Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows Whimsical Valentine’s Day Tablescape

I love creating a table or centerpiece to celebrate the holidays and Valentine’s Day is no exception! I’ve had several comments and questions about where my table inspiration comes from. Sometimes it comes from dishes or a tablecloth.  Other times flowers provide the inspiration, but occasionally, it’s a visit to the Dollar Spot at Target!

 “We go together like Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows” kitchen towels are serving as napkins and provided some fun and whimsical Valentine’s Day table inspiration!

$3 Chalkboard hot cocoa signs were also at the Dollar Spot.

Fun for setting up a hot cocoa bar or a table!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I love some flower therapy and putting together an arrangement for a table with my Monday Morning Blooms’ friends.

I used some marshmallows and cocoa for a whimsical Valentine’s Day arrangement for the table, using my favorite ‘vase-within-a-vase’ method.

Use the material of your choice with this method to fill the wall between your vases to coordinate with your theme or holiday. I’ve used hosta leaveslemon slices, birdseed, and different types of candy for Valentine’s DaySt. Patrick’s DayEaster, Halloween and Christmas.

 In the unlikely event you’d like to make an arrangement with cocoa and marshmallows ;), here’s how I did it:

Start with two vases, one smaller vase to nest inside a larger one.

You’ll fill the walls of your vase with your decorative material to hide your stems, in this case, instant hot cocoa, mini marshmallows and pink heart marshmallows.

I tossed some of the mini marshmallows in the instant hot cocoa, to create a darker color and contrast.

I poured off the cocoa mix that was left from coating the marshmallows, into the bottom of the vase.

Layer the cocoa-coated marshmallows next, followed by plain mini marshmallows, then a layer of pink hearts, topping off with a top layer of mini marshmallows. Add water and floral preservative to the inner vase and then fill with your flowers.


Fill your inner vase only 2/3 full with water so you can easily remove the inner vase when your flowers are spent, without sloshing or spilling any water. Your vase marshmallows can be used for future cups of hot cocoa or S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups!

Dress up Pirouline Rolled Wafer Cookies for Valentine’s Day by dipping them in melted chocolate and covering them in sprinkles for an easy treat. . .

Perfectly festive and tasty for serving alongside your cocoa!


Table Details:

Cocoa & Marshmallows Towels, Cocoa Chalkboard Signs / Target Dollar Spot

Ciroa Buffalo Check dinner plates / HomeGoods, several years ago

Transferware / Crown Ducal Bristol Pink, used here

White Chargers & Cake Plate / HomeGoods, several years ago

Red Beaded Placemats / Kohl’s several years ago

Glass Café Mugs / World Market, several years ago

Heart Spoons / Towle, several years ago, used here

Mini Heart Dishes / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Hampton Forge, San Remo, Horchow, several years ago

Plaid Throw tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Pink Heart Marshmallows / World Market

Valentine’s Day Straws / Target & HomeGoods


Find more Valentine’s Day table and centerpiece inspiration for celebrating with your sweetheart, family or girlfriends. . .

With tips for creating edible centerpieces, candy vase floral arrangements, rose petal ice cubes, an Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea party and more, HERE.

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♥ Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

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  36 comments for “Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows Whimsical Valentine’s Day Tablescape

  1. February 11, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Mary, I feel like a broken record but you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful and inspiring tables. I actually gasped when I saw that marshmallow flower vase…too creative! I love the Buffalo check with the pop of red for Valentine’s Day!

  2. February 11, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Mary, I agree with Kathy…marshmallows never looked so good! Your mug of cocoa looks delicious with the whipped cream and all those sprinkles! I love seeing your tables by your winter tree! ❄️ 🐦🎄♥

  3. Jane Teague
    February 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Your Valentine’s table is simply delightful!

    • Kim Ezman
      February 12, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Mary, this is so pretty, thank you for sharing. Happy Valentine’s day

  4. February 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Mary, this is such a pretty and whimsical table for the holiday of “love”! The marshmallow flower vase is beautiful, I would have never thought of using marshmallows. Your creative mind is always at work! Beautiful arrangement with the sweet carnations!

  5. February 11, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Hot Cocoa is good when it is cold outside and your table is always pretty on the Holliday and other times and also love seeing your dogs two We just losses a lab. Dog name Sam he was my brothers dog we will be missed

  6. Peggy Ott
    February 11, 2019 at 8:24 am

    GM Mary! Bring on the Red and Love! What fun pics and yummy looking treats! Inspiring once more. Thank You!

  7. February 11, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Oh Mary, you are such an inspiration for me!!! I LOVE this darling table, and of course you vase arrangement is perfection. Cissy and I are going to dip pretzel rods today, but the wafer cookies would be such fun, too. Thank you for sharing all your creativity. You’re the best! xx

  8. Michelle
    February 11, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Thank u for providing such beautiful and tasteful ideas and tables capes. They definitely brighten up this sometimes ugly world and lift up my heart 😀

  9. Sue Smith
    February 11, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Mary, loved getting up this morning and seeing your creative Valentine hot cocoa ideas! Makes for a great way to start a new day and new week! Your ideas are always fresh and “doable”. Thank you!

  10. Susan B.
    February 11, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Oooooo Mary, can I come to one of your parties? Anyone lucky enough to attend would feel like a princess! I think that is the secret to entertaining, making your guests feel like they are special and you have that talent without a doubt! You never cease to amaze me! Love the Buffalo plaid plates. I have them too but they never look so great on my table! After a trip to Home Goods, I have to sneak my treasures into the house so my husband doesn’t see more dishes!! Thanks for all your inspiration.

  11. February 11, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Mary, this is one of my favorite tables of yours because it has some of my favorite colors and favorite things! I love hot cocoa, and I drink it year ’round. So of course I love the centerpiece! It’s genius! Your post has brightened my dreary, gray day.

  12. February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Oh Mary, you’ve really out done yourself this time! I have the biggest smile on my face scrolling through this adorable post, it’s simply wonderful fun! I do love the Target $ spot, always full of treasures and the hot cocoa towel and board you found are the cutest! AND the marshmallow vase with cocoa dusted minis and those fat pink mallow hearts, swoon! Your cocoa looks incredibly delicious, and the Valentine wafer cookies are delightful! I am posting a Valentine dessert with those same cookies tomorrow! Thank you for the grins and chuckles, so adorable!

  13. February 11, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Two of my very favorite things together! I think I need to go out and make some cocoa right now!

  14. Camille morgan
    February 11, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Love this table. You are so creative♥️

  15. anne
    February 11, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I love this table. It’s so beautiful and fun! You know, you could make a FORTUNE if you were a Party Panner!!

    • Anne
      February 11, 2019 at 11:30 am

      I meant to type a Party Planner!!

  16. Julie Duncan
    February 11, 2019 at 11:57 am

    What a gorgeous display!

  17. February 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Mary, your creative mind is always in overdrive. You never miss an opportunity to take and idea and create a very clever tablesetting. I was just at Target last week, but didn’t see the hot chocolate theme pieces. I would have picked up the cute towels for certain. Darling table and idea. Pinning this for inspiration! Happy Valentine’s!

  18. Sharon
    February 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Mary, you are the most creative person! I am always so excited to see what you’ve created each time you post. Everything you create is a feast for the eyes. Thank you so much!

  19. Virginia
    February 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Just love your idea of a Hot Chocolate Bar, such a unique idea and as always love your vase in a vase arrangement, so clever. I was just thinking you could add Godiva Chocolate liqueur or Creme de Menthe Liqueur to spice it up for an adult party. I ran into Target Friday to pick up gift certificates for the grandchildren and now really regret not taking the time to look around.

  20. Marion
    February 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Mary what a lovely idea. You always have such good ideas.
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion

    • Cyndi Raines
      February 11, 2019 at 11:54 pm

      Your mug of hot chocolate looks wonderful! Another winter blast headed our way tonight. Your special Valentine marshmallow vase is perfect for this setting and I just love those puffy plastic hearts on a stick which adds to your already very pretty flower arrangement. What a clever idea making cocoa hearts and placing the left over cocoa in the bottom and then layering with the white and the big puffy pink hearts, all too cute. You have a special knack for great attention to detail Mary! Cupid would be very pleased! May you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! ♥️

    • Linda
      February 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Your tablescapes are always so whimsy and creative! I love your attention to detail in all that you do. Each one show the love you have creating them! ❤️💕❤️

  21. S Williams
    February 11, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Mary, Hot cocoa dusted marshmallows are just too clever! Love the dish towel & the hot cocoa chalkboard with recipe. This post is just too cute! After a long business trip today, hot cocoa may be the ticket tonight since it is a steady cold rain falling. Thanks for the wonderful post! Clara☕

  22. February 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Your creativity is amazing! This table setting is just wonderful and so whimsical!

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  24. Karen
    February 12, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Everything you do looks amazing!💗

  25. Jo
    February 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Love the idea of a Cocoa Bar! Cocoa dusted mini marshmallows are an added treat. Will have to try this next time we have hot chocolate. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  26. February 12, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Nothing like marshmallows and hot chocolate…the hearts are the best!…What a great idea to dust the marshmallows with the cocoa mix!…Truly the most adorable table filled with Valentine cuties!!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your Loves!

  27. Rita C.
    February 13, 2019 at 7:42 am

    This is SO cute! And what a brilliant idea to tint the marshmallows with that cocoa – a perfect color within the vase, along with the other layers (not to mention the arrangement of the flowers). These cozy photos and ideas displayed make we wish for pulling things out and having a creative session. Instead, I find myself drowning in the process of extreme purging of stuff right now. The Target finds were a great source of inspiration here. I love it when something like that strikes and it comes together as well as yours has, Mary.

  28. Susie
    February 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I love your tablescape

  29. February 15, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I am a bit behind, but I had to tell you how cute that marshmallow vase is!!!! Just adorable!! That cup of cocoa looks absolutely scrumptious!!💕hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!!

  30. M'lin
    February 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Great ideas!!

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