In our house (I mean, of course, the house I grew up in), with Anja’s birthday on the 14th, Valentine’s Day became a bona fide holiday, with decorations, secrets, and special foods – right up there with Christmas, minus the evergreen boughs!
On Valentine’s morning we would come to the table with our handfuls of homemade Valentines and place them around on everybody’s chairs. Then you sat down to read your pile of valentines – all from family members – perhaps still damp with Elmer’s glue, and munched on conversation hearts even before you ate breakfast!
This year, because we thought some of us were going to be gone to Michigan on Thursday, we celebrated Anja’s birthday and Valentine’s Day early at my parent’s house on Monday night. I will share pictures of our party tomorrow, in honor of Anja. 🙂
Meanwhile, I thought I would share some of my own preparations while you still have time to be inspired to make something at your house!
These heart garlands were really simple – just take various shades of pink and red paper, fold in half and cut a wide variety of heart shapes. Then put some pink thread on your sewing machine and sew them end to end. Clip the threads at the bottom of the garland, but keep the ones up top long, so you can use them to tie the garland up – in a window, over a table, or wherever.
I slipped a garland into an envelope for each of my sisters and my mom, and wrote my valentine messages with a red pen on the biggest hearts in the chain.
Don’t miss the opportunity to bless you family with love notes tomorrow – remember, you don’t have to have a sweetheart to send a valentine!