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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Teachers and Friends

I still remember coming home one Valentine’s Day afternoon when I was a freshman in high school to find a flower on my dresser with a note, scribbled on a 3 x 5 card in my Dad’s signature felt tip pen and barely legible hand writing, “I love you”.  There was one there for two of my sisters as well, which meant that the bouquet on the kitchen table for my mom only had 9 stems instead of 12. I’m sure she didn’t mind. It made me feel so special, especially because it meant that my father, who is blind, had taken a bus to the store to purchase the flowers and had to ask for help in selecting the flowers and finding the right money to pay with. My parents still pass out valentines to the grandchildren, a small treat with a store bought card expressing their love. It is simple, but means so much to me. I want to carry on this tradition and so even though my daughter is only 1 1/2 we wanted to make a few valentines for her to give away to those she loves.

I got the idea for these from the Silhouette blog. My sweetheart bought me a new Silhouette for Christmas this year and I LOVE it! It was a little bit of an investment, but I am having so much fun with it! If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine (come borrow mine) you could also put treats in little plastic cups and they would be just as cute! I saw valentines themed cups at Maceys grocery store 2 for $1 – or you could even use red Solo cups.

I cut out the french fry boxes from patterned scrapbook paper. IMG_8941

Then I took a page from my sisters decorating book (see Monday’s post) and added some newspaper pinwheels. I finished them off with a heart cut from cardstock. IMG_8942

I slid some tissue paper in them and filled them with sweet treats like ju-ju hearts, cinnamon lips, salt water taffy and sour balls and put them in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. I can’t wait to take her around to deliver these to her grandparents and her little friends. IMG_8947

I also wanted to make some treat baskets to take to some of the women in my neighborhood (wink, wink, nudge, nudge – visiting teaching) so I made a stop at my dollar store to pick up some supplies. I found these cute baskets there in the garbage can section and they were the perfect size and shape! Then I bought lots of fun goodies to fill them with like: popcorn, cream soda, a candle, suckers, candy jewelry, Little Debbie snacks (I miss Hostess so much!) and conversation hearts. IMG_8925

I added some tissue paper and wrapped them in cellophane (all found at the dollar store) and I think they turned out really cute! These would be great to give school teachers or your significant other! Each basket only cost $5 for everything!

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If you haven’t purchased the valentines your kids are going to distribute in school, don’t spend any money – here are links to 5 really cute FREE valentine printables that you can print right at home!

Free Printable Valentine - ARMY - events to CELEBRATE!

 

Army Valentine Printable

Colorful and fun valentine

Colorful and fun printable

Valentine kisses

Kisses bag topper printable

Treats for the Sweet valentine

Treats for the Sweet printable

You Rock valentine

You Rock! printable

Valentine’s Day DIY Decorations

Are you looking for some fun, simple and inexpensive Valentine’s Day decorations? Look no further!IMG_8933

This Valentine’s Day garland is easy to make, super cute and the supplies come right to your door each Sunday morning. A few years ago my sister Beth made this garland for me and gave it to me for Christmas. It was before pinwheels were all the rage, she’s ahead of the trends like that. 🙂 I was super excited to get it because it was my very first Valentine’s Day decoration!IMG_8939

I love that this garland looks a little antique, but is modernized by the little bit of glitz. It is made from newspaper (doesn’t get much less expensive than that in the world of scrapbooking paper that is normally $.60 – $1.00 per sheet) and embellished with shimmery card stock circles and chipboard white letters.IMG_89361- Cut strips of newspaper of equal width and length. You can leave the edges plain, use a border paper punch or use decorative scissors to cut along one edge. She used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the lacy edge (and I LOVE IT).

2- Accordion fold the strips of paper (if it is too short you may have to staple/glue two strips together). Then gather at the center (like making a paper fan) and secure the ends together with glue or staples.

3- Hot glue the pinched together center so it holds together.

4- Embellish with letters, hearts, glitter, etc.

It costs maybe a couple of dollars, takes about an hour and is one of my most favorite holiday decorations from any season!

Okay, so you need something that is even less time consuming than that? Here is a link to a FREE garland. All you have to do is print it, cut it out and string it.

vday free garland

Here are two really cute wreaths that are super simple to make, the supplies can be found almost anywhere (including WalMart) and they don’t cost a lot of money!

My friend Kara made this wreath out of wood heart cutouts from the craft store, painted them and glued them in a circle. Simple, inexpensive and a fun craft to do during naptime! She posted a tutorial here.

Kara's Valentines WreathI also love this one using a Styrofoam heart form, red felt circles and a hot glue gun to create this wreath. Again, super simple to make (especially if you have helpers cutting out the circles) with a super cute result! Here is a tutorial.

heart wreath

Couples Valentines Day Party

My friend Megan is like a sister to me and even though we only get to see each other a few times a year, I always go away wishing we lived just down the street from each other. She has one of those contagious personalities that you want around you all the time! A couple of years ago she hosted a fabulous couples only Valentine’s Day party.  My husband, Darrell, and I were lucky enough to get an invite and we had such a great time! Somehow I got the party time incorrect and when we showed up she had just gotten out of the shower! Oops. 🙂 So, we wandered around Lowe’s for an hour and then came back.

Read her post about the event here. Let me fill you in on some of the fun details.

Valentine's couples party

The food: Oh goodness, the food! I still remember how good those chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting were. I wanted to take the entire stand and go hide with them in a closet for the rest of the night. I think I ate 3. She had an impressive spread of desserts including: oreo truffles, cookies, cupcakes, cake, chocolate/oatmeal bars, chocolate covered strawberries and brownies. You know how you pin all these really delicious dessert ideas on Pinterest and wish you had an occasion/excuse to make them? This type of party is perfect for that! Even better, let your guests bring a dessert and recipe to share and that will cut out some of the work for you.

The games: As she posts, she had a couples white elephant gift exchange (PG rated) and it was hilarious and so much fun to participate in. I loved that she took something typically only done at Christmas and brought it to Valentine’s Day. The Catch Phrase/Taboo game was a riot! We split into two teams and had 30 seconds for one of our teammates to give clues for us to guess as many famous couples as we could. Here is a link to a list of famous couples.  Because there were a variety of people at the party with a variety of interests she also used some literary couples (Romeo and Juliet, Bella and Edward, Ron and Hermione) and some pop culture (Beyonce and Jay-Z, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) and some fictional (Fred and Wilma, Homer and Marge, Barbie and Ken).

Even if you aren’t planning a couples party this year, save these ideas for next year or adapt them to do as a family for a fun Valentine’s Day Family Home Evening! Thanks for the great ideas Megan!!

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