Before I had a child I never decorated for holidays like Valentines Day or Easter - let's face it, Matt and I barely got a Christmas tree up pre-Lulu. But I have such fond memories of my Mom decorating for all of the holidays when I was a kid, of course I'm now trying to share this tradition with my little girl. I really want to be the kind of person who relishes an excuse for a little celebration, instead of thinking of these smaller holidays as another thing for the to-do list. (ugh, what a dreadful thing to admit to about myself, but true.)
So I'm slowly building a collection of Valentines Day, Easter, and Halloween decorations, and I like the sweet, slightly more subtle, not bang-you-over-the-head-it's-Valentine's-Day decorations. Aren't these pretty?
How great is that Flamingo tea towel?!
This Minted.com custom collage of your own photos is pretty much the perfect Valentine's gift for anyone - your best friend, your Mom, your husband.... well, ok, a man probably wouldn't get all that excited about it, but it would look great hanging in your bedroom and it's personal and romantic and all that.
I love the way this photograph of Aerin & Estee Lauder is matted in a heart and then simply framed - another way to turn a sentimental photo into a great gift. (I snapped this pic from Aerin Lauder's book, Beauty at Home, so pretty.)
This year, I'm taking a tip from Gretchen Rubin, of The Happiness Project fame- a book that I love love love and totally recommend if you haven't already read it -
On smaller holidays like Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, etc. she gives her girls a little breakfast party before they head off to school, rather than waiting to do some big over-the-top dinner when everyone's tired after a long day. I like the idea of starting the day with something special - like serving up heart shaped pancakes, toast & eggs, or even just pink strawberry yogurt with Valentines plates and napkins. It seems like such an easy way to start the day on a fun note!
Found these napkins for our Valentines Day breakfast at Home Goods ~ aren't they sweet?
It's only a few days away ~ do you have any Valentines Day traditions or decorations you look forward to enjoying this year?