Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries

Love should be celebrated every day.

Plan romantic and fun ways to decorate your home and celebrate your loved ones for Valentine’s Day for next year. If you forgot Valentine’s Day or unexpected things happened, celebrate now.

Celebrate Love All Year, Not Just on Valentine’s Day.

Celebrate love all year if you missed out on Valentine’s Day celebrations. Unexpected things happen in life as you know, even on holidays and special occasions.

Didn’t receive anything special on Valentine’s Day or forgot it was Valentine’s Day on February 14th? Maybe life got crazy, and things didn’t go as planned. Therefore, be creative and enjoy your valentine during these last days of February.

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Start a New Valentine’s Day Tradition & Celebrate After February 14th

Start a new Valentine tradition, or break the tradition. Celebrate with your love the rest of February or throughout the year, or plan a day every month to celebrate your love.

Don’t have a husband or wife/significant other right now? Celebrate your children, your parents, and/or your best friend.

Shopping for Valentine’s Day decor can get quite expensive. However, you can be creative and see what you have around your house for decorating. Or if Valentine’s Day has recently passed, go on a search for Valentine’s clearance specials.

Outdoor Valentine’s Day Decoration Clearance:

A Great Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Decorations

A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by decorating your home and doing things that bring joy. After Christmas, I left my tree up and changed the decorations to red and white for January. On February 1st, I added pink decor, heart cookie cutters, and a heart garland with lights.

Go to a local home decor store, or order heart garland with lights like this one:

My six-year-old granddaughter came for a visit on her February school vacation and loved the Valentine’s tree. She suggested that I keep the tree up and decorate it for Easter. I agreed that it was an excellent idea.

I’ve included a list of ten ways to decorate and enjoy this special day of love. I started the list with my granddaughter’s suggestion to decorate a tree.

10 Ways to Decorate and Celebrate February 14th Day of Love

1. Decorate a tree for February with heart-shaped cookie cutter ornaments.

I picked up two packages of 98¢ cookie cutters for my 2022 Valentine’s tree. They came in pink and red and in various sizes.

Valentine's Day tree
Valentine’s Day Tree Decorating
Valentine's Day tree
Valentine’s Day Cookie Cutter Tree

2021 Valentine’s tree

Valentine’s Day tree
Christmas Tree Decorated for Valentine’s Day

2. Decorate your living room with heart pillows to express your love.

Valentine's Day heart pillows
Decorate for Valentine’s Day with Heart Pillows

3. Use all the things you can find in your home with a heart shape for February 14th.

Valentine's Day heart

My Heart Valentine Gift

Valentine Day Table Decor
February Heart Basket Table Decor

After Valentine’s Day, I went by Home Goods and found this table runner for only $7.00.

Hearts table runner
Heart Table Runner

Notice the little dishes on the side. My granddaughter loved cooking, entertaining, and serving on the them. 😍

4. Celebrate yourself on Valentine’s Day with a cup of coffee topped with whipped cream and chocolate .

Valentine's Day coffee
Coffee with whipped cream and chocolate candy shavings











5. Make your home shine with wintry white glittery lights.

Valentine's Day red candle
Candles for Valentine’s Day










This red candle with the cross on it makes me think of a particular scripture that mentions charity:

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:8, KJV).

6. Make your home smell good with scented essential oils for relaxation and romance.

Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

Using essential oils in a diffuser is one thing I enjoy. I love to plug in my diffuser when my husband is home and before guests arrive for a visit. And even if it’s just me at home, the wonderfully-scented oils are calming and relaxing.

7. Decorate a Valentine’s table setting with hearts, and serve chicken salad sandwiches on heart plates.

Valentine's Day chicken salad
Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries

This chicken salad tastes amazing with cranberries on cranberry bread. And it’s fun serving the sandwiches on heart plates with heart napkins. You’ll probably find cute heart table decor on clearance at your local home decor stores and easily on Amazon as well.

8. Take a trip to the dollar store for a few inexpensive things to show a little love in your home.

Items are already marked at a dollar (or $1.25 these days). However, if you’re shopping after Valentine’s Day, do check out their clearance Valentine’s Day decor. You may find things like candy and party items that Hip2Save says you can find at 90% off.

9. Bake scones for breakfast, and place them on a plate of romantic pink flowers.


Raisin Scone
Easy Raisin Scone








Don’t like raisins on your scones? Use cranberries or another fruit instead, and see my recipe for orange scones.

10. Make cranberry waffles.

Valentine's Day cranberry waffle
Pecan and Cranberry Waffles








Your family is bound to love this fluffy waffle. Every time I’ve made it for any family member or friend, it’s a hit.

Check out this adorable heart waffle iron. And, of course, you don’t have to use it only on Valentine’s Day.

Ladies, think of little things to celebrate the day of love.

Think of little things you can do to celebrate the man you love. Little things may seem insignificant, but they matter. Surprise him (you decide how you’re going to do that).

Think how you can make your home inviting to your husband. And ask yourself what you can change.

Things to consider:

  1. When your husband/significant other/other half/better half comes home from work, give him fifteen or twenty minutes of time to unwind from the day.
  2. Does your husband feel comfort when he is home? Showing hospitality to guests is welcoming them in your home and caring about their needs.  It’s important, however, that our spouses (and children) feel loved and nurtured first. 
  3. Has he been stressed? Create laughter. Do something funny like dress up with hilarious mixed-up clothes, shoes, makeup, funny-looking hairdo (kids will love doing this, too).
  4. Make a day all about him, and cook his favorite food.
  5. Give him time to enjoy some down time.

Men, read this article at to see how you can celebrate after Valentine’s Day.

Spend Time with Your Kids to Show Them Love

Kids expect candy and cards for Valentine’s Day, so plan a day to spend time with your kids to show them love. Take them to a playground, a museum, or a zoo and have a picnic there. The love you show them will be special and memorable for a lifetime.

My most memorable Valentine’s Day with my mom and dad was when I was a teenager, possibly fourteen or fifteen. I had opened the back door to get in the car to go somewhere with them. A flowery lavender box of stationery was on the back seat.

Back then I wrote more letters and LOVED pretty stationery. My mother had bought the pretty lavender stationery for me as a Valentine’s gift. Still, that brings joy to my heart after all these years.

List of Ideas to Celebrate This Day of Love on February 14th or After

  1. Write a love letter.
  2. Plan a romantic evening.
  3. Create your own Valentine’s Day cards.
  4. Decorate the living room floor with petals from red roses.
  5. Have a romantic candelight dinner.
  6. Do a fun day of love with your family members by playing board games.
  7. Celebrate with a charcuterie board collage, each with a different type of food: candy, fruit and cheese, meat, and veggies.
  8. Go on a winter picnic.
  9. Invite your best friends over for a meal and dessert, and relax with face masks and hot herbal tea.
  10. Set the table with a different gift card at each place setting, and let each member of your family choose where to sit.
  11. Take a vacation.
  12. Rent an Airbnb.
  13. Walk on a trail around your local park or zoo.
  14. Do a funny Valentine’s treasure hunt.

Adventure Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Check out this “Top 52 Adventure Ideas for You to Try Today!” article for more inspiration on how to celebrate a day of love with your honey and/or your kids.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, New International Version)


  1. I love all of these ideas, especially the money saving tips. You’re right that love is important all year long. I Corinthians 13 says “If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (NIV version). If got says we’re nothing without love, love is VERY important.

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      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love that chapter.
      Yes, love is the most important thing. Even the two greatest commandments tell us to love….
      Mark 12:30
      “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

      Mark 12:31
      “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

      King James Version (KJV)

  2. Angie, these are all great ideas, and you’re right, we should celebrate love every day. I Corinthians 1:13 says “If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (NIV translation.) Love is very important.

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