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How to Make Valentine’s Day Special for Everyone

· celebrate love in all of its forms ·

February 4, 2017

Ahhh, February… the season of love! And I’m not just talking a romance kind of love. All you lovebirds out there–cheers to you and a love-filled occasion! And all you single ladies–also cheers to you! There’s no time to waste on feeling depressed or hating Valentine’s Day simply because you don’t have a Valentine. Let me assure you that, while you may not know it, you do have a Valentine. Heck, even if you have a Valentine, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate and recognize love in all of its forms.

Here are simple ways to celebrate a life filled with love on Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) — designs and calligraphy brought to you by Magnolia Paperie Co.

Do it like elementary school–drop your friends and family a simple little Valentine (home-made Valentine’s box optional).

There is nothing I love more than sending cards–especially handwritten notes! You never have to have an occasion to send friends and family a card or little note to let them know you’re thinking about them or just to say hi. BUT, since it’s Valentine’s Day, do it like elementary school–send your people a Valentine! I have my Valentine’s postcards–custom designed by Magnolia Paperie Co.signed, addressed, stamped and ready to go! The best part is I didn’t have to pick individual cards out for each person–they’re suitable for everyone (just like the ones from our childhood!). So one for mom, dad, #bae (baby sis), Future Mr. and Mrs. aka brother and his fiance, BFF in KC, BFF in DC, BFFs across the US, business partners, co-workers–phew! NEXT.

Have a Valentine’s Day get-together and call it a Valentine’s party or a Galentine’s party!

Think Galentine’s is just for those who don’t have a Valentine to spend it with? Think again! Celebrating love and special relationships between friends, family and whoever is a special thing. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate and acknowledge love, life and womanhood! There’s never been a time (in my lifetime at least) more relevant or meaningful for women to be stronger together and empower one another. This is a thought TBC for another day but the latest trend of women empowering one another–whoa! Where has it been all this time!? It’s so amazing, #CommunityOverCompetition. So let the Galentine’s Day rendezvous inspired by celebration–not self-pity–commence!

Here are some things you’ll need to get started.

The Invitations.

Sealed in hot pink envelopes addressed in the most beautiful calligraphy by Magnolia Paperie, please!

Name Plates.

Are these not the cutest thing ever!?

Confetti Cannons (and other things).

The best part is, they’re a total blast and totally worth the mess–and the confetti doesn’t go to waste! Use it as decor here, there and everywhere. Try pom poms, stickers and all the fun things in the “kids” section that should really be in the adult section.

Pop the bubbly.

All of the champagne–I raise a glass to youuuuuuuuu, ladies!

Time to play–and to bring more love into the world.

Mingling and the typical gift exchange is fun–especially over champagne, wine and sweet treats–but throw in the unexpected and especially something relevant. Cards Against Humanity always make laughter and bonding stronger. Karaoke, manicures, at-home skin care treatments, women’s history triviaanyone!? Write letters for teachers, students, community groups, women’s and children’s shelters–do something that makes others stronger and brings more love into the world.

The outfit.

Sneak peek of this Valentine’s-inspired outfit coming to the blog soon!


My playlist from Valentine’s Day last year was inspired by hand-written love notes. Don’t just throw anything on–curate a thoughtful playlist inspired by love, happiness and strong women! This year’s Valentine’s Day playlist… coming soon!

POPSUGAR has got you covered on the rest!

My people–celebrate LOVE in all forms this Valentine’s Day. Spread it and receive it.