Valentine’s Day Decorating

Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

And while I don’t necessarily appreciate the amped-up mushiness the holiday promotes (ick), I do enjoy casually decorating for it. Oh, and I especially love all the candy that goes on sale February 15. Conversation hearts, anyone?

But seriously, back to the decorating. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, who doesn’t need a festive pick-me-up by the time February rolls around? I do! But I certainly don’t go all out like I do for Halloween or Christmas—just a few accents of red and pink here and there. It takes the blah out of winter.

And I definitely don’t go overboard on spending, either. I just use items I already own or I head to Walgreen’s, Target, and other nearby retail stores for inexpensive, playful decorations. For example, there’s a great heart-theme tinsel garland set from Walgreen’s, perfect for draping over the top of my entertainment center. On my windows and mirrors, I’ve got a couple Valentine’s Day-theme Snoopy window clings. (Who doesn’t love Snoopy?) Atop my wine bar, I’ve got red champagne flutes and dessert cups from Christmas—it’s nothing major, of course, but see how easy transitional decorating can be?

And because I love cake stands, I made sure to put my white one in the holiday spirit by wrapping colorful paper and ribbon around it a la this suggestion from Better Homes and Gardens. And then I gave my votive candles a kick with this BHG idea (I used small glass beads rather than the little candies).

There’s not much too it, and it can be fun—just do as little or as much as you like. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, try these handmade decorations from Martha Stewart. Have kids? They’ll enjoy the holiday crafts on Kaboose. In the meantime, I’ll be busy mailing the dozens upon dozens of frosted heart-shaped sugar cookies I baked this weekend. Mmm.

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