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!

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
  • Sarah Nielson

    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!

    • 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!

  • Emily Piveronas

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

    • yes you could!

      • Emily Piveronas

        I am sewing ot by hand so the fewer the better. I believe instead of cutting the band piece; I will leave the 3inches on the body fabric and sew the elastic into it.