Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day tea party

Historically, February has been good to us. We were engaged, closed on two houses, and had our first daughter (who was supposed to be a March baby), all in the month of February. Valentine's Day also kicks off what we refer to as "birthday season" around here, so we always do something special to celebrate and condition our bodies to the endless stream of sugar we'll be consuming for the next six weeks. Ha.

Since I'm a sucker for cute, crafty parties, we decided on a tea party this year. The girls each invited a few friends, but this would be just as fun to do as a family before the adults head out for the evening.

We did some quick decorating beforehand. We hung this heart garland and glued some paper hearts on a branch I pulled out of our leftover outdoor holiday planters.

After the girls arrived, we started the lunch with some pink hot cocoa (recipe below); then served sandwiches, white chocolate dipped sugar wafers, applesauce pouches and popcorn.

After a giggly lunch, I handed over tubes of frosting and sprinkles and the girls decorated a few sugar cookies. I promise it was less of a mess than it sounds.

I picked up some simple beaded bracelet kits the craft store. We also made wall hangings using branches, ribbon and hearts. The sticky felt hearts and gem stickers worked really well, but I also found paper hearts and we glued them onto the ribbons too.

I hope your Valentine's Day is filled with love, and a warm mug of pink hot cocoa!

1, 12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
4 cups of milk (I only had whole milk so I used 3 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup water)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Red food coloring
Cinnamon and marshmallows

Combine chocolate chips, milk and vanilla in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until chocolate is dissolved. Stir in four drops of red food coloring. Pour into cups and top with marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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