Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day Ideas

Inside: Recipes, crafts, and decor for the sweetest day of the year. You’ll love these old fashioned Valentine’s Day ideas.

grid of 12 old fashioned valentines day ideas

Valentine’s Day is sweet and pretty. But it can also be commercial, over-the-top, and… let’s face it…a little dumb.

If you want to embrace all the good things of February 14th (candy! heart crafts! pretty and simple decorations!), just plan for an old fashioned holiday.

Say goodbye to elaborate gifts and expensive dinners out. Settle for a nice homemade meal and some of these sweet and simple ideas inspired by a slower and simple way of celebrating.

1. Retro Valentine’s Animals for Prints

There are plenty of cute vintage Valentine’s Day images that you can use for any number of things: print them onto card stock for homemade cards, cut out circles for cupcake toppers, or print on label paper and cut out for stickers.

You can download the images for free from the Graphics Fairy, here!

2. Homemade Marshmallows (with raspberry!)

homemade pink marshmallows in glass

Get the recipe with step-by-step instructions here.

3. Pom-pom garlands

Pom-pom garlands are a vintage classic. They work for any holiday, this this Valentine’s variety is especially cute in pink, red, and white. Hang on your garland or railing for a happy February decoration.

You can get one ready-made to the length you want, on Etsy.

4. Classic Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate covered strawberries. They are a

Get the instructions here!

5. Easy Homemade Quilled Valentines

Have you ever tried quilling? It’s an old fashioned paper craft that involves rolled up pieces of paper. You can make it super simple, like this heart card tutorial, and do it with the kids.

Want to give it a try? Pick up this complete quilling set that will allow you to make just about anything.

6. Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe

slice of red velvet sheet cake

Red, pink, and chocolate combine for an easy to make Valentine’s Day dessert with retro flair. Melt in your mouth chocolate cake topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. The easiest and prettiest cake for your Valentine!

Find the red velvet poke cake recipe here.

7. Homemade heart wreaths

A simple wreath is a pretty addition to your front door or above the mantel. And with spring right around the corner, it help you get through those last dreary days of winter.

If you can find a heart-shaped wreath form, you can make your own pretty Valentine’s Day wreath with dried flowers.

If you prefer one ready-made, this one from Etsy is adorable!

8. Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Mousse

valentines day chocolate cake

You don’t have to wait for Valentines Day to make this Chocolate Cake with strawberry mousse.  But it would make the perfect dessert to say I love you!

Get the delicious recipe here.

9. Classic Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking for a recipe for perfect sugar cookies this Valentine’s Day, then we’ve got you’ve covered! These delicious but easy sugar cookies are light and fluffy, and they are are perfect for cutting into fun shapes with cookie cutters and decorating!

Get the recipe here

10. Old fashioned Pink Squirrel drink

pink drink with heart sprinkles

Pink Squirrel is a classic, pretty-in-pink almond liqueur-infused ice cream drink that originated in Wisconsin in the 1950s.

This is an adult beverage that is fun to make and fun to share.

Get the recipe here!

11. Homemade chocolate truffles

valentine's day homemade truffles

Homemade candy is fun, and even better when its easy! Try making these homemade chocolate truffles and topping with Valentine-inspired sprinkles or other toppings.

Get the easy instructions here!

12. Pretty homemade sun catchers

Children will love this adorable Valentine’s Day heart sun catcher hanging in your window. A fun project for a snowy day! If you pick the right colors, these definitely have an old fashioned Valentine flair.

heart shaped suncatchers

13. Homemade Chocolate-Shaped Heart Pudding

This homemade orange chocolate pudding recipe takes your romantic dessert from classic to classy, with the addition of vanilla bean and orange zest.

Get the recipe here!

14. Heart Lotion Bars with Rose Petals

This heart-shaped lotion bars are perfect for dry winter skin. Their cute shape and the addition of dried rose petals make them the perfect Valentine’s Day project.

Get the instructions here.

15. Crochet Hearts

pink red and white crochet hearts

These sweet little crochet hearts are so charming and versatile. Make a garland of them, use as a coaster, or just attach to a homemade gift as a pretty tag.

You can find a free pattern for the hearts here!

16. Oven Dried Strawberries

These dried strawberries are sweet as candy but they are actually fruit! And all you need is an oven, fruit, and a tiny bit of sugar. Another one that’s so easy you won’t mind doing it with the kids.

Get the dried strawberries recipe here.

I hope you find something on this list that strikes your fancy and that you enjoy this little holiday.

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signature with strawberries

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