Make This Valentine’s Day Your Most Joyful One Yet

February 12, 2020

Make This Valentine’s Day Your Most Joyful One Yet

If you think about previous Valentine’s Day celebrations, some may have been more memorable than others. What made them special? Maybe it was the intimate dinner you enjoyed with your significant other or the handmade glitter card from your child.

At partager la joie, we like to think of Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to gather and share joy—to create memories with the special people in our lives.

Here are some tips to make this year’s day of love your most joyful one yet.


Gather with the people you love

Whether you’re planning a dinner for two or having friends over for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 

spending time together is a beautiful way to create Valentine’s Day memories. 


Keep things simple

Preparing a thoughtful meal is a wonderful gift to give your loved ones. However, busy schedules can make organizing a special meal a challenge. Plus, it’s important that you—as the host—enjoy every moment too!


From setting your table to choosing the menu items, focus on keeping everything simple. 


Start your day with a Valentine’s theme

Think about little surprises you can create for your sweethearts during the day. Start early with some simple Valentine’s Day breakfast treats.


  • Make heart-shaped pancakes with mixed red berries.
  • Whip up strawberry breakfast smoothies.
  • Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to give your child’s toast or sandwich a special touch and serve it with a strawberry jam or yogurt.


Plan your menu around the colors of love

Valentine’s Day colors—pale pink to deep crimson—are the perfect hues for creating a loved-themed meal.


Some of our favorites at PLJ include:


Heart-warming cocktails

  • Cherry Love Potion—craft a cocktail with cherry simple syrup (with or without spirits). See recipe here!

  • Blushing champagne—give your favorite sparkling rosé an extra Valentine’s Day pop with fresh strawberries.


Love-centered mains

  • Salmon en papillote—guests will love the coral blush of parchment-wrapped salmon. See recipe here.

  • Super-cute ravioli—look for heart-shaped or small ravioli and serve them in a vibrant marinara sauce.
  • Shrimp ceviche—bring the pale orange shades of the shrimp together with maroon-colored onion and bright red peppers.
  • Beef tenderloin in red wine sauce—watch your loved ones swoon over the deep red sauce and melt-in-your-mouth steak.
  • Heart-shaped pizza—add your favorite red-themed toppings to individual rustic heart-shaped crusts. 


For a sweet finish

Delight your loved ones with: 

  • Elegant (and easy-to-make) long-stemmed chocolate-covered strawberries. See recipe here.

Create a beautiful setting

A beautiful table does not have to be complicated! There are many possibilities, so let your imagination go wild. For example, add a special touch to your bar area by arranging pink flowering cherry branches in a tall glass vase and scatter smaller containers with red and pink tulips.

Add a little Valentine’s inspiration to your table! At each guest’s setting, place a:

  • Hand-made paper heart on a white dinner plate

  • Small, festively wrapped gift
  • Bud vase with a single flower
  • Valentine’s Day card with a personalized message


If your celebration includes children, delight them with some special treats.


  • Organize a wishes mailbox activity. In a basket, place supplies for crafting handmade cards (construction paper, markers and colored pencils). Have the little ones write (or draw) their wishes. When they’re done, they can “mail” the note to their Valentine in a toy mailbox (or one made out of a shoebox). Learn how here!
  • Bake and decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies.

Enjoy every moment

Make this Valentine’s Day your most memorable yet—gather your favorite people together and let your creativity flow while keeping your preparations simple. The most important part is sharing joy! 

Looking for a special something for the sweethearts in your life? From our relaxing wellness collection to our adorable totes and chic accessories, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at partager la joie. Enjoy! Shop now!



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