Last year, we had our first annual Valentine's Day Breakfast. Looking back to last year, it amazes me how much has changed in our lives. A year ago today, my life and many other lives in Wisconsin changed. It's been a roller coaster of a year - hard to put in words. I lost friends, made some new ones, had to make life changing decisions and had to remind myself that the glass is half full. It's been a journey and it will continue to be one. I've made it so far knowing that good will prevail over evil.
So onward and upward!
The kids LOVED our Valentine's Day breakfast last year and I wanted to continue to make that new tradition happen for the kids. Last year, I cam across these ADORABLE (and FREE!!) printables from Delightful Designs.
What I loved about the printables was (1) the theme - "I Love You A Bushel And A Peck;" and (2) that they were blue and red (of course!) So, as most of my party planning goes, I saved them for a year, waiting to use them for our Valentine's Day Breakfast.
In preparing for our breakfast, I came across this sweet printable (and yes free!) from Tattered and Inked. It matched the theme perfectly!
I wanted to put my own little spin on the theme however. I realize a "bushel" and a "peck" are types of measurements, but I wanted to make it even more sweet and twist the "peck" to use the other meaning - "a kiss." So, that's what we did. I also wanted to keep the breakfast to a reasonable budget given our new financial predicament. Most of the things I used for the breakfast, I had from previous parties. I am in love with doilies right now so I used a lot of them throughout the table. Doilies and budget go very well together! Some of the other things I used will serve double duty for Grace's upcoming First Communion/8th Birthday Party. I love using things more than once! So, here is our "I love you a bushel and a peck" Valentine's Day breakfast! (Oh, and I apologize for the quality of the pictures. It seems impossible to get good pictures in the morning in our kitchen/dining room.)
The frame was on SUPER clearance at Hobby Lobby (ignore the crack in it!). The chevron fabric is from www.fabric.com.
I used my Silhouette to cut out the lips. Grace helped me outline them with glue and add the glitter.
I've seen these ceramic fruit baskets at Anthropologie for $$$$. I found mine at Kohl's on SUPER clearance last year! Not knowing what I was going to use them for, I picked them up anyway. Glad I did :)
The Mason jars are from my mom who inherited them from my Grandparents. My Grandfather always had a massive garden and spent hours in his greenhouse canning tomatoes. I love using items for parties/gatherings that have meaning! The heart cakes are simple store bought treats put on a stick!
Discovering what "wax lips" were was one of the funnest things for my kids after we had our breakfast. Grace could not understand the concept of chewing wax. Ha! What our kids our missing out on these days.
I made the ruffled lace flowers using this tutorial from I Heart Naptime. They will definitely be serving double duty for Grace's First Communion/8th Birthday Party. So adorable and easy to make!
This is where I really combined the "bushel" and the "peck" - chocolate lips and wax lips in fruit pint containers! Ha!
This has been almost a snow-less winter here in Wisconsin this year. I feel for my friends to the West - that was us a year ago! Despite the lack of snow, nature has produced some pretty sights. This was the picture I woke up to out my backyard this morning.
So I decided it was a good Valentine's Day picture opportunity :)