Taking Valentine’s Day and Making It Yours

Posted on Feb 7 2014 - 9:36am by Brenda Meehan

Did I mention that I LOVE Valentine’s Day? Because I really do! You saw some heartfelt favor ideas last week, this week I want to share with you some ideas from the heart for the home.

Now, you also know by now that I love my event boxes. They help us organized, and at the ready for any holiday or party that might arise…even Valentine’s Day…as I get to put some splashes of hearts and love around the house. I didn’t have to build anything or break out the glue gun either…I got it all done in about an hour!

One easy way to greet everyone that comes over with a little love, is to replace your standing door wreath…with some hearts and flowers.  I’ve held onto this piece for just the right time, and I gotta say…it’s a practically perfect addition to our front door! Years ago I picked up these hearts and ribboned them together…it adds a touch of Valentine’s Day in a tasteful way without being too much.

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I added a little bit of sparkle, festive color, and love to our standing décor piece in our kitchen. It’s a key focus point in our home, as you’ve seen on the blog before because it’s what everyone sees first when they turn the corner into our kitchen. Why not make it say LOVE with items from your own event box?

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3P Basic: Pull out a decor item from another room or cupboard that isn’t always on display but works with the occasion. This sentimental cupid was an anniversary gift that I gave to Chris, so it also adds memories as well as a perfect Valentine’s piece.  Add a new candle with some feathers, hearts, and ornaments to complete a perfect hearts day centerpiece/focus point for your home or table.

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This bowl is one of my go-to’s for holiday centerpieces, as well as everyday home décor. This year, I tried something a little different, but totally practical and absolutely love-ly! I used some adorable “heart-cycle” napkin rings, and a matching larger “heart-cycle” (that I actually used to theme a table for a tea a few years back!) and created a centerpiece that’s a ready to go table setting!

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I got these great napkin rings and heart-cycle on sale at Pier One a few years ago. (Check out more V-Day deals from Pier One here: http://www.pier1.com/) I can put the flowered napkins right out, already in cute napkin rings…and we’re ready for dinner! (More on our family I love You Dinner later!)

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I was able to freshen up some Christmas candles, and add a stained glass heart piece to the area leading into our living room. 3P Tip: to create a designer look, we grounded this piece with a red placemat, stood the wreath upright for dimension, and used some complimentary gold ribbon to bring the look together and unify.

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Last but not least, once I put away our Christmas décor, this great vase was looking a little bare. I hung a few sparkling hearts on the branches in this everyday piece just to add a little of the seasonal look to the main living area. Now the whole house has a few little dashes of “I love you” throughout, and we’re ready to move onto a family tradition that still holds strong.

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Another quick Valentine’s Day 3P Idea: when it’s been a long day, the kids are out or in bed and you don’t feel like decorating but you want to do something sweet for your sweetie…instead of saying “Why bother?”….here at 3P, we say; “Why not?” It doesn’t have to be fancy, and your show of affection can come together in just a few minutes….but show a LOT of love. Just a nice night to exchange cards and relax with the one you love.

I took a bottle of affordable champagne, some tea lights, one of our Valentine’s day “sticks” with bows and hearts from the event box, our Valentines for each other, and some sparkling marbles that I keep organized to ground decor…and created something quick that made for a seriously lovely night.

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By keeping my “Assorted Marbles and Stones” colored coordinated and in an easy to grab box, we can create floral arrangements, ground a centerpiece with shine, or create some glittering table scatter on the fly! They’re a great addition to your event box collection, and you can find them on sale at stores like Michaels, Pier 1, Joanne’s, or even online at sites like Save On Crafts: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/vasgemmarsto.html

A few items from our event box…add the bubbly, some beautiful glasses and a nice candle…we used the same 3P basic as we mentioned above: a table runner to ground, a ribbon to blend, a colorful plate with gold marbles, and a little ribbon completed our unified look. 

We like to call this: “Instant Romance”!

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Stay tuned for some “sweet” ideas for a family dinner AND one of our favorite, easy Valentine’s desserts for your next V-Day party!

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Marilyn February 7, 2014 at 9:43 am -

    Some very nice, easy ideas for my valentine! Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda Meehan February 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm -

      Thank you Marilyn! We’re so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  2. Tania Atack February 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm -

    You are defenitely my sweet heart and a creative one at that.
    Great ideas and all easy and meaningfull.
    I told Brian to go thru and see how creative he can get for Valentines.
    The Champagne is already bought (not Chardonnay) so thanks for the romantic tips!!
    Love you both MB or PPPal!

    • Brenda Meehan February 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm -

      Thank you Tania! You are so sweet. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Brian!

  3. Marie Gould February 10, 2014 at 10:49 am -

    Hosting a Valentine dinner for three couples. Can’t wait to decorate my table with your ideas.
    Will post pics on Friday. Thanks for the easy ideas.
    M.S.G.

    • Brenda Meehan February 11, 2014 at 10:08 am -

      Sounds like you have special Heart’s Day plans – can’t wait to see your pictures! Hugs – Brenda