It's no secret that I love holidays! I love dressing the girls up in festive clothes, decorating the house, and planning fun activities and art projects. Kids make holidays so much more fun!! I love that my girls get so excited about special holiday activities, it makes the extra effort so worth it!
I was thinking about throwing the girls a little Valentines party when I ran across Katie's (from Fancy Free Finery) Valentines Pinterest board. It was full of great ideas and the most beautiful shades of pink, red, and purple. My mind started spinning with ideas and I knew I had to pull a little party together. I started chatting with Katie about the party and she even offered to send each little girl a felt flower headband (she's the best!).
When I plan parties for the girls, I always think about three things first. 1. The theme. 2. The food. And 3. An activity or craft. Obviously the theme would be Valentine's Day, but I also wanted to make it super girly since it would be all girls attending. When I thought about the food, I wanted to make it as festive, fun, and kid friendly as possible. And you already know that when I plan activities and crafts I always go back to my former teacher ways and make sure that I choose something that is easy, cheap, and involves as little participation from me as possible (I love kid directed art with as little parent or teacher participation as possible)!
I also love to send guests home with some type of favor or party bag to thank them for coming. For the Valentine's party, a few of my favorite shops sent goodies for each little girl. The girls felt SO special and were all squealing opening their little gifts, it was so cute! My favorite items were the Fancy Free Finery headbands, Hooray Everyday necklaces, and Poppy Lane and Co. bracelets. Definitely three handmade shops you must check out!
I love creating a photo backdrop for parties. The kids have fun being silly for photos and the photos are always priceless! For this party I spent about $15 on some honeycomb balls and streamers. I threw up our felt floral garland to finish it off (it's usually in Sloan's room). It was super simple and turned out so cute!
I kept the food super simple and kid friendly. I also made anything and everything I could into hearts! I bought a set of heart shaped cookie cutters from Michaels and they made making hearts so easy. I used the largest heart shaped cookie cutter (it was about 3.5 inches tall) for the sandwiches and the smallest cookie cutter (about an inch tall) for the cheese and cucumbers.
The best part about the kids art project was that it was totally free, I used some things that I had leftover from last year! Each girl got a piece of card stock that was cut into the shape of a heart. I put some elmers glue on the front of the card and let the girls decorate them with pom pom balls (which were of course Valentines colors)!
The girls (and us moms!) had so much fun and I'm so glad the party came together so well! It's so special to see my girls growing up with my friends daughters. We all make pretty cute little girls :). I love making these memories with Sloan and Phayre, it makes me so thankful that I get to be their mama! I hope you get some good ideas here and make Valentine's Day extra special for your little one! Let me know if you have any questions!
And a big giant thank you to Fancy Free Finery, Hooray Everyday, and Poppy Lane and Co. for making these sweet girls feel so extra special!!
You might also like: Phayre's first birthday party. Full playroom tour here.
And of course... more party photos!
Girls dresses by June and January / Heart Party Hats by Little Blue Olive / Necklaces by Hooray Everyday / Floral garland by Fancy Free Finery.
Sloan's bracelets by Poppy Lane and Co.
I attached little candy hearts to teddy grahams with a dab of frosting, the girls loved them!
Peanutbutter and marshmallow creme sandwiches, yum!