I have one more Valentine’s Day post to share with you. Yes, I know it is after the holiday. Unfortunately there was soooo much to cram in the last couple of days, I didn’t get this finished until today. But have no fear! I think you will find at least one idea you can use for next year’s day of love.
Remember, we are going old school here this year. While we were out for the winter storm, I made a valentine box like the ones you probably remember from your childhood. (Those are our daughter’s first valentines saved from when she was a toddler in day care.) The sweet students left their valentines for me in the box on Friday. I found the red box at Target, so that made it super easy to simply decorate it with paper doilies, magazine cut outs, construction paper,and a chalk pen.
While we were out, I also made valentines for the 120+ students with whom I work. Since I am a math teacher, I really wanted something math related. I kept looking, but nothing really grabbed me. So I did a spin-off on the chalkboard that is in our playroom and included a little candy (as if they needed anything else to hype them up yesterday. Glory!!)
I printed them on cardstock and used double sided tape to attach the candy.
So that was for the math. Now for the writing. (I’ll tell you about the reading part of the day in a minute.) For this year’s teacher’s gifts, I found some nice note card sets at Michael’s. They were packaged in a cellophane package. So I purchased some red pens, slipped them inside, tied them all up with red ribbon, added a sticker label, and ta-da…all done. My original plan was to hand letter them with From the desk of ______ (their name). Or perhaps run it through the printer with that, but as usual, I had more ideas than time. I’ll save that idea for another gift.
Now for the reading portion of this school style Valentine’s Day. I decided to get a book for everyone here (little Hallmark books in case you are wondering.) Since they were going to be on the dinner table, I wanted them wrapped in something that matched the table setting. I didn’t need a lot of wrapping paper for this, so I copied part of the cover of a composition notebook a couple of times and glued the sheets together with a glue stick. It worked perfectly. (Someone needs to make composition paper gift wrap. I would certainly buy it. I bet you would as well.)
And what is Valentine’s Day without something sweet to eat? Girl Scout cookies to the rescue! We fight over the Thin Mints and Samoa’s. Do you have a favorite? Again, I wanted something “school-y” to wrap them in. So this time I glued sheets of notebook paper together for this. That would also make a good gift wrap for someone to market. (Hello Hallmark are you reading??)
There is also a gift card inside the small notebooks. Our younger son looked inside his notebook first. He then smartly said to his older brother, “Hey Will. Do you want your little notebook?” Before big brother could answer, I said, “Oh yes, he does!”
Now to the table. Let me just say that because of the gifts, this table had waaaay more on it than I usually put there (except New Year’s had a lot, too.) I tried to at least keep the centerpiece low, and because we served off the island in the kitchen, no serving dishes had to actually go on the table itself. Here is one table setting…
Oh, I forgot to mention the napkins! You may remember the comforter I took apart when we redid our daughter’s bedroom. This was the fabric on the reverse of the extra comforter I cut down in size. That great alphabet print was perfect to use to sew into napkins.
Last year’s Valentine table had tulips, but this year I thought daisies would be nice. (Do I sound like Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail? )I also loooooove those little boots (aka Christmas ornaments from Target) and couldn’t resist using them for this.
Now here is the whole shebang.
The kraft paper runner with chalk to write with is always fun .
Now don’t get too excited over our menu. This was just a normal family dinner amped up a little. I always like Italian for Valentine’s Day so we had homemade spaghetti, a green salad, and garlic rolls – and I did not even make the rolls. But we made a great discovery. I asked my husband to pick up an order of the garlic rolls we love so much from a local restaurant. He asked for a dozen. They threw in some extras and only charged $2.00 for the order. He even asked if that was correct, and it was! What a bargain!
Oh and one other restaurant related tidbit. When we used to go skiing in Maggie Valley, NC, we would go to a restaurant in Waynesville called Antipasto’s. They had the best salad we have ever eaten, so I tried to make a similar salad for our Italian dinner including strips of ham and cheese rolled up. I believe that Antipasto’s is now closed. If any of you NC readers know for sure, please let me know. (Kathy or Katrina, do you know?) Dessert was brownies, ice cream, and these sauces from Williams Sonoma. (I could seriously eat the entire jar of that salted caramel sauce…mmmmm.)There were also red velvet cupcakes as another dessert option, but the bulk of those were for our daughter at college. (And don’t think I made them from scratch. The box mix was actually VERY good, and we did make the cream cheese frosting from scratch.)
The cupcake envelopes were Wilton icing decorations from Michaels, and the cute school related cupcake toppers and papers were from this Meri Meri kit.
And that was our old school style Valentine’s Day. I hope you had a day full of love. This weekend promises to be absolutely gorgeous here – sunny with highs in the 60′s (and by the middle of next week highs in the upper 70′s!) We have Monday and Tuesday off for our scheduled President’s Day break. (I’m loving these short work weeks!)
Hope you have a lovely weekend!