It almost seems like Valentine’s exists just to provide ample opportunities for word play. The world should really be this creative more often! Everywhere you look there is a fun pun related to love or friendship. Often it is combined with chocolate which is obviously a win on all accounts. These tags come in two different designs to compliment any candy or sprinkles you use to decorate your chocolate spoons with. Or if you want to provide something that is not a sweet you can decorate wooden spoons (there are lots of fun ideas out there like this and this!) and then tie the tag around the spoon.
We are continuing our 90’s music-inspired Valentine’s this week! This one may not be as popular as Britney Spear’s smash hit but even if you don’t remember hearing “Lovefool” on your radio almost 20 years ago you probably caught on Romeo + Juliet. Anyway, it is a great song and probably the only one of The Cardigans’ songs that I know! And we made this one in two ways as well – as little printouts and as a full-on card you can write a message inside of.
I started out trying to make these 90’s themed but it just was not happening. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know. But I wanted to pair these with fool’s gold (I won’t take credit for this Machelle is the pun genius) and no 90’s patterns seemed to quite match, but dots go with everything right!? Click through for the downloads!
You know, I blame the love songs of the 90’s for all the relationship problems I’ve ever had. I fully expected, as a child, that the men I dated and the man I married would continuously serenade me with songs about my eyes while we slow danced every night and that would be my life. I also grew to expect many more things from this era of music that I have since realized are either completely unrealistic or just really rare for men to do.
But, while my life has been completely devoid of any African American men singing me love-song-lullabies to sleep at night, or anyone saying anything about stars in my eyes, I still love these songs just as much as I did when I was 5. Despite the fact that they led to a false belief of what adult men are actually like, they’re still so sweet! And I think that daydreaming little kid in me comes out a little bit whenever I hear them.
So, as tribute to the over-the-top infatuation songs of my childhood, I present to you this All 4 One “I Swear” Valentine. Whether or not your partner looks you in the eye and promises to always be there “For better or worse! Till death due us part! I’ll love you with every beat of my heart! I swear!!” (I had to..couldn’t stop..), they probably still deserve this Valentine, especially if you lived through the 90’s and remember pining your heart out to this jam! And hey, its a printable (with glow in the dark stars or moon pies or whatever you want!) so you can just hand it to them, absolutely no need for prolonged eye-staring and awkward singing.
I am so excited about this year’s round of Valentines we have in store for you guys!
Two years ago, before this blog was even online, I started making a list of ideas for Valentines based off of my favorite 90’s songs :D I’ve talked about my love of that decade, and particularly it’s musical contributions, before (weirdly in a Valentine post…) but I can’t reiterate it enough, the 90’s were EASILY the epitome of at least the hip hop, alternative rock, and love song categories.
So, as I was saying…two years ago I was bummed that I wouldn’t get these Valentines up because I was so excited about the idea. Then the next Valentine’s came, and this blog was up, and I really couldn’t tell ya what the problem was…we just couldn’t get around to them I guess! BUT it ended up being a blessing in disguise because HELLO! The 90’s are all up in everyone’s business right now! I couldn’t be more excited that everyone is feelin’ the 90’s love vibe this year, maybe mostly because it means these Valentines are perfectly timed.
And first up in our 90’s V-day gifts, gotta pay tribute to my girl Britney. I can remember so vividly skating around the roller rink (ahem..Classic Skating..) to “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, belting it out with our girlfriends. While I do miss the fun, excitement, and music of those days, I have to say I really don’t miss being nervous about whether or not a boy would ask me to “snowball” (what a weird name for the slow song, hand-in-hand, skate…).
So, this Valentine is perfect for either that special boy/s in your life OR your gal pals/classmates. We made two versions for you, one that come right from the song, “Boy you got me blinded!” and one we altered just a bit so it’s a little less gender and love-specific. Grab the free printables for both and see more pics by clicking “read more” below!
There are a lot of mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day and I totally get them but I think if you just think of it as celebrating love – and any type of love – it is actually quite a beautiful holiday. You should not focus on just romantic love or unrealistic expectations from your significant other (however…Greg if you are reading this I do still want tulips, thank you!) but focus on those around you that give you lasting joy and that you really love. And if you want to throw in a party or two, well of course we both support you in that! And we specifically support you by providing super easy party crafts like this one.
Right when I saw these heart shaped plates at Michael’s last weekend I knew they would be perfect for so many simple crafts. I decided to first use them for a super quick backdrop for Valentine’s Day treats! Just tape up the plates and you are good to go.
- Paper heart plates //
1. Take plain tape and start putting up the plates in a design or simple grid like I chose. When you are done you have a great, high-impact backdrop!
How great of a photo booth backdrop would this make?! If you are celebrating with your significant other, how cute would it be to do a series of photos in front of these?
If you want more simple Valentine’s ideas we have rounded up our favorites on our Pinterest board here! Tons of pinks, reds and arrows await you!