What do you get when you take a trip to the grocery store, find fresh flowers and add four bags of conversation hearts?
Something to talk about!
You can't get much more Valentine-themed than conversation hearts. These chalky little candies are a holiday classic, but my children don't care much for their flavor. So this year I decided to use them to sweeten our table instead of our tummies.
I started by accenting pillar candles with pink, green and yellow conversation hearts. I found these larger, scalloped-edge hearts at Wal-Mart. I placed the candle on a candlestick so I could turn it easily and quickly sorted a bag of conversation hearts by color. Then I started at the bottom of the candle and hot glued a row of hearts. For this candle I used an upside down pink heart for every other candy, and for the other I used an upside-down yellow heart for every other candy. Just a dab of hot glue secured each candy to the candle, and after the holiday I think I can gently remove the hearts and reuse the candles. I worked my way up the candle row by row, then tied a pink ribbon around the finished conversation heart candle.
Then I made a conversation-heart centerpiece by placing a smaller vase within a larger one and filling the space between the vases with conversation hearts. I used two bags of large conversation hearts from Wal-Mart for my two candles and vase, and I filled in extra room in the vase with a bag of smaller conversation hearts from Winn-Dixie. Once the space between the vases was filled, I poured warm water into the smaller vase and added fresh-cut flowers and greenery.
And here is something else worth talking about:
Congratulations to Heather L., who won the Valentine package giveaway from my sister's new Etsy shop, The Polka Dot Party. Heather hosts adorable parties for her five children, so I can't wait to see how she puts to use Jennifer's cupcake toppers, liners and bottle wrappers.
Jennifer is offering a sweet deal to all readers of A Little Loveliness -- 20 percent off your entire order with the code "LOVELY" -- through the end of February.