what do you do for Valentines Day?? Just wondering. Maybe you could share some of your ideas with us
First, I am into aromatherapy so my preparing for a season or holiday always begins with fragrance. For Valentine's I collect candles in the floral scents that are romantic to me. These would be gardenia which is my signature scent and rose. In the weeks before and on the day, I burn these scents. Since I make my own cleaners and air fresheners, I can go so far as to scent them with these fragrances.
The next easy and very frugal thing to do is use coffee mugs that depict the holiday or season. I usually buy these second hand or after a holiday when they are marked down to get the best deals.
Window clings are also cheap touches to add some holiday flair. As Martha said somewhere around here, these are not only for windows. They add seasonal touches in any or better all rooms when placed on mirrors. These like the mugs can be picked up after season and are usually good for a couple of years before they fade badly or refuse to cling.
My children enjoy crafts so decorations have long been something they do. Usually they cut hearts from paper and we hang them around the house. We have this large arch between the kitchen and living room that rather being rounded is a straight edge across. It absolutely begs to have things hung from it so I think that would be the perfect place for a string of their paper hearts. I have a plastic set of white wedding bells stored somewhere I think, if they turn up, that would make an excellent piece to hang in the center of the arch.
Cheap snowglobes, small ceramics and knickknacks make a nice scattering of little decrative items. I buy these second hand or at the Dollar Tree. I am not sure what I have left but my collection of Valentine ones once had a Betty Boop snowglobe with little hearts that would sprinkle over her, several ceramic couples that reminded me of the Precious Moments types, heart shaped glass paper weights and a couple of mini stuffed teddy bears with some sort of Valentine addition to them. I put these on shelves around the house.
I also had a collection of fake roses from over the years that I would lay out on shelves as well.
Holiday towels are another touch for bathroom hand towels and the hand towels for the kitchen. If they are picked up with other seasonal decorations then they last for years.
I have been going basket decorating nuts in this house so I plan to put fabric rose petals in a basket for the Valentine touch.
I am at a loss on what to do for outdoor decorating. I have always wanted to decorate outdoors for the holidays but this is the first year I have been able to and I can't decide how to add a romantic touch to the yard and house though.