I’m not a fan of crappy drugstore chocolate and clichéd greeting cards. Valentine’s Day is a pretty commercial affair for sure. And I don’t like to exclude those uncoupled (hello smug marrieds?). I do, however, like to indulge those I love – and myself – and am all about taking some extra time to prepare a thoughtful meal for my family, or send a love note and sweet surprise a special someone’s way. (I also love when all this is reciprocated.)
Here are a few swoon-worthy DIY Valentine’s Day day-brighteners:
Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? I’ve been known to put together some elaborate ones involving sidewalk chalk and some good-natured shopkeepers and neighbours. So why not put together a treasure hunt this Valentine’s Day? Make it a family affair by hiding notes of affection for the members of your household along with small treats. Or do something sexier for your beloved.
Click on through for instructions on how to put together the tiny love note hunt from Amber at Daisy Chain. Lovely idea!
Scatter the flower petals, light the candles, put out some red accessories. Or go all out like designer Justina Blakeney and create a totally awesome love fort (via Design*Sponge. Visit D*S for more great images and how-to info!)
Unique Love Notes
Your message needn’t be long or even poetic, but heartfelt words go along way to brightening a day.
Say it with flowers
Tips for assembling your own bouquet
Whether you’re surprising your loved one, or sprucing up your home, arranging your own bouquet is cheaper than visiting a florist and more beautiful than the grocery store’s bouquet. If you lack an intrinsic talent for understanding what bloom shape, size and colour work together, these tips can help:
Less is more: stick to lots of one flower type for a dramatic bouquet. You can spruce it up with some greenery and filler flowers (typically tiny bloomed flowers and berries) in the same colour tone, if you want a fuller bouquet.
Alternatively stick to two complimentary colours, such as the blue hyacinths with a pale yellow tulip pictured. A perfect kick of spring in the dead of winter!
Here’s a handy video from the good folks at Sweetpea’s in Toronto on arranging flowers in a tapered vase:
The symbolism of flowers
You don’t have to stick with red roses to convey love. Flower symbolism has been practiced for centuries, gaining momentum during the Victorian era. Here’s a quick list of flowers with their modern day symbolic meaning via Living Arts Originals (visit their site for a full list of flowers, some cool floral history and mythology.)
Amaryllis – Pride
Bird of Paradise – Freedom
Calla Lily – Magnificent beauty
Daisy – Innocence
Lily – Chastity and Virtue
Magnolia – Nobility
Orchid – Love and Beauty
Peony – Happy marriage
Tulip – Perfect love
Zinnia – Thoughts of absent friends