Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine Exchange 2009

I really needed something to look forward to during this dreary weather so I decided to throw a Valentine exchange, basically just like the one that I threw last year in Ohio only with a whole new set of friends.  I love exchanging Valentine's.  I miss picking out a Valentine and addressing them to each person in my class, but I figure there's no reason that I can't do that now, right?

There were 14 guests so I told everyone to bring 13 valentines to exchange, and the valentine's could be as simple or as ornate as they wanted, the purpose was really just to have an excuse to get together and introduce some of my friends to each other.  I kept the food really simple since I was sure the Valentines would include some sweet treats.  
I picked up Italian Soda in shades of pink and red (because I'm the sort of person who selects drinks by color, but flavors like blood orange and strawberry pomegranate also sounded good)
I made sugar cookies and left them for the guest to decorate and take home.
Vanilla, cream cheese, and strawberry frosting.

Lots of sprinkles
And of course a lot of heart shaped candy
This picture is from later in the party when things had been rearranged, but I had to show off that I finally got around to hanging some of the letterpress frame mats that I designed for Sycamore Street Press.  Eva brought a bunch of them to me when she was in town for Christmas and I've been debating about what to frame.  About an hour before the party I decided I couldn't stand the awkward space on this wall in our dining room so I printed out some Valentine themed prints of children's book characters (since I love children's literature so much) and Larry brought up the table that was behind our couch in the basement.


Hearts were everywhere.  I even hung heart ornaments in all the windows.
We did the exchange speed date style so you had three minutes to swap with one person and tell them about your Valentine and then when the timer went off, you moved to the next person.  As usual, I didn't get photos of everyone, but here are some of my friends with their valentines.

Whitney with Yo Gabba Gabba valentines.  I laughed when she said she tried to buy New Kids of the Block valentines on Ebay, but didn't win the auction.
Melissa had mini spa treatment for everyone.  She made a lavender milk bath treatment and gave out chocolates to each while you soak.
My mom gave out these cute candy filled hearts and put earrings that she made on the name tags.
Elisa made really cute chocolate mice (and Creed might have eaten two this morning for breakfast).
Melinda made salsa and handed them out with chips.
Annie made CDs of her favorite romantic songs.
Wendy made chocolate covered pretzels and heart barrettes made from felt.
Liz gave out white chocolate because that's her favorite treat.
And Marnie handed out heart ornaments with one of her favorite quotes.
Faith made really cute Valentines bracelets and Lisa made little terracotta hearts that came with a little bottle of perfume to soak them in so you can put them in your drawers and they will smell good.

Thank you to my mom for the pretty tulips and for helping me set up and thank you to everyone who came.  It was so fun to visit with everyone.  I'll post pictures of the valentines that I made next.

18 comments:

Reba said...

I love this idea! What fun and creative friends you've made.

PS: great frames.

lisa (lost pezhead) said...

i love how you match everything and make it all cute and red/pink! those were some very creative valentines...i'll have to remember all these good ideas!

WendyandGabe said...

I had a great time! I loved all of the creative ideas and I enjoyed meeting your fun friends. I didn't get a chance to tell you at the party, but I LOVED the framed children's prints on your walls!

WendyandGabe said...

P.S. You forgot to show YOUR cute Valentine! I think I might throw a magnet on the tag and put it on my fridge.

susan said...

What a party! Looks like you hosted it in excellent taste. Good idea for me to try next year...

emily kate said...

Oh MY! What a fun party! And I'm over the moon about your wall art idea. LOVING IT!

Natalie said...

Wow! I want to be your friend! How cool is that party?! You have awesome taste and I am highly impressed. I'll be back for more inspiration, I'm sure!

Anna said...

You throw such lovely parties with such great details pulled together.

Krista Hansen said...

Looks like such a fun party! I wish I could have been there. Hopefully next time. You are so fun and creative and looks like you have some great friends too!

ellen said...

What a FUN party! I want to be your friend.

Eva said...

i'll be there next year! (the red frame amts made great v-day decorations, btw)

Katherine said...

This post brought back great memories from last year's party!

Kim said...

Thanks for the great time. I enjoyed spending the day with you and Creed. Thanks for including me.

Nikki said...

Oh how I miss you and your fun parties! You party from last year and your awesome Christmas gift did inspire David, Audrey and me to have a gathering ourselves (combined a hot cocoa tasting party with a Valentine's exchange). I only wish we lived closer!

Elisa said...

Thanks for the party!

It was so fun, and now, everywhere I go I see possible valentine gifts.

Melinda said...

It was a great party! You are hostess extraordinaire!

Nina Lewis said...

What an amazingly terrific idea! You are so creative and talented.

Shawn - Eclectic Whimsy said...

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