The holiday of love is the perfect time to celebrate with all the important people in your life. From family and friends to that special someone, a Valentine's Day party is the ideal way to show your appreciation and to have a little fun while you're at it. Whether you decide to throw a casual get-together or a more formal Valentine's affair, these holiday decorating tips will help create a happy celebration for you and your guests.
Start with classic hearts. Whether it's in the form of confetti, paper cut-outs, or even heart-shaped candy dishes or vases, Valentine's Day always calls for the symbol of love. Decorate your party space with plenty of hearts in shades of red, pink, white, and even purple to set the tone for the party and give your decor a splash of color.
Fill your party with flowers. This simple symbol of love is perfect for bringing a little romance to your Valentine's Day decor. You can't go wrong with classic red roses, but set your sights on a few other pretty flowers as well to really make your party bloom. Ruffled carnations or chrysanthemums are both inexpensive and add a lovely texture, and tulips are just coming into season and look amazing in deep red.
Make things extra sweet with candy. Add a little sweetness to your Valentine's party and repurpose candy as decor. Candy hearts in pretty foil wrappers look great scattered on tables or used as vase fillers for centerpieces. You can do the same thing with conversation hearts or even red and white baker's sprinkles.
Try some Valentine garlands. Valentine's is all about being frilly and feminine. Add a touch of frill with a Valentine's-theme garland. Look for one that complements your existing decor, or DIY your own with doily hearts or Valentine cards attached to a string with clothes pins, or try your hand at some trendy tissue paper tassels tied onto twine.
Create the mood with candlelight. There's no disputing that Valentine's Day is the holiday of romance. Whether you're hosting a date-night dinner or throwing a larger fete with friends, some candlelight can really up the romance factor. Place tea lights and votive candles on tables and other level surfaces, or go for some tapers in candlesticks for a candlelit dinner.
Published January 28, 2014
Updated January 7, 2015