THREE “LIGHT HEARTED” PARTY IDEAS


It’s not too late to throw together a last minute Valentine’s celebration.  Here are three quick and easy ideas that will have your friends feeling the love!

1. Valentine themed ladies night:

When I lived in Boston, one of my super stylish and creative friends hosted an annual “Cocktails and Cupcakes” party on the eve of Valentine’s Day.  What a winning combination!…and the perfect excuse to get girly with pink champagne, pink trimmings and ultra feminine cupcakes.

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I ordered these pretty little numbers from Sweet Lisa’s and would round out the menu with simple savory snacks (popcorn, crudites, fancy cheeses) and sparkling fruit juices.

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Treat your fly girls to one of the gifts featured in my “All You Need is Love” post from earlier this week or break up these mini sets of L’Occitane hand cream and wrap each individually in clear cellophane with a sweet ribbon.  Ladies night done right!

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2. Kid’s Cookie Decorating Party:

This time last year I had lingering feelings of guilt for not throwing my son a big birthday bash so I decided to host a little Valentine’s cookie decorating party for his friends.  Moms and kids alike had such a nice time and everyone left with bakery boxes full of personally decorated treats.  Apart from setting the table and making a simple lunch, this was a very low effort event and might be just the thing for a snowy winter weekend.  Laura Jayson at Dough Girl baked several dozen (undecorated) heart shaped sugar cookies and I asked her to provide royal icing in pastel shades.  Most grocery store bakeries routinely sell plain sugar cookies and store bought frosting with a touch of food coloring can certainly do in a pinch.  I stocked up on every Valentine themed sprinkle and candy imaginable and the kids went to work.  Here are a few snapshots of the sweet scene:

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3. Valentine Making Party:

Last but not least…assemble a group of friends to make Valentines.  In my book, nothing is as sweet as a homemade Valentine — loaded up with doilies, stickers and  rhinestones placed at jaunty angles by busy little hands.  What girl (young or old!) wouldn’t want to dive into this table to craft to her heart’s content!?!

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The ribbon, stickers and gems are from Michael’s, the heart cutouts are from Paper Source, the fun shaped doilies are from Shop Sweet Lulu and the heart place mats are by Carrot and Stick Press.

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This party doesn’t have to be JUST for girls.  For mixed company, I would tone down the pink and include some more “manly” stickers.  Finally, you can make up labels for craft paper gift bags that your “designers” can use to transport home their masterpieces.

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If you are like me and have artsy friends, you can consider combining party ideas #1 and #3 for a “Cocktails, Cupcakes and Crafting” blowout!  This triple threat of a party would clearly earn you higher degree of difficulty points and would likely be very well received.  One of my favorite nights of this past summer was a “Mom’s Arts & Crafts Camp” that I hosted.  But that will have to be a story for another day…for now, “happy hearting.”

Xo,
Cath

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