Valentine’s Day conjures up images of chocolates, roses, and an unfortunate number of cheesy, overly decorative, Cupid-related decorations. But in order to give this day the celebration it deserves, you don’t have to fully swear off of festive decor, thanks to the right Valentine’s Day decorations. With the right picks and the right styling, it’s easy to avoid making your space look like an elementary school classroom.
If you want to decorate your home for a Galentine’s Day party or just add a touch of fun to your atmosphere, a couple of cool balloons, string lights, and prints can go a long way. Etsy and other affordable retailers are great places to find decor that you’ll want to pull out year after year — but you can always supplement your store-bought decorations with some DIY Valentine’s Day ideas and Valentine’s Day crafts as well. Get creative with your decor, and finish it off with a scattering of chocolates and rose petals for a fancy, traditional touch.
Valentine’s Day may not have been your cup of tea growing up, but you don’t need to have a special someone to enjoy the holiday. Use it as an excuse to party with your friends, eat some chocolate, and make your home look super cute, with the help of these 20 decorations.
1. XO Marquee
Light up a lovely display with a short and sweet marquee sign.
Marquee, $8, target.com
2. Red Heart Lights
These red lights are cute, but they also help to create some super romantic mood lighting.
Red heart lights, $19.88, pier1.com
3. Love Is All You Need Print
In a rush to make a quick gift? Download this print and get a frame!
Print, $5.40, etsy.com
4. Let's Cuddle Pillow Cover
This pillow cover makes any love nest instantly cozier — so you might want to leave it around all year long.
Pillow cover, $20, etsy.com
5. Victorian Felt Garland
If you're sick of hearts, this garland brings in pretty colors that don't feel overdone.
Garland, $21.50, etsy.com
6. Gold Heart String Lights
Gold hearts bring in a major glam factor.
String lights, $12.99, target.com
7. Red Heart Garland
A paper garland is simple, but so classic. Drape it over a buffet of the best Valentine's Day desserts.
Heart garland, $13.79, etsy.com
8. Heart Dish Towels
Don't forget the kitchen! Pretty towels make whipping up a romantic meal all the more fun.
Heart towels, $12.95, available at Crate and Barrel
9. Voluspa Cut Glass Jar Candle
A goji berry-scented candle is unexpected, and its ruby color warms any room.
Candle, $26, anthropologie.com
10. XOXO Balloons
Get some helium and with these balloons, you'll have instant wall art.
Balloons, $5, target.com
11. Thimblepress Push Pop Floral Confetti
Don't even think about using glitter for confetti. This floral version is equal parts gorgeous and romantic — all the while being easy to clean up.
Floral confetti, $15, urbanoutfitters.com
12. Fuzzy Heart Pillow
A plushy heart is just the right mix of playful and pretty.
Heart pillow, $15.88, pier1.com
13. Striped Straws
Valentine's Day is a great holiday to practice your cocktail-making skills — and the perfect opportunity to use some pretty straws, too.
Straws, $5.49, target.com
14. Heart Plate
Just imaging how adorable a V-Day dessert will look on this plate and try to resist buying a set.
Heart plate, $5.95, available at Crate and Barrel
15. Valentine's Cupcake Kit
Even if you're past the days of bake sales, there's nothing quite like a well-dressed cupcake.
Cupcake kit, $14, anthropologie.com
16. Red Heart Bowl
Finally, the perfect container for all those boxes of conversation hearts.
Bowl, $5, target.com
17. XOXO Print
This hug and kiss print is so cheery, you just might want to make it a permanent gallery piece.
Print, $10, etsy.com
18. Holiday Love Fringe Banner
Think beyond hearts and Cupids with a banner that's totally modern.
Fringe banner, $35, urbanoutfitters.com
19. You + Me Heart Frame
Skip the boring gold picture frame and opt for something a little more rosy.
Frame, $8, urbanoutfitters.com
20. Be Mine Balloons
Who needs a card when you can say everything you need to say with giant balloons?
Balloons, $5, target.com
For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
Images: Etsy (6); Target (6); Pier 1 (2); Crate and Barrel (2); Anthropologie (2); Urban Outfitters (3)