Before Christmas I bought a really cool crafting machine and I am loving getting to use it! For Valentine's day I was able to do all sorts of neat items. And my boys loved it (for now; I am relishing the fact that they still enjoy their sappy mommy. I know it won't last).
One of my favorite blogs to read, eighteen25, had these photo valentine's as a free download. They measured 2x3 and you could fit 2 valentine's on a 4x6 photo. What's better is that Walgreens did a 30 prints for $3!!! I got 60 Valentine's for $3 and change (from tax). I cut out a frame with my Silhouette machine and this is how they ended up...
I bought goodies from Oriental Trading Company and made a pretty cute goodie bag (bookmark, gummy shape, pencil, and an eraser).
For the teachers, I also used a printout from eighteen25 and attached them to a chinese box. I filled them with fortune cookies.
For our decorations at home, I cut out heart spinners with the kids initial in the middle.
Carson's door- Monkeys (Tyler calls him his monkey) and a heart.
And the big boys got "heart attacks." I cut out lots of hearts and wrote on a few. This was really fun. Warren said, "Mom, you gotta be kidding me." He really was impressed.
I stole some mini candy canes from my mom. Put two together, and stuck a lollipop stick in the middle of them. Placed them on wax paper. I melted candy melts straight in ziplock bags in the microwave, and cut off the tip. Then squirted a little bit of the melted candy in the middle of the two heart-shaped candy canes and let the set up! Room temp- you don't want the candy canes to sweat in the freezer.
And I made them into our centerpiece for our Valentine's Day Mystery Dinner!
Here's our table all set up for our Mystery Dinner.
nother blog and decided that we HAD to do it! The boys got a printout of the menu; but instead of what we were really having, it had names like- Puppy Love, and Melted Hearts. We had 4 courses and they each had to pick 3 items to have for each course (but they didn't know what they were getting- thus the mystery of it all). One course, our friend Ed got a toothpick, a spoon, and meat sauce. Ben got an ice cream sundae, Orange Crush to drink, and a napkin (luckily, he had already chosen a spoon so he could eat it). The boys throughly enjoyed the whole dinner and asked to do it every holiday. It was a lot of work, but we plan on making it a staple for our Valentine's Dinner every year!
And at the end of it all, they got to eat the centerpiece- YUM!