Valentine’s Day decorations are essential, if you want to party like the “cool kids”. Or so I’m told.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m kind of in panic mode when it comes to decorating the house. Allow me to explain…prior to having children, Bacon Slayer and I didn’t put much thought into Valentine’s Day. Meaning, we didn’t acknowledge it at all. We found it silly to watch people bend over backward to express their love to another with stuffed teddy bears, ridiculously priced flowers or chocolate hearts, simply because the calendar dictated it so.
Well, the chocolate hearts aren’t at all silly. Chocolate is always appropriate, regardless of the date on the calendar.
In short, we were total Valentine Scrooges! However once we had children, that all began to change. Our kids are ridiculously excited about every holiday. Every. Single. One. Bank Holiday or not, if it warrants a printed place on a calendar, our boys expect us to not only observe it, but to celebrate with gusto!
File that under #357 on the list of Things That Change Once You Have Kids.
BTW–You should have heard the scolding I received from Son #3 for not acknowledging Ground Hog Day this year. You’d have thought I forgot his birthday. (Do you ever have deja vu? Didn’t you just ask me that?)
Honestly, I don’t mind a bit. The boys enthusiasm for all things holiday is infectious. My biggest problem is that I just don’t think to decorate for non-major holidays. Christmas and Easter I’ve got covered, but the others? Not so much. My idea of a decorating for a party is putting a trivet under the food. Seriously. Anything else just doesn’t occur to me until the last possible moment.
Which is precisely why these Valentine’s Day decorations are so great. Cute and easy to throw together at the last minute. It’s not to late to decorate! Yay!
First up are the luminaries! These really couldn’t be any easier to make.
Grab a bag of colorful (non-chocolate) Valentine candy. I went with conversation hearts and Mike & Ike’s.
Fill various sizes of mason jars half-way with the candy, and plop a tea-light candle in the middle.
Tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jar, and done!
Valentine’s Day decorations don’t get much more festive than this cute garland of hearts!
For the garland, I cut out paper hearts, and drew letters on each one with glitter glue. Whomever invented glitter glue deserves a cookie! I love that stuff and the huge mess it avoids by not having to fool with little tubes of loose glitter.
Once the glitter glue dried, I used a hole punch to make two holes at the top of each heart.
Then I plucked some cotton yarn from my odds & ends stash, and strung the hearts together to spell Happy Valentine’s Day!
Put it all together on the fireplace mantel, and all of a sudden, the house looks a little more festive.
The cool thing about these quick decorations it that you could really do it for any holiday with candy from that season. I just love versatility! (Read: I don’t have to think of new decor ideas for each season.) Besides, you get to eat the candy when you are done. 😉
So go ahead–don’t be a Valentine Scrooge! Make the house a little more festive with these quick and easy Valentine’s Day decorations.