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DIY (Mess-Free!) Kids Painted Valentine’s Day Cards

I don’t have babies quite yet, but when I do, this adorable DIY from Glitter, Inc. will be the first arts and crafts project I do with them. First, if it’s mess-free, I’m game. Second, when the result is this cute? It’s a must-try. And third, how can you beat a smile like this? An all-around crafting win in my book. Get the step-by-step below!

From Glitter, Inc.As a crafty mama, it’s hard not to want to try every arts and crafts project with my baby girl. My mom always made great craft projects with us as kids, and I just cannot wait. But when your little one is only 18-months old, and still learning how to use a spoon (without spilling chicken noodle soup all over her lap, of course), craft projects can feel a bit ambitious. Thankfully, our awesome sitter – who used to work at a preschool – mentioned an adorable, mess-free way to finger paint with your toddlers, and I loved the idea.

We had to try the craft project more than once – the first attempt was an epic fail: for the record, plain white paper does not withstand drowning in a ziploc bag filled with heaps of paint. Still, once we got ourselves a pack of cardstock that could hold up to our paint-filled bag, the project went off without a hitch. I’d call that a mess-free painting success. This really is a perfect “first art project” for toddlers and young kids.

So if you’re itching to make an adorable Valentine’s Day craft with your little ones (babies and toddlers included!), pull up a highchair and get painting!

Materials

Acrylic Paints
Cardstock Paper
Ziploc® Bags
Tape
Craft Glue
Scissors
Glitter Alphabet Stickers (We used gold glitter and silver glitter letters!)
Heart Doilies

instructions

step-1

Place one sheet of white card stock into a zip-top bag. (We used freezer-sized bags so that there was plenty of room for the card stock sheet and for Scarlett to squish around her paint.) Squirt various shades of paint into the bag and be sure to seal closed. Tape the bag to your child’s high chair tray or a table.

step-2

Let your little ones squish and smack away. (You can also experiment with running various objects over the bag – q-tips, toy cars, etc.) Carefully pull their masterpiece out of the bag and allow to dry fully.

step-3

Using your grown-ups-only scissors, cut out your heart shapes from the now-painted cardstock sheets. Decorate and make those adorable Valentine’s Day cards with glue (we glued our hearts to heart doilies for a classic look) and fun stickers.

And there you have it: one simple, mess-free, and adorable way to make valentines everyone will love. Happy crafting!

Photography: Six Foot Photography | DIY and Styling: Glitter, Inc. | Acrylic Gloss Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts | Cardstock Paper:Amazon | Craft Glue: Amazon | Gold Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Amazon | Gold Stripe Teepee: Land of Nod | Heart Doilies: Amazon | High Chair: Stokke | Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set: Martha Stewart Crafts | Scarlett’s Pink Overalls: Baby Gap | Scissors: Amazon | Sheepskin Rug: Pottery Barn | Silver Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Amazon | Tape: Amazon | XO Swaddle Blanket: Modern Burlap | Ziploc® Bags: Target

The Beijos Cocktail + A Delicious Valentine’s Dessert

The ladies behind Beijos Events are some of my faves. They totally have the art of the party down to a science. From full blown fiestas to the yummy details that make up a great get together like this Valentines cocktail and dessert power couple photographed by Yasmin Sarai . One sip/ taste and you’ll be hooked. Plus the presentation is so on point. Roses floating in champagne infused beverages? BIG fan.

I’m sure you have notice by now, us Bejios ladies love a good cocktail or a glass of vino…. or two. Well, we thought it was only fitting to come up with our own cocktail, Meet The Beijos. Its a fun (well cause we are just flat out a fun time to be around, duh), fruity (who doesn’t love a little fruit), and pretty looking thing you and your tastebuds will want to party with! 

The Beijos Cocktail

Ingredients:

For Mixed Fruit Syrup:

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup mixed fruit: we like the mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries
1 Tsp orange zest, we like using blood orange or cara cara oranges (optional)- its just gives a fresh citrus note
1/3 cup sugar: we like to use organic coconut sugar

For the Cocktail:

1 bottle of Brut, we use One Hope Wine’s Brut

Garnish:

loose edible flowers in pretty pink and red hues

Instructions:

1. In a small saucepan, bring the mixed fruits + orange zest, water, and sugar to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain mixture and let syrup cool.

2. Once cooled, pour about 2 tablespoons of the syrup in each glass. Top with champagne and garnish with flowers.

 

Couer La Creme

Ingredients:

12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean

Instructions:

1. Place the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the beater and bowl with a rubber spatula and change the beater for the whisk attachment.

2. With the mixer on low speed, add the heavy cream, vanilla, lemon zest, and vanilla bean seeds and beat on high speed until the mixture is very thick, like whipped cream.

3. Line a 7-inch sieve with cheesecloth or paper towels so the ends drape over the sides and suspend it over a bowl, making sure that there is space between the bottom of the sieve and the bottom of the bowl for the liquid to drain. Pour the cream mixture into the cheesecloth, fold the ends over the top, and refrigerate overnight.

4. To serve, discard the liquid, unmold the cream onto a plate, and drizzle Raspberry and Grand Marnier Sauce around the base.

Photography: Yasmin Sarai | Brut Champagne: One Hope Wine | Dessert: The Sugar Studio | Menu: Meghann Miniello | Styling And Cocktail: Beijos Events

Champagne Filled Galentine’s Day Bash

Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking + Kasey of Styled By Kasey know just how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your nearest and dearest girlfriends. It entails M&M cookies, a gorgeous cheese spread and endless supplies of champagne. Ohh and cute little pup too. Pore through this inspiration captured by Thomas Dawson and get ready to celebrate with the ladies in your life that appreciate a “Press for Champagne” button as much as you do.

Regardless of if you’re married, in a relationship or single, it’s nice to throw a little Galentine’s Day bash for your nearest and dearest! This year Kasey and I decided to host a girls afternoon soiree for some of our favorite girlfriends complete with a gorgeous cheese board, all the flowers you could possibly imagine, polaroid cameras, chick-flick movies and Valentine’s Day M&M cookies!

Regardless of if you’re married, in a relationship or single, it’s nice to throw a little Galentine’s Day bash for your nearest and dearest! This year Kasey and I decided to host a girls afternoon soiree for some of our favorite girlfriends complete with a gorgeous cheese board, all the flowers you could possibly imagine, polaroid cameras, chick-flick movies and Valentine’s Day M&M cookies! It was perfection and a great way to kick of Valentine’s Day week! In fact, we even want to re-create it for Valentine’s Day so we can avoid heading out to restaurants and dealing with an onslaught of people! That seems reasonable, right?

Photography: Thomas Dawson | Food: What's Gaby Cooking | Blush Pillows: West Elm | Burlap Gift Bags: Michaels | Champagne Flutes: Crate and Barrel | Design and Florals: Styled By Kasey | Drink Bucket: Target | Heart Handbands: Target | Heart Napkins: Target | Lip Sticks: Etsy | Love Sign: Target | Polaroid Camera: Amazon | Press for Champagne Frame: Etsy | Themed Mustaches: Target | Tic Tac Toe Game Set: Crate and Barrel | Valentine's Day Socks: Target | White Mason Jars: World Market | XOXO Balloon : Target