An old-fashioned Valentine's Day party can be created
by making your own crepe-paper favors and decorations.
Have some fun with these ideas from a vintage
The conventional color for St. Valentine's Day is red, but
of another color is sometimes charming. Why
not venture away from the customary colors and
combine red with old rose or even use light pink with red? The invitations may be written or engraved
on heart-shaped cards; daintily printed invitations may be
purchased ready to fill in; or if something more individual
is wanted they may be made from cut-outs, stickers or
designs stamped cardstock paper.
A table decorated with red crepe paper fringe is most
effective and at the same time easy to arrange. Fringe is
cut in strips and fastened in place, after which the top is finished
with loops of crepe paper rope. The lower edge is then cut
in rounding points. Festoons and cut-outs complete the
Three cardboard hearts covered with ruffles attached to
large gold arrows make a festive centerpiece. A "beating
heart" favor is really a penny "cricket" inside a double
crepe paper heart. A place card may be attached if desired.
The table shown
above has bright red hearts with white and gold wings
attached to miniature streamers that are fastened to the
festoon decorations and flutter gaily over a Cupid-theme table.
When the refreshments are served the tables are spread with
white table covers to which are pasted Cupids and hearts. Pretty
dishes of cut glass or fancy baskets can be filled with
heart-shaped peppermint or wintergreen creams. In addition,
the roll on each bread-and-butter plate may be tied with a
wide red satin ribbon which will add to the festiveness of
the decorations. Special favors will increase the
attractiveness of the table and can range from inexpensive
trifles up to costly silver and
gold trinkets. A simple favor could be crepe paper heart-shaped bags containing a tiny cake or a few bon-bons.
The long, narrow tables which are almost always used for a
large gathering or club banquet are difficult to arrange in
any way that will make them look different. If the number of
people to be served is not too large, a suggestion would be
to arrange the tables to form a hollow square as shown
above. This arrangement, of course, will permit the seating
of only about one-half the number that could be accommodated
if places were set on both sides of the table. Draping
streamers to the far corners is an elegant touch.