Wednesday, February 10, 2010


A lot of people think that Valentine's Day is just another silly holiday but I think it's a great excuse to share some love! It doesn't matter if you are married, dating, or single, Valentine's Day should be about spending time with the people you truly care about.

Here are a few ways to spread the love...


When I was younger I always looked forward to receiving Valentine Cards. Every year my classmates and I would walk around and place a Valentine Card in each of our homemade "mailboxes." No matter who it was from, you still felt special for receiving it. I'm not quite sure when we stopped sending cards to each other but there is no better time than the present to start up again.

This Valentine's Day send your closest friends and loved ones a card sharing your love for them. It doesn't have to be big or fancy. They will feel special just knowing you care about them!


Everybody loves a good cupcake! This is a great activity to do with someone special, a friend, or even with kids. Martha Stewart has some great Valentine cupcake designs. Here are a few from her must-have book (pictured below).

This has to be my favourite idea of all! I love planning and having parties and welcome any excuse to create a great event for the special people in my life. Here are 4 things to think about when planning your party.

i) Invitations
Your invitation indicates to your guest what kind of party they will be attending. It's important that you pick something that will reflect what your party is all about. If you are planning on having a few friends over then choose something fun and nothing too serious. If you are having more of a romantic party then chose an invitation that is more on the flirty side.

Here are a few invitation ideas.

ii) Decor
When I think of Valentine's Day I think red and pink. This is one of my most favourite colour combinations. Using a colour palette for decor is much easier then using a theme. Even though the theme is Valentine's Day, stay away from the cheap shiny paper hearts, etc. that you would find at the dollarstore. Instead look for items in reds, pinks and whites. Use feather boas, candles, and beautiful fresh flowers.

iii) Food
In order to decide what you would like to serve at your event, you first need to figure out what kind of party you are having. If you are planning on having a sit down meal, and preparing the food yourself, choose something that you feel comfortable with and can be done ahead of time. You don't want to miss out on your own party. If you still want to have large amounts of food but don't want a sit down meal, choose to do a buffet. This will allow your guest to mix and mingle while eating a full meal. For a lighter affair have a cocktail party. Pick food items that can be done the night before and easily displayed. Your stress levels will thank you for being so prepared! And for dessert, Chocolate Strawberries are ALWAYS a Valentine favourite!

iv) Music
Your selection of tunes can make or break your party's atmosphere. Be conscious of the volume - as the number of your guests increases and their conversations get louder, turn it up. If you're setting an intimate dinner party for a few friends, keep the music at a level that doesn't require you to shout across the table. Obviously, the style of music you select also has a bearing on your party's atmosphere. If all else fails, resort to jazz. You typically won't offend anyone, and you'll look cultured in the process! Still stuck for a good melody? Stick on the Buble. He's smooth, fun, young, and Canadian to boot. His latest album, Crazy Love, is ideal for the Valentine season.

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