I am of the opinion (and perhaps you share this sentiment) that going out to eat on Valentine's Day is just no good. Staying home is cheaper and quieter, and you can totally wear pajamas if you want!
Instead of stressing out over reservations, spend your time and energy on cooking (or ordering in) a meal. And while you're at it, make something fun and festive for your table — if not for your Valentine, then for your Galentines.
1. Valentine's Tree Centerpiece
If you want a centerpiece that's high impact but low stress, then this Valentine's branch tree from Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is a great option. All she did was gather a bunch of branches, spray paint them white, and decorate them with craft birds and 3D hearts.
The trickiest part is the technique behind making the 3-D hearts, which she explains in this post. But you could probably get away with flat heart cutouts, too. Place the branches in a pitcher and pair it with white dinnerware for a subtle Scandinavian table look.
Get the how-to: DIY Valentine's Day Brach Tree at The House That Lars Built
2. Drink Stirrers
No need to get all stirred up over a cute Valentine's craft! These colorful drink stirrers, by blogger Sara Walk from Tell Love and Party, could not be easier. She took skewers and gave them a Valentine's makeover with a hot glue gun, wooden beads, and one-inch wood hearts as toppers. She went the extra mile with a little bit of paint.
See more pics: DIY Heart Drink Stirrers at Tell Love and Party
3. Festive Plates
If you happen to come across a set of cheap plain white dinner plates (maybe while you're out at a dollar or thrift store?), this craft is for you. Kimber Matherne from The Pinning Mama says it took her two minutes to get these plates ready for Valentine's Day. After she drew on Xs, Os, and hearts with glass paint pens, she followed the curing directions (it involves letting the plates rest and then some time in the oven), and then just had to set the table.
For more: XOXO Plates at The Pinning Mama
4. A Mini Dessert Table
This sweet dessert table comes from crafter Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love, and there are a lot of decorating ideas to unpack here. Instead of using a bar cart or a table, she grabbed a freestanding Elfa drawer system. She simply pulled the drawers open into a staggered, staircase-like configuration and topped each with a shelf to create a self-serve station of candies and drinks.
You could steal the idea for a big gathering of your own or just adopt some of her smart serving ideas for your dinner table. For example, instead of buying expensive seasonal serving dishes, try a few Poppin desk accessories in hot pink. The different pieces can be used as trays, flatware caddies, and napkin holders. Then, after the holiday, you can clean 'em up and set them up on your desk.
See more details: Build a Valentine's Day Party Cart at Damask Love
5. A heart-shaped flower arrangement
Who says centerpieces have to be on the table? Just look at this easy DIY flower wall blogger and stylist Erin François did for Home Edit. She used washi tape to outline her design and filled it in with a mix of fresh and fake blooms and even more tape. Add one of these behind your dining table and you won't have anything in the way if you want to hold hands during dinner.
Get the steps: Valentine's Day Flower Wall at Home Edit