Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day On a Budget

I have never really been a huge advocate for V day. I never could get into it. Plus, Noah and I are a boring married couple now. We aren't real mushy people. I don't want flowers, I don't want chocolates, and I don't really want him to take me out to dinner. I do want to show him that I care and appreciate him. And I'm gonna do it on a budget. We're having a stay-in Valentines celebration courtesy of Pinterest and Martha Stewart. Here's my plan, Stan.

1. Decorate with love.

Remember when you would spend hours turning your living room into a giant tent? Well how fun would it be to set up a canopy tent and have a little fondue dinner underneath it? This looks so cozy.

I'm not a big Vday decorator but why not string a heart garland or two up?
Heart shaped collage of photos of the happy couple. (The husband and I)

2. Food for the Heart.

I love a good fondue. And how about some pink sparkling cider?

3. Sweet, Sweet Love.

This Red Velvet Milkshake recipe looks so delicious. The perfect Valentine's treat.

Noah loves fortune cookies, so I thought I'd whip up a batch. But why stop there, how about some felt ones as well.

Unfortunately Noah doesn't like conversation hearts, but how about some conversation heart cookies?

Who doesn't love cake dessert shots? But have you heard of pie shots? We will be trying this.

Macaroons are the cutest thing. I have been wanting to make some homemade and here's my chance.

4. Fun Lovin'

When Noah gets home there will be balloons all over with love notes inside. I guess my sappiness is coming out.

 Watch a good old fashioned romance flick. My top two picks: of course Breakfast at Tiffany's (what's Valentines day without Audrey?) or When Harry Met Sally, romantic yet comedic.

I'm really excited about this. I'm going to take close-up pictures of things around the house (to make it more difficult muahhahaha)  then hide the photos in each of those places. Then the last photo will take him to the place where his Valentine's Day gift is.

Look at me, I'm becoming such a sap. Anything to show my sweet that I love him. 
Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. These are some great ideas! I'm not a huge fan of V-Day either but I may have to do one or two of these.

  2. Such a cute post, definitely gets me excited for V-Day. Just might have to try the red velvet milkshake recipe! xo

  3. You just gave me the best idea ever for V-day! My boyfriend LOVES fondues and I love tent camps... Sounds like a solid plan to me, haha. Thank you! x

  4. Alyssa I love your blog. And i totally agree with you, im not a big valentines fan either, but i love these ideas to still do something fun, simple and best of all CHEAP!

  5. Great links and ideas. I clicked on more than one - the pie shots were calling my name! Allyssa, thanks also for your sweet comment on my blog. I really appreciate it. : )

    BTW, the credit for the 'love canopy' photo you found should go to the amazing Justina Blakeney: She is so talented!

  6. @Nikki- You'll have to post some pics after V day, I'd love to see how it all turns out. I'm a bit concerned for my tent haha.

  7. @Charissa- Thanks for the info, I think I found that photo on pinterest or something and it didn't have a link!