Valentines Day In

Create lasting memories this Valentines Day at home with traditions new and old.. 

Sweet Treat Table
Surprise your children with a sweet treat table. Keep it simple with a few favorite snacks and candies, or for a more extravagant display, use fresh flowers and create a handmade centerpiece.

To achieve this look, start by placing the largest greenery on the bottom layer in a circle around the table. Next layer varying types of greenery on top of the first layer in shorter widths to achieve the final look. Next, add Valentine’s Day mini cupcakes, chocolate-dipped Oreos and Valentine’s Day cookies for an inviting sweet treat table. 

Valentine's Tree
To create this easy and eye-catching centerpiece, collect fallen branches and paint them white. We used a thrifted, repurposed white ceramic jar to assemble the branches in for the base. Use a floral foam to stabilize the branches, and place moss at the top of the jar. You can use this homemade tree for any occasion as it’s sturdy, and just about anything can be hung on it.

Valentine’s Day Ornaments
Create heart ornaments to hang on your Valentine's Tree Centerpiece. These ornaments can be used as clue cards for a kid's Valentine's Day scavenger hunt. Instruct children to find their picture on the tree and hunt for the hidden treasure in the house. We used recycled shipping boxes to create the heart base and painted them red. We then used a hole punch to create a lace-like edge to complete the look.

Romantic Dinner for 2: The adult table
For this look, we decided to set the table in a non-traditional casual setting—the coffee table in the living room. Layer pillows and cozy blankets on the ground for comfortable seating. We used two layers of fabric for the runner and added a handmade floral arrangement as the centerpiece. To achieve this look, use a two-layer serving tray and layer flowers and stems to adorn the tray. Add grapes or berries to give a fuller and textured look. For a romantic ambiance, add candle sticks, a bottle of wine and Billie Holiday playing in the background. 

For a no-hassle dinner, order out and serve your favorite takeout in the comfort of your own home. Or if you like to cook together, try this go-to pasta recipe (see below) perfect for a Valentines Day in. 

Capelli d’Angelo alla Nanni


8 oz. Barilla Capellini 

2 tsp. salted butter

4 oz. prosciutto ham

4 mushrooms, sliced thin

12 oz. Marinara Sauce

4 oz. heavy cream

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

4 oz. Romano cheese


Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. 

Melt 2 tsp. butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and let it crisp, then add sliced mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes.

Stir in marinara sauce and cream, red pepper flakes, peas and Romano cheese. Bring to a light boil. Add cooked pasta and toss. Serve immediately. 

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