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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

{Valentine's Day Party:} DIY Heart Garland, Party Decor Downloads & More!

I love Valentine's Day.  The reds and pinks everywhere...the spirit of the day {well, for most of us anyway!}...the chocolate...mmmmm!  But I think the thing I'm the biggest fan of is the decorations.  I love me some cute Valentine's Day decor.  And here is a simple tutorial for a Valentine Garland to start the "season" {it can be a season, right?  Might as well get the biggest bang for your buck and keep the decor out a few weeks!}

First, you'll need to visit Pizzazzerie's blog to print these too-stinkin-cute hearts they're letting you download for FREE!  Once you download them, just print, and cut away.  {While you're there, be sure to check out their giveaway of some fabulous Valentine Party decor you can win from Green Apple Paperie! They're giving away a couple sets of Conversation Heart decor, including cupcake wrappers and cute food labels!  Hurry, though ~ you can only enter through tomorrow night!!}

I then used my cut-out heart as a template to cut a few more hearts from red, pink & blue felt.  {This step is NOT required, but I think the solid-colored hearts add a nice contrast to your garland}.

Once you have your hearts cut out, simply start sewing them together right on your sewing machine.  Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop sewing to secure your threads; also leave "tails" so that you have thread to hang the garland from on both ends.  I put some space in between my hearts, but you could also just butt them up against one another ~ whatever look you prefer!  That's it!  Just hang and enjoy!

Once that's done, you can head on over to The TomKat Studio to get some FREE printables for a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt! Kim, the owner, is a party specialist and offers adorable graphics!  On this post, you can download some love notes and heart graphics...she's got all the details there for planning a fun Valentine's night with your family!

Happy Valentine's Day {party planning}, everyone!

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