Confession: I love holidays. The lighter and brighter, the better. Have I ever told you that?
I especially like Valentine’s Day, because it means I made it through January and it celebrates one of my favorite parts of life: Ryan.
It’s a good time to take down the winter decorations I’ve left up since Christmas, and clear the air and make things fresh.
I don’t feel smart with decor. I’m not the right kind of person, not trendy or smart enough. Plenty insecure though, I like that about myself. Usually, natural and found items are what appeal to me most, but it’s kind of hard to find Valentine’s decorations in my woods.
I find myself loving what we make: things that mean something to me. Or sometimes, distressed letters from Walmart, and an air plant from Amazon in a rusty watering can from a garage sale. Yeah, that works.
This year, my girls and I did some simple crafts that we had a lot of fun with. We spray painted pint jars for holding tea lights. Covering up heart shapes on the jars before painting was neat – and adding twine. Twine is always good in my book.
We decorated a canvas with spray paint, torn fabric, and vintage buttons.
And we arranged Scrabble letters. I love Scrabble letters. They fit every occasion.
I was going to run to Joann Fabrics for pretty pink paper and maybe a heart punch, but I didn’t have a vehicle that day and so my girls traced stencil hearts onto plain cardstock, then painted them with pink paint and glitter glue. We cut them out and hot-glued them to branches, an idea we found on the illustrious worldwide web.
The best part was working with these kiddos. Not that I thought to take pictures of the real crafting…
That night, we went to my friend Melissa’s house. She had a craft she wanted to try together – conversation hearts hot-glued to fishing line, then hung from a suspension rod. It’s hard to show on a picture, backlit by the window, but it’s so pretty in real life. Next time I’d put the hearts closer together, more like a bead string, but Aarick says he likes this, like they’re falling.
I couldn’t figure out why a bunch of hearts said GOAT on them. Is that a compliment or are conversation hearts supposed to be insulting nowadays or what?
Google to the rescue… OHHH. Greatest Of All Time. Got it.
One word of advice: make them in the house in which you intend to display them. They tangle horribly in transport.
And another word: a man who helps you untangle fishing line after 10 pm is a keeper.
This year, my church is having a Sweetheart Banquet for the couples on February 13th, which we are super excited about.
Instead of taking the next night for another date away from the kids, we decided to hold a family party in-house, and include them. Each family member signed up for a part of the dinner, taking responsibility for planning and preparing that item. (Yes, Mom will be helping.)
- Jenny is doing the drinks: pink sparkling sherbet punch, and hot coffee (because it’s not every day a four-year-old gets to drink it, and oooh she loves to have her share).
- Kelly is making the main dish: mini meatloaves and buttered noodles. We’re going to bake a barbecue sauce heart onto the top of each meatloaf – Melissa’s idea again. She’s way too good with holidays.
- Aarick is baking the bread: soft pretzels with cheese dip.
- Ryan is providing dessert, because it can be bought. Lol. (Loving him does not exempt him from my teasing. When I think he’s the bomb I can get away with a lot.)
- Which leaves me with salad and a veggie. I’m going to do steamed broccoli, and a retro pink fluff salad in individual servings on lettuce leaves.
- And we’ll set on some appetizer plates with little bits of good things, on china, with a tablecloth and candles. I’m so excited!
So that’s the plan for the Zook family Valentine celebrations 2020.
What are you doing? I love ideas.