Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine Day Party

I didn't post anything for Artful Thursday this week, I was getting ready for my Valentine Day Party Cookie Exchange. So...this will have to count as my Artful Thursday post. I had been wanting to host a cookie exchange for some time and thought Valentine's Day would be the perfect time to do it. I invited about 13 of my good friends and asked them to bring a favorite cookie to swap with each other. The party started in the morning, so I threw together a quick brunch. Quiche, Pear/Gorgonzola Salad and chocolate covered strawberries. The treat table was the most fun to put together. I had a definite look I was going for (ala Amy Atlas) but on a budget! I am going to share some ideas about the party.

Because of Valentine's Day I wanted everything pink, red or white. I was able to use my cute vintage glasses that I collect. All pink ones!

I made yummy treats, carmel/chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries and rice crispy treats drizzled with chocolate. These are all treats that are super easy to make but pack a big visual punch.

I pulled out all my glass jars ( I use them all the time, for parties, displays, they are really handy and depending on size only cost $5-7 each.) I saw tags similar to these on Amy Atlas's blog and asked my hubby to design some for me. I am happy to share the template. Leave me a comment if you would like the template emailed to you. I chose all red,white and pink candy.

The bags for them to fill with candy. I got the bags at $1 store used the template my hubby made for tags.

I love cupcakes and bought these at Kohlers. The hearts are picks from the $1 store.
I also wanted a few extra white platters, so I made my own. I wrapped a can with cute heart paper and put a white plate on top. Instant platter!

These are paper flowers. A Martha Stewart Kit. They were so cute and something I will use again.
I made this cute dum-dum topiary. I had a little give-away and one lucky friend got to take it home.
They yummy cookies friends brought to exchange.
Thanks to all my fun friends for celebrating Valentine's Day with me! And we all got to bring home yummy treats to share with our families.
My friend Lisa's sweet little Madeline. After 3 boys she finally got a beautiful girl.
And one last Valentine tidbit.....on Thursday the dotter's and I made boxes for the school parties the next day. (Their hair looks all crazy because prior to that they were playing Project Runway and used 1/2 can of hairspray!)
The finished products......

I hope you had a fun and sweet Valentine's Day.


Lisa said...

Wow - this is amazing! I love all the work you did...and the final result. Looks like a great time!

Heather Richardson said...

Dear Jen - is it too late for you to adopt me and my daughter into your family? You are an amazing woman!

danniey said...

I had so much fun! You are amazing. I am working on being more like you. Hopefully if I keep trying, someday I can get close!

Marianne said...

Thanks for the fun party. And I ate way too many cookies yesterday. Kristie would definitely not approve.

Sarah and Ty said...

making my mouth water all over again (and I just ate 2 of the cookies). That was seriously such a fun party. I LOVED it. I'm glad we are good friends. I just love you Jen. I love your spirit, love your creativity, love our friendship. MUAH!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Jennifer looks like a wonderful party! Heres another reason to celebrate ,you have won 3rd place in my OWOH giveaway. please send me your snail mail address so I can send your prize.
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Lisa Elzey said...

The party was amazing! You are the sweetest woman I know....and SO talented.I admire you greatly. Thanks for making my Valentine's Day funfilled with PINK!

tamdoll said...

I was wondering where your Artful Thursday post was! What a fantastic idea for a V-day cookie exchange! Everything you did looks great & like it must have been a great time. Now I want cookies!

The Lucky One said...

This was the Best Party I have ever been to! I loved every minute! You are so creative and made the day very special! I hope that someday I can be half as creative as you! Thanks for inviting me!