Valentines Day Ideas: 5 Fresh Ways To Celebrate Love

Saffron Marigold - Updated: January 22, 2020
valentines day ideas

We wanted to do something different from the same-old Valentines Day ideas this year. You won’t find hearts or pink candies here, but you will find Valentines Day ideas for a celebration to remember long after February 14!

Whether you’re feeling friendly, romantic, or downright sexy,  you can use our tips and suggestions whenever you want to celebrate someone you love. You’ll want to bookmark this post so you can use these ideas anytime of year!

A few of our signature collections inspired us to offer unique Valentines Day ideas, decorations, and menus that celebrate love in all its shapes and forms. Come see what we have in store!

Valentines Day ideas for couples: a romantic indoor picnic

Instead of dealing with reservations at busy restaurant, plan a romantic dinner at home for you and your special someone.  Rev up the romance by treating your sweetie to a romantic indoor picnic.  Our Spice Route collection inspires an intimate, romantic meal. You’ll impress your special guy or gal with such a romantic gesture. 

Red Orange Moroccan Indian Bedspread
Saffron Marigold

Spice Route Lightweight Bedspread

Every good picnic needs a proper picnic blanket. For this romantic Valentines dinner, use our lightweight bedspread as a picnic blanket. (In case you’re wondering, it’s easy to launder!)

Red Orange Chevron Print Euro Sham
Saffron Marigold

Spice Route CP Euro Sham

Whether your picnic takes place directly on top of the picnic blanket or by the coffee table (dressed in said picnic blanket), you’ll be on the floor. With that in mind, get comfortable by propping up on on couple of large pillows covered in these spicy red pillow shams.

Berries And Spice

Berries and Spice Bouquet

For a fun twist on a traditional Valentines Day idea, present your love with a bouquet in a charming basket. This is the perfect rustic touch for a romantic picnic.

Flameless Wax Votive Candle, Set of 4
Pottery Barn

Flameless Wax Votive Candle

You simply must have candlelight at this meal! These candles add the right kind ambiance. Better yet, because they’re flameless, you won’t have to worry about anything catching on fire if you accidentally knock one over (!). 

On the menu: Play on the theme of Spice Route by serving your favorite spicy finger foods.  Think jerk chicken…sushi with ginger and wasabi…shish kebabs. Don’t forget a bottle of crisp white wine to tame the heat! For dessert, offer luscious mango slices, fresh ginger cake bites, or your favorite chocolates. Of course, you can always choose to go the traditional route with a platter small sandwiches, antipasto, cheese, crackers, and wine. This romantic picnic will be a feast for the senses!

Family-friendly Valentines Day: Hawaiian luau

One look at our Tropical Garden print will have you longing for a beach vacation. Since most families feel ready for a getaway by mid-February, bring the feeling of a tropical holiday to your Valentine’s celebration with a luau!  Easy-going, vibrant, and relaxed, a Hawaiian Valentines Day is a great way to celebrate love with your family.

Colorful Country Cottage Floral Table Cloth
Saffron Marigold

Tropical Garden rectangle tablecloth

Featuring deep red hibiscus blossoms, our large floral tablecloth brings the spirit of aloha to your festive Valentines Day party.  (Also available in round sizes.)

Exotic Festive Floral Table Runner
Saffron Marigold

Tropical Garden Table Runner

If your family likes to keep things more on the casual side–or if you just have a gorgeous wooden table you’d like to show off–try using this floral table runner at your Hawaiian luau.

Tropical Love
The Bouqs Company

Tropical Love

Grace Tropical Garden with some tropical blooms, like this aptly-named bouquet that’s fresh and vibrant!

Green Tropical Leaf Ceramic Votive
Wilford & Lee

Tropical Leaf Ceramic Votive

Add another splash of color to your tropical Valentines table with some vivid votive candle holders that pull from the green in Tropical Garden.

On the menu: Highlight your family’s favorite tropical flavors (or vacation food!) on the Valentines menu.  Whether they prefer coconut shrimp to chicken terikyaki and pineapple upside-down cake to a tropical cheesecake sampler, options abound.  You can even serve Hawaiian pizza! Whip up a batch of banana milkshakes or virgin daiquiris. Consider mai tais for the adults, and go ahead–bring out the limbo stick!

Galentine’s Day: mimosa brunch

Show your friends how much you love them by inviting them over for a Galentine’s Day celebration! We’ve chosen a pretty purple tablecloth as the inspiration for this Galentine’s Day party.  Our Victorian Lilac collection feels feminine, sophisticated, and fun–just like you and your girlfriends. It suggests a Galentine’s Day that’s elegant and relaxed, and so a mimosa brunch comes to mind.

Purple Floral Bohemian Round Tablecloth
Saffron Marigold

Victorian Lilac round tablecloth

Our floral and ogee print speaks to an age of comfort, style, and luxury. Spread this purple tablecloth over your dining table for a Galentine’s Day mimosa brunch fit for a queen! (Also available in rectangle sizes.)

Purple Lavender Cloth Dinner Napkins
Saffron Marigold

Victorian Lilac Trellis dinner napkins

Set out cloth dinner napkins and your Galentine’s Day guests will know that this is a special occasion, indeed.

Victorian Romance
Flower Shopping

Victorian Romance Bouquet

A low centerpiece lets the conversation (and mimosas!) flow. Filled with white roses, lavender waxflower, and ivy, this Valentines Day centerpiece looks grand when placed atop Victorian Lilac.

Blueberry Lavender Dark Chocolate Bar
Elbow Chocolates

Blueberry Lavender Dark Chocolate Bar

As a party favor or sweet gift for your sweet friends, place a chocolate bar with dried blueberries at each place setting.

On the menu: It’s time to celebrate friendship, pamper yourselves, and have some fun! Spend more time with your girlfriends by serving dishes that you can make ahead of time.  A breakfast casserole, fruit salad, and cinnamon rolls would be perfect. You could also set out a bagel buffet with sweet and savory toppings.  Of course, this is a mimosa brunch, so have plenty of champagne and orange juice on hand!

Celebrate with friends: a delectable dessert bar 

Orange Blossom prompts us to treat the sweet people in our lives  with something as just as lush and sweet. The options are endless with a dessert bar, and you can choose Valentines decorations that are as fancy as or casual as you wish. At a Valentines Day party like this, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your friends and loved ones.

Persian Mediterranean Floral Table Runner
Saffron Marigold

Orange Blossom Table Runner

Cover your buffet, table, or kitchen island with our floral table runner. Sunny and sweet, it provides cheerful color and texture at your dessert bar.

Persian Mediterranean Floral Round Tablecloth
Saffron Marigold

Orange Blossom Round Tablecloth

Sit down, catch up on life, and indulge in tasty treats. With desserts in hand and bright Orange Blossom at the table, you’ll have a positively joyous and memorable occasion underway!

Cantaria Serving Bowl Golden Honey
Skyros Designs

Cantaria Centerpiece Bowl, Golden Honey

Fill with fresh fruit (to dip in fondue, perhaps) or an assortment of wrapped chocolates and you’ll have a gorgeous centerpiece for a Valentine’s Day table.

Marble & Brass 2-Tier Cake Stand
West Elm

Marble & Brass 2-Tier Cake Stand

A Valentines dessert party needs a dessert display, and this marble and brass stand showcases your sweets in a beautiful way.

On the menu: From caramels and cookies to cupcakes, baklava, or cheesecake bites, your Valentines Day dessert bar is only limited to your imagine.  Have on hand a variety of beverages, like ice water, coffee, tea, milk, or whatever pairs best with your treats.

Valentines Day Ideas For You: Shower Yourself With Love

We hear a lot about self-care these days, and it’s not to be overlooked since taking good care of yourself is essential for your happiness and well-being. Whether or not you host a Valentines celebration for others, be sure to carve out some time for you this year.  Pamper yourself with an indulgent bath–you deserve it!

French Yellow Grey Medallion White Shower Curtain
Saffron Marigold

Versailles Shower Curtain

Treat yourself like a queen and enjoy a lavish soak surrounded by this regal yellow and white shower curtain.

Rustic Navy Ocean Asian Inspired Shower Curtain
Saffron Marigold

Pacific Blue Shower Curtain

Turn your bath into a luxury spa with an Asian-inspired blue shower curtain that helps to create a zen-like feeling in your space.

The Little Market

Coconut Sugar Scrub

Ethically sourced and artisan made, you’ll feel just as good about purchasing this sugar scrub as you will when using it!

Prosperity Candle

Happiness Trio Set

Bring a piece of your happy place–lakeside, seaside, mountainside–to your bath with these ethically-made candles.

On the menu:  Sometimes just taking a long soak is enough to renew your spirit; however, this just isn’t any time, this is Valentines Day! Bring in a small plate of your favorite treats. A few chocolate truffles, sliced strawberries and bananas–whatever small bites you like best. Pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and enjoy!

We hope you’ve found some inspiration in this guide, but if you’d like even more ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck.  In fact, we have 12 more ideas for you in our Valentine’s Day Series. Come take a look!