Valentine's Ideas You'll Love

Wrapped with Love
Whatever Valentine's Day ideas you're searching for this February 14 -- homemade Valentine's Day cards, cute-as-can-be cupcakes, lush rose bouquets, or a gift for your valentine -- this collection gathers the best Valentine's Day ideas in one heartfelt spot.

Valentine's Day Dessert Bar

Here's a fun idea for Valentine's Day: host a decadent dessert buffet. Stack a white table with festive sweets like cupcakes and fruit punch. Pink and red paper fans add the finishing touch.

Editor's Tip: Need a fun Valentine's Day cupcake idea? Top purchased cakes with chocolate dipped strawberries or candy letters. 

Galaxy Valentine's Card

This Valentine's Day card idea is outta this world! They're so easy to make! Simply cut hearts from black construction paper and splatter paint to get a spacey look. Add a planet by cutting a rubber toy ball in half and add a sweet saying. 

Valentine's Day Mystery Message

This holiday is just as fun for the kids. Cut hearts from white paper and write notes to the kids with a white crayon. On Valentine's Day, give your kids a heart and a palette of water colors. A few swipes of paint reveals your sweet sentiment.

Valentine's Day Banners

Don't stress about your Val's Day decor! Chances are you've got the supplies to make these fun banners at home. To make, simple string up red playing cards and colorful ribbon. Or, try using doilies to spell out X and O. 

Surprise-Inside Valentine's Day Cards

This easy Valentine's Day craft is a card and a gift. Make the DIY heart cards and fill them with small toys or candy for a special treat.

Valentine's Day Art from the Heart

Valentine’s Day decor can double as a modern art display. Choose patterned papers and cut out bird silhouettes and hearts, then arrange on a white background. Use spray adhesive to keep your collage in place.

Cookie Decorating Station

Share the love this Valentine's Day with a DIY cookie decorating station that gets the whole family involved. This Valentine's Day dessert idea brings everyone together for an afternoon of fun. 

Rose Bouquet Focal Point

Try a new method of displaying conventional Valentine's Day roses. Cut stems to 6 inches and arrange tightly in a glass hurricane vase. The unique display gives the flowers an elegant look -- and makes a perfect dinner table decoration.

Simple and Sweet Hearts Garland

Simply trace and cut out hearts on multiple sheets of patterned paper and glue the backs to string to create this fun garland. Placed above a mantel or strung across a window, it's an easy way to dress up your home.

Beautiful Bedside Bouquet

Bright, cheery flowers on a bedside table are a welcome sight for any family member or loved one. Select a few colorful blooms and place in a simple vase for a thoughtful gesture. It's the perfect accompaniment to breakfast in bed.

Love Note Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Spell out your valentine's message in frosting to combine a sweet message with a divine treat. Using a piping tip and contrasting frosting colors, you can spell out your love on these Valentine's Day cupcakes, sheet cakes, or cookies.

Heart-Shape Pudding Cakes

Perfect for a Valentine's Day date night in, these lovely desserts combine two fabulous flavors, lemon and lavender, in a cute heart-shape serving dish. Try combining leftover lavender with coarse rock sugar for a beautiful garnish.

Red Velvet Heart Cookies

One of our favorite Valentine's Day ideas for kids is decorating cookies! Skip the hassle of making frosting and use powdered sugar to create these adorable heart cookies. 

Healthy Valentine's Day Note

Treats don't have to be unhealthy to be delicious. Attach this funny tag with decorative string for a Valentine's Day gift idea that's wholesomely sweet.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Decadent red velvet cake is always a favorite on February 14. Lay a heart-shape cookie or paper cutout on the top of each cupcake, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and lift the heart to reveal your design. By adapting the size of the heart or using several hearts, this technique could be used on full-size Valentine's Day cakes as well.

Heart-Filled Valentine

Add a dash of color to the traditional Valentine's Day card palette with bright paper heart cutouts. Layer over whitewashed sheet music for a handmade card with lots of depth in its design.

Hand-Stitched Valentine's Day Cards

Turn to a needle and thread to create these easy Valentine's Day cards. A few simple stitches is all it takes. 

Shrimp Scampi for Two

This recipe might be easy, but that doesn’t make it any less elegant. With a light marinade of dry white wine, garlic, lemon, and crushed red pepper, this dish pairs nicely with salads and veggie sides.

Grilled Flank Steak Salad

Stay healthy for Valentine's Day dinner without skimping on flavor. Tender steak, juicy tomatoes, and crisp peppers combine for a dish that's colorful and totally delicious. Try our cilantro dressing to top it off.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

This Valentine's Day date idea is all about staying in. Chicken pot pies are the perfect cuddle-up recipe for the cold February night. Each diner gets their own ramekin dish of the comfort food.

Slow-Cooked Beef Pozole

Spice up Valentine's Day dinner! Poblano peppers, flank steak, and chili powder make this dish spicy and succulent. A slow cooker makes it oh, so easy. Your valentine will think you spent hours over this tender beef dish, but prep time is just 25 minutes.

Pasta Carbonara

This classic Italian dish will have your sweetie swooning.
Prosciutto, cream, and a healthy dose of Parmesan create the perfect flavor combination for Valentine's dinner.

Fun Mini Margherita Pizzas

Mini pizzas are a fun and playful way to serve dinner, and you can make multiple topping combinations to please every palate. It's the perfect Valentine's Day dinner idea if you'll be eating with the kids -- let them help by making their own pizza bites with different varieties of bruschetta, pesto, and veggies.

Movie Basket for Two

A favorite movie, roasting marshmallows, champagne, and a carryout menu are all you need for the perfect Valentine's night in. Super easy to put together but very thoughtful -- this gift is all about spending time together.

Photo Transfer Art

Turn fond memories and photos from trips into art for the walls of your home.

To make:

1. Choose your valentine's favorite pictures and print them on overhead transparency sheets (for best results pump up the color saturation).

2. Cover a plain canvas with a thin coat of gel medium.

3. Place the transparency sheet, ink down, onto the canvas. Burnish it with the back of a spoon, rubbing vigorously.

4. Lift a corner to ensure that the image has transferred. Peel off the film completely.

Easy Valentine’s Tablescape

Could there be an easier way to set a Valentine's Day table? Fill votive holders with pink, red, and white sprinkles or seed beads to add a splash of color on a dime.

Wine Bottle Valentine

Select a favorite wine and print off one of our label patterns to transform the bottle into a Valentine's Day message. It's the perfect accompaniment for a movie night on the couch or a home-cooked meal.

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