Valentine’s Candy Decor Inspiration

There are many years where I can’t wait for January to be done with so I can decorate for Valentine’s Day. January is such a depressing month usually because Christmas has just been taken down, and I really don’t have decorations up. It’s not until late January that I can finally put up Valentine’s decorations around the house. I am absolutely gathering SO much inspiration from the web right now, and it’s showing all over my Pinterest boards. I thought it would be fun to show you some of the things that are making me excited with Valentine’s candy decor inspiration!

I'm absolutely loving all these Valentine's candy inspiration ideas from The Vintage Modern Wife! Definitely pinning this for Valentine's this year!

1. Ceramic Dishes- This picture is actually from our December wedding 2 years ago, and I absolutely love it. We searched high and low all over the internet to find the prettiest pink and purple candies that we could find. Trying to purchase candy in October when it’s still 100 degrees out isn’t easy, but I’m so thankful it all stayed good! My favorite part of this inspiration picture are the ceramic initial dishes. We keep them on our faux mantle (we live in an apartment so there’s no fireplace), and fill them with candy that we color coordinate during the holidays. Of course, for Valentine’s Mathew and I always get the pink and red M&Ms.

This pink candy buffet is the perfect inspiration for Valentine's decor or a Valentine's wedding!

2. Apothecary Jars-  Similar to my own apothecary jars from my wedding that come out during Valentine’s, I can’t help but LOVE the way that House of Smiths decorated hers last year. My sister actually introduced me to House of Smiths’ blog a few months ago and I just love it. What makes this even more fun is that she put white crinkled paper on the bottom of the jar and then filled it. It gives the jar texture and just makes it more interesting to look at. I’ll be definitely borrowing that idea this year!

3. Conversation Heart Candy Topiaries- This DIY looks incredibly simple and only uses a few items. All you need are some fun candle stick holders (for wide candles), hot glue and a hot glue gun, styrofoam cones, and conversation heart candies! This one from Our Forever House is absolutely precious and would look perfect on an end table in your living room, on your mantle, or even as a table centerpiece.

4. Valentine’s Candy Flower Arrangement- I found this picture on Pinterest the other day and HAD to figure out where it came from. It’s from Chelsea Nicole Photography, which I found on Utterly Engaged’s website! Carnations are making a come back, and I love how they look so full and fluffy in this picture. If you can’t afford peonies or they’re not sold where you live, carnations are definitely a good option. I’m absolutely going to be doing this for our coffee table. I think it’d be beautiful on top of a pile of 2 or 3 love-inspired or vintage-looking  books!

5. Valentine’s Candles- These candles are a great idea if you want to decorate on the cheap. I don’t know why I never thought of this before! Use a small glass votive, fill it 1/3 of the way with Valentine’s sprinkles, and put your votive in! These would be fun on a mantle, on a small end table, or even on the edge of your bathtub if you are like me and decorate your bathrooms for holidays too.

Love this Valentine's votive idea using sprinkles! Perfect for Valentine's candy decor!

Source: Digs Digs

6. Candy Skewer Bouquet- This is another idea that I wouldn’t have thought of by myself! I love how simple of a project it is, and how fun it would look around the house! All you need is your favorite heart shaped candy, wooden skewers, a vase, and something to fill the inside of the vase so you don’t just see sticks. I’m not sure how long this decoration would last in my house though. Mathew LOVES chocolate and will sneak it any chance he gets! I have a feeling if I made this, it’d last MAYBE a couple days.

7. Candy floats- This is one of my favorite ideas yet. There’s so much creativity! It looks like an ice cream sundae glass filled with M&Ms, a pixy stick, chocolate heart candy, taffy, and probably a small round styrofoam ball to keep all the taffy together. Ah I love it! At least these would be super-glued so I could use them the whole month and not worry about Mathew eating all of it!

8. Cupid’s Arrows- Although these aren’t made with candy, they certainly could be! I saw these cupid’s arrows and thought they would be so cute with a conversation heart on the end or a sweet heart-shaped candy. It’d be fun to put in a jar just as these are, or even put on a serving tray to pass out when guests come over.

Love these cupid's arrows for valentine's candy decor! What a fun idea.

Source: Shannanagans

9. Candy Wreaths- There are just so many different versions of candy wreaths for Valentine’s all over Pinterest. Most of them use conversation heart candies, but I love how this person used sour gummy hearts! It was definitely a different take on the idea, and one that I may just have to copy! My only concern with this is if bugs would try to eat it. Plus, it’d really only be good for one year (whereas I’m probably sure the conversation heart ones would last forever. Who knows what those things are made of!?) Maybe spraying this with some kind of sealant would do the trick to preserving this for at least the month.

10. Candy Garland- This candy garland isn’t made with candy but it sure looks good enough to eat! This blogger made her hearts out of chipboard and painted them for a fun, festive Valentine’s garland. This is probably my favorite from all of the ideas and it looks fairly simple to make! I also love how she used it to decorate an area of her home where she kept a little candy buffet for Valentine’s. Such a fun idea!

So there you have it! 10 Valentine’s candy decor inspirations! Which one is your favorite?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our “mantel”

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m out of town for a conference for school and then I am coming home to spend the night with my hubby just enjoying each others’ company! I bought a huge gift bag for Mathew’s boudoir book, chocolates, and other little goodies and I can’t wait to give it to him today. I have no idea what plans he has for us tonight but I am sure it’s going to be fun!

Here are a couple posts that I love about our past Valentines:

1. 2012- The French Room and Pearl

2. 2011- Monday’s are NOT conducive to Valentine’s

There is no post from 2010, so I leave you a couple pictures of our gifts. We’re kind of ridiculously cute and go all out for Valentine’s day:

Mathew’s gift to me. That box of chocolates is my signature box every year.

My gift to Mathew on Valentine’s 2010

And of course, Tuesday’s post that mentioned my ultimate Valentine’s with Mathew at my cousin’s wedding in 2009.

One of my favorite Valentine’s pictures: Mathew and Clarissa when she and my cousin, Mark got married!

 

If you’re a special personal Facebook friend of mine, you can check out even more pictures from that favorite Valentine’s here and here.

I know we’re pretty cheesy, but we can’t help it! So Happy Valentine’s Day from Mathew, Pearl, and I!

Easy Valentine’s Night In Ideas

Mathew and I are BIG fans of date night. We love to go out and enjoy a good meal and a movie, but when Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, it can be a little difficult to actually go out. Normally, if Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, we just do something the weekend after, but I still feel like you should make a semi-big deal about Valentine’s Day on the actual day.

The Vintage Modern Wife Easy Valentine's Night In Ideas

In 2009  Mathew surprised me at my cousin Mark’s wedding. He drove all the way from Waco to Corpus and I had no clue that he was coming. Not only did we spend time at the wedding, but I came home (to my parent’s house) to an amazing surprise. In 2010 I got extremely sick on Valentine’s and had a day full of amazing meals planned for us. I still made all of them, but barely was able to eat. In 2011 Mathew and I moved our Valentine’s from a Monday to Sunday, and we had a simple Valentine’s at home with a movie marathon. In 2012 Mathew and I spent a low-key Valentine’s together because the next weekend we were going to pick up Pearl for the first time!

The point of all of these little stories are: YOU CAN DO VALENTINE’S AT HOME and IT CAN BE AMAZING!

Here are just a few of OUR favorite at-home Valentine Day ideas that we wanted to share with you:

1. Go all out- In 2009 when Mathew surprised me at my cousin’s wedding I was floored. Then, when we went home for the evening, my jaw dropped even more. On the stairs by the front door were 7 cards with little parts of a poem on them and rose petals leading to my bedroom. Then, on my bedroom was my bed covered with all kinds of sweet gifts (teddy bear, bracelet, chocolates, huge flowers, etc).

Mathew and I at my cousin Mark’s wedding

Sure, this may sound cheesy for a guy, but what other day can you be super cheesy? Get those rose petals, buy a handful of cards and write a poem/love note to him, shower him with little gifts on the bed (maybe his favorite snacks, movies, etc). The point is, just go nuts. He’ll appreciate the fact that you went above and beyond.

2. Cook a fancy meal- In 2010 I decided to cook romantic meals all day for Mathew on Valentine’s. I started out with an easy breakfast of chocolate chip and banana pancakes. Luckily, Mathew was so full from breakfast (and I was so sick) that we skipped lunch. Usually I don’t advise skipping meals, but our dinner was so much that I didn’t mind. I made Ina Garten’s Steakhouse Steak recipe, homemade baked macaroni and cheese, and grilled asparagus. Mathew loved it and really appreciated the fact that I still felt like cooking for him even though I didn’t feel well.

Ina Garten's Steakhouse Steak

Ina Garten’s Steakhouse Steak

How does this get factored in for you? Find a recipe you’ve never tried before or grab a cook book and make a sexy meal for your man. I’m a big advocate of the whole “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” phrase. Plus, if you add a sexy apron (I have one that says “I kiss better than I cook”) you get double points.

3. Movie-marathon it up- Nothing says love to us than giving up the remote for a night, and even more so, for the entire day. When we decide to do a movie marathon day, we pull out a ton of blankets and pillows, move the coffee table, and make a fort. If we REALLY feel like it, we even spend the night on the living room floor (because- why not?!)

Livingroom Fort, Source: weddingchicks.com

Get creative and pick a theme for your movies (maybe the same word in all the titles, a certain genre, etc) then pile on the blankets and pillows! Light some candles, pull out that fondue set that you got for your wedding but never use, and just have a great night in.

What Valentine’s Night In ideas have YOU done? Do you prefer it instead of a dinner out?