Here's how it's going to go: Friday night, you can go out to dinner with your sweetie, but Saturday, it's brunch with the girlfriends. Yes, because whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to go on a glitter binge and have your fill of chocolate everything. Starting with the invites and working your way down to a very sparkly mimosa bar, here is everything you need to know to plan a Hallmark-worthy party.
Step 1: Alert the Girls
First thing's first: send out the invites. Sure, creating a Facebook event will suffice, but getting an invite in the mail is much more exciting! If you have time, these DIY cards  make cute invitations. If not, Etsy or your local paper store will have plenty of options.
Step 2: Start Decorating
Now, the fun part: shopping for decor! Exactly what you'll need and the amount to purchase will be based on your room and location. Below, we've listed some of the basics to get you started:
- Heart balloons  ($5 per dozen)
- Banner  ($12)
- Paper pompoms  ($35)
- Cake topper  ($40)
- Table confetti  ($6)
Step 3: Prep the Scene
A few small touches will add to the overall look of your brunch. Consider purchasing vintage tumblers (try a flea market or Etsy) and using unexpected pieces from around your house for your table (like turning a mirror into a tray). Lastly, invest in hurricane vases . They are perfect to fill with Valentine's Day candy and will come in handy throughout the year. It's details like this that will make brunch feel special.
Step 4: Set the Table
The day before your party, set the table. Doing as much as you can in advance will make the day of your party a breeze and allow you to focus on last-minute things. Start with a few easy floral arrangements  and layer each place setting with linen napkins  and a patterned salad plate  (only $3!). We love the idea of using fruit baskets as plate toppers. Not only is this easy, festive, and affordable, it makes the perfect first course.
Step 5: Rethink Mimosas
Glitter, anyone? Since it's a Valentine's Day brunch, a mimosa bar is a must. Go crazy with glitter on the Champagne bottles and consider swapping out traditional mimosas for something more unexpected, like these mango and grapefruit mimosas .
Step 6: Start Cookin'
Aside from serving up the perfect brunch menu , trade in typical Valentine's Day desserts for doughnuts and banana chocolate chip muffins . Please, don't forget the heart sprinkles !
Step 7: Get Crafty
Throw it back to grade school with a little craft session. Making Valentines is a fun activity to do before breakfast, and it will get everyone mingling. Round up construction paper, glue, scissors, glitter, and doilies — let your friends do the rest!
Step 8: Say Cheers!
Last but not least, have fun! Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that people either love or hate, but with good company, it will be a blast.