Posts Tagged ‘Valentines’

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!


I Give You My Heart (The Adult Sweetheart Edition)

Stenciling Technique Tips
Stenciling Techniques
by Julia Usher

Valentine's Ideas for Adults
Love Letters
by Julia Usher

Valentine's Food Ideas for Adults
Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls by Pinch My Salt, Heart Shaped Egg-In-A-Nest by Pinch My Salt, Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries by Gina’s Skinny Recipes

Adult sweethearts will love a heart shaped surprise as much as the kids. Get creative with gorgeous stenciled cookies or a box full of tasty love letters, or start the day with a breakfast made with love (we know you’ll put your “heart” into it!)


I Give You My Heart (The Petite Sweetheart Edition)

Valentine's Day Food Ideas for Kids
Conversation Heart Cake Pops by Three Kids and Us, Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches by Martha Stewart Living and Candy Heart Bracelets by Brown Paper Packages

Valentine's Day Food Ideas for Kids
Valentine Pizza by One Charming Party, Heavenly Heart Shaped Pancakes by Very Best Baking and Healthy Hearts by Family Fun Magazine

Surprise your little guys and gals with some tasty Valentine’s treats that are perfect for the younger crowd. From breakfast on through dinner, keep ‘em guessing where the hearts will turn up next – pancakes, cake pops, fruit and even on pizza??? Well, what says “I love you” more than heart shaped pepperoni?


Guest Blog ?Äì Valentine?Äôs with the Hostess With the Mostess

Jennifer Sbranti is the charming and fashionable creator of the revered blog the and popular daily blog ?Äì See what inspires her this Valentine?Äôs day ?Äì a two part special.

Need some gift ideas that coordinate with this theme? Whether you?Äôre shopping for the party hostess, the guest of honor, or another special someone, here are some personal favorites that work well with this look… all from the current collection at Layla Grayce:


Guest Blog ?Äì Valentine?Äôs with the Hostess With the Mostess

February is the month of love, and as tradition holds full of reds, pinks, hearts, and flowers. But what is there for those of us who do not fit the norm? Those of us who are inspired by the modern and refreshingly eclectic? In these days of reinvention a valentine takes many different shapes, and the possibilities are endless. Inspire us Hostess.

Jennifer Sbranti is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hostess with the Mostess¬Æ (HWTM), a hip and modern party planning resource. HWTM brings creative entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational ?Äúhow-to?Äù website ?Äì and popular daily blog ?Äì