Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Top Ten: Valentine’s Day Gifts

1. Waxing Poetic Boutique Collection Scribbler Necklace 2. Waxing Poetic Charm Camp Love 3. Lollia Relax Bubble Bath 4. Macaron Soaps Gift Box 5. Jessie Steele Apron June Cross Stitch Hearts 6. Tocca Beauty Eau De Parfum Viaggio #1 7. Waxing Poetic Charm Lucky Chances Heart 8. Kendra Scott Victoria Ivory Earrings 9. Drops of Jupiter Guava Pink Gold Earrings 10. Kendra Scott Mara Bright Red Necklace

Love is in the air at Layla Grayce! Ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a fabulous collection of our favorite gifts to make your special someone smile. Shop our Valentine’s Day collection here.

Celebrate With Kate: Valentine’s Day With Loralee Lewis

Loralee Lewis @LaylaGrayceKate Landers here, thrilled to share Valentine’s Day dinner party inspiration and free exclusive printable gift tags courtesy of the incredibly talented designer, Loralee Lewis. It is with great joy that I can take this opportunity to introduce you to Loralee (whose favorite holiday happens to be Valentine’s Day!) and her latest collection, debuting right here on Layla Grayce. Loralee is founder of her self-named business, Loralee Lewis, a company specializing in event paper and fine stationery for special events. She also serves as the party editor of Babiekins Magazine. When she isn’t designing wedding suites or styling photo shoots, you will likely find her trying to keep up with her four small children.

Loralee Lewis Paper Boutique @LaylaGrayce
Design, Styling & Photography by Loralee Lewis

I asked Loralee if she would design a few free printable Valentine’s Day gift tags exclusively for Layla Grayce readers, and she said yes! I wanted a sophisticated yet simple design, using soft pink and another color such as grey, gold or emerald green. I knew with very few guidelines, she would create something absolutely perfect. Two of the gift tag designs feature sweet love phrases, which Loralee suggests can also be use yearlong attached to favors for weddings, baby showers or a girl’s first birthday.

Loralee Lewis Paper Design for Valentine's Day @LaylaGrayce
Design, Styling & Photography by Loralee Lewis

In her own words, “Paper gives hosts and hostesses the chance to express themselves and their personalities beyond flowers and a table setting. When done correctly, paper can bring an event to life! Each paper item is adorned with cheeky phrases, such as ‘Take Me. I’m Yours.’ to keep guests on their toes. My goal is to create paper people will cherish for a lifetime, tokens of happy memories.”

Loralee Lewis Valentine's Day Paper Suite @LaylaGrayce
Design, Styling & Photography by Loralee Lewis

Much like other admirers of Layla Grayce, Loralee values quality and exceptional design. She is always innovating and creating new paper items for that “wow” factor. Stay tuned as Loralee will be releasing a digital Summer Party Resource Book in the coming months, and the expansion of her event paper products, including her newest item, the personalized favor boxes you see here in this shoot. I look forward to printing these tags myself, adding some silver german glass glitter and raw silk ribbon to attach to gifts for my loved ones. Click here to download the gift tags.

Loralee Lewis Valentine Paper Suite @LaylaGrayce
Design, Styling & Photography by Loralee Lewis

Inslee By Design: February Edition

Inslee Haynes Jessie Steele Illustration @LaylaGrayce
Inslee By Design

The most romantic month of the year has arrived! Bring on the pink and red everything, the flowers, the chocolate, the excuse to send valentines and – best of all – the excuse to get in the kitchen and cook something decadent for someone you love. I’ve never been a big fan of the white-tablecloth-restaurant date on V-day. I prefer spending time at home, cooking something from the heart and skipping all the formalities of going out.

But don’t get me wrong, staying in doesn’t mean spending Valentine’s in your yoga pants. A sweet little black mini dress would be an unexpectedly romantic date-night-in look paired with bright pumps. And since you’ll be in the kitchen, I’d add the Jessie Steele cross stitch hearts apron. Whip up some macarons and you’d be the ultimate picture of loveliness.

Speaking of macarons, wouldn’t these limoges be the perfect gifts for all your favorite girlfriends on February 14th or any time of year?

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts

Top 10 Valentine's Gifts at @LaylaGrayce
1. LOVE Hook Pillow 2. Macaron Box Set 3. Lollia Bubble Bath 4. MOR Cosmetics Tea Cup Candle 5. Jessie Steele Cross Stitch Apron 6. Waxing Poetic Love Elixir Charm 7. Rose Bedhead Pajamas 8. Drops of Jupiter Pink Earrings 9. Love Necklace 10. Rosanna Baroque Teapot

What can we say? Valentine’s Day is our forte! We love heartfelt gifts and keep plenty in stock, whether you’re shopping for mom, daughter, grandmother, wife or friend. But because there are so many from which to choose, we also wanted to make it a tad easier for you by sharing a list of our Top 10 favorites! Need more ideas? Click here to shop Valentine’s Day gifts in our gift boutique.

Serving Up Love, Valentine Style

Heart Shaped Food Ideas for Valentine's Day
Spice Cake Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze via My Baking Heart, Heart-Shaped Pancakes via Shopping Nanny,
Cherry Tomatoes & Cocktail Sauce via Eye Candy

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Food
Heart-Shaped Appetizers via Martha Stewart, Four Cheese Ravioli via Annie’s Eats,
Heart-Shaped Pizza via Chef Mom

Show Valentine’s Day love for the sweeties in your house by surprising them with meals that will delight them (and earn you points for creativity). Start the day with heart shaped spice cake doughnuts or pancakes, snack on cleverly skewered cherry tomatoes or figs and sup on heart shaped ravioli or pizza for the kids. Get creative! Have some fun food ideas you’d like to share? Let us know about them in the comments below!

Clever Crafting: DIY Valentine Cards

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids with Magnifying Glasses
Magnifying Glass Valentines via Dandee Designs

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids Paint Chips
Paint Strip Valentines via Country Living

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids with Super Heroes
Robot Valentines via Lisa Storms, Super Hero Valentines via Zakka Life

Color Theory Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Color Theory Valentines via Mer Mag

Isn’t everything a little sweeter when it’s handmade? We think so! Spend a Saturday having fun with your kids creating DIY Valentine cards they’ll be proud to pass out at school. Unleash your child’s inner artist with Color Theory Valentines, or just visit the paint aisle to get your supplies for the super simple Paint Strip Valentines. Save the day (and dress up sweet treats) with a Super Hero Valentine or bring back the Robot. Still searching for the perfect idea? Don’t overlook the Magnifying Glass Valentine!

Sweet As: Valentine’s Day Party And Printables

Valentine Party Styled by Anders Ruff
Our friends at Anders Ruff created this charming party, showcasing their Valentine’s Day Printable Collection along with darling decorating ideas that just about anyone could pull off. Moms will love the cute card, envelopes and candy wrappers to add a little extra personality to kid’s school exchanges, making this collection a keeper even if you have no party to plan. All photos styled by Anders Ruff, photographed by Becca Bond Photography

Pink Valentine's Day Printables Styled by Anders Ruff
Party flags on striped straws and a Valentine label add sweet sass to a vintage soda bottle. Mini chocolate bars and Hershey’s Kisses get a Valentine upgrade with Anders Ruff printable wrappers, and fabric flowers are both easy to make and a fun project to do with kids!

Valentine Party Styled by Anders Ruff
A candy buffet works overtime as gorgeous party decor and a sweet treat station for your guests. Glass apothecary glass are filled with meringues and layers of pink and white cotton candy for color, while easy to make paper plate polyhedrons are suspended above (yes, made from paper plates and they look fab!)

Valentine's Day Dessert Table Styled by Anders Ruff
A basic cake from Target gets wrapped in fondant for a custom look. Cute cards and envelopes double as party invites or Valentine cards for classroom exchanges. Cookies are baked with a hole at the top, strung on ribbon and are the perfect edible accent to the dessert table!

Valentine's Day Desserts, Printables and Cookies Style by Anders Ruff
Make your own favor boxes and cootie catchers/fortune tellers with templates included in the Anders Ruff printables set and use their patterned papers and a craft punch to create a Valentine garland. For more details, visit the Anders Ruff blog. All photos styled by: Anders Ruff Photographed by: Becca Bond Photography

Valentine Fantasy Getaway (and Real Life Giveaway)

Valentine's getaway
So it’s Valentine’s Day. Some lucky ladies have a decadent, romantic night out planned. Others (and we wish to remain nameless) will be chasing kids, cleaning messes and wondering who has time for cupid and true love. But a girl can dream, so we’re escaping reality with visions of a romantic getaway done your way. Which makes your heart skip a beat? European grandeur or the beauty of nature, the roar of the ocean or the sound of rustling bags from a day of shopping?

Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Wistful Weekender Deco Dandelion
Cast your vote, and because it’s a day to celebrate amore, we’d love to give one lucky gal a new Petunia Pickle Bottom Weekender bag (so you’ll always be fashionably prepared for any getaway opportunity that comes your way). Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page, but be quick – this contest ends when Valentine’s Day is over 2/14 at 11:59pm EST.


Congrats to Twyla, the winner of the Petunia Pickle Bottom Weekender.

We’ve Had Enough Snowflakes – We Prefer These!

Snowflake hearts
Get crafty for the weekend with the kids, turning the idea of cut out snowflakes into something far more colorful (and of course perfect for Valentine’s Day). We love that it doesn’t take a lot of fancy materials or supplies – just some colored paper, scissors and some busy little hands. And fun as they are to work on with the children, we adore the idea of surprising the kids with a mom-made-love-mobile when they get home from school. Visit Pamela Smerker’s Party Starters blog for instructions.


Weekend Fun: Valentine Cards To Make With The Kids

Valentine's Day Cards
Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag

Valentine's Day Cards
Custom Candy Bar Wrappers from eighteeen25, I “Wheelie” Like You Valentine from 30 Days, Smartie Airplanes from Giver’s Log

Valentine's Day Cards
Lip and Moustache Lollipops from Blonde Invitations & Stationery, Valentine Handprint Wall Hanging from Kaboose, Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Classroom Cards from Bunny Cakes

From cutout paper hearts to a candy bar wrapper digitally designed, what child doesn’t love making their OWN Valentines? Spend the weekend getting crafty with the kids making special DIY cards they can pass out to friends and family. Boys will “wheelie” appreciate a toy car Valentine or have fun assembling a Smartie plane while girls will think conversation heart cards and kissy lips lollies are “soooo cute!” And without a doubt, every class”mate” will think the pirate card is Grrrrreat!