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February 16, 2015

DIY Valentine's Day Dinner!

So every year on Valentine's Day (at least for the past three years!) we host a fun 'Cupid's Cafe' Dinner for the kids. 

I figured that even though Valentine's has come and gone, it'd be fun to share with you what we do to help inspire fun ideas for next year!
You can never be too prepared, right? 

The first year we did this, we were trying to think of something special to do with our two oldest (they were 5 then) and when I found these amazing printables from the Dating Divas, I knew I had struck gold. 

We printed the menus, set up a fun table and let the kids have fun being the 'adults' while we served them.
And we will never, ever get away without doing Cupid's Cafe again.
I'm pretty sure. 

They told us this year that when they are older, they will served us Cupid's Cafe!!
How fun :) 

So because it's become a fun family tradition for the past three years, I thought it high time we shared a peek into a fun Valentine's Day dinner that is so easy & fun to pull together!!


I don't typically decorate the house for Valentine's- like change my mantle decor and all that.
But I have a box full of decor to transform the dining room into a special Valentine's Getaway for our dinner.
I love buying something special each year to add to it. 

And bonus, after the kids go to bed, you & hubby can light some candles and enjoy the set-up too!



This year, I made some cute name-cards and labels for the glasses. 
All the little details make everything so fun :) 

I printed out the cute menus from The Dating Divas site and had them waiting near the plates for the kids to order from. 

Those darling 'Love' and 'Xoxo" signs were in the Target dollar bin. 


What makes the dinner 'crazy' is that the kids place numbers in the bubbles for each course and me and the hubs have a cheat sheet that we fill out what goes with each number. So their appetizer course they may put number 3 & 7 which goes with our numbers that means a napkin and dessert. 
So anything goes in Cupid's Cafe!!


Of course, we had our littlest member this year which meant that she had her first 'meal' in her high-chair. 
Of course, she's a milk baby so she really just watched brother and sister enjoy the food but she got a tiny taste of pink mashed potatoes just for fun.

She had her own tiny plate, name card and a dressed-up bottle just for fun. 


This year, I wanted to add something fun to the chairs to dress things up a bit. 
I found these cute packs of felt hearts at Hobby Lobby and strung them on some yarn. 

I used a hole punch to punch the holes in them so they could string through easily. 
I added some cute ribbon & a chalkboard label from Michael's in the middle heart.
Since I can't draw a straight line, I used my Silhouette to put their monogram on the labels. 


The plates were ones I've picked up over the years either from Target or Kroger.
I got the cute polka dot straws at Target. 


My favorite (and most easiest!) part was creating a table runner with some wrapping paper. 
Those mini rolls at Target are perfect for running across a table so I usually snatched them up. 
This polka dot paper was absolutely perfect for our Valentine's dinner.
Just roll across, cut and you're good to go!

I found the Happy Valentine's Day sign and 'Hugs and Kisses' sign both on clearance at JoAnns this year.
And I whipped up the glittery heart blocks in a couple minutes. 

Throw in some milk glass and Valentine's roses and you're all set. 


The kids filled out their menus to let us know which dishes to bring out when. 



Our menu was as follows: 

Steak (cooked by the hubby!)
Fruit & Cheese Skewers
Pink Mashed Potatoes (they are big hit every year!) 
Cupid's Floats (from Somewhat Simple
Heart-Shaped Toast
Red Velvet Brownies (from Somewhat Simple

We added sprinkles to the ice cream on the brownies and heart picks to basically anything we could to add a little Valentine bling to everything.


The kids love everything being dressed up- even if it's as simple as sticking in a paper heart topper to serve it with. 



Baby girl loved watching brother and sister enjoy everything. 
She enjoyed a tiny bit of potatoes and then threw her valentine blocks off her highchair every few seconds. 


Little Miss and Little Man enjoyed every second of it. 
I'm so glad they are still loving it every year!!

I'm one of those crazy moms that absolutely loves decorating and throwing parties so this is such a special thing for me to do for them every year. 
Plus it gives me a good excuse to decorate with sparkles, hearts and everything pink & red.
Which just doesn't happen very often :) 

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into our Valentine Family tradition!

What's your favorite Valentine's tradition to do each year?

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February 10, 2015

Red & White Striped Tables Redo

I figured that Valentine's Day was a great excuse to share this cute pair or tables I redid last year. 

I'm so excited for spring to get here so I can get back to refinishing some awesome pieces we've had in storage for a while.
I spent most of last spring/summer redoing pieces for the nursery and loved loved it but I'm excited about branching out with different colors & idea I've been cooking up :) 

These little tables were given to me by my clinical instructor once we started talking about all my furniture redos and all that one day.


They were in need of a little TLC and some awesome color.
So I channeled my inner Razorback fan and decided to go red & white with them. 

I gave them a good sanding down before starting- which is always fun with those nooks and crannies.
Be sure to take a damp rag after sanding and get all the dust off. 


I painted them with a bold red enamel paint that I just love.
You may remember the same color for my red & white dresser I redid forever ago. 

It finishes with a gorgeous glossy sheen that I just love. 


After the red base coat was applied, 
I decided to add a bit of contrasting pattern to the tops to try and modern them up a bit. 
So I taped off stripes with painter's tape and painted glossy white stripes on just the top shelves.


After letting the coats of paint dry, I took my sander and distressed the edges and corners of both pieces for a rustic finish.

I think these would look so cute in a little boy's bedroom, don't you think? 


I finished them off with my favorite furniture wax for a protective finish and then they were off to their new homes. 

I love the contrasting white & red together and makes me miss my own little boy's fun red bedroom!!


Check out the side by side before & after pictures to get an idea of the amazing transformation!!





Ah. My heart just loves a good before & after!!

I can't wait to get back in the game and share some fun pieces that I"ll be tackling soon (weather permitting). 

Hope you guys are having a great week!!



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February 04, 2015

"Love Lives Here" Valentine Wreath

I'm back this week with another Valentine post!

I had so much fun sharing five sets of free printables last week with you guys on my "Sharing the Love" series!! 
If you missed out, be sure to check them out to get your freebies, starting here

In the midst of all the dreary winter weather (with no pretty snow to show for it) I really wanted something bright & fun with a pop of spring color in it to brighten the front door.

I'm one of those who usually skip straight from Christmas decor to spring decor so I figured a new Valentine's wreath was the perfect compromise between the two.


Pretty right? 
I'm in love with nontraditional colors for Valentines...that way it can stay up for as long as I want :) 
The perks of doing it yourself!!

So to make it, gather your supplies: 

*Scrap piece of wood cut to your desired shape/size
*"love" chipboard word (Hobby Lobby) 
*Glitter scrapbook paper (Hobby Lobby)
*Fabric of choice (again...Hobby Lobby)
*White vinyl
*Chipboard heart
*Scissors
*Hot Glue
*Staple Gun
*Exacto Knife


I cut out a pattern with printer paper and used it as a template for my piece of wood.
I traced my pattern on and then used my jigsaw to cut it out.
If you don't want to use wood (it's what I had on hand), you could easily use a piece of foam-core board for your base piece.
Just make sure not to hang anything too heavy on it! 

Take your fabric and use your staple gun (or hot glue) to 'upholster' the board.
I did it just like I would a seat cushion.
Staple one side, pull tight and fold those corners pretty.
Trim away any excess fabric so it won't be hanging down. 


My fabric was a very stretchy knit so I had to pull it extra tight and gather it neatly around the corners.
It took a little effort but looked pretty in the end :) 


Next step is to create your wording.
You could cut all vinyl for it if you'd like but I wanted something to jump off the design a bit.

I found the 'love' chipboard piece at Hobby Lobby and decided to cover it with some gold glitter scrapbook paper. 
I painted the edges in a soft blue to match my front door before adding the paper.

Lay your letters face-down on the back of your paper and use a sharp exacto knife to carefully cut around the letters into the paper. I ended up tracing the letters with a pen and then using my knife to cut it out. 

Use thin lines of hot glue to adhere your paper to the chipboard word. 


I added a pretty script in white vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette. 
I decided to add a couple arrows & a heart into the dead space at the bottom and love how it turned out.
I'm all about those arrows. 

I free-handed my arrows out of the same gold glitter paper as the letters and then covered my painted chipboard heart with a piece of scrap lace. 


Once you have everything laid out the way you want it to look, glue it all down!!
Use a pretty piece of ribbon or fabric to hang it from by stapling it into the back of your sign. 

Then hang it up and admire some pretty spring colors!!


I'm loving the look of a non-traditional wreath right now.
I was obsessed with my Christmas sign wreath and I guess it just carried over to Valentines too. 
I'm hoping to cook up something else fun to hang up for the rest of spring :) 


Right now I'm working on the finishing touches for our annual Cupid's Cafe dinner with the kids.
I"ll be sharing some fun ideas for creating some Valentine memories soon!
I'm also trying to corral the house into feeling less 'wintry' and more happy and colorful for the spring. 
Which will hopefully show up soon :)

I'm pretty over winter. 


Hope you guys are having a great week!

See you soon! 



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January 30, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 5: Pokemon Valentine Printable

We've made it to the last day, friends!

I can't believe it's already Friday and the end of this series! 
It's flown by so fast, it's crazy. 

This last printable is something a bit unique and varies from the last four days in that it's not really for adding to your valentine decor.
I mean, unless you really want to.
It's your life :) 

I don't know if the pokemon frenzy has hit your house yet but it's in full swing over here. 
It started a little over a year ago when the husby introduced the show to our now seven year old little man. 
He was quickly head over heels into Ashs' and Pikachu's poke world.
Then came collecting the cards...binders full.
Now we have several DS games, two binders full of cards, a 'deck' for playing, pokemon snap for the wii and a whole Netflix Queue with every season imaginable. 

Little man could tell you the poxe-dex info for any random pokemon you come up.
Including special attacks, hit points and whether they are 'effective' or not in battle.
Plus any and all evolutions.

It's cute & mildy irritating at times.
But boys will be boys and right now, my little boy wishes more than anything that pokemon were real :) 
And I wouldn't have it any other way. 

So for Valentines we, of course, had to come up with something to do for pokemon.
Since little man has been collecting cards for a while, we have tons of duplicate cards so we decided to make some good use of them and incorporate them into our valentine cards this year.

So if you're looking for a non-candy pokemon valentine idea, you've hit the jackpot here, my friends. 

Check out these cute ones we whipped up the other evening...


Here's the rundown on how I put these together: 

*Treat bags (I had regular ones on hand from Hobby Lobby & just cut the tops off to make them shorter) 
*Extra pokemon cards (We had tons or packs of about 10 are around 4$) 
*ribbon
*Free pokemon printable

It's super straight-forward on how to put them together.
Print your printable valentine, use a circle punch to cut them out and a holepunch to punch a small hole at the top.
Place your pokemon card in the treat bag, tie closed with cute ribbon & then attach your printable pokemon card to the ribbon!

And voila!
Instantly make any pokemon lover incredibly happy! 

They'd be super cute printed out on sticker paper and put on kraft bags or a fun treat of some kind. 

My little man is super excited about giving these out on Valentine's Day at school and I hope it makes one of your little people smile too!

Download your free print below! 



All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 




And that officially wraps up this week & the fourth 'Sharing the Love' printable series!!

I've had so much fun with you guys this week & can't wait to share some other fun projects I've been working on lately.

I shared on my Facebook page the other day that I have an amazingly awesome giveaway coming up soon to glam up TWO of my amazing readers!
So be on the lookout for that and in the meantime, have a FABULOUS weekend!!


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If you missed this week's other free printables, check them out here,  herehere and here


Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page

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January 29, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 4: Love Lives Here Printable


We are already almost finished with this amazing week, can you believe it?!? 

This week has flown by and I've enjoyed every single minute of sharing these fun printables with you guys. 

Today's printable is so simple but a wonderful reminder for how a home should feel. 

We definitely strive to have a 'love-filled' home even though sometimes it's the hardest thing to keep up. 
I want my kids to remember a home filled with loving memories so this is such a great reminder for keeping that atmosphere around daily. 

I did a fun project with this same sentiment that I can't wait to share soon! 

Click on your favorite below to get your print!!





All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 

Choose your favorite color below: 







Don't forget to check back in tomorrow for the last free printable of the week.
It's a tad unique so you'll just have to see it to understand :) 

Happy Thursday friends!!

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As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
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January 28, 2015

{Sharing the Love} Day 3: You Are Adored Printable

So I just realized that yesterday's post had the picture stating it was 'day 4' and I totally got the prints out of order for which day they were coming out.

Heh.

I'm just counting the fact that I've been able to get posts up this week...I'll let you decide if it's horrible that I made a silly mistake :) 
I'm just glad to be back for a bit...so I'm not going to sweat the small stuff. 

Anywho.

Today's print is fun & whimsical which is how Valentine's should feel, right? 
Colorful and lovey and happy. 


It comes in three fun colors...the yellow is somewhat random but my living room is blue & yellow and I wanted one of these to be out year-round so I made it yellow. 
The power of being the creator of the prints :) 

All you have to do to get your pretty little print is to click the link below for the color that you want and then 
download. print. frame.

That easy friends!! 

Choose your favorite color below: 






Hope you guys are enjoying this series so far!
Can't wait to see you again tomorrow!!

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If you missed this week's other free printables, check them out here and here


Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page


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