On this day for the last few years my husband has normally been packing for a ski trip with the church youth group. He is not going this year since there are enough “younger adults” who are able to go. So I have been quite happy to make plans for this Valentine’s Day, and the fact that it falls on a Saturday has made it even better.
Last year I decorated the dining room table and most of the house with an old school theme, but I had a new idea for this year. Unfortunately, when I went back to our beloved Target to get the needed items, they were already sold out (and that was February 1st!) So I had to rethink the decorating. Because I have been working on another major project here (more about that at the end of this post) I decided to take the simple route, and go with traditional hearts and flowers for our “theme” this year (if you can call it that).
And I thought a Valentine’s Day breakfast would be the perfect way to start the day and the weekend. That is why all the jars and cake stands are filled with breakfast items…doughnuts, doughnut holes, muffins, bagels, cereals, etc.
Those will all be self-serve, but we will also have the following menu:
And while I was planning a breakfast menu, a gift idea popped in my head. I put a Starbucks’ gift card and a couple of Starbucks k-cup coffees in a piece of heart printed tissue and placed them inside a white to-go cup (from Target.) They came with the kraft paper sleeves, and I simply glued a sparkly red heart (from a 98 cent bag of them) onto the sleeves for just a bit of Valentine’s Day decoration.
Granola bars are another breakfast option in a jar in the cabinet.
There is sparkly heart garland over the cereal bar – again made from that bag of 98 cent hearts.
(Didn’t I tell you the theme was hearts?)
Krispy Kreme doughnuts – ready to be devoured.
The kitchen desk has breakfast items behind the glass doors, and I chose a recipe for pancakes for this month’s chalkboard.
So most of our breakfast is ready and waiting. I hope to do the pancakes in the shape of hearts, and perhaps the bacon as well.
One last Valentine idea for you….This year’s teacher’s gift is a bag of Cracker Jacks and a small can of Coca Cola. The tag reads, “Happy Valentine’s Day to a Cracker Jack teacher.” I hope they enjoy them. I am giving Hershey kisses to all my students – sorry not very creative. I had to stick to simple for this year’s Valentine’s Day.
You see there is even more to be happy about this weekend than having a Saturday Valentine’s Day with my husband at home. His birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day, and this birthday is one of those BIG decade-hitting ones for him.So my big project has been planning and planning the party for that…a major weekend looong party with a bunch of guys from high school and college. In my mind, our Valentine’s Day was going to simply be a breakfast, and the rest of the weekend was to be devoted to my husband’s birthday celebration. I say, was because sickness, moving, and a few other things have unfortunately occurred with some of “the guys,” and we have decided to delay the party one week. And even though the celebrating won’t be on his actual birthday, it will hopefully work out better for all of our guests. So now, we find ourselves with an entire day for Valentine’s Day, an entire day to celebrate my husband’s birthday with family, and…we both have a holiday on Monday! That was obviously not how we had planned for our weekend to be spent, but it sounds pretty good to me now.
Enjoy your weekend!!
What do you have planned?