valentine making party

February 1st, 2010

On Friday all my kids’ friends came over for a valentines making party–yes all! have you ever had a party where every person you invited could come and then think holy crap! everyone is coming?  At the last minute a few kids couldn’t make it, so it wasn’t quite as chaotic as I thought it would be, but we are still picking glitter out of our hair (four days later).  The kids are still pretty young, so there weren’t any projects proper, it was a how many different things can you glue to one card sort of deal. My son’s inner glitter lover came out and he used up most of what we had.  Actually after the party was over my kids worked on their valentines almost until dinner time. They would get up from the table every once and a while and help themselves to the leftovers at the buffet. It was a rare day in motherhood where I was aloud to sit back, cuddle with the baby, and crochet as I please.

I got kinda themey with the food. It was supposed to be all heart shaped and red, but ended up rather brown and carby.  I made tomato focaccia from my bakery days and it was pretty good, at least the two dogs who finished it off thought so. These financiers were a total bust: they didn’t taste very good–and financiers are usually super delicious–and the heart effect was fussy as hell and didn’t work in the end.  Everything else was pretty run of the mill: heart shaped pb&js, red vegetables, trail mix. Martha’s raisin heart pockets were my favorite and I squirreled a few away to have with tea later.  I know valentines day is all about chocolateness, but these were nice and wintery, not too sweet and perfect with tea. I used golden raisins in the filling, but I think dried apricots with a little cardamom would be even better.  So go set up a little buffet for your kiddo’s lunch and open the glitter and savor some quiet time, or make some valentines yourself.  Next year we might skip the christmas cards all together and just send out valentines.

10 Responses to valentine making party

  1. Antoinette says:

    What a great idea! I would love to host one sometime…

  2. Holly says:

    brilliant, Meg!

  3. kim says:

    You are one brave woman. For sure. (looks great fun!)

  4. victoria says:

    Such a good idea. I love the photos too.

  5. Ali says:

    What a sweet party idea. Though how you managed to relax and crochet with glue and glitter freely available to your offspring is a mystery to me!

    Perhaps it’s just my offspring….

  6. Marlena says:

    As an attendee, I can say it was the bright spot of our day and even our weekend. Kiddos of all ages were entertained and I’m glad I have a few secret Valentine’s to share with loved ones. One is even being shipped today in a care package headed to Oregon.

  7. Lils says:

    soooo sorry to have missed it, not that my kids would have done any bit I would have sat with yours until dinnertime.

  8. Crysto' says:

    This is lovely, I’m planning to do a Valentine Making Party for some of the pre-teen girls I know. Using cups to organize is a great idea, hopefully it’s as successful as yours seems to have been.

  9. Mary Smith says:

    That looks like so much fun. I just love all the Valentines goodies!

  10. What a sweet idea. Valentine’s has snuck up on me a bit this year. I’m still getting rid of the glitter from Christmas, mind, so I’m not sure that I’m ready for more glitter…