Making a Valentine’s Advent
Making a Valentine’s Advent is the perfect way count the ways you love that special someone.
Hi Everyone, today I have joined up with some amazing bloggers to share some really fantastic Valentine’s Day DIY, Inspirations organized by Leigh at The Little by Little Home. If you’ve just joined us from Kelly’s site at The Tattered Pew, welcome we are so happy to have you here to share in my little DIY, Making a Valentine’s Advent! Which would be the perfect place to put in one of those cute little soaps she made!
This year I wanted to explore a new approach to Valentine’s Day, since we have a different set of celebration rules than last year. I know a lot families are still home isolating, which makes the exchange of Valentine’s, if you get to exchange them at all, challenging. So I came up with the idea of Making a Valentine’s Advent filled with sweet little treats to say how much you love your sweetheart everyday in February leading up to the 14th. I have discovered that my husband truly loves celebrating the holidays with an advent countdown calendar filled with daily treats. So I decided to make one for him for Valentine’s since he is my sweetheart. I based the idea off my childhood ” I love you box”. My “I love you box” was simply a upcycled Danish cookie tin that I would carry around to all my family members, daily, with small pieces of paper along with those tiny little pencils you would get from playing mini golf. (Which I might have “borrowed” in my Hello Kitty Purse every time we went, lol). I would ask my family to write down how much they loved me or for example, I love you more than _____. (As you can see I was quite a humble creature as a 5 year old child, and definitely had some serious ideas even back then.)Taking this idea in a more modern day approach, I filled small treat bags and put a little I love you note inside each day, that would read something like, ” I love you more than chocolate” and fill the bag with chocolates, or “I love you more than the spa” and add in a mineral soak for the tub. I did resurrect a favorite one from my youth which I believe was from my brother, it was “I love more than Peanut Butter” yep that one still makes me smile.
- Goodies Bag- a solid, opaque style is best
- Twine and/or Decorative Garland (optional)
- Clothes Pins
- Valentine Themed Fillers- Candy, Stickers, Cosmetics, Toys, or Gift Cards, thing that are personalized toward the recipient.
Number each of the bags 1-14 for each of the days in February leading up to Valentine’s Day. Add in a note or a personalized daily Valentine that matches your filler for that day. My example being, “I love you more than Chocolate” then I added in various chocolates to the bag. Next, I used twine to attach the clothes pins to some pretty, pearl garland I had leftover from Christmas. Yes, you can reuse other holiday decor, especially Christmas for other holidays, if the theme works like this one does, it just makes sense.
Designer Tip- I personally love having decor that can pull double duty at multiple holiday’s, it make me feel like I got my money’s worth out of them. Honestly it is one of the reasons I love to use red so much, Valentine’s, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, it is a universal color for the holidays if paired properly.
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In addition to our little advent for Valentine’s Day, this year I also decided to do a fun little game night themed table for a night in, verses going out this year. Honestly it is always a busy night with crowds, and this year we just did not think we would feel up to it.You may also spy that I reimagined a few more of my holiday decorations that were still along the lines of a wintery theme, such as the tree ring chargers and sleigh. Again by adding in red, pink and lavender based florals it takes the winter items in the direction of Valentine’s Day in a jiffy while using what you got. I picked up the sweet vintage Bingo cards while at the Silobration in Waco, Texas two years ago at a fun little antique store along with the retro Rolodex print cards: which I thought made fun place card conversation pieces, like this one from Rosenberg Brothers Co. in Brady Texas. To play the Bingo game I purchased the Hershey Conversation Kisses as markers, instead of the more traditional conversation hearts, which would also work great too. Around here chocolate is king, so we get the stuff we like! Well I hope you have enjoyed this quick little DIY and home tour for Valentine’s Day and maybe it brought you a little inspiration this year for Valentine’s Day. I know things have been a little unusual this past year, which it is hard to believe it has been almost a full year since all of this pandemic has started. Hopefully, we can all have celebrations that we are all comfortable with, whatever that level is for you and your family. Stay safe and sending you all much love this season! Love is in the Air, be sure to check out all the creative ideas these amazing ladies have to offer this season. Now head over to my super creative friend Leigh at The Little by Little Home to see her fantastic Valentine’s Day at home fondue Celebration!