These Valentine party decorations are simple and inexpensive.  We hosted my son’s friends for dinner before their Winter Formal last weekend. I made special pillow box favors for each of their plates and hung hearts from the ceiling.  I wanted to not break the bank but yet have a fun table for their dinner.  I was able to make these decorations from packages of cute paper I found at Walmart.  These packages  from Creative Collection™ by Neenah Papers are a quick and easy way to personalize your Valentine’s Day!
Valentine Dinner Party Decorations
I wanted each guest to feel extra special with a little gift.
pillow box plate favors

So on each plate I placed these pillow boxes filled with chocolates.

pillow box party favors
Pillow box party favors supplies

Each pillow box uses one sheet of cardstock and premium paper for embellishments. For the papers I used Creative Collection™ Valentine’s packs  available  Walmart.  A tape roller makes these boxes go together in a snap.

Pillow Box Template

Creative Collection Paper

How to make a pillow box

Download the pillow box template. Print template on colored cardstock and cut out.

pillow box party favor template

Lightly score dotted lines with a dull knife. There only needs to be an indention along the dotted lines, not a cut in the paper. Fold on dotted lines (fold dotted lines to inside of pillow box).

Fold in the flap and place adhesive along the edge of the flap.

pillow box step 1

Fold box together.pillow box step 2

Open up the top flap on each end of the box.  Glue a 1 1/2 inch strip to the top of the box. Trim strip at each end, following the curve of the box.

pillow box step 3

Fold back in the flaps. Now you are ready to embellish the pillow box with a paper medallion. It is hard to see in the photo but for the band I chose one of the papers in the package that had a metallic finish. So pretty!

pillow box step 4

Paper medallion supplies

2- 1 1/2 X 11 inch strips of patterned paper (I used Creative Collection™ Valentine’s packs from Walmart)
2 – 2 inch scalloped circles
1 – 1 1/2 inch circle
hot glue gun
dimensional sticker
tape roller


paper medallion supplies

Accordion fold the two strips of paper.

paper medallion step 1

With the tape roller glue the ends together to make a circle.

paper medallion step 2

Place a large dot of hot glue on one of the 2 inch scalloped circles. Press the accordion folded circle down into the glue. Hold down until glue cools slightly and paper is securely fastened.

paper medallion step 3

Next layer the second 2 inch scalloped circle, then the 1 1/2 inch circle and then finish off with a dimensional sticker. Use a drop of hot glue between each layer.

paper medallion step 4

Hot glue the medallion to the top of the pillow box.

paper medallion tutorial

Make your party even more festive by hanging hearts from the ceiling.

hanging hearts for Valentines Day

These pre-cut heart shapes also from the Creative Collection™ Valentine’s packs from Wal-Mart made it super easy. I used fishing line to hang them so they would look like they were floating.

hanging hearts

I think the kids had a great time!

kids having dinner before dance

Make sure to explore the vibrant world of Astrobrights Papers, also from the makers of Creative Collection™. I use these papers all the time for colorful  crafts! For ideas and inspiration go to


I partnered with Creative Collection™ by Neenah Papers to bring you this post.  As always all opinions and ideas are my own.  I only share items that I use in my everyday life!

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  1. This are fabulous and thankfully easy ideas! Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for the template. It really turned out so cute.

  2. Love these pretty decorations! They look totally attainable for an average (non-crafter) like me! Also love that they are budget friendly 🙂

  3. I love this darling idea! I love ideas that everyone can do and create such a great table! I bet they had the best time and loved the small gifts. It’s all in the details and it doesn’t have to be expensive to show people they’re special.

  4. Those medallions are so cute! Love them to decorate packages and gifts when you don’t have any bows handy. Super cute!

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