I do believe today’s the official “Galentine’s” day. The day to celebrate with your gal pals. It’s no secret, my gal pal’s are one of my most treasured gifts. Just 10 short days ago I came home and realized I did not have one Valentine decoration out, not ONE! I’ve had quite a busy travel schedule lately and my first thought was, O’ well, I’ll just skip it this year (really no one would notice). But later I began to remember just how fun this holiday is, especially for children. I know I’ve emtnioned this before, but decorating those homemade valentine boxes and exchanging valentines use to be so much fun. That’s when the creative light bulb went off and I thought well, why not have a “GALENTINES” party and exchange valentines.
So I got busy and sent out some invites. (I’ll show you how I made mine at the end of this post).
And then for the last week I seriously lost myself in Valentine’s creativity, I felt just like a kid again.
I found the cutest little mini vases I knew would be a perfect touch for the table and just by adding a little heart sticker and gold paint they made a sweet valentine gift as well.
Then I ran right into these mini notebooks that matched the table decorations I had in mind, so they came home as well. After creating a gift tag for each one they made a great place card.
Then it was time to get the Valentines bin out and design a table scape . . . (seriously I just used bits and pieces I already had).
And the table was ready and waiting for my gal pals.
All I needed to do now was make some treats . . .
Like swig cookies (which don’t look all that cute, but Oh, they taste wonderful)
and then by putting them in individual bags with a little tag, they become quite a treat.
How about some homemade chocolates?
And why not add some pink bath salts into canning jars . . .
And little sour candies placed in mini bags . . .
And I couldn’t resist adding my favorite heart candy’s (just put them on a skewer with a little homemade pom on the top and tag).
Now my “Galentine’s” exchange is taking shape.
I just needed to add some yummy appetizers (chocolate dip)
And desserts . . .
As each gal arrived they placed there valentines on the island . . .
(it was looking like so much fun)
We all sat down for a nice dinner at which time I did not capture one photo, why? Well, it was time to simply mingle, and laugh, and reminisce, I guess you could say it was time we just all unplugged and connected with one another.
After all had left and I quietly cleaned up, I gathered my valentine treasures and . . .
I was once again reminded why we have “GALENTINES” because my friends, gal pals are the the people who make us smile, they are the ones who pick us up, they are the ones who help carry our burdens and they are the ones who will love you just for who you are. Love you, all my GALENTINES!
P.S. for those who enjoy seeing how I created my invitations.
I began by creating these and had them printed as 4×6
then I gather some printed paper for layering . . .
I tied them together . . .
and instead of an envelope I placed them inside a gift bag (since I could hand deliver)
Linking up today with Jann, Jo, and Carol for their SYC.
And also the gal’s with Katherines corner for Thursday Favorite Things because throwing a tea party with girl friends is my favorite thing!