A Valentine’s Birthday Party

Hello, dear readers! Did you miss me? I sure missed you! It’s good to be back. I have enjoyed my  blogging break, but I’ve missed blogging too. Since I last posted, I’ve broken my left foot (a dancer’s fracture), the interior of the house has been painted, we survived Blizzard Jonas, and we’ve celebrated three more birthdays, a Father-Daughter Dance, and Mardi Gras! A lot can happen around here in just four weeks. I’ll spare you all the details and jump right back in with a post filled to the brim with pictures of how I’ve decorated the house for Valentine’s Day, as well as for Social Butterfly’s birthday party that we’re hosting here this Saturday. Forgive me for not being more penitential in my content this Ash Wednesday. I just wanted to be sure to share some ideas with you with a little time to spare before Valentine’s Day this Sunday. If you are looking for Lent ideas, there are plenty here! Just search “lent” in the search bar to the right. You won’t be disappointed!

Valentine bday party entryway SMAM

This is where we’ll welcome all of our precious little Kindergarten girl guests this Saturday. My sweet friend is baking and decorating some beautiful heart-shaped cookies to give to the girls as party favors. I’ll place them in the basket by the door so I don’t forget to hand them out when they leave!

Valentine bday party desk SMAM

This print (and all the word-art prints in this post) is from Catholic All Year. In the basket are all the things I’ll need to package up the cookie favors. Clear glassine bags, some shredded paper in pink and red, ribbon, and sticker gift labels from Erin Condren.

Valentine bday party DR table SMAM

Here’s our party table where the girls will have a snack and cake with this topper. I always like to have a little coloring page and stickers for each girl waiting at their place so that as they arrive and we’re waiting for all the guests to get here, they have something to do. It’s funny, five to seven year olds, at least in my experience, tend to be very shy and quiet for the first half hour of a party. I guess they’re a little nervous to be in a new place, or maybe they’re anxious about being dropped off. Coloring and sticking stickers calms them down and allows them to be quiet at first if that’s what makes them more comfortable.

Valentine bday party art SMAM

Is this not the cutest wrapped canvas you ever did see? I scored this at Homegoods the year we moved into this house. I keep it up all year in the basement play area. Some years, I move it upstairs just before Valentine’s Day for a couple of weeks. I think it’s adorable. The birthday banner is from Target. I added the gold letters.

Valentine bday party DR mirror SMAM

The tassel garland and the tissue paper flowers were Target purchases for SB’s 5th birthday. I added the felt heart clothes pins to the garland. The painted wooden hearts were a craft the two oldest kids and I did right after SB was born. I have such a sentimental attachment to them. She was born just before Snowmageddon in 2010. While I was still pregnant, I went to Michael’s and stocked up on every possible Valentine craft I could get my hands on so that when our winter baby arrived, I would be armed and ready with indoor activities to keep the hands of three very small children busy, busy, busy. We sat at a table together, painting and gluing, crafting and coloring, for hours and hours! SB was in my little sling, happy as a clam, and the three older kids were happy too. I will never get rid of those painted wooden hearts as long as I live!

Valentine bday party bee paper SMAM

There are some more painted wooden hearts to the right of the window, also from our Snowmageddon crafting spree. I’m mad about bee paper, aren’t you? These bee paper spheres are from Target, and so is the little garland. To me, bee paper decorations are just the right amount of vintage.

Valentine centerpiece SMAM

The shiny, glittery hearts in the glass dish are from Pier 1, but I saw some at Michael’s as well. The plastic tablecloth is also from Michael’s.

Valentine chocolates in dishes SMAM

I found these chocolates at World Market. They have the best holiday candies there, don’t they? I just love that place.

party drinks SMAM

Over in the kitchen, I’ll have a drink station set up with water in one canister and pink lemonade in the other, stacks of cups, and napkins. These girls are sure to be thirsty after playing party games!

Valentine kitchen table SMAM

Valentine cookbook shelves SMAM

The basket is filled with ribbon and the covered glass jar is filled with washi tape. I put the metal buckets at each child’s place at the breakfast table on Valentine’s Day each year. I usually put some chocolates and a couple little trinkets in each bucket along with a card.

Valentine collage SMAM

Valentine windowsill SMAM

Valentine Mantle SMAM

SB birthday bulletin board SMAM

This bulletin board is a new addition to our living room and I love it. It’s the perfect place to hang pictures of the birthday boy or girl, feature a resident artist’s latest work, or just hang an inspirational quote or picture. Right now it’s covered with pics of the birthday girl. I added one of her baby hats because it’s adorable.

Valentine LR shelves 3 SMAM

What is it about turquoise and red together? I love them so much. Normally these shelves are jammed with books, but I decided to change it up a bit for winter.

Valentine bday party photo backdrop collage 2 SMAM

I got this adorable idea from Pinterest. It couldn’t have been simpler to make! I used brown butcher paper and hung it up with Command Strips for Posters (best invention ever!) I’m borrowing a Polaroid Instax camera from a friend and will take a picture of each girl in front of the backdrop to take home with them. I have a feeling they’ll want one of all of them together as well. Fun!

The birthday girl has requested Duck-Duck-Goose, Simon Says, and Musical Chairs for our party games. Yes, sweet girl! Sounds perfect (and easy) to me! Big sister Dimples will be here to help me. She absolutely loves leading games at our parties. Everyone else will be visiting Grandma with Dad for the afternoon. It’s just a ninety minute party, but when they’re this little and their moms usually stick around for the duration, I’d prefer not to have our whole family here, but that’s just how I operate. I guess you could say I’ve learned over the years what works for me and what doesn’t. What ads to the enjoyment of the occasion for the birthday kid is important, and sometimes siblings don’t fit that equation. It depends on the child, really.

Valentine bday party PINTEREST GRAPHIC smam

Pin this graphic to your Valentine’s Day or Party Board on Pinterest! and while you’re there, check out some of the ideas I’ve pinned.

Categories: Celebrating Homemaking


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