There are some holidays we never go out for dinner. Valentine’s Day is one of them, way too crowded. With three boys in the house I try and teach manners and proper etiquette. Every year I make a special dinner. The main course might not be steak and lobster, but the atmosphere is great. We begin our evening by eating in the formal dining room, using the good china, cloth napkins, and all the silverware on the table that a fancy restaurant would have. To add to the ambience, the table is lit by candlelight, and decorated with Valentine cards and small gifts, all while romantic music is playing in the background… the fun begins. The boys come to the table in a nice collared shirt and use all their manners and possibility learn a few news ones that evening. One son will move my chair and help me to be seated, we eat with one hand in our lap, ask for the food to be passed, have nice dinner conversation, and all with no bodily noises being made. I show them the proper way to use a fork and knife, about the bread plate, dessert fork and all the necessary things they might encounter on a real date at a nicer restaurant. As the boys take their plates to the kitchen after dinner, they find another surprise — money under the plate. It may not be much, but for one night they are all little gentlemen, and play their part very well. The best part, I get a candlelight dinner with my favorite Valentines.
Love is in the air. Need valentine décor? Here is a quick and nostalgic idea. Display some of your old valentine cards. To protect the sentimental or fragile ones, frame them. Here is one I got as a little girl from my aunt. She even wrote my name on the envelope in the girl’s hand. It’s fun to reminisce and display a part of your history. XOXO!
What better way to relax and have fun with your kids than to make Valentine cards together. Don’t have kids? What a great time to be a kid again.
- Paper- scrapbook or construction
- Glue – Elmers®, stick or rubber cement
- Scissors- regular or fancy edge
- Felt pens – crayons – calligraphy pens
The ideas of things to decorate your cards are endless.
Sit at the table and have fun creating cards for everyone you love.
Some of my favorite cards are the homemade ones. I love the fact that someone created it just for me with paper, glue, and a special poem or heartfelt note.
I love jewelry. The bigger and gaudier the more I like it. I like to go to craft shows to gather ideas. I discovered this adorable necklace and wanted it badly. The price tag on it was $98.00! Whoa! So, I made my own for about $20.00.
Here is how to make one for yourself:
- Start with a chain that has large links that you can find at a craft store or maybe recycle an old one you already have. My chain was 20 inches long.
- Add a heart shaped photo frame to the center point of the chain. I got this photo frame from a heart shaped Christmas ornament. Insert a cute picture of a heart or the words, Happy Valentine’s Day where the photo would go.
- Get some miniature charm resin hearts. These look like heart-shaped cookies. I got these at a craft store in the Valentine section.
- For those hearts that do not have a way to attach them to the chain, get some jump rings and glue them to the back of each heart. Jump rings are available in the jewelry department of any craft store. You will need to use high quality jewelry glue. I prefer E-6000®. The glue will harden for use in 24 hours.
- To add color between the heart charms, take white, red, or pink bangle charms to put between the miniatures. I took apart old Christmas ornaments with needle nose pliers, added a jump ring to each one to make my bangle charms.
- To attach the heart and bangle charms to the necklace chain, I use needle nose pliers to open the jump ring. Then I put the chain link and the charm on the jump ring and pinch the jump ring shut with the pliers. (I also use my 2+ reading glasses!)
- Wear and enjoy!