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Valentine's Day – A Time for Romantics

Posted on 3rd January 2015
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Valentine's Day – A Time for Romantics

Clown Logo of Karnival Costumes your Halloween specialists for Fancy Dress and Costume AccessoriesValentine’s Day is traditionally the day when people who have romantic feelings toward a particular person may send that person cards, gifts and messages, poetically called billet-doux. Recognised as a day for lovers throughout the land the exchange of gifts, most commonly flowers and chocolates, are for the most times made anonymously. In addition to the sending of gifts and cards it’s a time of intimate meals together either as part of a celebration at home or in a restaurant.
 
Valentine's Day has been celebrated for thousands of years and it most probably originates from a pagan fertility festival which pre-dates Roman times. The Romans did, however, believe that February marked the beginning of Spring and they had a festival called Lupercalia which began on February 15th and was dedicated to the god of agricultural, Lupercus and the goddess of love, Juno. And like most celebrations of the season of rebirth, there were a range of fertility including one which had maidens placing their names into an urn from which the single men drew one as the ultimate blind date for the coming year. These often resulted in a marriage.
 
As Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire the springtime festival started to become confused and merged with the day of remembrance for St Valentine as recognised by the Catholic Church. And with three different St Valentines to choose from, it can get confusing!  Our favourite is that Valentine may have actually sent the first “Valentine’s” greeting in 270AD the day before he was to be executed for refusing to renounce his Christian beliefs. He allegedly sent a note expressing his appreciation to the blind daughter of his jailer who brought him food and messages from outside and these notes were signed “from your Valentine”.   
Cupid's Kiss Fancy Dress Costume for Adults
Valentine's Day has plenty of symbolism associated with it and this includes red or pink hearts, red roses, teddy bears, kissing lips and Cupid and these are generally the symbols which are printed on cards, wrapping paper, lingerie and other clothing. And these symbols are not only seen on these items they are also found manifested into chocolate shapes as well as other types of food and you can add this is the copious quantities of Champagne and other sparkling wines which are also given as gifts. If preparing a special Valentine’s meal most opt for food and drink with a romantic feel, such as oysters, chocolate fondue or strawberries and champagne although there is no strict formulae.
 
Cupid is most frequently associated with Valentines and often pictures or models of Cupid are also often displayed in the run up to and on Valentine's Day in the UK and it is the Cupid costume that is most popular for Valentine’s parties and celebrations. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure most familiarly seen with bow and arrow which he uses to strike romantic love into people's hearts.
 
Valentine’s Day, February 14 is not a public holiday although restaurants and hotels will be especially busy in the evening with many offering special meals and deals for the day itself as well as weekends close to this date and it’s best to make reservations well in advance. Although Valentine’s is primarily for couples, and for new lovers and couples it will always remain a time for an intimate tête-à-tête, it is also a great time for a costume party and at Karnival Costumes we have a range of suitable fancy dress for both men and women along with plenty of themed party decorations.  
 
In a previous blog post we looked at some of the cutest costumes for your party and here are some of the nicest decorations that you can incorporate into either a private celebration or your Valentines party area.
 
 
Valentines Swirling Heart Decoration
 
As we’ve already seen, nothing says love at Valentines more than red hearts and from our extensive collection of St Valentine's Day decorations. This is our 9ft long Swirl Garland which is a collection of red foil swirls and heart shapes which are stung on a red cord and which should be hung as a ceiling hanging and it will be great for romantics everywhere. Each of the hanging pieces will flutter gently in the breeze and when they do they will catch and twinkle in the light.  This is a super decoration which will complete your own Valentines party area.
 
 
 
 
Romantic Rose Petals in Pink, Red, White and Mixed Colours
 
Ideal for creating the right impression, this is a box of 150 individual rose petals which are available in red, white or pink colours and also in a mixed colour box. Each petal is approx 4cm in length with some of the petals having a slight indentation around the scalloped edge which means that will create more of a 3D effect when scattered into the desired design and they are a super decoration with which to complete your own romantic Valentines party area.
 
 
 
 
 
Cascading Heart Column for Valentines Day - 6 pcs pack
Hearts Cascade Columns (6pcs)
 
This is our pack of 6x Hearts Cascade Columns with each of these romantic and decorative cascade columns measuring 2.2mtrs in length and is complete with hanging loop. The nearly ceiling to floor length column comprises of a number of metallic red foil hearts each of which is topped with red and silver tinsel and the columns will catch in the breeze and will twinkle in the light. 
 
 
 
 
 
Mega Heart Decoration Pack for Valentines - 30pcs
 
 
From our extensive collection of Valentines Day accessories and decorations this is our value pack of 30 individual Red Heart Cutouts which will be perfect for those times that you really want to show the world just how you feel! This romantic's decoration pack 6x 12" hearts, 8x 7" and 16x 5" heart shapes which are red on both sides and which can be hung or used against the walls of the area to be decorated.
 
 
 
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