Valentine’s Day gifts

This year my husband and I hosted Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  You can read my previous blog about the dinner.  This blog will be able the gifts that we gave.

The adults received chocolate hearts. Each adult had one on their plate before we started dinner.

The kids got more goodies.  My nieces got mailboxes with goodies inside.  Inside the mailboxes I placed goldfish. It’s nice to take when going somewhere with the kids and they want to snack.  I also gave them a rubber duck. The rubber duck was a Valentine’s Day one. My older niece who is in preschool got pencils that way she can use them when doing her homework.  I also placed a small stuffed animal inside the mailbox. The final things that were in the mailbox were candy: ring pop and lollipops.  Each mailbox had two balloons attached to them.

These gifts were simple and quick to put together.  I hope this inspires you to create your own Valentine’s Day gifts for your family.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

My husband and I decided to host a Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  I usually make sure to use my nice china but I wanted to make it more about the holiday.   I picked up Valentine’s Day plates and napkins.  I decorated my table with Valentine’s Day decorations.

For each guest, I picked up chocolate hearts. All the adults received chocolate hearts as a gift.  The chocolate was placed on the plate so that everyone saw it when they walked in. The children received a mailbox with goodies and two Valentine’s Day balloons.   It was a simple dinner and fun for everyone.

For dinner, we made mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy sauce, chicken with sun dried tomatoes, mac and cheese, a chick pea salad and a regular table salad.  Everything was good. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I love hosting for various events and holidays. I make sure to make it fun and festive.  Below is a photo. Hope this inspires you to host your own holiday dinner.

Valentine’s Day decor

Valentine’s Day is all about love and showing the people we love how much we love them.  As you all know, I love to decorate. I will decorate for every holiday possible.  My last blog was about a Valentine’s Day Mesh wreath.  I also decorated my buffet server. This is the center of my dining room.

On my buffet server I have a runner. I got a pink runner with hearts on it from the Christmas Tree store. Very cute and simple.  I also created a bowl with red glittery hearts to place at the center of my buffet server.  I also placed some Valentine’s Day sayings that I picked up from Target and TJMAXx.  In the back of my buffet server I placed two photos of my family.  My family means everything to me and I want everyone to see it.

My decoration is very simple and shows how much I love my family.  Hope this inspires you to create your own special place for decorating.

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Valentine’s Day Wreath

I love all kinds of holidays. My all time favorite is Christmas but I do love all the other holidays.  I feel that we work so much and the holidays allow us to take some time to just relax and enjoy our families.

I love making things so of course, I made a Valentine’s Day wreath. I made a mesh wreath this time.  I shopped for various things that can be used for the wreath before I started.  Below you will find the materials and the directions in making the wreath.  A lot of the materials I found at the dollar store. I find it silly to spend a lot of money on materials if I know that in a few years I will want to change my design.

Materials

• red mesh

• wire wreath ring

• hearts on sticks( I got red and pink as well as big and small)

•twist ties

directions

1. First bunch up the mesh on the wire ring.

2. Use twist ties to help keep the mesh in its place.

3. Once you went around twice ( I like to do that to make the color stand out more), place heart sticks all around.

4. Hang up.

I hope this helps to inspire you to make your own. Below is a photograph of my Valentine’s Day wreath. The photo is not great as it was taken using a flash.  Happy crafting!

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Thanksgiving HandPrint Runner

I always am searching through everything on Pinterest.   I came across a wonderful idea of a hand printed table runner.   I wish I came across it last year.  When my son was born,  I had all these ideas to do things with hand and foot prints.   When he was born I was scared to put paint on his tiny little hands.  Now that he is a year old it’s easier to do things like that.

When I saw the idea of a hand print table runner,  I went out looking for one for Thankgiving.   Each year I will use a different color paint and paint his hands and then place it on the table runner.  I will also date it.  I started it this year and it’s a nice way to see how his hands grow and he can see it as well when he gets older.  I started on one side of the table runner and the other side will be for the next child (if we are able to have another child).

The things that I needed were a paint brush, acrylic paint and a table runner.  This year my husband picked the color and he picked orange.   I placed the arylic paint on my son’s hands.   I did one at a time so that he will not get it all over one of us.  Right away we cleaned his hands. It was quick and easy to do.  It also dried right away.   I dated the hand prints the next day with black arylic paint. Below is a photo of the first step.  I hope this inspires you to make your own.  It’s a special keepsake to have.  Happy crafting.

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First birthday frame

As I reflect on my son’s first birthday, I worked really hard to create a Cookie Monster theme. It was very hard to find things to do because boys are hard to find themes for.  As you know,  I picked a Cookie Monster theme.  I didn’t want to do a Mickey Mouse theme because I wanted to do something different from others.  The next couple of blogs will be about my son’s first birthday party.  I hope it inspires you to think outside of the box and create a theme for your child and work with what you have.

The first thing that I made was a first birthday photo frame.  I used a mat from a photo frame.  I painted it with a acrylic paint and then decorated it.

Materials:

– photo frame

– acrylic paint- light brown and dark brown

– letter accents- blue and gold

– tape

  • paint brushes

directions

  1.  Paint the photo frame with light brown. Let it dry.

2.   Paint circles using the dark brown paint. Let it dry

3.  Use the letter accents both gold and blue.  I spelled out Happy 1st birthday Michael.

4. I taped the letters on the frame.

5. Use the photo frame at the party.

I had a great time making this frame. I hope this inspires you to create your own. Make your child’s birthday party special.

Cookie letter

img_5694      As my son’s first birthday approaches, I had to figure out a first birthday theme.  It’s not that easy for a boy.  There are more girl ideas then boy ideas.  So I thought about my son and he’s at a stage where he wants to get into everything and wants to know everything.  I call him my little monster.  So I searched Pinterest for ideas.    They had a few ideas but with monsters like for Halloween. I then came across a Cookie Monster cake smash photo and knew that was what I wanted to do.

The searching then began.  Once again there was a limited amount of ideas.  I came across a photograph of the letter D with cookies on it.  I knew that was one of the things that I wanted to make.  So I started planning.  I picked up the letter m for my son’s name and some Cookie Crisp. I used a hot glue gun and glued the Cookie Crisp onto the letter.  I will be using the letter for the day of his party on display and it was used as a photo prop for his first birthday photo shoot ( first birthday photo shoot blog coming soon).   It was fun creating this letter for him.  Below you will find the materials and steps to creating a Cookie letter.

Materials

– wooden letter

– a box of Cookie Crisp

– glue gun

– glue sticks

– paper (in case glue spills on the floor)

directions

  1.  Lay down paper on the floor.  Heat up the glue gun.
  2. Pick some Cookie crisps.
  3. Start glueing.
  4. Cover the wooden letter with Cookie Crisps and you’re done.
  5. Use for decorations and/or photo props.