Love is in the air, as friends, families and communities prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is a time to playfully exchange all sorts of Valentine greetings, cherish the people we love and of course, eat way too much chocolate. Valentine’s Day is cheesy, crafty and oh, so much fun. It is decked out in bold shades of red, pink and white – everything from soft and shadowy pastels, to strong and brilliant burgundies and fuchsias, all emblazoned in simple and ornately designed hearts, often accented by ribbons and flowers.
Decorating for Valentine’s Day can be simple or extravagant, depending on the mood or event taking place. Intimate lovers desiring a romantic setting will benefit by covering aisles, pathways and hallways with large sheets of gossamer fabric, overlaying them with flower petals, confetti and curly ribbon. Votives and candles strategically displayed will add warmth and passion to the scene.
Families longing to share their love and devotion with each other in a special way might plan a tasty family dinner, decorating the dining area with numerous Valentine’s Day party supplies, and offering personalized chocolate bar party favors, complete with a family photo and memorable family motto, message or favorite saying.
Groups and communities are bound to enjoy the festivities taking place on Valentine’s Day, a time when social gatherings like parties and dances increase the energy in the air. Valentine balloons strewn about a dance floor, or crafted into floating arches and heart shapes add to the effect of a light and fun-filled event.
Children also enjoy the happy traditions of making Valentine party crafts and exchanging Valentine greetings on Valentine’s Day. Party tableware like paper plates can be made into Valentine holders and personalized Valentine cards and decorations. Make a simple Valentine holder by using two paper plates. Cut one in half and join it around the edge to the other one. Decorate with glitter, fringe, even crafting feathers. Design Valentine gifts and decorations by cutting hearts from solid color tableware and stringing them together; join the ends to create festive jewelry or use as streamers and garland, hanging them from ceilings, bookcases and lighting fixtures.
Pull back the arrow and let it fly through the air. This year’s target for February 14 is on cool Valentine’s Day craft and decorations. It’s all about lightening the mood, being playful in the spirit and having fun with the people you love and cherish the most. Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate!