My sweet daughter is eleven, which means she is about 29 years away from celebrating Valentine’s Day with a real Valentine. In the meantime, I’m throwing her an awesome Tween “Gal”entine’s Day Party. On a Dime. Because, let’s face it, we just had Christmas.
***Funny aside, my daughter and I just tried doing the math for that dating joke to see how many years away she is from 40 and the conversation ended with, Wait, let me get some paper. We are both writers, not mathers.***
For the party décor, I bought some tissue paper, an adorable BE MINE inflatable sign from Target for $5, some paper plates and goody cups and some cupcake liners and decorations. Maybe, about $15 total. I made an adorable tassel garland out of the tissue paper. It was ridiculously easy, although slightly time consuming. In my defense, I made a LOT of tassels. I used some of the leftover tassels as a little centerpiece on the table along with some tissue paper flowers. Instructions on how to DIY the tassel garland can be found here on Inspired by Charm, an amazing blog that I’m sure you’re familiar and if you are not I will wait right here for a few hours while you go check it out. Go ahead. I’m not going anywhere. Don’t forget to come back.
For favors, I put together cute little cups of Hershey’s hugs and these super cute gem eraser rings I found at Target for $3.
I also want to either give the girls or have them make these adorable marbled clay pendants These are a pretty quick and easy DIY if you have some sculpey clay around the house. And some optional copper paint for added bling. Instructions on how to make marbled clay can be found here. Those instructions are for making marbled clay dishes, so scale down the amount of clay you use so that you end up with something the size of a pendant and not a dish. Unless you want a dish sized pendant, in which case, go on with your bad self.
For food we’ll go the easy route with some pizza and then some homemade cupcakes the girls can decorate.
And for the entertainment portion of the evening, I’m planning a little photo booth action with these awesome printables you can get here from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke. We’ll follow up the photo booth with a movie, something with a girl power theme. I’m thinking The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
So, I might be looking forward to this a little more than the girls, but I’m ok with that. I’m sitting in the decorated dining room typing this up and thinking about the cleaning that needs to be done tomorrow and watching the B in Be Mine slowly deflate. Great night.