Pinterest: Favorite Valentine’s Parties

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed just now … planning two back-to-back birthday parties, and working with Ahoy Graphics on launching my new site, so my blogging may be a little spotty this week. But never fear, thanks to the magic of Pinterest, I can highlight a few of my favorite recent parties. First up: Valentine’s soirees … have fun clicking!

Bird’s Party + Printables Sale

Paisley Petal Events via The Party Wagon

Anders Ruff via Hostess With the Mostess

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Freebie Friday: Valentine’s Day Printables

You may have seen my Facebook post from last night about Sassy Sites’s round up of Valentine’s printables — 73 by my quick count. So I almost took the night off. But, I’ve managed to find three cute Valentine’s printables that (I think!) didn’t make that list. Here they are!

Valentine’s Day Printables {Free Templates} from FLIPAWOO Designs

Downloadable Valentine’s Day Coupons from BHG

Hello, Good Gravy!: DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Tags


Our Valentine’s Sweetheart Party + Free Printable

I had so much fun planning this Valentine’s Day photo shoot for you! I had this idea that the terrific and sweet Kathy from Tickled Peach Studio made come to life. I just wanted Valentine’s cards for school that read, “A SweeTart for My Sweetheart” to which we could attach a little packet of SweeTarts. (Now, if I had realized how hard it would be to find little SweeTart packages in early January, I might have given up on this concept! Whew.)

Kathy turned my little card idea into a full blown Valentine’s collection. We’ve got the card for you for FREE! Click here to download a four-page PDF with two card designs on each page.

Visit Kathy’s Etsy shop to purchase the rest of the Be My Sweetheart collection. You’ll receive all of this for only $12!

  • Mini Candy Circle Labels (12 designs)
  • Mini Candy Bar Wraps (4 designs)
  • Large Candy Bar Wrap (1 design)
  • Party Sign 5″x7″ (1 design)
  • 2″ Party Circles (4 designs)
  • 2″ Favor Tags (1 design)
  • Favor Bag Toppers (1 design)
  • Banner “Be My Sweetheart” AND “Happy Valentine’s Day”
  • Flat Party Labels 4″x3.5″ (blank)
  • Folded Party Labels 3.5″x2″ (blank)
  • Straw Flags (10 designs)
  • Cupcake Wraps (1 design)
  • Bottle Wraps (1 design)
  • Scrapbook Papers (4 designs)

We’ll get back to the cards later in the party, but let’s start at the beginning. My concept was a pre-Valentine’s party to get ready for the card exchange at school. You could invite as many of your child’s friends as you like and have them bring their cards for their classmates. Make your cards, eat some goodies, and prep some candy to giveaway to your friends. And just for fun, how about frosting some cookies?

Our sweets table featured vanilla Jones soda, wrapped in Kathy’s bottle labels, to which I added a red straw with one of her party flags. And on the caps, I added a Hershey Kiss label. On the giant Hershey Kisses, I used the party circles on the bottoms.

On the tiered tray, we had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, some finished with Kathy’s toppers and others with giant SweeTarts – yum! We also had brownie bites and homemade blondies. (I posted the blondies recipe here.) There also would have been heart-shaped red velvet whoopie pies but there was a little kitchen disaster. These things happen.

Kathy’s collection includes two banners, which worked perfectly for my setting, although I shortened the smaller size banner so it would fit on our table. I love the little felt heart stickers that I used to cover the hooks I hung the banner from.

I usually try not to buy items for a party if I don’t know how to use them. But I couldn’t resist these heart Peeps. It was a while later before I had the inspiration to paint some lollipop sticks and add grosgrain ribbon leaves. Instant “roses.”

I was able to use my chair cover pockets for this party. I love the hot pink combined with red. The pockets are great for holding special party favors. And for the first time, I added a coordinating table runner, finished in a ball fringe to match the chair pockets. You can find the chair pockets and table runner in my Etsy shop.

After enjoying our sweets, the girls set to work on their Valentine’s Day cards. Just attach your SweeTarts in the space provided with a Glue Dot.

After making cards, we wrapped large candy bars, mini candy bars and applied labels to the bottom of the Hershey Kisses. Then we packaged the treats in Zip Lock sandwich bags and finished them with Kathy’s bag topper.

With our Valentine’s preparations complete, it was time to decorate cookies. We decorated cookies in Meg’s classroom before Christmas, and the boys and girls enjoyed making their creations equally. The fun part for me was watching those six-year-olds totally not know when to stop. There were some pretty over-the-top cookies. (In fact, Grace enjoyed decorating so much that Meg says she wants to make Grace a bowl of icing for her birthday!)

Finally, we passed out little favors: candy hearts in little red tins, topped with Kathy’s party circles, a polka dot ribbon, and the felt hearts.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Viridian Images Photography

Printables: Tickled Peach Studio

Red Tiered Stand and Cake Stand: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OliviaDru

Chair Cover Pockets and Table Runner: Double the Fun Parties on Etsy

Recipe: Valentine’s Blondies

I made these blondies for our Valentine’s photo shoot and they are so good, I had to pass along the recipe from Baked Perfection. So good, so easy. I made only two changes. I used an 8.5″ x 11″ pan. I also let them cool slightly, then cut them with a heart cookie cutter. Yum-o.

Brown Sugar Blondies

adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

 Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly. Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’s. Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M’s on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature.


Tutorial: Making a Chalkboard Frame

Chalkboard frames seem to be all the rage right now, but they also can be very pricey. So I set out to make my own. This craft is pretty simple and once you buy the basic supplies, you’ll be able to make several frames of your own. Then the frames can display menus on your sweets table, welcome guests, or invite them to take a gift bag.

Supplies Needed

Frame

Paint (optional)

Sanding block

Mod Podge (optional)

Foam brush

Chalkboard vinyl (I used Contact brand purchased from Amazon; you can use paint pens for chalk boards on this vinyl)

Squeegee

Chalk

Instructions

1. If your frame is not the color you want it to be, use the sanding block to roughen the surface and paint it the color you want. My frame needed two coats. (On Saturday, I saw several frames at Ikea with a vintage look — all for under $5.)

2. Once the frame is completely dry, use your sanding block to reveal some of the original color (if you want a weathered look).

3. I wanted to protect the frame and add a little sheen, so I used the foam brush to coat the frame in Mod Podge. Let this dry overnight.

4. Read the instructions on the back of the chalkboard vinyl. You will apply the vinyl to the glass from the frame.

5. Place the glass on the back of the chalkboard vinyl and mark the area you want to cut with a marker. You’ll want to cut the vinyl just slightly larger than the glass.

6. Peel the backing off the vinyl and carefully apply it to the glass. Smooth it from the center out. You’ll probably see air bubbles (like those below). Use your squeegee to smooth out the bubbles. Again, work from the center out.

7. Use chalk to prime the vinyl.

8. Erase the chalk.

9. Reinsert the vinyl covered glass in the frame and you’re done!

If making your own chalkboard frame isn’t your thing, but you love the look, check out Shugabee Lane on Etsy.

Enjoy! Jennifer

Valentine’s Day Spa Party from Itsy Belle

As soon as I saw this party from Itsy Belle, I knew I had to share it with you all. Christy created a Valentine’s spa that would work for girls (or women!) of any age. I love the idea of making Valentine’s a special day with friends. (I think this would be an especially great way to celebrate Valentine’s with a teenage daughter and friends who might be at that boyfriend-less stage and feeling a little left out of the big day.)

Paper Lanterns from Luna Bazaar. This sweet little welcome sign kicks off the party with a luxury hotel feel.

Guests were welcomed with towels, robes, and Moodylicous favor bags complete with flower headbands.

Christy provided Moodylicous Children’s Spa Products for her guests to do mani-pedis and facials. Guests also received Moodylicous Chocolate Face Frosting, Cotton Candy Body Mist, and Cotton Candy Lotions.

A mani-pedi station was setup and each guest received a mani-pedi kit.

The girls were pampered with Moodylicous Chocolate Sugar Scrub (because what says Valentine’s Day more than chocolate?).

How cute is this Little Miss?

Christy didn’t just have a dessert table — she had an entire spa {sweet} treatments cabinet!

The pink ombre garland was made from paint chips. (With all the paint chip inspiration out there, does anyone else feel a little sorry for the paint store?)

Another fun party favor with bath beads, loofah, sundae dish and spoon: soapy spa sundaes.

A pink ombre ruffle cake is topped with mini “love” bunting.

“Sugar Scrub Treatment” was offered, consisting of pink marshmallows dipped in pink sugar. (The heart shaped photo holders are from Pier 1 Imports.) And I adore the little party flags!

Lettered Mini Marshmallows as “Marshmallow Love Letters,” Pink Cotton Candy as “Sugar Cotton Balls,” and Peppermint Neccos as “Candy Bath Bombs” were just some of the Valentine’s and spa-themed sweets.

Guests drank a “love potion.”

The girls ended their spa day with Moodylicous Wicked Chocolate Face Frosting.You can purchase Moodylicous Wicked Chocolate Face Frosting here!

Printables are available in Itsy Belle’s Etsy shop!

Enjoy! Jennifer

Valentine’s Day Luncheon from Just Call Me Martha

I fell in love with this Valentine’s cake on Pinterest and found the party it’s attached to on Catch My Party. So, I’m thrilled that Leoni Jena from the blog Just Call Me Martha has graciously allowed Double the Fun Parties to feature her Valentine’s luncheon here.

Leoni was inspired by Kikki K’s Sweet Heart collection (see below) and used elements of it in her party.

So, aside from the cake, the backdrop of envelopes may be my favorite element. Leoni bought 40 envelopes at a dollar store and stuck them straight to her wall. Love the single red envelope!

Here is another shot of the cake. Leoni says, “The cake was inspired by the gorgeous heart bunting pattern on the Kikki K wrapping paper and the heart pattern found on most of their Valentine cards. It is actually a very simple cake, I used a clay extruder to create the red “string” and edible paper to create the hearts.” OK, so it may be simple for Leoni, but I’m impressed.

Leonie’s Valentine’s day card for her hubs – love the combo of modern + polka dot.

To create paper elements for her table, Leoni used the Kikki K sticker book. Very economical!

For favors, Leoni used Chinese take-out boxes and filled them with heart chocolates. Leoni says, “These cute cards came from the Kikki mini note set, aren’t they adorable? Mini heart pegs are also from Kikki K.”

In addition to the beautiful tablescape, Leoni made all the food herself, including mini raspberry trifles, mini cheesecake bites, raspberry and coconut mini cupcakes, chocolate hearts, love letter cookies heart sugar cookies, and coconut & pineapple milkshakes. (Note to self: visit Australia, make friends with Leoni.)

These love letter sugar cookies have an edible paper stamp (stamp design from Kikki K).

These heart cookies on a stick also were inspired by the Kikki K collection.

Finally, here are the individual cheesecakes with red chocolate and a red heart topper.

It’s all just so fabulous. Leoni is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. Her blog, Just Call Me Martha, is, of course, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Martha Stewart where she features parties, cakes and crafts.

Enjoy! Jennifer

Freebie Friday: Valentine’s Day Printables

Let the Valentine’s freebies begin!

Valentine’s Gift Tags from The Rubber Punkin

{Valentine’s Day} Parenting Magazine Mention & Free Printable Designs! | The TomKat Studio.

Printable Valentine cards | How About Orange.