Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home

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Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home
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Valentine's Day is nigh, and whether you're in a red-hot new romance, a long-term marriage with kids, or happily single with lots of uncoupled friends, there are a wealth of ways to celebrate the holiday at home. Ensure that Feb. 14 is memorable with some simple, fun and festive decór ideas. Michael Moloney, globally renowned interior designer from the hit ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and in-demand New York City interior designer Bob Richter offer some brilliant tips that will send Cupid happily flying to the front door.

Ditch the Prixe Fixe
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Ditch the Prixe Fixe

"For couples, staying at home on Valentine's Day is a brilliant idea," says decorator Bob Richter. He suggests decorating the dining table with scattered rose petals ... maybe even creating a path to the table from the front door. "It feels romantic and special," Richter says. Share a tasty, simple meal -- such as homemade mac-and-cheese with chocolate mousse for dessert -- and use your finest china. Perhaps even your wedding set?

Singles Mingle
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Singles Mingle

If you're hosting a singles-themed bash in your home, take tips from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Michael Moloney for sprucing up your space before the soiree. "First, decorate the party area with red, white and pink colors," he says. Hit the craft or office supply store and stock up on lots of construction paper in these hues. With a glue stick and a little creativity, you can create paper-link chains and heart-cutout banners. "A punch bowl for the centerpiece is a great way to keep the table crowded and friends mingling over drinks," Moloney adds. And make that punch pink or red! Finally, "Set up fun board games to keep things interesting," he suggests.

Love and Little Ones
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Love and Little Ones

If you have kids at home, have them help you adorn your abode for the holiday. Moloney has this tip for a family-friendly decorating project: "Use a large white sheet of butcher paper as a tablecloth over a kids' table. Lay out pens, markers and colored pencils in warm colors. Invite children to draw on the 'tablecloth' and write things they love and are thankful for. Giving thanks should be a focus on Valentine’s Day, not just Thanksgiving!" The result is a work of art that showcases the love shared in your home.

Go Vintage, Valentine
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Go Vintage, Valentine

"I love vintage and flea-market finds," Richter says. "Right now, a lot of dealers are selling vintage Valentine's cards and decorations at markets and online, and some of the Victorian ones are lovely." You can go all-out and get a bunch of nifty vintage paper pieces to decorate your home, or, Richter says, "Simply give your loved one a beautiful vintage Valentine that they can enjoy all year long. To personalize it, affix it to a thick piece of card stock whereupon you can write a little love note, then place it in a pretty vintage frame."

In the Boudoir
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In the Boudoir

To set the stage for some fiery holiday romance, Moloney has these tips for the bedroom. "Lighting is key -- keep it dim and romantic, but bright enough to see your loved one. Light candles, and take it a step further and choose a candle of your beloved's favorite scent. If they like French vanilla or pumpkin pie, they will surely notice! Finally, place a red silk or satin throw over the bed. The fabric is smooth to touch, and the red color will bring out a romantic ambiance."

Bowl of Love
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Bowl of Love

This party-decor tip is perfect for a singles' gathering or for a family celebration, and truly gets to the heart, ahem, of the holiday. "For the centerpiece itself, ask everyone to contribute," Moloney says. "Get a large bowl and put it in the center of the table. Ask everyone -- kids and adults alike -- to write on precut colored paper hearts why they love spending time together and what makes each person present special. After the main course is served, each person can reach in and take turns reading the notes aloud. This makes the centerpiece personal, interactive and beautiful."

Coffee, Tea or Me?
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Coffee, Tea or Me?

If, like most of us, you're on a budget, you can create some serious romantic drama without dropping much cash on decor. "To set the stage for a romantic night in, first turn down the lights and spark candles all over the house ... living room, bedroom, even in the bathroom," says Richter, who notes that LED tea lights look great and are much safer for bedroom romps. "Dress in your sexiest outfit -- no need to buy a new one -- and tell your partner that you are the 'appetizer,' and a homemade dinner will be served after a bit of whoopie." Prep the meal ahead of time and be sure to bake a decadent dessert so the sweet smell lingers in the air. "This way, all of your beloved's senses will be stimulated, and you won't be too full for a roll in the hay!" says Richter with a laugh.

Love Is All You Need
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Love Is All You Need

Richter offers this beautiful idea for those not in relationships. "It's a very 'Golden Girls' Valentine's Day, great for a group of four or five singletons," he says. First, decorate your home with blown-up photos of you and each of your friends. Make a mix CD of songs that are significant to you and your pals to play during the night, and burn them each a copy. Then, jazz up the CD cases with classic doilies and heart stickers and label them as place cards. "Frame a photo of you and each beloved, and give it to them as a gift; on the back, inscribe a favorite memory of you and that friend, or simply a reason why you love them. Sometimes, friends provide the most enduring love of all."

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