I have always loved Valentine’s Day.
I don’t know if it was because my Mom made such a big deal about it, or that my Dad used to leave a small heart-shaped box of chocolates on my bed for Valentine’s Day morning, but it’s always been as special as my birthday.
(I used to do that for my boys as they grew up, too…I think even until they moved out!)
My Mom actually used to make a heart-shaped cake with one of those copper jello molds for our Valentine’s Day dessert. She’d add some red food coloring to the frosting to make the prettiest shade of pink. For added glamour, she’d sprinkle little cinnamon candy hearts that crunched as we ate our cake.
How I miss those days (and my Mom.) She really knew how to make us kids feel loved.
To this day, I still do a little decorating for the holiday, but not the extent my mother did. Frankly, I’m a bit lazy about it!
Here are some ways you can show some Valentine’s Day spirit, without having to turn everything in your house pink or red! If you have children, get them involved, as well. Create lifelong memories for your family!
Your Front Door
When I was a teacher, I used to hang those tacky plastic cherubs on my classroom door.
That won’t do for your own home. By the same token, you don’t need to be Martha Stewart or Becky Home-Ecky.
Head on over to Michael’s or your favorite local craft store. They carry grapevine wreaths shaped like a heart. Grab one of those suckers, grab a roll of 1” satin red ribbon, and head home. Unroll enough ribbon to hang the wreath and tie a bow, and voila, you have a door decoration.
If you are uber-lazy, have Michael’s make the bow for you! You’ll pay a little more, but it’ll look professional.
Spray paint the heart-shaped wreath with white paint if you REALLY want to feel Martha-ish.
Your Dining Room
Begin with your centerpiece. If you have a low vase and some artificial red roses, that’s a great start. If not, a couple of white candlesticks in some Dollar-Tree candle holders will work well. Tie a little bit of ribbon around the base of the candlesticks, and there ya go!
Now, hopefully, you have some white dinner plates (if not, Dollar Tree has white ones for $1 each.) Add a cloth napkin, tie with ribbon, and you have instant beauty!
Because your bedroom is in a private area of the house, you can make it as decorated as you like. I’ve written a post here if you would like to add some sexy elements to create a beautiful Valentine’s atmosphere.
A very simple way to decorate is to just add some red candles and heart-shaped pillows to the bed. Done and done!