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cousin valentine party :: 2014

We hosted our annual cousin valentine party on Saturday. So crazy…but so fun! You can see our past valentine parties here, here and here. My how we’ve grown! This year there were thirteen cousins in attendance.

I know I go a little crazy decorating for these parties but it is my only chance to throw a pink, girly party. The crazy takes over in me and I just can’t stop sewing hearts together. And this way I get it out of my system and my boys don’t have to suffer through a pink birthday party. πŸ™‚

We served breakfast and each kid had a stack of little donuts with a flag on their plate. Idea and free flag printable from here.

Remember the milk glass cake stand MintedΒ  was sending me? It is just as gorgeous in person. We served waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. The cake plate was perfect for those little waffles.

Each chair had a crown from Minted’s party decor. They were super easy to put together and the kids thought they were great.

The only three girl cousins out of thirteen. I am so thankful for these sweeties. They get excited about my decorations and craft ideas and I just love that.

And here they all are. Four from my side of the family and seven from Joel’s side of the family. The oldest is in 2nd grade and the youngest is one. I’m trying to talk Joel into building me a party room. Next year there will be three more cousins and we are running out of space! He hasn’t gone for the idea yet. πŸ˜‰

Strawberry milk for Valentine’s Day. Of course.

I set up a little craft table with bags for the cousins to decorate to hold their valentines in.

The boys and I gathered all the pink and red supplies we could find around the house. The cute heart stickers were from Minted too.

We also made this adorable little cork love bug. Idea from here.

These two thought my jar of washi tape was awesome. They were coming up with their own ideas and crafting their little hearts out.

Griffin gets a little overwhelmed with all the people at parties. Eventually he retreated to the couch but he wasn’t about to let go of his candy bag. He had a tight grip on that thing! He stayed here until everyone had left. πŸ™‚

My two valentine cuties.

And one forced picture with their mama. I’m trying to decide how long I can keep those pretty heart garlands up. They might become a permanent fixture around here!

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  • Kim - So so cute! All of it! The super cute kiddo’s and super cute decorations!ReplyCancel

  • Mollie - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the heart garlands!! They would look perfect in my daughter’s room – could you please post a bit more info about how you made them / where you got them from?? Thanks so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - So adorable. I love hosting parties, but if I’m not the host, I tend to end up like Griffin- overwhelmed!

    I teach preschool and Valentine’s is so much fun- just love and fun! No scary Halloween things to worry about and no worries about having to keep Jesus out of Christmas in my public school.

    I bet those three girl cousins are still talking about your fun crafts!ReplyCancel

  • Teri SP - Great work! I love the heart garland and Griffin’s Valentine arm tattoo!ReplyCancel

  • Janel - I love everything about this party! So fun! Do u have a mini waffle maker?ReplyCancel

  • creole wisdom - Jess, every detail is just lovely. I so admire the way you plan parties… and for little, busy kids at that! My favorite detail is that green cake stand. Don’t you just love MINTED? πŸ™‚ I say a new party room is the perfect push present for baby Mac #4!ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - Always love reading about your Cousins Valentine Party! So cute and fun and creative!! Thanks for sharing… I love your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Those hearts should most definitely remain a permanent fixture. Love them! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • gin - wow! i love it all. from the heart garlands to the strawberry milk. you are an awesome party planner. i would want to leave the heart garland up for a while too.ReplyCancel

  • gin - wow! i love it all. from the heart garlands to the strawberry milk. you are an awesome party planner. I would want to leave the heart garlands up for a while too.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle from Australia - If you need any more cousins, I’m happy to offer myself for adoption πŸ™‚ WOW! The pics are absolutely gorgeous Jess. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Makes me wish I had a little girl to do a party for.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Averitt - I always love seeing your Valentine parties. You inspired me to start having one for my girls and their cousins/friends after your very first one. I’m going to save the idea of decorating bags to hold their valentines for next year. Love that! And I love how Griffin retreats to the couch to get away from everyone. Sweet boy!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - So adorable!! How lucky you are to not only have so many cousins to throw a party for but that they live close enough to come! My two boys just got their first cousin (9 weeks earlier than expected) but my sister lives across the country from us πŸ™ Love all the cute details and your boys look so sweet in their matching shirts and jeans!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - What a cute party! Love the heart garland πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Amie - Rock star party planner once again!:) loved all the pics!
    Always making great sweet memories for everyone!
    Miss u lots:)ReplyCancel

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