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5 Ways to Ruin Valentine’s Day

You should not be stressed out when coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, but you probably are right? The pressure to do the “perfect” thing and buy the “perfect” gift can be a bit overwhelming (especially if you are dating). My advice is to keep it simple and intimate, perhaps even a bit fun. Here are 5 ways you can ruin Valentine’s Day– so please avoid them!

1. Stress yourself out about the details and in doing so stress out your boyfriend/other half. Guys already feel the pressure, no need to add to it.

2. Go out to a formal dinner, because you think you have to. If you both wouldn’t enjoy it on a normal day….what makes you think you’ll enjoy it now?

3. Spend a ton of money on the “perfect” gift. Why not make or buy something less expensive that he will actually enjoy? How about a new CD or book? Even just bake him some sweets…. most guys really don’t care about extravagant gifts.

4. Get your expectations up. If you expect to be wooed and swept away, and this does not happen exactly how you had dreamed- you will be disappointed. Why not just except to have a nice day together, and I bet all of your expectations will be met or exceeded.

5. Sulk. If you are single, don’t sit around and dwell on how you rather be dating. Instead, grab someone else who doesn’t have plans and hang out with them. Make plans with a girlfriends or even surprise your mother or grandmother and rent a movie and just stay in.

By: Tori Tait
Share! What are your suggestion for keeping Valentine’s Day simple and fun? I would love to hear what you are planning!
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Fun Valentine’s Day Table Top Decor

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and now is a great time to plan some holiday decor. In my search to find creative Valentine table top decor, I discovered Crossroads Cottage and their fabulous tablescapes. You will love all of their ideas and inspiring photos showing off their many table top ideas. My eyes were drawn to the Valentines designs of course, and I am dying to share them with you!

I love creating Valentine’s Day decor that is beyond the usual heart motif. You can play with fun and flirty patterns and colors when you are decorating. Above are Pinwhirls created out of romantic patterned paper with yummy names such as pink raspberry and candy stripes.

I love taken one item and using it several different ways when creating party decor. Here, you can see how these fabulous pinwhirls are used to pull the table top together.

  • Gathered in a vase for a whimsical centerpiece
  • Placed at each individual place setting doubling as name cards
  • Inserted into a cupcake for a fun and personal touch.

What a simple way to pull of some unique party decor! Oh– and did I mention this would be a great idea for any party your having? Check out all of their pinwhirl designs!

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Let Your Love Grow!

I have had the pleasure of discovering an inspiring company: Trees Instead. Trees Instead offers an eco-friendly alternative to giving the traditional bouquet of flowers. Now I will be the first one to admit, I love a gorgeous floral arrangement, but really, how much more thoughtful is giving a TREE? Fabulous!

I have an idea! How about sending your love bird a certificate telling them you purchased a TREE for them this Valentine’s Day? Not only is this a wonderful “green” act, it is so romantic. Come on, let your love grow! Trees can be sent for any occassion and can be purchased for as little at $25.00!

You can learn more about purchasing, sending, and visiting your tree at Trees Instead.

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Candy Party Themes

If you’re looking for inspiration for creative party themes, I’ve got a sweet idea for you! Whether it’s a birthday party or a “just because” get-together, check this out: it’s a candy party!

Candy Party

This theme is perfect for a slumber party or regular birthday party too! Just gather friends and get ready for some sweet, sugary, fun! What more could a kid want… right?

Here is one of my favorite candy-themed invites:

candy party invitations

You can personalize this invite for your kiddo’s birthday or slumber party and set the tone for your sweet event! See your options for these candy themed invitations.

Rather than your traditional birthday cake, set up a colorful candy buffet. Gather old favorites and new treats and display them in glass bowls and jars. Anything really goes, just be creative! Use a glass vase to hold fun lollipops and use punch ladles as make-shift candy scoops.

Candy Buffet

You can purchase bulk candy at your favorite sweet shop, or even online (I use candywarehouse.com). Let your party guests scoop up some sweet treats rather than the serving cake and ice cream. Just don’t forget to light the candles if this is a birthday party! You can get creative and stick them into gumdrop candies and set them in the middle of the candy buffet table.

When guests are about to leave, don’t send them home without a cute candy favor! You can always provide small favor boxes or bags and let them scoop up their own sweet treats. Or, send them with one of these cute mini gumball machines. Hostess tip: Make a personalized tag out of card stock and attach with ribbon to each gumball machine. Print each guests’ name or a simple “Thank You For Coming” message. I found all of these yummy favors at Beau Coup, check them out!

Candy favors

If your party is going to be a Sweet Slumber {party}, order a couple of these fun candy pillows to use as party decor! They will be a huge hit and make for one sweet pillow fight!

Other Party Ideas:

  • Set out board games like Candy Land for the guests to play (even if they are older…they’ll still have fun)!
  • Fill jars with gumballs/jelly beans/ M&Ms and have them guess the amount for a prize.
  • Play charades having all the cards be names of candy bars and candy types
  • Have a scavenger hunt and have them collect different types of candy
**Want more ideas? We have recently added a new Candy Party feature- REAL party photos!

Check out our Sweet Shoppe party

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DIY Birthday Decor

The next time you find yourself planning a child’s birthday party, try one of these DIY decor ideas before you hit the store for those old crepe streamers.

Party Napkins

Instead of buying printed party napkins, try this DIY party idea:

  • Purchase solid colored party napkins to match your party decor.
  • Choose a shape to cut out that matches your party theme
  • Make a template of your shape using card stock.
  • Trace template onto napkin, then cut around design (cut through 3-4 napkins at once to save time).

Birthday Banner

Make your own birthday banner to match any birthday theme and/or color. You can really get creative with this idea since the fonts, letters, and colors are completely up to you.

  • Choose a piece of colored ribbon to hang your banner on (or any type of string or twine will work).
  • Print individual letters out from your computer (one letter per sheet) increasing font size to fill up page.
  • Repeat above until your completed message is printed
  • Attach pages to ribbon by folding over top and securing with tape. Then simply hang!

Tip: Alternate between different fonts and colors when printing out your message for a whimsical effect like shown above.

photos from Martha Stewart Crafts
Leave a comment and share you simple DIY birthday ideas with us!
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Holiday Decor Inspiration: Cranberries

With so many different ways to decorate your home for the holiday, I suggest trying to pick something that you love (could be a color, a theme, or an item) and streamline your holiday home decor around it. Your holiday decor will appear more thought-out and really pop. We loved these holiday decor ideas we found at BHG all inspired by cranberries!

Simple Mantle Decor: Fill glass cylinders with fresh cranberries and white candles. Use different height cylinders and candles for interest.

Cranberry garland decor

String cranberries to make a festive garland. Attach to mantle with small hooks.

Outdoor Holiday Decor

Take the cranberry decor outside! Line your porch or front step with cranberries atop fake snow in a glass cylinder or other vase.

Crannberry table decor

Carry on the theme by freezing Cranberries into ice cubes to keep your holiday spirits cold.

Cranberry Wreath

Simple way to make a bold statement! Glue cranberries to a cardboard cut out of your families last initial. {Tip} Many craft stores sell cardboard letters in various sizes that are very affordable.

Cranberry Centerpieces

Cranberry centerpieces: Glue Cranberries to foam spheres of different sizes. Display atop candle holders, vases, or cake stands.

Do you use cranberries as decor? Share with us your tips. Or let us know what other “theme” inspires you!

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