You wouldÂ never convince those fresh from theÂ public utterance of thoseÂ forever words , “I do”, Â thatÂ a holidayÂ need be devoted for the expressÂ purpose ofÂ proclaimingÂ theirÂ Â love for each other.Â Sadly, not too long after the honeymoon, couplesÂ delve headlong into life (establishing careers, purchasing homes, planning families,Â serving humankind), and allowÂ thoseÂ day-to-day demands of our timeÂ toÂ relegateÂ bettering our most important relationship to the bottom of our imaginary to-do list.
Thankfully, on any given day of enlightenment, we can reorder said list. You need not wait for February 14th, but I’m glad itÂ enjoys a day on theÂ calendarÂ year after year for such an opportunity. For, on Valentine’s Day we celebrate love! Cupid insists!
We celebrateÂ with our children (how many classroom parties will be taking place on or near February 14th), our friends, and others!Â Tom the Great hasÂ always givenÂ Tom the Great, Jr. and Annalisa the Beautiful theirÂ very own box ofÂ valentine candy and a card, andÂ I’ve servedÂ many Valentine’s Day pancakesÂ on red heart-shaped plates!
I taught school (substitute)Â just this past week in one of our elementary school computer labs. Many of the students were learning how toÂ make digitally animatedÂ valentine cards. Actually, I introduce coding concepts and the studentsÂ run with it (smack dab over the top of me, skills wise I’m speaking)!Â As my good friend and master of education, MaurandaÂ says, “Technology isÂ their native language; it’s in their DNA”.Â I enjoyed seeing their creativity! Picture a slime-covered cyclopsÂ performing a frontÂ flip over a prehistoric fire-breathing dragon while playing Beethoven’s Moonlight SonataÂ andÂ shouting “Happy Valentine’s! Be mine, sucker!”
Fun indeed! Still, I prefer theÂ old-fashionedÂ pen to paper, glitter covered,Â hand drawn, sticker appliedÂ card, stuffed (not so gently)Â into an aluminum foil coveredÂ shoe box! I’m not quite sure why we matured in our decorating styles. What’s so wrong with glitter and stickers?
Nonetheless, we have moved on toÂ decidedlyÂ more sophisticated tastes, I guess. So, theÂ blog today will suggest several ways to create the love vibe around the home, with emphasis on creating an inexpensive valentine’s dayÂ dining table for two! My love, Tom the Great, and I will be celebrating at a simple but thoughtful dining table (likely over a delicious carry out dinner-no judgements, please). This table demonstratesÂ that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful, festive table. First, I dusted off a wedding picture of the two of us to anchor the tablescape (back when Tom the Great had a little pepper in the salt and pepper coif).
Just what is it about red, aptly labeled the color of passion and power? Red will alwaysÂ garner the center of attention.Â In the music industry, red would be the Diana Ross and all accompanyingÂ colors, the Supremes (onÂ this tableÂ white and gray).
The red candles are from the after Christmas clearance cart at HomeGoods., while the melange of crystal/glass candlesticks can be foundÂ at your local craft store or big box store. They are big impact for little money!
If you have crystal goblets, they will assuredly dance with the candlesticks. You don’t have to be fancy, use any clear glass you own. I “love” the hearts on these champagne flutes.
(For my really observant readers, yes, I photographed on two days, on two tables, chasing the best lighting)!
Flowers and chocolate are the standard gift for the day. But, who says they have to beÂ red roses? Â Let him know if you prefer tulips! AND, they need not be bossy red.
Bossy red is not in charge of Valentine’s Day! If you are a fan of pink or blush, go with it. There are so many options out there to help create soft, romantic atmosphere for the love month. Â Here, I’ve displayed some gluten-freeÂ macaroons and a rose-colored lemonade (for the much respected teetotalers). Feel free to substitute cupcakes and pink champagne should you choose!
You may not be feeling the chocolate this year and that’s okay too! Maybe you’ll beÂ requesting a beautiful heart necklace to celebrate your love.
However you celebrate, make it personal!Â A few years back, I was inspired to write my handsome valentine a poem describing the day we met downtown Nashville, Tennessee on the sand volleyball court in Centennial Park, Â in 1989. Believe me, Maya need not worryÂ of being overthrown as the darling poet of our great nation. But, at least it is personal!
â™¥Enjoy Today!Â â™¥