Valentine’s Party

Late yesterday afternoon, I thought it would be fun to throw a little Valentine’s Day party for Joel. I’m not one to buy into the hype and commercialism which tells us what to celebrate and when, but I also can’t turn down an excuse to make an otherwise ordinary day special. Besides, there are many easy and inexpensive ways to demonstrate your love for someone which requires not much more than what’s already at home plus a little thought.

I made a quick dash to the news agents to get some bits and pieces, and stopped by the grocery store as well to get some easy things to throw together for breakfast. As much as I wished otherwise, I’m not much of a foodie. I love eating it, but the thought of standing in the kitchen doing things for longer than 15 minutes never really appeals to me. I do one-pot meals. I do toast.

Ella and I got home and had a quick craft session, which means I cut and threaded and Ella quickly destroyed everything I was doing. Craft time turned into sit-in-front-of-these-toys-and-keep-yourself-amused, which she did. Just.

I woke up early this morning, got together some things from the house and set them up under the frangipani tree in our backyard.

It was beautiful.










Photos have this magical ability to make everything look more organised and expensive than they really were. My budget is thrifty, my time is limited, and I don’t do hard, so I always look for creative ways to turn something into something special.



Heart bunting: coloured cardboard cut into hearts, hole punched on either side and threaded together with kitchen twine. Paper doily bunting: $4 pack of paper doilies, glued in half over kitchen twine.



Flowers picked from neighbourhood trees. Ella and I went on a sneaky expedition.


Blackboard frame: I took the glass out of a picture frame I had in the house, painted the wood backing with blackboard paint, and let it dry for a couple of hours. 





Frozen Totally made from scratch waffles, popped in the toaster and cut with love-heart cookie cutters I found in the back of the cupboard. 


When it was all set up, I called my two down, and the three of us sat under the golden morning light, sippin’ our love potion and feeling happy.












“to live in this world

 you must be able to do three things

to love what is mortal;

to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”

-Mary Oliver

Have a happy day, red tenters.


5 Responses to “Valentine’s Party”

  1. Julie Warren

    Rachel, that would have had to have been the best Valentines’ I’ve seen
    Only thing missing is the candles.. !!!!
    Congratulations, enjoy and I’m going to pinch it for next year…..


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