Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Valentine's Party

Last year, I had a Valentine's Tea Party for my girls and our friends.
My oldest daughter helped with the decorations and food.

These were the old love letters from my Grandpa to my Grandma during WWII.  They seemed appropriate as decoration for this Valentine's Day Party.
My friend who had hosted a party for her daughter for many years suggested that I let my daughters pick some of their favorite foods!  After all, the party is for them!  Pretzels and cheese puffs made the list!
The little tables are set for the little girls...
Their table is set with tea sets from IKEA.  The ribbon roses were made by my oldest daughter to decorate their table.  To make these simple rosettes, take a 12 to 18 inch wire ribbon.  Pull the wire of one side of the ribbon until the ribbon bunches.  Wrap the loose wire around a pencil or small stick and form a rose.
I always look forward to Valentine's Day right after Christmas!  I keep some of the 'red' decorations out from Christmas and just add some fun Valentine's decor.  I change the decorations out as soon as I take down Christmas.  It seems to make for an easier transition!

Happy Valentine's to you...it's only a month away!

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!

I am linking to these fun parties, too!

Note: The better quality pictures were taken by my friend Monica.  Thanks!





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53 comments :

Amanda said...

Just curious the small green coffee or maybe dematassie cups (on one of the kids tables)...are those from the Greenbriar by chance?

Sue said...

Hi Christie,
Your tables are so sweet, and even sweeter are the smiles on the girls' faces as they sit at the table. What beautiful memories you are making for your family. Thank you for sharing, and you may see a variation of this at my house in a few weeks for 4 "grand" children!
Have a great day!
Sue

lulumusing said...

Wow, talk about thinking ahead or looking back! It sure looks like the young ones had a splendid party thanks to your creative effort.

Allison said...

I think Valentine's Day is such a fun day. How sweet your tables look and the girls are darling. Your table settings are always lovely and the attention to detail is perfect. You have quite a knack with this! How special to have that bundle of love letters from your Grandpa to your Grandma. What a wonderful treasure! I still enjoy sending Valentine's out to all of my friends. I've done it since I was a kid!

Red Couch Recipes said...

What an adorable table with adorable girls, who looked, by the way very happy to be at such a fun table. Love the ribbon flower centerpiece. Joni

Designs By Pinky said...

This is adorable!!! I bet the girls had a blast!! Everything looks great!!!! XO, Pinky

Debbie said...

You get so many Mommy Points for this! I love the whole concept and every detail. By far, my favorite part is the inclusion of love letters from your grandfather. That's just priceless.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

This looks like fun! I may have to steal this idea for my girls! :)

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

This is so perfectly timely Christie! I was just thinking yesterday about how I would love to host a little Valentine's party for my own sweet girl and her cutie pie friends! Now I've got tons of inspiration to pull from! :-)
Vanessa

Christie said...

Amanda, the small green tea cups came in a set from IKEA...four different colors of blue, yellow, green and pink. I purchased several sets and you are seeing two of the green ones! If you don't have an IKEA close by, you can probably order online...they were inexpensive! LOVE IKEA!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

This looks so cute and like so much fun! Look at all those adorable little girls. I'll bet they will always remember this :)

Kathleen said...

Adorable! The girls too! Fun idea! ♥

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

This is so charming! I love the paper doilies under the clear glass plates. Looks like so much fun for those lucky little girls!

A Toile Tale said...

Christie -
Oh, my! Those love letters as a centerpiece made me melt. What a beautiful, precious idea.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Domestic Diva said...

What a pretty table & wonderful little get together! Thanks for sharing!

Dining Delight said...

I love seeing pics of young girls enjoying tea parties! I used to put them on for my daughter many years ago. Your Valentine decorations and tablescape look wonderful - love the menu too! Good idea to go straight from Christmas to V's day...especially since I still have my Christmas decorations up!

DD

Martha said...

What a darling tea party -- I love everything about it -- it is so sweet!

Lori said...

So cute, makes me want to have a grown up tea party.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Darling! What sweet little girls. I love the old letters!

More Than A Mom said...

I have a home daycare and this is a fabulous idea to have with the kids. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration!

More Than A Mom said...

P.S. Visiting from Fireflies & Jellybeans "Show Off Your Stuff" link party!

At a Cottage by the Sea said...

You are making wonderful memories for lots of little girls. Sweet tables. Especially love the love letters tied up with a ribbon.

Donnie said...

What a sweet idea. I lost all my hubby's love letters from the Coast Guard days when we had a nor'easter in Cape May, NJ 1974 or '75. The party looks like a lot of fun.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is a darling idea, and I'd love to do this for my goddaughter. That was so clever to use the love letters as part of the vignette. I also like the fact that you let them select some of their favorite foods since the party is, indeed, about them. Just goes to show you that even cheese puffs and pretzels can look good when you have a beautiful table, and this one is that. Good job!

Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...

XO,

Sheila

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh! Love this post, so charming! And I love that you put your grandparents letters out - I have some from mine, to each other while my grandfather was in WW1 also. So very dear.

Happy VTT,
Sally

Jerri said...

What a lovely party! Everything looks so cute!

Ann said...

These are great momentos-love letters, especially family. How great you have them.

Chrissy said...

Oh how charming and cute. A tea party is always a wonderful idea, even with pretzel and cheese puffs :) My daughter received a cake Cricut for Christmas, I am thinking of a good Valentine's idea.
Thanks for sharing!

Libby@lightofthehome said...

I LOVE that you have your grandparents love letters! What a treasure. Great tablescapes! Definitely getting me in the mood of Valentines Day!

Coloradolady said...

Love the love letters. Great touch. Happy VTT!

Linda said...

That looks like a lot of fun...waht a sweet group of girls there were!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

I just LOVE this idea!! How darling, and perfect for little girls or grown women!!

Oh, and the love letters...sigh. How special. xx

A To Zebra Celebrations said...

what a cute party!! i love love the cupcakes with the strawberry on top...adorable! ~nancy~

LocalFunForKids said...

Wow, That is every little girl's dream! You should come link up at 'Fun for Kids Friday' http://ow.ly/3DzBt

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

really lovely setting! tea party with kiddies are just fantastic! I really love it!

dnicolle said...

What a beautiful party, I love it. I think my girls would like to try and make the ribbon flowers. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.
Dannyelle from wwww.lifeisaparty.ca

Val said...

what a truly precious party!

Pamela said...

Super sweet!! It all looks so very pretty and I am sure they had a blast!

Honey at 2805 said...

What wonderful memories you're making. The stack of old letters is such a sweet touch!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Wow!Looks like fun.I'm sure the little ones are still talking about it!

Julie said...

My girls would love this, thanks for sharing!!

The Farm Girl
thefarmgirlrecipes.blogspot.com

AshTreeCottage said...

Simply charming and I love that you have your grandparents love letters too!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Entertaining Women said...

Your party makes my heart sing! Not only are you providing a beautiful party for all these precious little girls, you are educating them at the perfect age about the joys of gracious entertaining. The looks on their faces tell the whole story. I predict that they will grow up and continue this very special tradition of creating beautiful tablescapes and offering delicious foods to be shared in special fellowship with treasured friends. Thank you for sharing your/their lovely design. Please, let them know what a wonderful job they did. Cherry Kay

Brambleberry Cottage said...

This looks like such fun. It's been a long while since I've had a "tea party" with my daughter. But, now I have a granddaughter to have them with!!! ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

You definitely got me all inspired my friend! I'm just coming back by to say thanks for linking this up to the party and I cannot wait to see the upcoming posts! :-) I also wanted you to know, again, how very grateful I am to you for mentioning Jesus Calling to me...I have been loving it and find myself having a hard time just reading the one for that day and not the entire book all at once! There was one that made me think of you (in a good way of course!) and I'll have to find it again and email you.
Thanks for being a blessing to me!
Vanessa
P.S. Have you ever thought about going to Blissdom?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Such a grand party and how blessed you are to have those letters :)

Blessings!
Gail

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks like a delightful occasion! I'm sure that it was very memorable for everyone-- how sweet!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Christie~ What a beautiful party!! Your table setting is amazing- I love the silver and the tables look absolutely darling! I always enjoy your posts so much~ thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

FinsFan said...

That is a Valentines party that those little ones well never forget !! What a spectacular memory to have. KUDOS!!! Nothing is better than remembering these happy moments and then passing them through the generations : )

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

What a wonderful party!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christie, what a pretty party! All of the tables are just lovely, and what pretty little ladies are sitting at the table! Love the ribbon roses (like mother, like daughter). Your table cloths are all so pretty. These feminine tea tables are delightful, and the food looks delightful too. Thank you so much for joining in for Favorite Things. laurie

The Tablescaper said...

This looks like so much fun! I can't take my eyes off of those ribbon roses. It's hard to believe they are easy to make as you say. I've got to give it try.

- The Tablescaper

passionfruitprincess said...

Wow! What a cute party and sweet girls!
I love everything!
Ana Paula

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