Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake is a fun collection of yum to consider for a Valentine’s shindig. Whether it’s a cozy love fest with friends, a party at school or with your gal-entines, a visit with the grandkids, or simply dessert with your sweetheart, let’s think EASE and NOSTALGIA.

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Remember when Valentine’s Day rolled around when you were in grade school? Was it an epic big deal for you like it was for me? I agonized over addressing those sweet little cards to my classmates and romanticized about the cute boys forming the letters of my name with their pencils! And I labored over what to wear to school for Valentine’s Day even in kindergarten…what my parents must have endured with such an overly sensitive old soul trapped in a young body!

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VINTAGE VALENTINE CARD
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Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake

You won’t find red roses or bouquets of anything in this post…I’m talking EASE. I gathered a few little nostalgic items bought for next to nothing to keep things uncomplicated and fool-proof.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio.Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Easy entertaining ideas and table decor for Valentine parties. Vintage style valentine cards, old fashioned layer cake, and sweet low-cost heart-themed treats.

Valentine Decorations: Candlelight

It simply doesn’t get simpler than glowing lovely flames day or night.

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Find vintage valentine’s cards RIGHT HERE. Set of 48 votive candles in clear glass RIGHT HERE.

Valentine Decorations: Snowy Tree

I like to let my little twinkly wintry tree linger on the kitchen counter past Christmas, and this year, I tucked a few collected vintage valentines in its branches. Find more examples of these trees at RH right HERE. Vintage valentine cards are fun to collect and still so reasonable to afford!

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Hello Lovely Studio. Lit tree: RH. Find rustic wood candleholders RIGHT HERE. Pillows & throw on windowseat: RH. Red Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitar.

Valentine Decorations: Red Guitar

The red acoustic-electric guitar is played by our eldest son, a talented musician. I picked it out for him as a gift years ago, and what a blessing that he loved the sound and plays Spanish lullabies on it to this day.

Valentine Decorations: Plates & Napkins

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Valentine Decorations: Low Cost Lovelies

I picked up these sweet heart-shaped finds for next to nothing. The size of the cookie cutters are perfect for making little petit fours, should you be so inclined. I plan to whip up some g-free Valentine’s cookies…stay tuned. I had to include the theatre box of Swedish Fish because it makes a perfect little favor and happens to be my favorite candy…every single fish was consumed during this shoot yesterday!

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Cookie Cutters; FIND HERE. Heart-shaped Plastic Tray: FIND HERE. Napkins/Plate: FIND HERE. Swedish Fish Theatre Box, Pack of 12: FIND HERE.

The 4-layer cake is super uncomplicated. I doctored a Funfetti cake mix, and will the recipe is HERE in a separate post because this one is getting lengthy (even for moi!). I iced it with a homemade buttercream and was going for that naked cake look but may have gone too far. I’m not sure. I’m never going for perfection because I haven’t the time or desire for it! It’s cake. That shouldn’t entail reaching for the emergency Xanax.

Valentine Decorations: Layer Cake

Find the recipe in this story RIGHT HERE.

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Find options for red and white mini baking treat cups HERE.

Do you love these double cherry lollipops that look so French and charming? Me too! I buy the big ol’ drum of them, and what an easy way to trim an easy cake!

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
My ironstone compote/bowl/pedestal is a made in Belgium antique. Find more options HERE.
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio.Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Easy entertaining ideas and table decor for Valentine parties. Vintage style valentine cards, old fashioned layer cake, and sweet low-cost heart-themed treats.
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I L O V E This! Treat Yourself to a Smile, Friend!

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Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio.Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Easy entertaining ideas and table decor for Valentine parties. Vintage style valentine cards, old fashioned layer cake, and sweet low-cost heart-themed treats.

Valentine Decorations: Vintage Cards

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Vintage valentine card.
Be mine?
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio.Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Easy entertaining ideas and table decor for Valentine parties. Vintage style valentine cards, old fashioned layer cake, and sweet low-cost heart-themed treats.
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio.Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Easy entertaining ideas and table decor for Valentine parties. Vintage style valentine cards, old fashioned layer cake, and sweet low-cost heart-themed treats.
Vintage Valentine card.
So sweet it’ll give ya a tooth ache.
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The doctor is one of my favorite Valentine’s! Hello Lovely Studio.

In the Kitchen…

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If you were here, you would have to drink my glass of bubbly and wine (if you’re so inclined) in addition to yours. Alcohol is not a friend to my digestion at the moment, so more for you!

Oh, and maybe you noticed, I moved our family’s farm table back into the kitchen! The round table that was in this breakfast area is now in my studio. We needed more dining space during the holidays with all the guests here.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio.Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Easy entertaining ideas and table decor for Valentine parties. Vintage style valentine cards, old fashioned layer cake, and sweet low-cost heart-themed treats. Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, and Napkins – Set of 10
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
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Valentine Chocolate Treats

I also whipped up a family favorite: Special K Bars…find the recipe in this story. I don’t usually dust them with confectioner’s sugar, but they didn’t look appetizing, and all bakers know a little powdered sugar will always come to the rescue.

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Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, and Napkins – Set of 10
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
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Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, and Napkins – Set of 10
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Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, and Napkins – Set of 10
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More Simple Ideas

Easier Cake Decorating. Not in the mood for baking? Use a plain store bought cake and deconstruct it if necessary and redecorate! If you can ring a cake with a bunch of double lolliopops (or oreos or strawberries), you’ll be good to go.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Let Them Eat Cake!

Food for the Centerpiece…Instead of a pricey centerpiece or floral display, go for an edible one!

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Let Them Eat Cake!

Go for a rustic “undone” look for the cake…Instead of rolling out fondant or spending an hour smoothing on a perfectly smooth iced finish, I just spread the buttercream imperfectly so there’s no doubt it was made at home.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Simple Entertaining Ideas

Trays for little “stations”…my kitchen is small, and I no longer have an official drink station or coffee bar area reserved for those functions. A simple tray may be all you need for a small gathering.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Find lovely tray options to corral anything RIGHT HERE. Hello Lovely Studio.

Mini baking cups can be used as treat cups too…fill them with little candies or fruit and they’ll double as colorful decor as well.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Smart & Simple Valentine Favor

Make color copies of your original vintage cards...choose your favorites, print them on card stock (or adhere them to card stock), and gift them to your besties.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day Ideas.

Less Fussy Entertaining

Think simpler and smaller as far as the menu…entertaining doesn’t have to be daunting if you invite friends over for “cupcakes and mocktails” or “bites and bubbly” or “cheese.” Wait. Like just cheese? What? Well, I’d be in attendance for cheese. But you know what I mean. Casual and laid back love fetes are easy on you and your peeps.

Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day Ideas.
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day Ideas!
Vintage Valentine Decorations & Layer Cake. Come find simple inspiration for EASY, old fashioned, heart and love themed ideas like this simple layer cake with cherry lollipops and vintage cards on Hello Lovely Studio. #valentinesday #decorations #tablescape #layercake #vintagevalentinecards
Hello Lovely Studio. Let Them Eat Cake! Find the cake recipe RIGHT HERE!
Kindness quote by Barbara De Angelis. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Oh, That Love Could Be As Simple as a Naked Cake!

I went googling for a quote about love I recall loving from author Lauren Slater, and I haven’t found it yet. But I did find this whispery longing with ethereal, raw intimacy:

“I am asking you to enter the confusion with me, to give up the ground with me, because sometimes that frightening floaty place is really the truest of all. Kierkegaard says, ‘The greatest lie of all is the feeling of firmness beneath our feet. We are most honest when we are lost.’ Enter that lostness with me. Live in the place I am, where the view is murky, where the connecting bridges and orienting maps have been surgically stripped away.” ― Lauren Slater, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir

Sealing this with love and sending…

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

p.s.

Find the Funfetti Layer Cake Recipe RIGHT HERE.

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6 Comments

  1. Joanna
    February 5, 2019 / 10:14 am

    The Wonderful Thing Is It’s So Incredibly Easy To Be Kind. I try to live my life this way. Why doesn’t everybody?
    Blessings
    ~Joanna

    • michele
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      So happy to hear!

      I think it’s pain – the residue of pain that folks like me transmit unwittingly unless the pain heals, is let go, or is transformed/recycled.

  2. February 6, 2019 / 5:57 am

    Linda inspiração. É tão bom comemorar o amor , com a correria da vida esquecemos deste sentimento tão lindo.
    Bjos e felicidades.

    • michele
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you for reading, friend. 🙂

  3. February 7, 2019 / 9:17 am

    Hello Michele! You’ve rounded up some great Valentine’s ideas here ~ and I do plan on checking out the Hosley candles. 🙂 I love candles and I like to have one or two lit in the evenings… <3 Also, I have a Pinterest board called Sweet Sayings and I placed a couple of your quotes in there. I do like JM Barrie and if you have yet to see Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, you MUST run over to Amazon and buy it today!!! I hear your old soul wanting another romantic movie and it's very, very good!!! Found you through Amber's TFT this week. <3

    Happy hugs to you,
    Barb 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      February 7, 2019 / 1:49 pm

      So nice to meet you, Barb. I loved Neverland – and you’re right mine is an old soul. Thank you for the kind words and support!

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