Oh, sweet Valentine’s Day! My most favorite holiday! I usually get my fill of Valentine’s festivities by overdoing my classroom decorations and non-party party at school… but since I’ve no ornery fifth graders to drown in pink and red I decided to host a cookie exchange! I’ve wanted to have a cookie exchange for ages but have been intimidated by the logistics… WHen some friends hosted and posted and boasted about the ease and fun of them over the winter holidays I knew I had to man up and just do it.
I’ve been dying to have another go with the glass paint – so I embellished some el cheapo bud vases with stenciled hearts. I hand cut the heart stencils out of some vinyl scraps I couldn’t bring myself to toss. It worked perfectly! Two vases were filled with a handful of baby’s breath (love it in a bunch by itself!) and three were filled with white hydrangea that went on the cookie table and served and the prizes (more to come on that!).
The cookie table was set up on my ding room table. I made a runner out of some hot pink polka dotted wrapping paper and hung a few three-sided hearts from the pendant light. Easy and high impact – plus, bonus, it’s disposable! No laundering a table runner with cookie crumbs all over it.
I didn’t ask the guests to bring the recipes but I wanted everyone to know what each cookie was – so these little table tents were just the right size to sit by each play or tray of goodies.
In the kitchen, I kept the decorations simple and hung them with the intention of leaving them up until after Valentine’s Day. These are just felt hearts hung on red and white bakers twine.
The amazing chalk art was done by my friend Maria who is an insanely talented artist. She did all of that freehand! I’m never erasing it. Never. I kept the snacks light and decidedly unsweet: parmesan croissant bites, hummus with carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes, white cheddar popcorn and corn chips and guacamole. I served a not-too-sweet pink punch, iced tea and water with blood oranges.
I just needed to show you the spruced up glass that held the straws. Could it get any simpler? A glitter scrapbook paper heart tucked in a few rounds of baker’s twine.
I found these giant chinese take-out style boxes to pack the cookies up in… and each box got a sweet tag. It was a fun addition and made a great place to put your name – no mixing up cookie boxes!
stuffed our boxes exchanged cookies, we sampled some of the sweet treats and then voted on the “tastiest”, “prettiest” and “bestest” (I was having a hard time coming up with an “est” wow for that last one…) .