Valentine’s day ideas … for next year

February 16, 2009 at 8:16 am (parties, Valentine's Day) ()

I now have three posts about Valentine’s Day – I don’t think I ever got one up about Christmas this past year, but THREE for Valentine’s … not sure what’s up with that, but here goes!!

I happen to catch a past Valentine episode of “Jon & Kate + Eight” yesterday.  Kate gave me some fun ideas to remember for coming years:

1.  The Valentine Pouch – The night before she decorated the kitchen table & hung the cutest little bag off of each child’s chair.  She called them their “Valentine Pouchbags” (I think).  It looked like she used them each year.  She filled them with just fun little things – stickers, paper, maybe one small toy, nothing big or expensive … just fun!

2.  Every meal was about hearts – heart shaped pancakes, heart shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, heart shaped cucumber bits.  She made the little ones count how many hearts they could find on their plate.

3.  The Scavenger Hunt – Later in the day she took the kids on a scavenger hunt.  She gave them the first clue (on a heart of course) and then sent them to eight different locations.  Eveything was inside the house but she put one clue at one end & the next at the very opposite end of the house, so they were running everywhere – what kid doesn’t like to run around in the house, especially if they won’t get in trouble for it!!  The final clue left them to a big “Tub of Love” as she called it.  It was one giant box with smaller presents inside for each.  Again, she said it wasn’t anything expensive just little things that they would need or use – it was more about the fun in getting to it.

Thanks Kate for the ideas!

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Preschool valentine party

February 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm (parties, Valentine's Day)

Like most preschool & elementary classes, Evan’s class had a Valentine’s party this week.  We of course had dinosaur valentine’s to exchange.  Do they make anything else for boys his age besides dinosaurs?!  I wouldn’t know these days!!

He came home with a heart bucket full of cards & candy.  The teacher sent home a really cute idea for opening all the cards.  It’s a Valentine booklet.  As you open one, you find the name of the person that gave it to you in the booklet & then you put a picture of the classmate that gave it along with their Valentine card on their page.  She sent all the supplies (now that’s a good teacher) … a pre-made booklet ready for assembling!!  It will just be a fun little Valentine craft to finish at home.  And I’m also thinking it could be  a good way to spread the love candy out!

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Oh & this one wins for the Mom that spent the most time on the Valentine’s (note – I definitely did NOT win that award this year).

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My frugal valentine

February 13, 2009 at 9:33 am (parties, Valentine's Day)

I just realized this title may sound like my “valentine” was frugal with me.  And hopefully he actually will be for this Hallmark holiday this year, but the post is actually about ME be frugal this year.  There’s a couple things I remember about past Valentine Day’s when I was a kid.  We never blew it up crazy or anything like that, but it was always sweet & perfect!!  The first memory is that EVERY single year our Dad would leave each of us something on our kitchen counter.  Each of us kids would get a small heart of chocolates.  Staci & I would also get a single rose with ours.  And my Mom would always get a big heart of chocolates along with more flowers.  Mom’s are “supposed” to take care of everything & get all the holidays ready, so it was just always cute & sweet to think of my Dad doing the shopping:).

The second memory I have is of one particular year that we came home from school to the dinner table being decorated to a “t” with pink & red.  There were balloons, confetti, and even a tablecloth – which with 4 kids we rarely, if ever, ate off of tablecloths!!!  I remember that year being a fun, different surprise.

I have a few other Valentine memories like the silly Cupid things you did in Middle School – why did the school host a “Secret Cupid” let me send someone I like a red carnation something or another?!?!   That always seemed so strange!

Anyways, Valetine’s is one of those “holidays” that it’s fun to do a little something for – even if it’s just wearing a red t-shirt, but I don’t want to go overboard by any means.  But as M & E grow, I just want the day to be a little something extra, a little something more special.  But this year I went frugal all the way baby!!

So, frugality 101 – use leftover Christmas stuff … it’s red, so it’s perfect!!  Left-over solid red napkins will be on the table & I bought some solid red plates after Christmas so they’ll be on the table as well.  It’s amazing how much “Christmas” stuff you can get that’s not even “Christmas-y” during the After-Christmas-Sales.   I got some fancy rolls of wrapping paper for 42 cents from Target … they look nothing like Christmas – they’ll be perfect for wedding presents this year!

I found an unopened bag of Christmas M&M’s last week (obviously that was a mistake, otherwise they’d have already been eaten).  I split the red & green – and just like that … I get Valentine’s & St. Patty’s Day all out of Christmas!!

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Those combined with a bag of pretzels & some white chocolate chip morsels that were already in the pantry, Evan & I made these little Valentine gifts:

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Or to be really frugal & done with all of it … I might just email this with a Happy Valentine’s note (if only I could have gotten it in focus!!).

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So were you frugal or did you go all out?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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