Love is in the air. Though love don’t cost a thing, trips, fancy dinners, and diamond rings sure do. Thankfully, celebrating love doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re planning on staying at home with your sweetheart, we’ve got some great solutions to make your celebration memorable.
Oh, and to show our readers how much we love them, we’re launching a giveaway today, too! Yay!
Dinnerware: Wedding gifts
Crystal Candlesticks: Family heirloom given as a wedding gift
Pitcher: $2 Crate & Barrel score at a yard sale
Candles & Burlap: already owned (but just a few dollars a yard for the burlap)
Sheet Music Hearts: Sheet music was a gift, but many songs are available online to print for free
Total: $6 + a bit of elbow grease
So with just a little money and a little bit of time I have a lovely table that I am very happy with! Though I consider myself a girly girl, I am not overly in love with pink and I like to be original so I shy away from the traditional holiday red. I love the palette of creams and white with just a hint of pink in the floss on the paper heart garland.
Speaking of that cute garland…
This paper garland is so easy to do yourself! As I mentioned earlier, I had the sheet music and I also happened to own a heart shaped punch which made the project super easy and quick. Even if you do not have a punch it is still easy to cut hearts out – remember what you learned in Elementary class by folding the paper in half and cutting out half a heart? Bada Bing! This can be done with any kind or color of paper you’d like. I just happened to have a book of love songs, so how appropriate for celebrating love?!
First, prepare your hearts. (This is also great dating advice! The next step not so much.) Using a needle and embroidery floss, thread the hearts. I didn’t care to pay 100% attention to my needle points, but in general I threaded one heart with the needle entering on top, and the next entering from underneath the heart.
Cut the floss/yarn to your desired length and space the hearts as you wish. Tie knots on each end of the floss and hang it up! So simple, yet a nice detail to any celebration of love. I sprinkled the extra hearts onto my table to help fill it up.
Here are a few other ideas for your table:
Flowers are usually synonymous with romance. Though roses are the typical presentation on Valentine’s Day, many women prefer other, fun types of flowers. And gentlemen, the other flowers are usually much more affordable than the marked up red roses this week! Here are my favorite types of romantic bouquet flowers (no offense, roses!) They each come in a variety of colors – including pinks, deep purples, and reds.
2. Gerbera Daisies
A painted mason jar or wine bottle makes a crafty place to host the flowers! These are easy DIY projects, but you could always save yourself a step and find some pre-made at a site like Etsy.
Candlelight always sets a lovely atmosphere. Ladies, this makes a great hostess gift if you’re sharing the day with friends or another couple. Gentlemen, a nice candle makes a great bonus gift for the woman in your life. Bonus gift: meaning unless the relationship is really young or she genuinely does not care about Valentine’s Day, she may be disappointed with just a candle. But! For bonus points, get a scent she’ll be proud to have in the living room, kitchen, or guest room!
If you or your love is the type to save ticket stubs, photo booth pics, theatre programs, or anything else that commemorates something you did together, incorporate that into the table. Reading an old love letter or seeing a photo from the past will remind each other why you began loving each other in the first place. This is especially important if you’re married. Love cannot die when it is preciously cared for and guarded.
I know it may be hard to focus on dinner, first, but dessert can definitely help the table look more lovely!
We hope these ideas spark some creativity for your romantic tablescapes! We want to see what your Valentine’s Day table looks like! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter so we can see what you’ve done with the place!
Onto the giveaway! We love you – our readers!!! We also love coffee, lattes, and tea! We’re hoping you do, too because to celebrate you, we’re giving away one $15 Starbucks gift card out of the goodness of our hearts (AKA this giveaway is not sponsored by Starbucks.) Wouldn’t your coffee taste even better in these DIY mugs?!