5 TIPS FOR THROWING A VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY + A FLORAL MIDI SKIRT TUTORIAL

It’s hard to believe, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! And you know what that means, it’s time for a party! I teamed with Glade today to share 5 tips for throwing a Valentine’s Day party, and a fun tutorial for my festive skirt at the end!

OUTFIT DETAILS: donna morgan dress worn as a top, c/o || skirt made by me (tutorial below, similar skirt here) || shoemint heels || accessory concierge bracelet, c/o

1. Make your house smell good. 
There is nothing more inviting than a good smelling home, am I right? Glade sent me one of their brand new candle scents, Blooming Peony and Cherry (available next month!), and, you guys, this scent is amazing. It’s fruity, flowery, subtle, rich, and delicious all in one. It’s just a fun and flirty scent. It will have all your guests feeling happy and welcome, guaranteed!

2. Prep the night before. 
Whenever I leave things to the last minute, I’m stressed and then I don’t enjoy my party. Whenever I throw a party I always arrange all the decor the night before, and get as much of the food prepped and ready as possible. It’s also always a good idea to do pot luck — I guarantee your friends will offer to help, so let them! It takes a huge load off of you and then you can enjoy your party stress-free.

3. Simple decor goes a long way.
Sometimes (okay, always) I overthink things, and when decor is overdone it be stressful, time consuming, and often look overdone. I kept it super simple with a few heart garlands (cut out a bunch of felt hearts and sew them with your sewing machine in a long strand), a cut of ikea striped fabric on the table as a runner, some paper heart confetti, and beautiful fresh flowers. If you only have time for one decoration, choose the pink roses and call it a day. They’re always a show stopper. Glade’s Pinterest page is also filled with pretty inspiration to get the ideas flowing!

4. Turn on some music!
The perfect way to set the tone of the party is with music. It’s always helpful in avoiding awkward silences, and it keeps everyone calm. I usually pick a low-key pandora station.

5. Wear something pretty!
Even as the hostess, as you’re running around crazy, you should feel beautiful and flirty during your Valentine’s Day party! Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered. Click through and find the super easy tutorial for my floral skirt!

Materials: 
1 1/2 yards fabric (mine is cotton, but you can use knit or a lightweight woven)
matching thread
1″ wide elastic
Step 1. Measure your waist, and multiply that number by 1.5. This will be your skirt width measurement. Now measure from your waist to your knee. This will be your length measurement. Cut a rectangle of fabric using these measurements. Then cut a WAISTBAND rectangles using the same width measurement, and making it 3″ in length, as shown. [note: the illustration above says “cut 2,” but that’s incorrect…you only need one of each]. Now cut each of these pieces in half so you have two equal piece of fabric.
Step 2. Sew the sides of the skirt up with right sides together, then sew the sides of the waistband up with right sides together.
Step 3. Fold the waistband in half so it’s now 1 1/2 inches tall and has a folded edge on one side and two selvaged edges on the other side.
Step 4. Pin the waistband of the fabric around the top of the skirt. Make sure the folded side of the waistband is facing down toward the bottom of the skirt, as marked in this step. Sew around the entire waistband with a straight stitch and a 1/2″ seam allowance, but leave 3-4 inches open so you have a spot to slide your elastic inside.
Step 5. Measure your natural waist and cut a piece of to this size. Attach a pin to one end and use it to feed the elastic through the waistband casing you just created. Make sure the other end of the elastic doesn’t disappear into your casing — secure it with a pin as it gets close. Once both ends of the elastic are sticking out of your casing and the elastic is completely fed through, sew the ends of the elastic together. I typically use a serged seam to securely sew them together, but you can use a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch.
Step 6. With the waistband still folded down, like before, sew up the little opening in the casing.
Step 7. Fold your waistband up and press in place. Hem to your desired length and you’re done!
Now go have a party!!
This post was brought to you in partnership with Glade

47 Comments

  1. Amara says:

    a lovely skirt! Great tutorial 🙂

  2. Michelle Eisele says:

    It looks great! What kind of fabric did you use? Was it cotton, satin…?

  3. Heather says:

    That skirt is gorgeous! It’s been a long time since I’ve done an a-line skirt for myself and now I’m inspired! I did have a question about step 3. Is there a reason the wasitband is cut along the selvage edge? Is it to prevent fraying? If I zig-zag along the cut edge of the waistband would that work, too? Thanks!

    • Michelle Eisele says:

      Zig zagging should work just fine. In fact, when I do it I probably won’t even cut a separate waist band piece, I’ll probably just add that extra three inches onto the skirt piece and then fold it over that way. Easier and gives you the same result 🙂 Merrick’s way still works great too though!

  4. Stacey says:

    Where did you get your fabric? I love that print!

  5. Arrows & Apricots says:

    LOVE that skirt! Thanks for posting the tutorial!

  6. I love this look! Thank you for another great tutorial!

  7. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    That skirt is so pretty! And your tablescapes are always so gorgeous!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

  8. Amanda says:

    Love it! Where did you pick up the beautiful floral fabric?

    • Merrick says:

      It was from a little local shop, but someone on my instagram found it on ebay (if you’re interested). It’s called “Modern Monet” from Maywood Studio. Hope that helps!

  9. Super adorable!! FYI, Target has a lot of stuff right now that would match your tablescape perfectly 🙂

    Kristina does the Internets

  10. Jana Tolman says:

    That skirt is so simple even I could do it! I’m going to have to go buy some floral fabric. Thank you for your awesome tutorials! And dang, what a gorgeous tablescape. You are so talented. 🙂

  11. Rachel says:

    So cute and creative to wear the Donna Morgan dress as a top!! Love this!

  12. Donna Morgan says:

    Absolutely love the fun and creative way you styled our dress! XOXO Thanks for sharing!

  13. Brianna Soloski says:

    So cute. I wish I had friends to invite to a Valentine’s Day party.

  14. Hannah says:

    I have attempted this skirt three times now — I cannot seem to find where the directions show how to actually form the skirt. You sew the two rectangles together, but when do you bring it to a skirt? I may be misunderstanding a step, but I have started over and retried multiple times without any luck. Was this step omitted in the directions or am I reading something wrong? would love to get this project completed and be able to wear it.

    • Merrick says:

      Oh no! I’m so sorry it’s confusing you! Step 2 is where you sew the skirt pieces together, then you add the waistband, insert the elastic, and then the elastic makes the big rectangles pull in to become a skirt. Hope that helps??

      • Hannah says:

        Thank You Thank You! I am still rather new to sewing, so I figured the misunderstanding must have been on my end 🙂 Thanks for The feedback!

  15. Alissa says:

    I’m a beginner to sewing and I am attempting to make this skirt. I was able to make it, but it is so big…..I measured my waist and multiplied that by 1.5 but the skirt has so much volume and fabric. Is there something that I’m missing??? I just can’t figure out the right proportion to what should go around my waist. Also, when I started to pin the rectangles to the waistband, there is so much fabric. I pleated it but I wasn’t sure if that was the right thing.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Merrick says:

      Did you make each skirt piece 1 1/2 times your waist? Or the total measurement of both pieces 1 1/2 times your waist? That will definitely make a difference. Also, you’re not supposed to pleat it — it will gather automatically when you add the elastic waistband. Hope that helps!

      • Alissa says:

        Ooooh!!!! That’s what I did, I measured my waist, multiplied that by 1.5 and cut two squares that size. Was I supposed to divide that full number by 2 and then cut the two squares by that number? So sorry for all of the questions but I’m new to sewing!!! I’m going to attempt this again, thank you soooo much for all of your help!!!!! 🙂

  16. Molly says:

    I just followed this tutorial to make this skirt here: http://mollyandstacie.com/diy-bright-midi-skirt/
    It was so easy! Thanks for this!

  17. N says:

    If you were to adjust the length to make it maxi-length would it effect the design? Thanks in advance!

    • Merrick says:

      not at all — it would be super cute as a maxi dress. Although I’d recommend going with a knit fabric, rather than the cotton fabric I used. The drape of a knit fabric will work better for a maxi.

      • Robin says:

        Just remember that if you use knit fabric to ensure to use a serge machine or the stretch stitch to avoid breaking seams….btw….love these ideas…going to try this weekend!

  18. Kelly says:

    This is amazing! I am going to have to do this for sure. Love the idea.
    And can I just say… if this is your house, it looks like it came straight out of a magazine.
    Come decorate for me please.

  19. Poppy Chiara says:

    I love this skirt, thanks for a great tutorial!
    I had a go at making a knee-length version myself, I posted about it here:
    http://poppyallanorma.com/2015/06/07/diy-floral-knee-length-skirt/

  20. Jacqueline Rose says:

    Love can be communicated from multiple points of view and regularly there is a form of love,appreciation and profound respect inside of the family.Valentine’s day will be over and quite a few of us will fall once again into our same routine of trying to bring home the bacon,trying to keep one another fulfilled and raising our hopes for the future,yet then that special moment may have been lost when valentine’s day has come and gone.Despite the fact that this is not the same for all lovers,numerous may continue to treat every day as though valentine’s day had never wrapped up.I am certain this is quite rare however.
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  21. Siânny says:

    Where did you get that material from its stunning?

  22. Lauren says:

    How wide was this fabric? 45 or 60 inches?

  23. Merrick says:

    Oh no! Yes, I did 1 1/2 times my waist, but you can do up to 2 times your waist if you want it to be more full!

  24. Sarah Nielson says:

    Hi Merrick! Can you share what fabric you used for this skirt? I love it! I know this was last year but I was hoping to see if the fabric is still available. Thanks!

    • Merrick says:

      shoot, there used to be comments with people who found it. But when I transferred my site a few months ago, the comments didn’t transfer over. I’ll see if I can hunt it down!

  25. Emily Piveronas says:

    Could you just leave the the cut fabric prices whole and do one seam down the back?

  26. Rebecca Ednie says:

    If your hips are quite a bit wider than your waist, this will appear more fitted. You need more fabric.

  27. Rebecca Ednie says:

    Just for everyone’s info, this is a gathered skirt, not an A-line skirt. An A-line skirt is made from wedge shaped panels with curved bottoms. Also the elastic will be more comfy if it is overlapped and sewn that way, not sewn as a seam. It’s a great tutorial tho and one of the easiest ways to make a skirt.

  28. hrhSarah says:

    I was just reading through this tutorial, and noticed I would have the same problem. My hip measurement is 10″ larger than my waist (w=27, h=37). After some math, it looks like waist x 1.75 will be a better fit. That will give about 8.5″ of ease around the hips. Curvy girl problems 😉

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