Thursday, January 20, 2011

I need Valentine Party ideas! Help!

 Okay y'all... I'm having this party throwing craving.  Does that ever happen to you?
 I see all of these darling heart shaped cupcake toppers, and little sprinkles, and I instantly have visions of myself in a sunshiney kitchen, wearing one of my cute aprons, whipping up batches of (calorie free) delectable desserts for a big party. 
 Um... only I live in the Pacific Northwest and I'm not sure I'm ever going to see the sun again.  So the sunshiney kitchen part's out. 
 And though I do wear a cute apron when I bake, I've also got a little apron clad hoodlum, messing up my counters as she insists on "helping." 
And well, we all know the desserts aren't calorie-free. 
I still want to throw a party for a few of my kiddos friends.  And their Mamas.  And perhaps we'll even allow the daddies to tag along.  And maybe we'll even make a special drink that needs an umbrella for those lovely Mamas?  You just never know...

But I need your help.  I want to decorate cute... and I need some ideas for activities that will allow the Mamas to sip on said "umbrella drinks." 

Any ideas for me? 

22 comments:

  1. Oooo, that sounds so fun. I live in Snohomish, and love checking out your fun blog. I found these Valentine crafts here - http://www.skiptomylou.org/2011/01/11/valentines-day-crafts-3/
    I made, just the other day, a paper globe. I'm going to make more! They are so fun and easy. I found other directions for the globe here-
    http://crafttutorials.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/paper-globe-ornaments/
    Have a very fun Valentine party!
    Tonya

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  2. Every year my mom throws a party and it's so much fun! She makes home made placemats and goes all out. I'm a little on the simpler side of things. . .so this year a centerpiece I tried was pouring some candy conversation hearts in a pretty glass jar with a candle sitting on top. On my mantle I used smaller Ball jars (the ones that usually serve as my cups) and did the same. Simple and so pretty! We have played Bingo with the names of people attending the party and other Love words using the hearts as our markers...served the pretty sherbery pink party punch and good food--FuN !!

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  3. you should check out another of my favorite blogs, "Annie Eats", she makes amazing desserts and cute cupcakes and cookies that are perfect for any party. Have a super day!

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  4. well i'm pregnant and craving smoothies....strawberry and banana (keeps w/the red/pink/white theme)
    or pink raspberry lemonade

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  5. I'm not very good at getting into Valentine's day. So, please share some of the ideas you get :-)

    Happy Friday!

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  6. Hey! I have kids!!! I'm a mom! ;)

    If the sun does not make an appearance soon I'm afraid I might turn grey. Do you hear me??? Grey.

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  7. Hey! I have kids!!! I'm a mom! ;)

    If the sun does not make an appearance soon I'm afraid I might turn grey. Do you hear me??? Grey.

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  8. I don't have any ideas but man, if you made all that stuff I am jealous!!!! The pics LOOK YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. i LOVE throwing parties! just give me a theme, baby, and i'm golden! i made a paper garland for a bday party just recently that would be easy and cute...just punch circles (or hearts in you case) with a large paper punch, mine was like 2". and sew them together with your sewing machine...just keep laying another one down and keep sewing...they're so fun!! i have pics on my blog if you need more of a visual :) have fun!

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  10. This is what I love about you girl. You are so fun and fancy free. No I never get the desire to throw a party...much less a Valentine's day party with kids and their parents. You are such an awesome person. Why can't I be close so I could come?? I WANNA COME:)

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  11. The Crafty Crow and One Pretty Thing are full of round-ups featuring fun crafts and ideas. Last year I had my kids help make chocolate covered strawberries, mangos and marshmallows for their Dad. It was easy and they loved it. I think I am going to have the kids decorate a t-shirt with a heart freezer paper stencil for a fun Valentine project.
    I ♥ LMM!!!

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  12. Another fun idea is to make paper placemats (for the kids maybe?) and put games on them like crosswords, word jumbles, etc.

    Have fun planning!!!

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  13. I got nothing. But I do adore those cute little hearts. And I am dying to have my peeps over since vacation and illness have descended. And I am trying desperately not to covet your mixer. Have you ever had a chocolate martini? They are mighty good. The recipes aren't really little umbrella material howeva.

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  14. Play the cookie game. Make the kids sit on the floor with head tilted back, then put a cookie on their forehead and make them wiggle their facial muscles until the cookie slides near their mouths until they eat it. The first one to get it wins a dollar. IT IS HYSTERICAL! Use smallish cookies or crackers though, those mouths aren't that big! Oh by the way, they can't use their hands at all.

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  15. Our kids like to make their own Valentines and last year we loved going to www.familyfun.go.com and printing out lots of different card ideas to make and give out! The boys loved the Rockets!!!!
    Our children love to make crafts with felt and a simple craft is just stringing cut out felt hearts together to make a 'garland' of sorts - it was not messy and very cute! I cut heart templates in different sizes from a clean milk jug and they just traced and cut to their heart's content. When they each had 20-25 hearts, they used red and white twine to string them together!
    We often use Scripture verses about love to make simple puzzles for Valentine's Day - I just print them and the kids glue them to cardstock, embellish the page with their own coloring/art and cut them in puzzle shapes.
    I'm sure your party will be lots of fun! We have plenty of sunshine today and I would send some your way, but it came with freezing Arctic air - it's -2F. Do you want the cold with the sun?

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  16. You can get heart shaped foam wreaths and cut cute V-Day fabric into strips and have the kiddos tie the fabric around the wreath form. It's something you can use year after year and pretty simple.

    What are those little cut out hearts? Did you make those or buy them?

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  17. I WANT TO COME TOOOOOO..... I have an idea----- valentine cupcake station--- you make the cupcakes and ice them all white, then you set up a station of sprinkles, and sweeties and marshmallows etc etc and let the kids decorate their own. It'll give the mummys at least a couple of minutes to poke themsleves in an eye with a lovely unmbrella!! {maybe the eye bit only happens to me}... have a lovely party! xx

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  18. Over Christmas I made a red and white rag garland, now I have added some pink ribbon for v-day. Its really easy, uses scraps you already have, and packs a punch!

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  19. I completely agree on the grey...it is getting old. One of the joys of living in the PNW. Last week, when the sun started streaming through my windows, I actually did a happy dance. I also couldn't believe how bright my house is with some sunshine... : ) I hope you go ahead and throw this fun party, It sounds like fun. Mama's enjoy drinks with umbrella even if the kids are engaged in crazy activities. Just fun to be together. I am planning a V-Day girls night, fun drinks, good food, and no kids...sometimes we have to do that too!

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  20. Hi Sasha --
    Sorry I can't help you out with the valentine ideas ... I'm looking for my own too!
    But I did want to invite you to stop by "my place" ... there's a little surprise waiting : ) Hope you like it. I have so enjoyed your posts and pics!!!

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  21. Abby and I host a Valentines day party for her girly friends every year (only I am not on the ball this year ...yikes) anyway... last year we included sewing little hearts for charity... it was SEW much fun.... anyway... we hung hand made conversation hearts on ribbons all over the house... saying things like ... Sew a little love... Sew fun... Sew Sweet... Sewtastic... etc. it was a sewing theme... anyway... they were adorable!! our conversation hearts were white with markers... Abby made them herself... even cuter!! =) they were two sided as well... those brownies look yummy!

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