Plan Your Own Valentine’s Day Party

Yesterday I posted images from a styled shoot I recently planned. One thing that I loved about this shoot was that the decor really didn’t require much work but still looked very cute. I love pretty decor and food, but if the creating stage of a party is a large amount of work and money, I might back out along the way. Here’s  how I created this decor:

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The dishes might be your hardest item to locate for a party. I borrowed these from my grandma (thanks, Grandma), but I acknowledge that the average individual might not have access to beautiful, pink dishes. You can easily exchange these dishes with your own white kitchen dishes, pick up a cheap/fun dish option from Target (such as these or these), or even use an upscale paper plate option. The same goes for the glasses.

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I bought the silverware at the Dollar Store for $1, and then I spray painted the bottoms gold.

I lucked out on the napkins. I found these in the clearance section at Target and only paid $1 per napkin! The fact that they were threaded with metallic gold and silver was too good to be true!

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The heart boxes are from Hobby Lobby, and I sprayed them with two costs of gold spray paint. Be sure to use the Hobby Lobby app to get 50% off.

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The table runner was made from left-over Christmas wrapping paper (purchased from Target). I simply measured and cut the size that I needed, and then I attached it to the table with some Scotch tape. This fun heart-shaped runner would look good by itself or would be cute over a simple wrapping paper like I used.

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I used the “centerpiece” that I did because I wanted to save money and avoid purchasing expensive flowers. I was hoping the local drugstores would have some cheap options, but when I struck out, I opted for this simple option. I had this serving platter, and I bought Valentine-themed candies from the grocery store. If you don’t have a serving platter, you could opt for a simple platter and fill it with just one candy choice. Originally, when I was planning on using flowers, I spray painted cans (canned food cans) that were going to serve as vases. That’s another easy option!

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The Singer piece of furniture was something that we bought for our wedding, but if you are interested in purchasing a piece like this for your own party, do not be dismayed! This only cost us $20 at a local antique store.

The hanging-heart backdrop was so easy to make, and I loved it so much I still have it hanging up! I printed out a heart pattern that I then traced onto different color papers. I cut the hearts out, and then attached them to white string with Scotch tape! I knew I wanted the backdrop only in the center of the wall, but you could easily make a backdrop that spanned your whole wall.

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I covered a desk with a table cloth so that it would work as a serving station. I borrowed this table cloth, but again, Target has many affordable options (such as this or this).

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The red drink dispenser was a wedding gift I received, but so many stores sell beautiful drink dispensers for affordable prices. Kohls, Target, Gordmans, and TJ Maxx are all good places to look for affordable dispensers. A simple pitcher would also work fabulously!

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The fun jewelry was purchased from Forever 21.

 

Now for the food! I was blessed to have Kristen make all of the food, but you can easily recreate what we served or make your own menu.

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The drink was a simple lemonade + Sprite Zero mixture with raspberries for garnish (if you can garnish a drink…).

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Kristen made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. You could also make these adorable red velvet cheesecakes. We plated the cupcakes on one of my dinner plates.

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I picked up the shot glasses from the Target dollar section, and Kristen made delicious truffles with chocolate pudding, angel food cake, and a whipped cream/Greek yogurt mixture.

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The popcorn containers were also from the Target dollar section. You can find the recipe for this popcorn on Kristen’s blog.

 

I hope this gives you some guidance for your own Valentine’s Party and/or ignites your creative juices for other decor and food ideas! If you have any questions, let me know!

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