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Valentine’s Day Love Potion Hot Chocolate

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I love Valentine’s day, and all the pink and red, and flowers and candy.  On a recent trip to Michaels, I noticed the cute glass test tubes, and my creative wheels started turning.  Test tubes made me think of science, and science made me think of love potions for Valentine’s Day.  If you’re in Michaels look for the test tube in the Fabulous Finds bins, and they’re only $1.50 each.

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I decided to fill my test tubes with all different kinds of fun hot chocolate add-ins.  I picked up all the fun treats at the bulk store, and then made up fun names for everything, so they sounded like good ingredients for a love potion.  I made the labels from some pink card stock  and a stamp, and tied them on with a little pink baker’s twine.  They came out looking so cute.

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I wasn’t too sure how I was going to stand the test tubes up, but came up with the idea of a simple wood stand.

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My sweet brother-in-law Shaun helped me out by drilling 1 inch holes in some 2 x 4’s, and it worked out perfectly.

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I used ten different candy add-ins and here’s what I called them, in case you need some ideas for your own love potion.

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Heart Sprinkles -“Sprinkles of Love”

Hersey’s Kisses -“Kisses”

Valentine Jimmies -“Happiness Confetti”

Cinnamon Hearts -“Red Hot Passion”

Mini Valentine Nonpareils -“Pearls of Joy”

Rolo Minis -“Chocolate Caramel Sweetness”

Pink Cotton Candy -“Cupid’s Pillow”

Lip Sprinkles -“Cupid’s Kisses”

Pink and White Mini marshmallows -“Puffs of Affection”

Caramel Squares -“Building Blocks of Love”

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I was also able to find some science beakers and filled them with the hot chocolate and a few other treats.  I labeled the hot chocolate “Base Formula No.1”, and made some pink hot chocolate with some white hot chocolate powder and a little red food colouring, and labeled it “Base Formula No. 2”.

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I  also added some whipped cream, labeled “Sweet Dream Clouds” and a little juice called “Devotion Juice”.

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On the bottom of the cart were some paper cups and straws.

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I picked up some pink cups at the dollar store, and customized them with a “Specimen No. ___“ label, that I attached with a glue stick.  I made a free printable of the cup labels, you can download it here, and print it for your own love potion.

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I thought it would also be fun to include a few love potion books.  I used some covered books, and added some fun labels to the fronts.  You can get the free printable here, and add them to some of your books for a fun prop.

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I put the pretty heart paper straws in a tall science beaker, and filled another large one with some heart lights.

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I had so much fun putting my little love potion making hot chocolate bar together.

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If you’re looking for an activity that your kids are guaranteed to love, this one’s a winner!

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With love potion hot chocolate, life really is a party!

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Valentine’s Day Mantel

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It’s a cold, snowy January here, and it seemed fitting to keep the little houses up on the mantel a little longer.  I found the porcelain tea light holders at a thrift store one day, and that inspired me to want to make a modern little village my adding some wood and cement houses.

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My sweet brother-in-law made them for me, and I have to say I love them.  I added some gold and silver leaf to roofs of the cement ones.  You might remember that I used some of the houses for my Christmas table.  Since we didn’t get them made until a week or so before Christmas, it was too soon to put them away when the Christmas festivities were over.

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I turned them into a Valentine’s Day vignette with the addition of the hearts and the chalk board message, “home is where the heart is”.

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The little hearts are made out of book pages, and the few pink and red ones just have a little watercolour paint on them.

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I love the mantel, it’s neutral colours, and pretty candles.

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With a wintry, Valentine’s Day mantel like this, life really is a party!

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Frozen Themed Birthday Party -Part II “The Food”

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Yesterday I shared some of the great activities my friend Heather planned for her daughter Tara’s Frozen themed birthday party.  Today, it’s the food!  You know how we love a good theme around here, and the theme food for this party was so, so adorable.  You’re going to want to use these ideas if you have a Frozen party in the works, not just because they are so sweet, but also they’re pretty do-able, and the kids will actually eat them.

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After the messy activities were finished on the dining table, Heather sent the kids up to their upstairs living room for the cup stacking ice castle building game -read all about the activities here,  and set the table with all the delicious food.  A quick tip, she layered the table cloths so she could take off the top one from crafting and this one was underneath nice and clean.

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Everything was so cute, love “Kristoff’s Ice”, yummy blue jello with snowflake sprinkles, and a snowflake toothpick from the dollar store.

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There were also little carrots and dip, called “Sven’s Treats” -remember how Sven kept trying to eat Olaf’s nose at the beginning of the movie?  Individual dips are always a great idea for a party, especially with little ones, no double dipping.

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Even mixed berries seem extra special in their little Frozen cupcake liners.

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Crackers and cheese were made extra special by cutting out the cheese with a snowflake cookie cutter, and using snowflake crackers.

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“Elsa’s Snowflakes” were snowflake shaped sandwiches of peanut butter and jam, ham and cheese, and cream cheese cut out with a snowflake cookie cutter.

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I loved the “Wanna Build A Snowman?” donuts.  They were just regular powdered donuts, with some chocolate chips and orange candies to design your own little edible snowman.

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These were the rice krispie treats that made for the party, see how I made them here.

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I loved the “Anna’s Frozen Heart”, strawberries dipped in white chocolate.  Such a sweet detail from the movie.

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My favourite treat at the party were these pretty and oh so yummy snowflake sugar cookies.

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There was a drink table at the side with a punch of blue lemonade, with the option of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, to make it very snowy!

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There was also water, with a “Some People Are Worth Melting For” labels.  So cute.

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Everything was so sweet, and perfectly child sized and kid friendly.

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And for the birthday cake, what could be more perfect for the Frozen theme than ice cream cake!

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After the party we were sent home with the sweetest loot bags.

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When we got home we saw our $5 Menchie’s gift cards “For A Frozen Treat”, and our snowman building kits.

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Inside the snowman kits were large marshmallows, small marshmallows, pretzel sticks, M&M’s, candy eyes, orange Mike and Ike’s, and two sizes of chocolate chips. In the container is some icing “glue”.  So much fun!

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We had so much fun playing, eating and celebrating with our friends.  With a Frozen themed celebration, life really is a party!

 

Frozen Themed Birthday Party -Part I

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On the weekend we had the great pleasure of celebrating the birthday of one very special little girl, my God-daughter Tara.  This year it was a Frozen themed party, and there were so many great ideas that I can’t wait to share them with you.  We were greeted by the most PERFECT decoration on the door.  Tara’s mom Heather made a simple wreath by covering a wreath form with white yarn.  Heather purchased the sweet “love is an open door” printable, which is a line from the movie and the perfect way to greet guests, open door…get it?.  The finishing touch was a little Anna -the birthday girl’s favourite character!

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In the front entry way the scene was set.  On the entry table was a sweet little frozen forest made of table top Christmas trees and some Frozen toys.  The fun poster was a last minute find, and decorated with the birthday girl’s name.

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The stapler on the table allowed guest to choose and make an Elsa crown, or Sven antlers, (Anna was reserved for the Birthday girl) on their way into the party.  I also loved the bowl of faux snow balls, and snowflake lights, made out of styrofoam balls, white glue, faux snow and epsom salts.

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There were lots and lots of other snowflakes hung throughout the house for the party.

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Inside, the first activity for everyone to enjoy was some puffy paint snow picture making.  Heather made puffy paint with shaving foam, white glue, and white paint, and set out containers with paint brushes and card stock.  Along with the paint there were all kinds of sparkly and icy toned jewels, snowflakes, sequins, cotton balls, and glitter paper.  Kids could design anything, including Elsa’s ice castle.

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The puffy paint was so much fun, because it’s fluffy, and thick because of the shaving cream.  This was also a great activity to do at the beginning of the party, since it gave it some time to dry a little.

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Activity number two, was decorating snowflake sugar cookies.  What a yummy activity that was!

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Heather made the cookies in advance and gave everyone four to decorate.  She made white, purple, and blue icing and there was an assortment of sprinkles, jimmies, and candy to decorate them with.  The kids had so much fun making their designs.

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My youngest, Maddie, was concentrating hard on her very detailed designs.  If anyone knows of any local bakeries that need decorators, I might know a few little girls who’d be interested.

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Before they started decorating the cookies, Heather had everyone write their name on a little tag, which stayed on their plate of cookies.  After they were decorated we left them out on the counter to dry a little and then packaged them into cello bags, and attached their tags to take home.  It worked perfectly.

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The next activity on the list was a really cute one, make your own snowman snow globe.  Everyone was given the lid of a mason jar to work on, and some air dry clay to create their own snowman.  There was also ribbons for scarves, branches for arms, orange clay for noses, and buttons.  We also came up with the idea of making little winter toques.  Heather snipped off the tips of the fingers of some dollar store gloves in different colours and offered  small pompoms to add to the top to create a winter hat.  We hot glued them onto the snowmen when they were done.

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One of the great things about all these party activities is that they were fun for kids of different ages.  The four years could do them all, and the ten year old could do the same activity but just with more detail -all ten kids at the party enjoyed every activity.

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Once the snowmen were finished, they got a sprinkling of snow added, and the top of their mason jar screwed on to make a pretty snow globe.

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One of the last, but certainly not least little activities was building Elsa’s ice castle out of plastic cups.  Way back when we went camping in the summer, Heather brought some plastic cups and our girls had a lot of fun stacking them -see the post about it here.  She had the great idea of using clear plastic cups for the ice castles, and again the kids really liked it.  Sometimes it’s the simple things.

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Heather found three different sizes of clear cups -regular ones, short stubby ones, and mini shot glass ones all from the dollar and party store.  The kids had a lot of fun building.  While they were building, Heather set up a beautiful table of Frozen themed snacks, which I’ll be sharing soon.

If you’re planning a Frozen party anytime soon, I hope some of these fun ideas inspire you.  The kids LOVED them.

Happy Birthday Tara, with a sweet and special God-daughter like you, life really is a party!

 

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