up!

    Happy to have featured your post at this week’s Share Your Style #366 for you,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Barb. I truly appreciated. I never watched parks & Rec either but found out when researching it. Have a great day. XO- MJ

      1. You’re welcome, MaryJo! Have a great week! 💕

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