Party Plan: At Home Date Night

It’s Valentines week!  Are you excited or dread this day?  I’m grateful to have my husband in my life and his love, but we don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day.  So I thought it would be fun to just do a little at home date night.  Thanks to some much earlier bed times for our kiddos we have more time to spend together in the evenings.  While most of those evenings are spent falling asleep next to each other on the couch, maybe for Valentine’s Day we can manage to stay awake and enjoy a nice meal together?

If you’d like to celebrate with a special someone, it doesn’t take much.  Share a delicious meal together, add in some quality time just the two of you and it we be the perfect evening.  I hope this party plan gives you the inspiration you need.

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At Home Date Night Tablescape

I set up this pretty tablescape that is all things red, pink, and love.  Thanks to a kind neighbor I was able to just borrow the red chargers and not have to buy them for myself.  To complete the place setting I used my new gold flatware.  I’m in love with this set, it’s really heavy duty and so pretty.  I love it more because I waited (with fingers crossed it wouldn’t be sold out) until it was 66% off after Christmas at Hobby Lobby.  Such a steal!

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I used some champagne glasses we already had on hand and some pretty purple water goblets.  A quick bunch of flowers from the grocery store in some pink vases and the table was set for a pretty date night.

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At Home Date Night Menu

Now moving on to what to make for dinner.  Several years ago after almost a year apart from each other (thanks dual deployments), this entree was one of the first meals I made for my husband once we were reunited, and it was so good.

Plus, the man loves him some baked brie, so I found a really yummy looking recipe.  It only has three ingredients so it’s easy too.

For our date night dessert, something simple.  Some brownies and strawberries with a little whipped cream.

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You can find all of the recipes below.  Just click on the links and get the full recipe.

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to celebrate with your special someone or do you normally just consider it another regular day?  I at least hope you take a minute and show some love to those that are special to you.  And if you have the time, make a special meal to share with your spouse and have an at home date night.

 

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Valentine’s Day Snack Time Party

What’s a better reason to celebrate than snacks?!  My daughter is ALL about snacks!  She’d literally eat them all day long and never have a meal if I let her.  What is it about a snack that make kids so happy?

So in honor of snack time and the fact that we won’t be around our friends on Valentine’s Day I decided to throw a snack themed Valentine’s Day party for my daughter.

Here are all the details of what snacks we had, the tablescape, snack buffet, and crafts we made.  It’s so easy to celebrate, just invite a few friends over and set out some snacks.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy.  Just spending time with friends is the goal!

Valentine’s Day Party Snack Buffet

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I set up a little snack buffet of goodies all kiddos will love.  Mini oranges, cheese sticks, and Valentine’s treats like cookies and cupcakes.  other really good snack options are pretzels, popcorn, carrots, and apple slices.

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I can not get over how beautiful these sugar cookies are!  I got them from a friend of mine that makes beautiful and delicious cookies.  She owns Cookieliciousness and you can find her on Facebook here.  Go order some NOW!

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Valentine’s Day Snack Party Tablescape

I set up a fun color scheme table so my daughter and her friends could chow down on these snacks.  I used our DIY valentine’s holders as a placemat and as a way to collect the valentines that everyone brought.

A simple piece of wrapping paper covers my table to keep it safe and clean while tying into the theme.  Adding some colored napkins and color themed plates ties the whole table together.

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How cute are those handwritten names on the Valentine’s?  I’m getting so impressed with how well my daughter is learning to write letters. Thanks preschool 😉 kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacks

kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThis is one reason why I love party styling.  Tying fun straws to the juice boxes took an extra couple of minutes, but it made the table so much cuter.  Adding a little extra time or effort can really enhance the look of your party, but it doesn’t need to be anything over the top. kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snackskids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThese cookies were a big hit.  Why are these soft sugar cookies so delicious?  I know they are not good for you, but man they are tasty.  This little lady obviously loved them. And she had so much fun playing with her friends after not seeing them for awhile because of being sick.

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There were oranges offered to so there was a somewhat healthy alternative to cookies.  #balance

This was a really fun way to host a playdate.  It’s something anyone could do, just invite friends over and provide snacks.  The kids will love it!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Holder

It’s the month of love and all things red and pink.  If you’ve checked out my Instagram lately you’ll see lots of shots with those colors.  And a few sneak peaks of what’s to come on the blog.  But today I’ve got a great kid friendly, read the kids can help you, DIY Valentine’s Day valentine’s holder.

We are going to be out of town with family for Valentine’s day so my daughter is going to be missing her preschool Valentine’s Day party.  You know how much I love a party, and I think I passed it on to my kids, because she was very disappointed to miss it.  So I decided to throw her her own little Valentine’s Day party.

I went through what I already had at home and found some cute pink and turquoise plates which jumpstarted the color scheme of the party.  Plus I saw a cute valentine’s holder at the Target Dollar Spot and knew I could just make them myself. So after digging through my stash of paper I found perfectly matched paper to the plates I wanted to use.

Here’s everything you’ll need to make a valentine’s holder.  Plus all the simple steps to do it yourself.  I love the little hands in these photos that helped me make these.

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  • Scrapbook paper, or any 12×12 paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue, Elmer’s and/or hot glue
  • Name cards
  • Trim, pom poms, glitter, markers, washi tape, anything to decorate with
  • Scotch tape (not pictured)

DIY Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Holder

Step 1

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Step 2

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Fold the paper in half, then draw a semi-circle towards the top of the paper so you can cut out a heart shape.  Just think back to third grade art class when you learned how to cut out a heart.

Step 3

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Cut the heart shape out.  Just follow the line you drew in Step 2.  We used fun wiggly scissors, but regular straight line scissors works just as well.  And can I just add that my three and a half year old daughter is all about cutting right now.  She loves to just cut anything.  So she gets all of our junk mail, haha!

Step 4

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Add a name tag to your placemat.  We used some leftover food labels from a baby shower I hosted.  Just write the names on the labels then glue them over the “flaps” you folded to hold them together.  You may need a piece of tape on the back of the “flaps” to hold them together.  Just line the tape up over the seam on the inside.

Step 5

This is the most fun step.  All you have to do now is decorate your placemat. We added fun trim I picked up from the Dollar Spot at Target, pom poms, washi tape, and glitter.  Whatever craft supplies you have on had works great.

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Here’s how they turned out.

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There’s a nice pocket that will hold all of your child’s Valentine’s.  I think this is a much nicer version than that aluminum foil covered shoe box I always used to make growing up.  Plus, sometimes you couldn’t find a shoe box.

I’m going to be using these as placemats on our fun Valentine’s play date party table.  You can see that later this week.  I also love the idea of punching a couple holes in the top and using yarn or pretty ribbon to hang them from a chair to collect Valentine’s.  Or if you want to spoil your kids, hang them from their bedroom door and fill it with fun surprises for them to wake up to on Valentine’s day.

This is an easy, do it with your kids craft that will be perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Did you ever make those aluminum foil covered shoe box Valentine’s holders as a kid?

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February Party Round Up

It’s the first of the month, and time for another round up of celebrations to take you through the entire month.  February is chocked full of fun days, events, and holidays, but you can never have too many reasons to celebrate, right?

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First up is the Superbowl.  It’s February 4th, this Sunday!  If you haven’t put much thought into what you’re doing, don’t worry. To Have + To Host has one of the simplest, throw it together at the last minute party ideas for you.  Check out all the details here.

I love this season leading up to Lent, and this year it’s extra special because Valentine’s day falls on Ash Wednesday.  So much to celebrate in one week!

Before Lent starts is Mardi Gras!  I’m from St. Louis, and did you know that St. Louis has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration next to New Orleans?  There’s a big parade and everyone comes out in their purple, green and gold drinking green beer.  Since I’m not in the area to celebrate, and life looks a little different, I wanted to include this cute and simple kids craft to celebrate the occasion.

Happy Hooligans uses paper plates to make cute and easy Mardi Gras masks.  Paper plates are so versatile, and if you have kids, you probably have a bunch at your house already.

Take your Mardi Gras celebration a little further and make purple, green, and gold pancakes for breakfast too!  I love blending spinach up into the pancake batter to make them green, and add a few hidden vegetables!  You could use purple carrots or beets for the purple pancakes.

Right after Mardi Gras, not only does Lent start on Ash Wednesday, but it’s also Valentine’s day.  And a friend of mine at church said the best thing about them being on the same day.  “It’s the perfect time to fall more in love with the Lord.” How true!

Try sending out funny Valentine’s cards to keep the day light and not overly mushy.  These funny printable cards from Printable Crush have the cutest little sayings.  Pop one in your kids’ school lunch or your spouse’s work bag for a funny little surprise.

I’ll be showing you a fun Valentine’s kid’s craft and a Valentine’s themed playdate party in the next week or so too.  Be sure to come back to check those out.

Lastly this month, is a really special day.  February 22nd is National Margarita Day!  Now that’s a reason to celebrate a random Thursday.  If you’re trying to stick with your resolution and looking for a healthier margarita alternative, give this recipe from 40 Aprons a try.  It takes out all the sugar and replaces it with honey.

Whew, so many things to celebrate this month.  There are even more I didn’t mention like February being Black History Month, American Heart Month, or the Chinese New Year starting.

With all of these special days, there’s a reason for everyone to celebrate this month.  What do you plan on celebrating?

 

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Party Plan: New (ish) Year Detox Party

Hi there, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  I don’t really have an excuse either, other than lack of motivation.

So I’m back today with a post that I’ve wanted to do, but the timing is off a bit now.  This works great for all those New Year’s resolutions, but now that we’re a month into the year I guess it’s more of a reminder to stick to your resolutions.

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How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution?

If you do need  a little kick in the pants to keep up with it, try hosting a party.  It’s one of the best ways to get things done.  Want to clean your house? Host a party.  Want to eat better and workout more?  Host a detox party.

A detox party is a great way to set the reset button, get you on a healthier path, and a jumpstart to getting rid of all the stuff that’s not good for you.

Gather all of your friends and work together to get healthier by sharing healthy recipes, motivating workouts, and ways to cleanse your body.  Check out my party plan below for lots of things to incorporate into this detox themed party.

Detox Party Decor and Atmosphere

Set the mood for your party by keeping it simple, fresh, and clean.  No need for a lot of decor.  Get people in the mood to workout by setting up a couple yoga mats and light weights.  Be extra thoughtful and provide a few towels to wipe any sweat.  Turn on a yoga channel on youtube and you’ll have a permanent instructor throughout your party.

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Get everyone in the mood for an easy workout by diffusing some essential oils.  It not only will smell nice, but if you diffuse lemongrass it will help with thermogenic activity in the body.  Be sure to remind everyone to wear easy workout wear.  Check below for the most loved workout pants!

If you want a more laid back, spa like detox party provide your guests with simple robes and slippers while diffusing some lavender.  It will help everyone relax.  Remind everyone to wear something casual and comfortable.  Provide a few tools to help everyone give themselves massages.

The foot massager listed below is an easy way to relieve any foot tension.  You could also ask guests to give each other hand massages. Or if you really want to get fancy, pay to have a masseuse come to your house to provide chair massages.

Detox Party Refreshments

To help everyone reset and stick to their resolutions provide some healthy snack options.  Anything with lots of fruit and vegetables is a great idea.  Here are a couple recipes that look delicious:

For drinks, I highly recommend providing some fruit infused water for everyone to sip. A really simple recipe is lemons, cucumbers, and mint.  Cut them up and let them steep in the water for a few hours before serving.

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A cut cucumber makes the prettiest garnish!

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Another really great idea is to set up a juice or smoothie bar with a powerful blender like a Vitamix.  Let your guests mix up their own juices and smoothies by providing a variety of fruit and mixers.

Party Favors

Send your guests home with something that will continue to help them detox after the party.  Bath bombs are a great way to get even more toxins out of your body while relaxing in a hot bath.  Try setting up a station at the party for everyone to mix up their own bath bombs to take home with them.

Feel free to shop any of these recommended products to help you throw a detox party.  Affiliate links are used, but all opinions are my own.

I think this is such a fun, unique party idea.  It’s only more perfect depending on when you host the party.  The beginning of the year is a great time to detox and get resolutions off to a great start.  But you could also host this after a bachelor/bachelorette party, after a night of celebrating a milestone birthday, or for Mother’s Day.
I hope this detox party plan helps motivate you to stick to your resolution and if not, then throw this party and I’m sure you’ll be motivated again!

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Celebrating everyday!