Guest Picks: A Valentine's Day Crafts Party to Love
Let each guest personalize their own mini mailbox. Order these online or hit up the dollar spot at Target before they're all snapped up.
Pack up healthy snack packs so that the little crafters fill their bellies with something good before going for the sweets. You could also order plain white gable boxes and let the kids go crazy decorating them with stickers and markers. You'll be amazed how popular this activity can be.
Decorative scissors for everyone! I love the multicolored handles and the fact that every tool has its place.
Washi tape provides such an easy to way to turn a plain piece of paper into a handmade Valentine worthy of sharing. Just looking at this stack makes me happy.
This is old-fashioned charm in a plastic placemat. It wipes clean, which is always nice when little hands are working with glue and glitter.
My new obsession is garlands that hang down from the ceiling. Hang a bunch of hearts over your party table for a festive mood.
These polypropylene bowls from Ikea would work perfectly for setting out buttons, stickers and other embellishments.
Slip your finished valentines in these striped treat bags in place of envelopes. Then tape and distribute. Tuck in a few candy hearts if you like.
Heart punches are a must. Get them in different sizes and make sure to provide plenty of glue sticks.
This trio of tables nests together so that you can stash them easily when not in use or scatter them about when it's party time.
Pop a valentine owl and heart cookie into cellophane bags, and set them in a basket by the door for adorable party favors.
I keep a stash of these treat bags from Target in a kitchen drawer at all times. They come in handy for gifts, party favors or baked treats. I like putting in wrapped candies, folding down the top and stapling on a folded piece of decorated card stock. Voilà — instant valentine.
Borrow a UK tradition, and set a Valentine cracker at each place.
I bought a big roll of candy cane–striped twine a few years ago, and I use it regularly for wrapping packages and tying on tags.
Red cardboard suitcases can be used as decor or as cases for treats, craft supplies or party favors. Use them for storage after the party's over.
These heart stickers from Knot & Bow are a simple adornment for handmade valentines. I think it's the packaging that lures me in.
Fill a bowl with valentine buttons. They can be glued or even sewn on to card stock.
Some may think of conversation hearts this time of year, but for me, it's sour cherry balls. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.Next: Our Big Book of 50 Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas
You can always count on Pottery Barn Kids for fun holiday decor like this table runner.