Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Day of love


Any holiday that devotes a day all to love is all good in my book...and this year I wanted to do a little something extra special for my kids, so I set up a mini Valentine's party just for them!  Here are a few pictures from our little party...





I used a deck of "heart" cards that my daughter got from the dollar store last year to decorate the chalkboard...


And I tried to add loving touches to the table setting to show my little ones how very special I think they are...












I even brought out the family heirloom punch bowl.  And here's an easy tip, if you want to make regular punch extra pretty, try floating a few lavender sprigs in the punch bowl...fresh ones work great, but you can also use dried lavender sprigs from your garden {not the store as they may have been treated}, just cut the stems off first...







Have a wonderful week!


Tracey

93 comments:

Inspiration...Vintage, The Vintage Inspired Home said...

Oh Tracey,
what a wonderful little treat for your sweethearts!! I love the punches of color against the gray and white furniture!
You are a very special Mom!
Have a lovely day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Shannon said...

So cute! I bet they were very excited to see that set up :)

the growers daughter said...

What a fun treat for them! I'm sure they loved it.

My son is still a little bit young to understand the concept of the day, but I gave him a tiny little bear. He walked around all night holding it in his arms like a baby, patting it's head. Then, at bedtime, he wanted me to give him a blankie too. I had to use a tiny washcloth. It was so cute.

Kids are awesome!

The Cranky Queen said...

Just Beautiful...You have a flair for decorating...love the grays and muted colors. Your family is very lucky...Have a blessed week. Tiff

thecrankyqueen.blogspot.com

AIR KISS said...

That is just darling! Really cute! I love all the little details you pick up on your camera! Always a pleasure, Tracey.
Hugs,
Lara

Dyche Designs said...

What a treat, beautiful.

Morning T said...

Tracey that's it....I'm coming to live with you!!!
xo~
T

DustyLu said...

So sweet! Kids make every holiday that much better! Happy Belated! Hugs lulu

Elyse said...

beautiful + fun!

hope you all had a sweet time

xo
elyse

dreams on 34th street said...

Tracey...One day you will visit your kids as adults and see {your} little magic touches appear in their lives. My daughter hosted a lovely family Valentine Brunch on Sunday and my son sent me a picture text of the vignette he set up for is sweet girlfriend! They both said they were inspired by childhood memories and my blog friends. I was blown away!
The beauty you are sharing with us will live on for generations! Thank you!
*Lynne*

Candylei said...

Such soft sweet and outstanding(!)photographs. Love your styling.
I have a doily tutorial up if you are interested in seeing it. They are fun!

Candylei

Becky C said...

Oh this is just precious, Tracey! Your kids are so blessed to have a sweet mom like you. I'm sure they had a wonderful time. What a great memory :)
The decorations are delightful!
Love the rug
Becky C

Claudia said...

Hello,

That is so sweet! They must have loved it. It came out so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice week.
Claudia

traci said...

the perfect valentines day party. everything looks "love"ly!! hope you had a great weekend.

The Flying Bee said...

it's beautiful Tracey!

Hugs,
Adrienne

Pattie said...

So cute I'll bet they feel pretty special, I;m always doing thing for my daughter she gets a kick out it. And I love doing it.

Pattie

Anonymous said...

Hello Tracey,
Absolutely beautiful table!!
You are so inspiring!
The cakes look amazing, delicious and so "earthy". Could you share the recipe?
Thanks,
Linda

Ashley said...

So gorgeous!!!! You are so inspirational and I adore all of the extra touches to your Valentine table! Xoxoxo 1942charm.blogspot.com

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

So sweet Tracey! I love that they have their own table :) what an amazing mom you are for making them feel so special and loved!
XOX

Beatnheart said...

could you be any more fabulous?! I think not. Lucky are your children and husband for having such a wonderful woman in their lives...

It's me said...

Owwwww...that's why i love your blog !!!......lovely week darling.....love Ria....xxx..

Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE it!!;) xo Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Leah C said...

Oh how sweet it is:) Bet your little valentines loved it!

Blondie's Journal said...

It's so sweet that you did this for the little ones...I know they just loved it and it's a good start in introducing them to a LOVEly day of the year! s always, your photos are just gorgeous, Tracey!

XO,
Jane

missshawna said...

What a sweet way to celebrate Valentine's Day! I'll bet they had a wonderful time.

snippets of thyme said...

Fresh, artistic and delightful. Those words come to mind seeing your playful table. What memories your children will accumulate. Times to treasure and love to spread in your house for sure!

Linda said...

SO sweet...your children will always remember special things like this!

The enchanted home said...

So fresh, romantic and simply beautiful. Love it...you are creating beautiful lifelong memories for your family...nothing like them! Love the great visuals..thanks for sharing your special day with us.

Kristy said...

A beautiful table setting

Cindy said...

That is just about the prettiest valentines decorations i've ever seen... i LOVE your photos, and i die over the cherry blossoms every time. I so want to capture those blossoms in a painting...

Cindy

chickie said...

i bey they loves it !! Kids really enjoy things like this and at the same time it will be something to remember while growing up.maybe they will pass something as this as what you did for them.I see alot of sweetness going on.Keep warm and enjoy your evening...Chickie

Brooks Interior said...

What a privilege to be a guest at your Valentines dinner table! Love it.

freckled laundry said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! How sweet to throw your babes a little love party.

xoxo,
Jami

Teri said...

Simply beautiful!

Lindsay said...

What a wonderful momma you are. Gorgeous pictures!

Looking Glass said...

This looks just wonderful. I hope you and your family had a magnificent Valentine's.

~ Clare x

Allison said...

It's beautiful! How wonderful to throw your kids such a special Valentine's party. The table is so pretty and sweet and their treats looks delicious. I love your red napkins. I bet they will remember this party when they grow up and think of it with fond memories.

manon 21 said...

Absolument magnifique.
Belle journée Tracey.

A kiss of France

Manon

Catherine said...

Everything is so cute! It will be a valentines day they will always remember! Lovley!

Catherine x

Zaira said...

Everything is so romantic! I love those hearts...

Vintage Home said...

...beautiful way to honour your kids!

Barbara said...

What an adorable way to give a Valentine to your loved ones! Don't you adore those lacy hearts? I remember making so many pretty cards with them.
What a fun party, Tracey, wish I could have joined you!

Australienne Home said...

What a great mum!

Sandi said...

What a beautiful day you created for your children! Something they will never forget. ALMOST makes me want to have little ones again. lol.
Blessings~

Jeanneoli said...

So pretty! I know they must have felt so special and loved!!

White and Rust said...

Wow, how sweet of you to do this! You are a good mom! All your touches are perfect, love the heart cards.

Heidi

Alice said...

What a lovely treat for your kids. I'll bet they loved it!

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Stunning photographs!
T x

Andrea said...

Wow beautiful photographs. You must have the most well behaved cleanest kids ever. My kids would have been like what the heck?? I made them Fontina Marscapone Baked Penne and Brownie Pudding for dessert and thought I was doing pretty good! We ate at the counter but at least on glass plates! You may have just lost me.

Lisa said...

Again, I applaud you! for making me want to weep! You capture such heartening images!

my best,
Lisa

hometown girl said...

how sweet! i'm sure they loved it! those are some lucky kids to have such a sweet mama! hope you are well! susan

Linda said...

What a special treat for your kiddies. They are lucky to have such a creative mom.
Hope you had a lovely day.
Linda

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

SO Love-ly, Tracey!

Honeycomb Creative Co. said...

So sweet Tracey! I bet your kids loved it and felt so special. All your little touches are beautiful/
Have a great week!
Courtney

All That Jazz said...

One word~ amazing!
You are VERY talented!
~michelle~

Country Dreaming said...

How fun for them. What a great Mom
they have!

Melinda

The Summer Porch said...

Ah! How beautiful a day of love, we include our little guy whose not so little anymore too. I really enjoy this theme. I adore Valentine's so much anyways.
Have a wonderful week,
Tracey.
Rosemary...XX

Suz said...

Such lovely eye candy!
Fondly,
Suz

Sea Angels said...

Oh Tracy, so beautiful, and better than ANYTHING in any magazine I have seen For February, so inspiring and done not for effect but for the love of your family, I am in love with it too ha ha.
I also adore the packaging on the chocolate it is so pretty is it american? have you printed it? well its gorgeous too.
Happy Hearts and hugs
Lynn xxxx

The Little Red Shop said...

You are so thoughtfully sweet, Tracey. I hope you are having a lovely week!

: )

Julie M.

Willow said...

Wow, your blog is pure inspiration...thank you!
Hugs from Italy
Fabrizia

Morwenna Hill said...

Gosh how beautiful is your Valentine's table?! I ♥ it!
Morwenna

Mary said...

Did your childrenreally like the lavendar in the punch bowl?!
Sometimes I think your party posts are just for show.

Roberta said...

Super Sweet Tracey! Heck, I'd be a happy kid in your house! What are those yummy cakes?? Gorgeous table.
xo

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

What a sweet thing to do! I got my kids the same chocolates and left them little personal love notes on their beds.

Hugs,
Judy

Martha said...

how beautiful Tracey...I'm sure they were sooo excited...I just loooove that table of yours with those stools
xo

Brianna said...

I am a new follower but wish I had seen this earlier! So pretty! I try to treat my kiddies as well but nothing compared to this beautiful set up!

LuLu & Co. said...

such a sweet setting!!!! love the lavendar in the punch, great idea!!!! You really could start business decorating for parties, you think of everything you have such a talent!
xo,
LuLu

Heather from Post Road Vintage said...

Cute Tracey! I love how you made their day special! I had to explain to my kids that you don't get new toys like at Christmas.. we made cookies instead :)

Lili said...

Oh Tracey, this is so over the top gorgeous that it needs to be featured in a magazine! But then again ALL of your posts belong there too. And I can only imagine how special your little sweeties must feel having you as their Mom create such stunning surroundings. xoxo ~Lili

Liana said...

Just gorgeous. I can feel the smell of happiness in these photos.

gone to the beach said...

Greetings from Finland!! Your lovely pictures have such a enormous effect:I feel myself much warmer now. Thank you. There is so cold outside :)I'm a friend of French- and Country decor...and White home interior decoration too. Bye!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

It is rare that I go into a blog 6 pages deep, but what a beautiful world you have created here. Your photography is simply beautiful and how wonderful that you share this lovely inspiration. XO

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

Tracey...
YOU most certainly make EVERYTHING sooooooo special!!! LoVe ALL the detailed touches and I'm sure your family does too... Beautiful...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Robynne's Nest said...

Those children are very lucky! Love the napkins. Robx

RACHELLE said...

This valentine set up is TO DIE FOR !


I go back and forth, debating with myself if i should decorate our next home in vintage or not( we are in an apartment right now for a while)....

It just seems like my children ruin and break so many of my precious treasures and favorite cintage furniture pieces...

but your pictures remind me just how much I LOVE VINTAGE decor!

thank you ~ shell
www.gypsylemonade.blogspot.com

tinemor said...

I love youre blogg!!
Hugg and kisses

Gidget said...

You have the most beautiful blog i have ever seen! I love your home, your decor is gorgeous. What a very sweet mom you are i bet the kids loved it. :)

giveto said...

your decor is really beautifull, very sweety!! i like this colors and this style!!
sorry for my very bad english!!
bonne journée
véro

Anita said...

Hello,
I wish i sat at that table,it looks great!

Greetings from Anita
www.vindutch.nl

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Hey darlin....just checking in..you o.k? Spring is just around the corner,at last!! Talk soon! xox

ALittleWorld said...

Beautiful beautiful blog.
Love it!

chateaudelille said...

Best post on V day. So clever and original. Really like the tulle on the napkins.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

How sweet..... and totally yummy.

Huggies,
Spencer

Fiorella said...

... bellissime immagini ... love ... love ... love ...

Anita said...

Thank you so much, hope you come back.
Best whishes from Anita

Privet and Holly said...

Such lucky children,
to have such a loving
and talented momma!
Hope you are all
well and enjoying the
end {?} of winter,
Traci!
xx Suzanne

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...

nice photos!!
I love all of them!!
hugs from Chile
c@

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Man, I need to really get on your good side. ;)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi You truly are a wonderful mum .. that is just the cutest party I have seen :-) .. and just where did you get those chocolate bars from ... ??

The playing cards are amazing, how wonderful to get them heart shaped.

Katy Noelle said...

Oh, Tracey....

this is too perfectly beautiful. Very fresh and unique!!! =]

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful!
I'm your newest follower :) Hope you follow back :)
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Rafaela Ribeiro said...

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Kisses and hugs. With love, Rafa.