Went to the boss last month and asked if I could throw a Valentine's Day party at the office.
We're coming down off of the Thanksgiving/Christmas high, things are super busy and stressful,
and we've never done a party for this holiday.
He said go for it.
So I decided to do an elementary-school style card swap.
Everyone making or buying a box to collect their cards, lots of fun heart-shaped decor,
and food, of course food.
Everybody put their "boxes" out in the morning,
and throughout the day we all delivered Valentines.
At 4:30 we brought our boxes to the gathering place
and opened our cards and enjoyed food and drink.
The food consisted of sausage balls with a Dijon mayo dipping sauce (thanks, Josie!),
artichoke dip with Tostitos scoops (thanks, Jessie!),
and I made a hot Creole shrimp dip served with toasted baguette slices.
Great grazing spread.
Jessie offered to make a heart garland, the perfect statement piece to anchor the whole scene.
For a drink station, I commandeered the office sink that was ripped out during a recent renovation
(and will be moved to storage)
The vintage mailbox above was Buzz's card-collecting vessel.
He wanted something fun, and I had this at home.
Love when my finds get lots of use!
Get a load of the candy hearts that include modern-day messages (text me).
I dressed the "bar" in a vintage tablecloth, and crafted a small felt, jewel, baker's twine garland that comes out of the faucet like a stream o' love.
The sink holds ice and drinks.
Cupcakes sport Dollar Tree picks (Thanks, Buzz, for styling these like a pro!).
The card in the left foreground is handmade by Buzz.
He drew the design, then had a stamp made.
The card itself is cardboard, cut and with rounded corners, one side painted red.
The dude committed.
In addition to making the artichoke dip I inhaled, Jessie crafted these killer cards.
Each one was hand drawn with the sentiment "I like you and _____."
The fill-in was a word that reflected the recipient. In my case it was "crafting."
Everyone adored these.
Shaun gifted everyone a bag of candy with these enveloped post-it notes attached. Each note was customized with an "I love you because ____." Very special indeed.
My valentine "box" was a vintage mailbox.
The only thing on my party preparedness list that we didn't tackle
was a love-themed music playlist.