Fun Valentine Ideas!

It's that time again.....Valentine's Day!  Which means it's time to figure out what sort of cute Valentines to make for the kiddos!  Well, I've got you covered!  I've come up with some super easy, and delightfully adorable Valentine ideas that are sure to be a hit with all the kiddos!
 Oriental Trading has everything you could imagine when it comes to Valentine's Day or for that matter any holiday gifts and crafts ideas!

I love being able to find non-candy Valentine options that my kiddos will be thrilled to give out, and I definitely think I found one great option with these adorable mini eraser Valentines.  How cute are these?  Oriental Trading had so many different kinds to choose from, I could hardly decide.  I ultimately decided on the peanut erasers, fruit erasers, sweets erasers and finally the burger and fries erasers!
They all fit so neatly in these darling little favor boxes.  Then I simply added a little crinkle paper fill, tied a little bakers twine around them and added the sweetest little Valentine tags.
My kiddos cannot wait to give them out!

Download Free tag HERE

Now, the mini eraser Valentines are certainly cute for the littles, but what about the older tweens and teens?  I ultimately decided on these hilarious hot dog pens and these lovely paint brush pens!
Frankly, I like you Valentine!

Omg...when I saw these hot dog pens, I just couldn't resist!
Just add some bakers twine and a cute tag and your done!


Download free tag HERE
You COLOR my world Valentine! 

I just loved how realistic these paintbrush pens were!
Once again, simply add some bakers twine and a darling tag and your Valentine is complete!

 Download Free tag HERE

I hope you loved all these super fun and easy Valentine ideas!  Be sure to pop on over to Oriental Trading for these and the rest of your Valentine's Day Party supplies!

This review is based strictly on my opinion.  I was provided samples free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review.  No other compensation was recieved.  All ideas and opinions are my own.

How to host a Valentine Making Party for littles, tweens and teens! PLUS a $200 Giveaway to throw your own Valentine's Party!

I'm so exited to be sharing my Valentine's Day party along with 9 other amazing parties from some super talented party stylists!  With this many wonderful parties you're sure to find plenty of Valentine inspiration to throw your own spectacular party!  And we happen to be giving away a $200 gift card to one lucky person to do just that!
(links for parties and giveaway below.)
     Start by checking out my:
Valentine Making Party!

     Mixing multiple age groups isn't always as successful as we'd like it to be, but when you give them a super fun activity like making their own custom Valentines... it's a win win for any age!

     My inspiration for the decor for this party was a modern black and white floral pattern I had spotted in my travels.  This pattern paired with deep reds, bright yellows, and subtle pops of pale pinks made for the perfect, not so traditional Valentine party decor!  I love throwing in an unexpected color to the classic holiday decor.

     Besides designing the invite and the tablescape, creating the dessert table is my all time favorite part of styling a party. Having a cake on a dessert table is definitely a must for me and this decadent chocolate layered cake covered with buttercream frosting and sanding sugars was a perfect choice.  I also had chocolate dipped strawberry pops, chocolate dipped Madelines, delicious french vanilla cupcakes, strawberry cream mousse and beautifully decorated sugar cookies. There was definitely NOT a lack of sweets at this party!

     I love a good , simple DIY and this party had a few!
The decorations on the cake and the cupcakes were a super simple DIY using straws, glitter paper, fun little puffy gold hearts and glittery gold trim.  My favorite DIY though, would have to be the cake stand.  I simply took a white octagon wood tray I had found at the dollarspot in Target, flipped it upside down and glued it onto a gold candle holder.  Whah lah... instant cake stand!  Sometimes the easiest things can have the most wonderful impact!

     To bring the modern black and white floral design that inspired the party to both the dining/project table and the dessert table, I made table runners for both and also added the pattern to a darling banner that hung from the giant circular tulled centerpiece of the backdrop.  To create the table runners, I used a white drapery blackout liner which is much like canvas.  Then using black acrylic paint, I simply painted on the design.  It's an easy and inexpensive way to add the exact look you desire to any party.

    Beautifully vibrant flowers placed in varying sized deep red and pale pink glasses lined the middle of the table. I love when I get the chance to incorporate my Grandmother's antique red glass plates and glasses. And this was the perfect party for just that!  On top of the plates were darling gold heart shaped boxes filled with decadent chocolate truffles and topped with a lovely tag that doubled as a place card!

     For the wonderfully fun Valentine making part of the party, I enlisted the help of my friend Katie from Kittenlicious Creations to style a bar cart filled with all the wonderfully crafty goodies the guests would use to create their Valentine masterpieces! Katie used adorable little white ramekins and little square plates to display all the goodies on.  This also made it easy to pick and choose from all the lovlies that would adorn all the cards!

     The little guests as well as the big guests all had so much fun designing and decorating to their hearts content!

Now that was just the beginning ... click on all the party links below to get even more fabulous party inspiration! And don't forget to enter to win a 
$200 gift card!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 10 Valentine's Parties Chocolate Fondue Party by Fun-Squared ~ Dolly and Me Tea Party by Fawn Parties ~ Valentine Making Party ~ Follow Your Heart Galentine's Party by The Party Porch ~ Shabby Chic Valentine Tea Party by Pretty Twinkle Party ~ Galentine's Kisses by SNAP Creativity ~ Valentine's Day Card Making by Make Life Lovely ~ Donut You Know I Love You Party by Your Everyday Family ~ Galentine's Party by Tatertots and Jello ~ Cupid's Cafe Dinner Party by Giggles Galore

How To Host a Gingerbread Decorating Party!

Kids Gingerbread House Decorating Party!

      The Holiday season is in full swing and so aren't all the festive parties that go along with it!  
I for one can not go through a Christmas season without hosting a Gingerbread House Decorating Party for the kiddos.  Just watching them and their creative little minds at work as they place each piece of candy just right to create their ultimate masterpiece is the best part for me!
      Setting up a Gingerbread House Decorating Party doesn't have to be overwhelming. It can be relatively easy by following some of these fun and easy tips.
-Wrapping Paper for 1 can be your best friend when hosting a party for children.  I love using it for table runners and even place mats.  It comes in endless patterns and designs and the best part is the cleanup is a snap!  
-Secondly, this year I decided to use Graham Crackers to build my gingerbread houses.  The size was perfect and it took no time at all to create.  A nice touch was adding sugar cones as trees for an added element for the kids to decorate.  They loved it!
-And lastly, I used little white ramekins placed by each child sorted and filled with all the different kinds of candies.  I also made sure to twist and secure the pastry bags that were filled with icing with elastics and bakers twine as to prevent it from seeping out of the top.

     The icing I used was definitely a key ingredient to the houses staying together as well as they did.  It worked like cement! Super easy recipe:

Gingerbread House Icing

4 Egg Whites
1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
4 Cups Powdered Sugar

Beat egg whites and Cream of Tartar
till stiff, then slowly add in powdered sugar and beat for 5 minutes.
 Keep covered till ready to use.
Pipes out like frosting and dries like cement!

     Though not necessary, I LOVE having a favor for everyone to take home at all my parties.  These darling "gingerbread" bags were so easy to make.  I simply took a brown paper lunch bag and drew a gingerbread house scene on them using a white chalkboard marker.  I then folded down the top to look like a roof, punched a couple holes, added some bakers twine and with a mini clothespin, clipped on a cute little "thank you" tag!  You can certainly fill them with whatever you'd like but I chose a cute little hot cocoa kit. Cause who doesn't love hot cocoa on a cold winters day!

     In my opinion, every party needs a dessert table of some degree!  I kept this one rather simple with only a couple yummy treats.  I figured all the kids would already have their fix of sweets from the sampling of all the candies from their houses!  For the backdrop, I used a simple painting of wintry birch trees and strung the most adorable Christmas tree tassel garland from it.  This is probably one of my favorite elements from the party.  It was also so easy to create.  I simply hot glued some mini pom poms and glitter stars to the green tassels and whah lah..... the cutest Christmas tree garland you ever did see!

      For desserts, I kept it quite simple with some traditional vanilla cupcakes frosted with vanilla buttercream, gingerbread men cookies and some super yummy chocolate cake pops from my friend Jenny Cookie's  Bakeshop.

     A couple more darling design elements that are easy to create and add a lovely pop of fun to any holiday party are the coffee filter trees and the pop pom decor on the back of the chairs.
Tutorial on the trees coming soon!

      All the kids really enjoyed decorating their houses and trees and were exited for me to snap a picture of their fabulous finished creations!

 Gingerbread House Decorating Parties are always a hit for all kids big and small.  
I hope you found a little inspiration to use for your next one!