hile out grabbing some staples at Target, my six year old fell madly in love with the $1 isle. She scooped up as many Valentine trinkets as her little arms could hold, looked at up me and said, “can we please have a Valentine party?” How could I possibly say no? Keep in mind I’m the mom who NEVER plans cool stuff like “craft day” or fun kid-themed parties; so I figured I better get with it and make this event happen.
I decided to let little one do most of the planning and I have to tell you, she did well. The only thing I slightly nudged her on was keeping a unified color palette for aesthetic impact : ) Well, that was easy. She wisely chose PINK and RED. The rest she planned out to a tee: finger sandwiches, party favors, balloons, you name it.
Since parties can easily get a little pricey, we decided to keep it small and make our activity painting. In lieu of flower centerpieces, we went with thrifty mason jars and filled them with peanut m&m’s. No argument there.
The weather was such a refreshing break from our perpetually rainy 40 degree days that we set everything up on the back porch.
She was a dedicated party planner from start to finish, loving every minute.
Balloons added to the festive vibe.
We lined up little mailboxes as a take-away gifts to go with the party favors.
Once the party began, guests happily painted to their hearts’ desire. A paint drop cloth picked up at Home Depot doubled as a table cloth.
Recycled egg crates cut in half make the perfect paint holders – just toss them out when you’re done. And here you see a few of their finished masterpieces.
I was sure to invite a friend for “older sister” so we didn’t get into any awkward sibling spats (turned out to be a very smart move). That’s older sis in the middle…the one who’s keeping a good grip on the M&M’s.
Overall we had a happy group and one proud little hostess. I think we have a party planner in the making!
We managed to pull off this party for less than $90, including the food and craft project. I’m pleased to report it was a pretty easy event to pull together. The girls left with happy hearts, party favors plus a painted Valentine frame for their special day.