Indulge us, please, in our proposal for Valentine’s Day. Instead of letting all the forced romance, sappy greeting card sayings and corny flower arrangements stress you out, try embracing the “Hallmark Holiday” instead. Bring on the red and pink; eat your fill of chocolates from a heart-shaped box; and most importantly, look at February 14th as a day to share and spread love all around.
No matter your relationship status, there’s a Valentine’s Day celebration for you. Here are 10 endearing entertaining ideas that work for a “Galentine’s Day get-together, a dinner party or an intimate dinner for two. We hope you heart them as much as we do.
Burlap Heart Wreath
Give guests a heartfelt welcome by hanging a Valentine’s Day wreath on your front door. Handmade of burlap, this one has a quaint rustic appeal. It’s a solid 15 inches wide by 14 inches tall, but if you really want to attract Cupid to your door, there are larger versions available.
Shop it: Burlap Heart Wreath, $36, etsy.com
Blush Sweet Talker Drink Tumblers
You’ll have no trouble getting the conversation going with these appropriately themed tumblers. Fill them with champagne, “candy ‘tinis,” or a love potion of your choice, and serve. They make great party favors, too.
Shop it: Blush Sweet Talker Drink Tumblers, $18 for a set of 3, jet.com
Two-Piece Heart Towel Set
Carry the theme into the powder room with these heart-emblazoned hand towels. Or if guests are going to be gathering around in the kitchen, you could also hang the towels on your oven door or by the sink. This set of two has a fun – and fiercely cute – cheetah print applique and border. They’ll take your gathering over to the wild side, if only for a moment or two!
Shop it: Two-Piece Heart Towel Set, $10, target.com
Valentine’s Day Faux Neon LED Tabletop Love Sign
Better than carnations for making your Valentine’s bright, this tabletop sign lights up a room. Place it on your mantle, dining table, or at your entryway.
Shop it: Valentine’s Day Faux Neon LED Tabletop Love Sign, $15, target.com
Heart Garland Bunting
Every holiday needs its celebratory garland – especially Valentine’s Day. Sold as a pack of two (26.2 total feet) these heartstrings are remarkably versatile. Hang them on your mantle or doorway; use them as photo booth props; buy multiples and dangle them from the ceiling; or maneuver them into heart shapes and stick them on the wall. And be sure to save them when the holiday is over, as the simple heart shapes come in handy for other love-centric events, like engagement parties or baby showers.
Shop it: Heart Garland Bunting, $8, amazon.com
‘Cuddle Up’ Faux Fur Heart Accent Pillow
We’re big fans of changing up your throw pillows to update your décor. In fact, there’s no easier or more affordable way to make a style statement. This snuggly heart-shaped accent pillow – in trendy faux fur – brings the love to your sofa or bed. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, and subtle enough to keep out year-round.
Shop it: ‘Cuddle Up’ Faux Fur Heart Accent Pillow, $49, nordstrom.com
Happy Valentine’s Day Lunch Napkins
Pair these cute paper napkins with matching party plates, mix in another Valentine’s Day print (there are loads of V-Day themed paper goods to choose from out there!), or use them with whatever dishes you have at home. Either way, you’ll score points for the sweet gesture.
Shop it: Happy Valentine’s Day Lunch Napkins, 16 count, $2, walmart.com
Maxwell & Williams White Basics Amore 2-Tier Cake Stand
This tiny cake stand (it measures only about 9 inches high) makes the most darling display for petit fours or chocolate covered strawberries. Buy a bunch and fill each one with treats for the sweeties at your shindig.