28 Creative Ideas For Valentine's Day

Oh la la! The day of love is approaching and for some, it spells dread because we've been sold to for years that V day is all about romance with your one true love. Don't buy into it! Gather your girlfriends, your kids, your family or spend it alone in the bathtub with something boozy to drink and bubble bath to celebrate the love you feel for yourself. Dump the dumb traditions and look at February 14th as a fun, positive day and whether you celebrate or not, next month is a great month in general to stock up on lots of fabulous things in pink and red in fun heart shapes (including those yummy candy hearts that I miss so badly here in Germany!) that you can also enjoy year round. I thought you may enjoy some inspiration to see what I mean. Here are 28 ideas that I've collected online (please link to those that you fancy) that you're certain to enjoy. Kisses! 1. Throw a cute kids crafting party like did. Photo by .

2. Cocktails! Just add heart sugar from to the rims to make it extra festive and full of love.

3. Creative photography! Arrange something pretty on a tabletop in the shape of a heart, photograph it, print, and pin to your mood board or frame like did. You can also turn this into a greeting card to give to someone dear.

4. Gift giving! Watercolor on paper and cut into hearts and attach them to presents with twine like  did  - she's such a talented person!

Gift give! 5a. If you like to keep things simple, has a simple gift wrap idea with string and stickers. 6b. dipped in chocolate with heart confetti 7c. with handmade arrows. 8d. love letter cookies from .

9. Bake cookies for your sweetheart! Love cookies made by - could these get any sweeter?

10. Whip up a little pie! Bake up a little raspberry pie, this one was made by .

11. Host Brunch with friends. Make some heart waffle sandwiches with prosciutto to enjoy brunch with your lady friends on V Day! We have plenty of love in our life to go around without worrying about whether or not we have a date on February 14th! Gather the girls like did and spread your own love and magic.

12. Wing it! If you don't have time to whip up something heart-themed, why not buy some at the bakery and add your own touch on top with a little heart you've made. In America around Valentine's Day, lots of cupcakes come with a plastic heart stuck inside but you can easily remove it, cut and attach your own handmade heart using a favorite paper to a straw you've cut short (like a cute red and white striped one) and pop it into the cupcake.

13. Photo magic at home! Take some fun photos against a white background (hang a sheet you've pressed wrinkle-free) and use heart-shaped anything as props like photographer does (his website, his interview on cattledogs). Take photos of your kids, pets, whomever is around that you love. Or use a camera with a timer and photograph yourself.

Balloons! Oh yeah, definitely do the whole balloon thing. One, two, forty... Balloons say FUN and turn a simple dinner at home into a romantic joy fest. 14a. massive amounts of pink balloons at home from 100 layer cake 15b. order and deliver big hearts to someone you love like these by  via  16c. A small colorful collection presented to your date on his doorstep (or office) wearing your prettiest outfit like these from  17d. One giant balloon with streamers tied to it like this one shot by  for .


18. Throw a Craft Party for Your Friends! Host your own with the girls like they did over at Better Homes & Gardens... And while you're at it, serve champagne! I also love the at home crafting party that they did over at ! Nothing makes crafting together more hilarious than when you drop going for perfection - usually a glass of bubbly makes even the most perfectly perfect crafter chill out a bit.

Play dress up! Wear some hearts without being tacky! 19a. Adorable blogger  in a heart sweater 20b. shoe clips by  21c. (love this) which looks super stylish 22d. heart blouse (I also adore this look) from . Fashion tip: A way to avoid this look turning too twee is to either dress or accessorize with only ONE item that has a heart pattern. Not all at once!

23. Decorate with decals! I love these black hearts against a peachy-pink wall by Ferm Living.

24. Decorate the ceiling! And why not? By 

25. Decorate with pillows! I like this understated heart cushion by e for a living room, especially nice for those who don't want to go bold.

26. Decorate the walls with flowers! These wall vases from are the best.

27. Decorate with hoops! This fun V day party by resulted in these crafty hoops - love!

28. Decorate with chocolate! Do you think I'm kidding? made a DIY heart wall. Yes, really!

See any ideas you love? I love the craft party idea, or the pretty brunch that Bri did. I also love the heart sugar for cocktail glass rims! Yum!

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