Simple Ideas to DIY Your Valentine’s Day

[Photo courtesy of Twig & Thistle]

With Valentine’s Day peeking around the corner, I thought I would give you some tips and cute ideas to DIY it this year and make it oh so special!

But, if you’re anything like me, Valentines Day is just another Hallmark Holiday.  Regardless, it’s still a good excuse to set aside some time for your special someone.  Being the case that I don’t particularly give in to holidays such as this one, at least on the large scale, I can give you some tips to make this day special all on your own.

Here are just a few of the many ways to make Valentine’s Day a special one, minus the hoopla.  I encourage you to take these ideas as inspiration, a jumping off point, to creating a special occasion that’s all you.

Keep it Simple

The best times that my hubby and I have are the simple ones.  When either of us try to “dress it up,” it just doesn’t seem right.  It’s when we’re at home playing with our kitties, watching a favorite movie, in pjs, cuddled up on the couch, or laughing at our insides jokes, that I smile to myself remembering why I love him!  So take some time and figure out your best memories and bring them back to life!

To make it extra special, plan a meal and cook at home.  Who needs an expensive restaurant, full of people you don’t know and that awkward waiter/waitress always interrupting a good conversation?  Make a meal full of your favorite recipes, from starters to the entree course, and please, don’t forget about dessert!  If you’re not usually the “cook at home” type, don’t let a big meal scare you.  Don’t go overboard here, keep each component simple and if you’re eating what you love, it will be great, nonetheless.

One of our favorite appetizers is so easy, pretty cheap and takes 5 minutes!

Crostini with Brie and Pears
1 french baguette or ‘type’ bread of your choice (rough exterior and oval shape preferred)
1 Brie, round or wedge
1 medium to large pear of your choice
 
 

Slice bread into 1/2″ thick slices, top with slices of brie (thickness of your desire) and broil in a 450 F oven for 2-3 minutes, until the brie bubbles and the edges of the bread just turn crisp. Meanwhile, slice your pear into your desired thickness.  As soon as the bread comes out of the oven, top with pear slices.  Enjoy!


For more awesome recipe ideas, check out these great blogs:

Sprouted Kitchen
Cannelle et Vanille
Honey & Jam
Fresh 365

Or, take a virtual stroll to the Food Network, one of my go-to food spots!

Do-it-Yourself

It’s so simple to create and decorate your own Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, so why not give it a try? Short on time? No worries.  These tips will help you get it together, even at the last minute.  Plus, what says ‘I love You’ more than a handmade gift?

This first DIY tip comes from Martha Stewart Living via the Etsy Blog: a how-to on masculine-izing those candy boxes to woo his taste buds in Dressed Up Sweets.

Here are 55  Valentine’s Day crafty gift ideas, again from Martha Stewart.

Like what you see?  Those cute and crafty ideas are courtesy of Good Housekeeping in Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts.

Love to bake like I do? Check out these great recipes in Skip the hype: Whip up a D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day from the LA Times.  And, when you’re done baking up those treats, package ’em up sweet like Design Sponge did in Valentine’s Day Crafts, you can also create your own Valentine Kit or try out these adorable heart-shaped paper clips.

[Photo courtesy of Design Sponge]

If you don’t have a crafter’s hand, but still want to give your special someone something special, look for a handmade card or gift from a local shop or boutique.

Have fun crafting your way to a special Valentine’s Day!

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1 Comment

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One response to “Simple Ideas to DIY Your Valentine’s Day

  1. Mom Neptune

    I loved reading this…so very you! Have to think about what DIY I can do for you both!
    Love you,
    Mom

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