We had our annual Valentines exchange party last week and it was so much fun! I chose a vintage Valentine theme and ran wild with it!
Here is the dessert table I had set up-the kids were actually really good around it and only snitched candy off of it a few times without permission…..Ok, those were my kids.
I made some of my sugar cookies-and really wanted to get some edible paper with vintage valentines printed on them. I found this fantastic shop and Joanna, the owner, was super quick to print and ship them off to me! I can’t say enough how amazing she was to work with. Thanks Joanna!
I simply trimmed the images, piped some royal icing in a square slightly smaller than the image, then let it sit for about 2 minutes. Then I pressed the image into the icing, making sure it spread to all the edge. Then I let them dry, pressing any edges down again that curled up. Then I piped around the edges with a star tip.
I got some cute festive gummy candies at, of all places, Walmart. They were so cute and I put them out in a few pieces from my milk glass collection, with vintage valentines propped up in front.
I displayed a Valentine on my photo display frame , then reused one of the wooden crates from Charlotte’s cowgirl party for some cupcakes, and coffee liner flowers in a tin pail. I made a few of the cake plates: the red one, and large white one in the middle, and the rest of the dishes were thrifted except for the tiered tower with the cookies on it, I got that at Target a few years ago.
I got the “Be Mine” banner from Groop Dealz last month, then made the rest. The top one is just scalloped and round punched paper sewn together, the next one is some small doilies with gold vinyl hearts taped to some yarn…and on the bottom, my bow garland.
I found these bags at Hobby Lobby for the kids to collect their valentines in, and these are what kicked off the theme!
The fabric here is by Holly Holderman called Retro Valentines Blocks-I hemmed the edges under and it was a cute place to put our drinks-I served some strawberry lemonade for the moms, which I forgot to get a pic of. Drinking it in these adorable jars with the cool lids and straws was so fun! (for me, I’m easily excitable I guess)
I found some free vintage-y valentine coloring pages online and printed some off for the kids to color in…Sadie was at this table a lot, she’s our little artist!
I made some easy but festive lunch bags for the kids-to make it easy for all the moms to grab ‘em and find a spot to eat! They included: a heart shaped sandwich, cutie, string cheese, yogurt, and spoon. Of course I added the cheesy labels…because I’m all about the cheese.
To wash down the kids lunch, I bought some red juice boxes, removed the straws, and wrapped them in wrapping paper (same paper I wrapped the dessert table in), then printed out and taped on a
fun cheesy Love Potion no. 9 label and taped a paper straw to the side with washi tape. They fit perfectly in the juice box hole!
For us mommas I set out a salad bar-complete with heart shaped cucumber slices, chicken, croutons, tomatoes, avocado, etc. It was yummy!
Across the whole kitchen I hung up another doily banner, this time they were folded over some red yarn and taped, then I taped a red heart on each, cut out on my Silhouette.
I have so much fun with our annual exchange party! Next year I’m thinking LoveBug or Cupid’s Arrow for the theme…so many options! Did you go to any Valentines Day parties this year?