Why hello there. It's currently a balmy 80 degrees here in the middle of January and I'm on a ladder hanging pom poms from the ceiling and lighting candles in my un-airconditioned apartment. Why? Because I love you and I love Valentines day. I wanted to get this post ready as soon as possible so that you would have time to get your @$&! together. Doing stuff like this takes a little planning or at least a trip to the craft/dollar store.
Now I don't love it for the reason you think I do. I don't really care for the overly mushy sentiment and the fact that this manufactured holiday forces you to be romantic. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like romance. I've been with my husband for 16 years, and you can't last that long without romance. He still does the kindest things for me like a surprise scavenger hunts for my birthday or walking across the street to pick up Thai food. He's the nicest. So I like to spoil him by cooking a really nice meal for Valentines Day and setting up a pretty table at home. We gave up on going to a restaurant for the holiday. You often have to eat a prixe fixed menu and sit elbow to elbow with a stranger. NOT ROMANTIC.
The real confessions is, I love it because of the decor. I like hearts! I like glitter! I like cutesy animals cut out of felt! There's just no holiday that let's you embrace all of these things whole heartedly. Just roll up your sleeves, get your glitter on, and use all your extra heart doilies to hang all over your walls. Claim it's for him, it's more romantic that way.
Let's start with a centerpiece. This adorable vase was a wedding gift. Keep your centerpiece low so you can see your dining partner. Choose some non-fragrant blooms. You don't want your flowers competing with the dinner you're cooking. Hydrangeas are a classic and there's not much arranging to do because of their size.
I layer down some craft paper as my runner and it also doubles as a placemat. You can just toss it at the end of the night making it so low maintenance.
Look at that silly cake! I decorated it with heart sprinkles and decorative glitter heart picks from the dollar store. Also from the dollar store, the red charger under the dinner plate, the dinner plate (!!!) and those votive holders. They were mod podged with gold designs to mirror my adorable dinner napkins from Anthropologie. When setting a dinner table, never forget the candles!
Follow this super simple pom pom tutorial, and hangs these cuties above your table. If you are just hanging them for an evening, some strong tape will hold because their so light. If you decide to hang them forever and always, install little eye-hooks in your ceiling.
I filled in the gaps with some felt hearts I found for $2 at Michaels. I also threw some sequins down on the table I happened to have. Don't have confetti? Make some with a hole punch and red and white paper.
Just have fun and keep it simple and pretty. Happy Valentines day y'all!