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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Sweet and Simple Valentine's Day

We had a sweet and simple Valentines Day celebration this year. On Friday I put some Valentines packages with handmade cards and chocolates in the mail for special loved ones.  In the hurry to get to the post office I didn't think to take any pictures. 

On Saturday evening we celebrated with our two grandchildren.  We have a 9-year old granddaughter and an almost 5 year-old grandson.  We had the pleasure of  watching them while their parents went out for a romantic dinner. I put together a little gift bin for them filled with candy, cookies, crafts, bubbles, stickers, balloons, etc.  On the front I attached some cute glittery stickers. 

I bought most everything at Michael's or the Dollar Store.  In the center of the table was a platter with a candle and heart-shaped chocolate candy, of course!   I placed several mercury votive candle holders from Target around on the table.  

It was a pretty day and we blew bubbles outside and played tic-tac-toe on the drive way.  Dinner was grilled hamburgers, broccoli and baked beans.  Then our granddaughter worked on some of the craft projects in the gift bin.  Dessert was valentine chocolate candy and cookies then we played a game called Apples to Apples.  We certainly enjoy any time that we have with them.  


Do you see the little tea lights?  I have to take a moment and recommend a product I just recently started using.  These are flameless LED tea lights.  I purchased these from Sam's Club at Christmas.  I didn't think I would like them as I prefer the look of a real candle so much.  But these are super nice to have and use especially around children.  This whole box only cost me $14.00.  There were 24 led lights and 24 replacement batteries!  I like the fact that I can use them all over the house and not worry about forgetting about them and a fire starting. 
I did very little in decorating for Valentines Day.  I put out some thrifting and antiquing treasures on the chest in our foyer.  A ceramic horse.  This is a recent purchase from an antique market.  My brown and white transfer-ware pitcher I bought from a consignment store.  A couple Readers Digest books.  Old wooden spools. A white pedestal bowl filled with pine cones.   

I printed this love picture with 1 Cor. 13.  It was a free printable but I can't recall where I found it.  Anyone know?

Tied a red ribbon around the old wooden spools.  

I added a vintage valentine post card I had.  I enjoy collecting these old postcards to use at different times to decorate around the house.  This one is dated 1914.  I love the verse and the Dutch children on the front!

In the living room I set out these wooden blocks that spell LOVE on the chest in front of the windows.  I bought these from a thrift store but I believe they originally came from Cracker Barrel. 
I recently acquired these 3 old clear glass insulators from an estate sale.  They are so fun!  Can you see them with the sun shining through them?

Finally, in the master bedroom I placed this sweet needlepoint pillow on our bed.   I have had it forever and don't even remember where I got it. 

And a closer picture. 

My hubby took me out Valentines evening to one of our favorite restaurants, Copelands.  And we exchanged lovey-dovey cards!  

That pretty much wraps up our simple but sweet Valentines celebration.  What about you?  Do you make a fuss over Valentine's Day?  Would love to hear your comments!  Thanks for stopping by!  Libby~

I'm linking to the following parties!

Newbie Linkie Party at Debbiedoos  

 Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Metamorphis Mondays at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Very pretty! I especially love the word LOVE on the scripture! What a wonderful idea! ♥

  2. Hi Libby...thanks for joining me. I heart your Valentines displays...they were so cute! Have fun! XO

  3. Your grandchildren will treasure these memories of having a little Valentine's party with you.

  4. Hi Libby! Looks like you all had a wonderful Valentines Day! I am your newest follower and I hope that you will stop by to visit me too.

    Susan and Bentley

  5. You have truly celebrated this season of love in a special way. May God continue to bring sparking love to you and your loved ones...