Decorating Wisely: Valentines and Mardi Gras

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To Mardi Gras or to Valentine’s Day that is the burning question. I always hate it when they are so close together.


I am torn as to which one to decorate for. They are so polar opposite that it is not practical to combine them. Valentine’s Day is full of pink and hearts and then you have Mardi Gras that is full of craziness, beads and purple. Here’s how I choose which one.....drum roll.....whichever one comes first and then as soon as that is over I put up the next one and leave up for a couple of days. I know, I know that was quite difficult. This year, they are pretty much the exact same time—Fat Tuesday is February 13 and, of course, Valentine’s Day is February 14. I will most likely go with my first love...sorry Cupid, it’s not you....and decorate for Mardi Gras. This time of year is when I miss living down South. They really know how to do Mardi Gras. Also, once you’ve ever owned or worked in a flower shop on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t have quite the same meaning to you as it once did.

Both of these holidays are awesome reasons to throw a party! Let’s start with Valentine’s Day, because Grayson just mentioned the other day how much she missed exchanging the little Valentine cards like she did in grade school. In my normal fashion, speaking before I think, I said, “Then why don’t you have a party and go old-school and exchange Valentines?” She, of course, was thrilled and started planning right away! Fortunately, planning a Valentine’s Day party can be very simple or very extravagant, I feel like we will be somewhere in the middle.

Decorations are a snap when you stick with reds, whites, and a hint of pink. To give it a more glammed, grown-up look use a hot pink rather than a light pink. One of my favorite wedding bouquets I’ve ever created was a mix of red and hot pink roses. The various hues were beautiful and sophisticated looking. Next, you need, what else? Flowers! Everyone thinks of red roses at Valentine’s Day, but don’t dismiss the carnation. They make fantastic “roundy-moundy” arrangements and there are beautiful hues of carnations available In addition, scatter vases filled with red hots and candles for fun. Red paper lanterns and fans are a nice addition to any style of party. Last but not least, hearts. You need hearts to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

The food is even easier than the decorations, because Valentine’s Day is all about chocolates and sweets. Do something fun like a chocolate bar. Serve chocolate fondue with things like cubed pound cake, strawberries, and graham crackers, anything you can think that would be great dipped in chocolate. I like to add fun little Valentine’s Day-themed picks to food to add a little extra detail without too much trouble.

Next week, I’ll continue with Mardi Gras!

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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