2014 Valentines Day Party + Party Tips

As I was looking through a few of last years Valentines Day posts I realized that I never shared what I did for last year’s Valentine’s Day Party. I did share with you my cute invitations which were these cute boxes that had the party information on the circles that were sewn together.

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If you want the full tutorial you can go check out that post HERE. They are super cute, easy and cheap.

Now, back to the party. Something that I think make a great party is always the good food. I was in charge of dessert and I assigned everyone else something to bring around the menu that I wanted, which was Mexican food. That included Taco meat, taco toppings, chips, homemade red and green salsas, bean dip, and Honey Lime Enchilada. I also assigned the drinks.

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For dessert I did one of my all time favorite dessert ideas which was Ice Cream Sundaes in waffle cone bowls from Cold Stone Creamery and they were a hit! I had some syrups, brownies, bananas, Oreos, strawberry topping and some sprinkles to make the sundae perfect! Everyone loved them.

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Another key element to a great party is the decor. Over the dessert table I did a group of different sizes of lanterns and different balls and I think they turned out very cute.

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We had a few different games at the party like Minute to Win it, and also Reverse Truth or Dare, which was so much fun. I will be sharing more details about how to play these game on a future post. So keep an eye out for that.

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The last thing I had the guest do was take a quick picture in front of the photo booth with the cute props from Little Retreats. She has the cutest props ever! Love them!!!!

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I am excited for this years party and I cant wait to share all the details with you all!

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Easy Valentine’s Day M&M Cookies

These easy Valentine’s Day Cookies are packed full of yummy M&M candies and so festive for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day M&M Cookies

Hi friends! So glad you stopped by today! Are you getting excited for Valentine’s Day? We are!!! We’ve loved sharing our Valentine’s Day projects (and recipes!) with you. If you’re popping over for the first time, welcome! We sure hope you stay a while.

So, I’m a mom of 4 little boys, age 6 and under. Yes, I’m a little crazy. Yes, they’re a lot crazy. That being said, they are the coolest bunch of little dudes ever and I just love them to pieces. I’m a work at home mom, running 2 businesses from home while caring for my little dudes. My oldest is in Kindergarten and my 2nd goes to Preschool a couple days a week but usually, my house is packed full of crazy little superheroes, dressed up like Jedis, playing Legos. They are all boy and crazy and cool as they come.

The great thing about little boys is that they are all “Momma’s Boys”. In a good way. ;)  Sometimes these hardcore, rough housing boys surprise me with their tender, mommy-loving hearts. The other day, my 4 year old was just beeeeeegging me to bake cookies with him. I knew he was craving some momma time and craving cookies like always. I told him we would bake some “sometime today” and he would just not let up. Finally he came to me and said “Mom! Are we gonna bake cookies or WHAT!?!”  I dropped everything and decided to devote all of my attention to him. I pre-measured the ingredients and let him put them all in the mixer. We put the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and he chose which one was “his” cookie.

It was a sweet little moment and it made me realize that I need to take more time during the day to unplug, stop working and show the kiddos that I care about their wants and needs, sporadic and unhealthy as baking random cookies may be. ;) Since the new year, I’ve put myself on a pretty strict schedule so I can fit everything that needs to be done in my day without ignoring my kids completely. It’s helped tremendously and we’re all happier, house is cleaner, and I am way less stressed.

Valentine's Cookie Dough

Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies

(adapted from Sugar Baby Boutique)

Ingredients:

3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c. butter flavored shortening (I use the pre-measured Crisco Baking Sticks)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
add 3/4 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla
approximately 1 cup of Valentine’s M&Ms.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use non-stick spray. With a mixer, combine sugars, eggs and butter flavored shortening until mixed throughly. Now here’s a trick, mix the remaining ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, oats and vanilla) until combined but do not over mix. It makes the cookies SO much yummier. I have no idea why but I swear it works. Gently stir in M&Ms. Next, bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes until the edges are barely brown. Let cool on baking sheet for about 3-4 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

If you want to make these into a super easy, super cute gift for Valetine’s Day, take a sandwich baggie and cut off the zipper.

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Place the cookie inside and secure with a ribbon and a tag (if you’d like) It is so simple and inexpensive and is much cuter than a store-bought Valentine. These can be customized to virtually any holiday, season, occasion, etc.

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See! Way easy and way cute! Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to check out our other Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Custom Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies

Valentine’s Day Printables

Lego Movie Valentines

DIY “Love Bites” Boys Valentine’s Dad Shirt

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DIY Custom Fortune Cookies – Valentine’s Edition

Hi friends! Today we are guest posting at Over the Big Moon, sharing these stinkin’ cute Fortune Cookie Valentines! We created it using a custom fortune cookie and my gosh, they’re so cute! Click over to Over the Big Moon for the full tutorial on how to put these cute little valentine’s gift boxes together! But first, we’re going to show you how to make your own custom, chocolate dipped (!!!) fortune cookies with your own fortune inside! So fun right?!

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These cute little boxes are filled with these adorable custom fortune cookies! We’re going to teach you how to make them.

Materials:

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First, download your Happy Valentine’s Day Emoji Fortunes and print them off.

Remove Fortune

Using some small (clean!) tweezers, remove the fortune that came with the cookie. No, you will not be able to get the fortune out of all cookies. Some have larger openings than others and you cannot use them all. My kids LOVE fortune cookies so I gave the ones I couldn’t use to them in lunch boxes or an after school snack. They love them!
Roll up new fortune

Next, take your print out the Happy Valentine’s Day Emoji Fortunes and cut them into strips. Fold or roll up the fortune and feed it back into the cookie.

Put new fortune inside

Next, melt candy melts according to package directions. I used a small plastic bowl and heated in 20-30 second increments, stirring in between until it was melted all the way through.

Dip in melted chocolate

Next, dip your cookies into the chocolate and shake gently to remove the dripping chocolate.

Remove from chocolate

In another bowl, add sprinkles to the melted chocolate on the cookie before it dries.

Add Sprinkles

I used a cooling rack for baking to allow them to dry so the chocolate didn’t get smudged and messed up. It fit great when I did it diagonally. Also, my little dude, Carter wanted to sprinkle his own colors for his fortune cookie. ;)

Allow to dry on cooling rack

When it is dry, package it up and give it to someone you love!

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DIY Customized Fortune Cookies - Click for tutorial and tips!

Classroom Valentine Ideas

Every year I am on the look out for fun and creative Classroom Valentine Ideas. Here are a few of my favorite ones I have seen this year.

Classroom Valentine Ideas

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Sunny Delight Valentine So Delighted

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Gooed Valentine 

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You Blow Me Away

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Won’t Chew be Mine

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Starbursting Valentine

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You are a Hit 

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You’re all Write

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Cute Monster Valentine

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Sip-Sip Hooray

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Glow Stick Valentine

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Minion Valentines

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Amazing Valentine

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If you would like to see more Valentine Ideas Check these other ideas HERE

Fun Valentines Day Printables

Hello! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. Valentines Day is coming which means I have some colorful Fun Valentines Day Printables for the whole family to share with you!

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I love Valentines Day because it is all about pink, hearts, & best of all LOVE! Valentines Day is a day to show the people we care about how much we love them. There are so many ways we can do this. We can send them a box of chocolates, give them a heartfelt Valentines Day card, or even surprise them with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers! Growing up, one of my favorite ways to celebrate Valentines Day was to go what we called “heart attacking”. Basically this would consist of cutting out a bunch of paper hearts and putting them all over someone’s door! You can heart attack a bedroom door, office door, or a front door, doesn’t matter!! Still has the same effect, making your loved ones feel LOVED! In this Fun Valentines Day Printables set I have included heart designs that you can print off, but you can also add even more by cutting hearts out of construction paper or card stock!

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After you heart attack the people you love, you can also print out a copy of the Fun Valentines Day Printables for yourself! I used mine as photo props to snap pictures of the kids to send to relatives. You could also use them to add a little Valentines Day decor to your home, office or craft room!

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As always, I LOVE to see what you do with your printables! Be sure to tag @paperellidesigns and @classyclutter and show us what you decided to do with your Fun Valentines Day Printables!

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Lego Valentines with a Free Lego Movie Printable

Free Printable Lego Movie Valentines

You guys, my kids are obSESSED with Legos. Like, it’s insane. I knew boys love Legos but the obsession is a whole new level. They can’t get enough building. They come by it honestly, I suppose. I often catch their Dad in the playroom with them just as into it as they are. Maybe more. It was a no-brainer when I thought of what we should do for my kids’ school Valentine’s Day gifts this year. These Lego Valentines were a huge hit at our house and super easy to make.

Lego Movie Valentines Materials

Supplies:

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First, download and print your Lego Valentines. Download Emmet “Everything is Awesome” here and Wyldstyle – “I’m wyld about you” here.

Lego Movie Printables

Wyldstyle is my fave! Don’t tell my boys! ;)

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Next, fill your snack size bag with Lego brick candies.

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Next, cut out the printable and fold it on the super faint grey line. Have your kiddos write their name before you continue to the last step. This will make it a lot easier for them, if they’re little like mine. Then, staple over your snack bag that you filled with candy.

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And done! Easy cool mom points!

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Hope your littles like this as much as mine did! I’m so excited that Valentine’s Day is coming up! What’s your favorite part of Valentine’s Day!?

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7 Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! I am so excited to make some yummy sweet treats for my sweet hubby and kiddos! I just love Valentine’s Day because it’s another chance (a full day!) dedicated to showing our love for one another. :) I’ve rounded up some of the cutest, tastiest Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day! Hope you find something you like! :)

Chocolate Covered Pretzels (with Sprinkles!) 

Heart Shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Heart Cookies

Strawberry Funfetti Cake

Red Velvet Cupcakes in a jar

Cupid Cookies

Conversation Heart Cookies

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DIY Stationary Ideas

Quick and easy homemade stationary ideas! Perfect for holiday Thank You notes.

Happy Christmas Eve from Ciburbanity! Who’s in DISBELIEF that tomorrow is the big day?! *Raises hand with cookie dough stuck in her hair.* By now I can finally exhale with the presents wrapped, the meals planned, the packages shipped, the house cleaned (sort of), and it’s time just to enjoy the magic of Santa and giving and family. My kids are young, under 5 1/2, so being grateful doesn’t come as easily as I’d like. But one of the things I’m pretty insistent about is writing thank-you notes. And by “writing” I mean I’ll transcribe what they say and they’ll scribble their first initial. In anticipation of all the thank you notes that will be coming from our house over the next couple of weeks, I wanted to share these quick and easy homemade stationary ideas!

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Start by finding some blank cards… we have a Paper Source near us and they carry blank cards and matching envelopes. Most craft stores carry something similar or you could always use watercolor paper or card stock cut to size.

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For the first style, I tried my hand at embossing. YOU GUYS. Embossing is the quintessential crafter’s DREAM! It’s cheap. It’s easy! And it looks so profesh! You’ll need 3 things: an embossing stamp pad (it’s like stamp glue), embossing powder, and a heat gun. They make heat guns* specifically for embossing that are under $20. Or you can go big; I have this one* from HomeRight that I used. Probably a little overkill for stationary, but worked like a charm! (*Both are affiliate links.)

embossing supplies

I used a pencil eraser to add confetti dots by stamping the embossing glue. Then I poured a fair amount of the embossing powder on top to make sure the stamp was covered. Do this on a piece of larger paper so you can easily collect the excess and then just fold the paper to pour it back into the powder container.

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Take your heat gun (temperature set at roughly 600 degrees) and hold it a few inches over the powder and heat until you can see it ‘melt’… it’s pretty obvious.

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For the next design, I made a stamp by using a piece of small scrap wood and wrapped it with thick baker’s twine (I wrapped it with jute at first but it was too textured to make a clean stamp).

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I squirted some craft paint onto a shallow dish and gently pressed the stamp into the paint making sure not to saturate the twine too much. How simple and pretty is that?

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Washi tape is pretty much the solution to every craft dilemma, so I had to bring that in somehow.  I just used three strips of my favorite color and trimmed the edges. Total time spent? 3 minutes? I challenge you to come up with something simpler!

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Lastly, I experimented with a watercolor wash. For something as potentially easy as this, it took a few wasted cards to figure out what looked right. This paper isn’t particularly sturdy so there’s not as much time to play around with the paint as there would be with legit watercolor paper. Ultimately I liked the simplicity of a simple stripe up one edge. (If you don’t have watercolors kicking around, diluted acrylic paint should work just as well!)

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There you have it! 4 DIY stationary ideas for all your Thank You note needs! Something about making my own cards makes it just a little bit easier to sit down and write! I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful Classy Clutter family and wish I could write a thank you note to each of you for being such encouraging and thoughtful readers! I can’t wait for 2015 and all the fun and creativity it is sure to bring! Xs and Os from Ciburbanity!

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Follow me on social media to get updates, sneak peeks and general rabble rousery: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter! Other simple crafts you might like?

Stencil Art (if you skip the frame, this is pre-beginner!)

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Light Box

DIY light box

Doodle Rocks

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DIY Serving Utensils and Baker’s Gift Idea

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Hey guys! We are so excited to share with you this super easy and super cute DIY Baker’s Gift Idea. We shared this project on U-Create Crafts a few weeks ago and we’re thrilled to share it with you. Hope you like it! These bamboo utensils came from my local grocery store for about $2.99 + a box of $2 cake mix. We used paints and embellishments we had on hand to create this cute gift for under $5! Let’s get crafting!

Supplies:

DIY Serving Utensils and Baker's Gift (supplies)

Instructions:

First, use your painter’s tape to tape a straight line about 3/4  of the way up on the handle of your serving utensils. Use your craft paint (We used cream on this step.) and paint below the tape line. Allow to dry thoroughly.

DIY Serving Utensils and Baker's Gift (Step 1)

Use a hole punch to create a confetti, polka dot look on the painter’s tape. This creates a stencil to paint your dots. Apply your painter’s tape stencil firmly to your painted utensil.

DIY Serving Utensils and Baker's Gift (Step 2)

Using another color of craft paint (we used gold!) and paint over the stencil with an up and down dabbing motion as to prevent bleeding. When your paint is mostly dry, remove the tape stencil to reveal your cute polka dots!

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Using some fun trims, gift wrap, fabric, etc. embellish your box of cake mix and tie the utensils to the box.

DIY Serving Utensils and Baker's $5 Gift Idea

This makes the perfect hostess gift for your next Christmas party or Christmas Dinner! You could change out your embellishments for birthdays, showers, etc.

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Don’t forget to check out some of our other holiday projects on our blog in case you missed them!

Classy Clutter Projects

Merry & Bright Holiday Party | Mason Jar Snow Globe | Gold Glittered Jars

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Hello Gorgeous Mirror Gift Idea

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This gold glittered mirror is such a fun and simple project. It was one of the projects I did for the Joann’s Look Book! It was part of the Glamorous Gifts collection. It’s very easy and I think anyone will love it!

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MATERIALS:

  • Round 8 in. Mirror
  • Glue
  • Sponge Brush
  • Glitter
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Flower
  • Vinyl Cutting Machine (optional)
  • Gold Adhesive Vinyl (optional)
  • Hello Gorgeous Vinyl Decal (Created with Cricut, Silhouette machine or individual scrapbooking stickers)

Glittered Mirror Gift

DIRECTIONS:

      1. Apply a thick coat of glue onto the wood base of the mirror using a sponge brush.
      2. Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter onto the glue and shake off any excess.
      3. Allow to dry.
      4. Using hot glue, apply flower onto the glittered wooden base.
      5. Apply Hello Gorgeous sticker to the top of the mirror.

Gold Sharpie Doodle Mug

If you liked this, be sure to check out this DIY Gold Scalloped Mug gift idea!

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