Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine Party

The girls and I were privileged to attend a traditional Valentine party over the weekend.

Host Nancy attended to every detail, pouring her heart into the day for the houseful of little girls in attendance.

Nancy topped her pretty pink tablecloth with Valentine napkins and a tempting variety of Valentine treats.

The party menu included strawberry cream cheese sandwiches, chips and dip, cookies, heart chocolates and a chocolate fountain with assorted treats.

Along with hot tea and coffee for the adults, Nancy offered strawberry lemonade with sugar-rimmed punch cups for the little girls. Nancy is always so gracious in welcoming children to her home, reminding them not to worry if anything spills. No need to worry, though; the girls at the party were perfect little ladies.

Old-fashioned games kept the girls giggling. Upon arrival, Nancy gave each guest an envelope and encouraged the girls to fill it with the heart stickers that were scattered through the house. Nancy encouraged the girls to use the stickers to decorate the included card -- a perfect Valentine to share with Mommy and Daddy. The girls also played Duck-Duck-Goose; Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? and the Clothespin Game.

All the party guests, ranging in age from 4 to 9, enjoyed sitting down together to make a craft. Nancy gave each girl a gift bag full of beads, then gave each girl a length of wire. Working carefully, the girls made a loop at one end of the wire, threaded beads on in pretty patterns, made a loop at the other end of the wire, and finished the design with a pink bow. These pretty baubles can add a romantic touch to a lamp, door knob or dresser pull.

Nancy couldn't send the girls home without a special delivery: sweet favors she made for each guest.

Nancy sewed pretty bags for all the girls and tucked special treats inside: heart soap, a pencil, an embellished notepad and Valentine socks. She also made each girl's eyes light up with the offer of a huge Valentine  swirl sucker. Here are the Valentine sweets that made the afternoon worth all the effort ...

Wilson Ann, Lynleigh, Kate, Jewel, Mary Reagan, Ann Welch, Lauren, Mary Ashley and Emma made memories to treasure during this special afternoon.

We are so grateful for being invited to this sweet Valentine party. Every detail was a sweet Valentine from the heart of our host, Nancy, to tell the girls ...

"I wish you love."
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