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Valentine's Day Party Ideas
To set the mood, here is an English nursery rhyme taken from Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784)…
The rose is red, the violet’s blue
The honey’s sweet, and so are you
Thou are my love and I am thine
I drew thee to my Valentine
The lot was cast and then I drew
And fortune said it shou’d be you
Ah it is February, the month sales of stuffed toys, chocolates, engagement rings and flowers goes through the roof as those in lurve await their gifts from Cupid. Some people turn into Pepe le Pew, bouncing around after the one who has stolen their heart in an attempt to woo them. Others have been wooed and are milking it for the treats. Some may find themselves taking the leap and getting engaged “ohhhh la la!” If you find yourself in love this Valentine’s Day and you want to do something special (we don’t need details, keeping it PG here) why not look outside the box when it comes to the standard romantic night out. This year keep it at home with the help of Australia's #1 Party Shop to provide all the decorations you will need to woo your Valentine.
In the lead up to Saint Valentine’s Day and especially the 29th of February, we shall look at putting together elements to ensure you get lucky and or engaged! Why the 29th of February you ask? Well apparently it is the day for ladies to take things into their own hands and propose to their love! Don’t worry for the Anti-Valentine Peeps out there; we also have some great ideas for you too! I myself am of the opinion you do not need one day a year to show the one you love just how much they mean to you. Every day is Valentine’s Day (I can hear people gagging – sorry!) I am going to tackle the month of romance with Wooing, Romantic Meals, Valentine’s Day Party, Anti- Valentine’s Day Party and Valentine’s Proposals and all can be put together with the help from Australia's #1 Party Shop. So with that in mind, why don’t we make the whole of February all about love and keep Cupid on his toes? Let’s get the ball rolling with wooing shall we?
Keep it simple. You can go OTT if you like – my cousin proposed to his girlfriend and I think at some point I heard “helicopter flight” amongst the whole proposal process. It is the small hand-made tokens of affection that get me. At the start of our budding relationship, my husband would bake cookies and then gift wrap them up with a ribbon and leave them on my desk at work with a little card. It is the little personal things that set the spark. Going out to the movies is one thing, but to come in to work in the morning to find a batch of home-made cookies waiting for you thus making you the envy of the other girls, of course it worked. I was wooed with choc-macadamia and eventually engaged then married and the other girls in the office were a touch jealous that their boyfriends didn’t bake them cookies. So number one, get baking!
Whip up some pretty treats to leave for your Valentine. Pink Frosting stock really cute cake and cupcake toppers, like hearts and pink edible glitter. Fill up cupcake boxes with sweets if you are not big on baking and add a little love note to make your love’s heart flutter. For a grown up Valentine, put together a little gift basket or bucket filled with sweets, maybe massage oil and the promise of a fun night in (wink, wink).
Now Mike and I are parents, we include our kids in on Valentine’s Day, giving them little gifts and heaps of hugs and smooches and they in return leave little love notes to us under our pillows. Last year Matilda drew me a picture of a slug and Hamish gave me a great big hug and smooch after he had mauled his bowl of chocolate custard. Matilda is fast approaching six and is in her first year of school. She is a hopeless romantic, gushing about how she ‘loves’ a boy in her class and already has her wedding planned. I have spoken to his mum and we have agreed that 100 gold chocolate coins and a Pavlova will be enough to cover the wedding. As for Hamish, he is at an age where kissing is “A- gustink!” (Disgusting).This year Valentine’s Day is going to be interesting indeed!
With children it is all innocent. If you have kids and want to help them get into the Valentine’s Day spirit in making a gift for mum, dad, the grandies or the school yard crush, check out Pink Frosting. If your daughter wants to have a party for her friends then make it a love heart party. For the grown up Valentine, once the wooing has started and is working the next step is the romantic dinner – which of course is the topic for my next story and for that you will just have to keep an eye on the Pink Frosting page!
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