Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM
We are incredibly excited for Valentine’s Day this year as it’s the first year Kane gets to hand out valentines at school! I vividly remember making valentines each year for my class and getting so excited to give them to every child — tucking them into whatever little special box or bag we’d made at school for the occasion. But since Valentine’s Day is inevitably chock full of sweetness, we wanted to make a non-candy valentine for all of his friends. I found some really cute mini heart mazes and we set ourselves up with a little early holiday party to make a special package for them. The kids used The Land of Nod’s gorgeous Little Paint Pod Watercolors to paint a teensy-tiny bag. After they dry, we’ll slip a maze inside, and seal it up with a “You’re an aMAZEing Friend!” sticker I made. A perfect non-candy, friendship valentine!
After we’d painted all our valentines, we obviously needed to add in a little sweetness for ourselves. I decorated our work table with the beautiful Heartstring Garland (love that it’s hearts without extra pink!) and Nod’s super sparkly Toot Sweet Party Garland. I’m always incredibly impressed with the durability and thought put into The Land of Nod’s party supplies — they are easy to assemble, store, and re-use in so many different ways. I’m thinking these garlands will find a second home in Cameron’s new big-girl room!
I put out a few sweets for them, including our homemade strawberry marshmallows; some vintage Valentines candies (with hysterical new sayings!); and our Valentines mocktail with pomegranate heart ice. Toot Sweet’s Pretty Birdies Cupcake Kit worked perfectly for our strawberry marshmallows — putting shiny little love birds on top. Just enough treats for a really sweet party.
p.s. Cam is rarely without a gaggle of stuffed animals these days (is that the correct term for a group of stuffies?!), so we set up her favorites at the party in a comfy bed in Ashley Goldberg for Nod’s Lovestruck Organic Floor Bin. Party animals!
Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.