Valentines Heart Tree Table Decorations

For the entire Valentines Party post, see here:

Valentines Party

This post is a how-to for making these heart tree table decorations.

Valentines Heart Trees

These can be made from any type of paper, either solid color or printed.  For the party I purchased a printable package which included matching printed papers.  You can also print these on plain colored paper or specialty papers from the hobby store.  At the bottom of this post is a free download you can use to print the heart shapes onto any paper.

Start by using card stock or other similar weight paper to make the cones.  I used the heavy paper they use in the middle of wrapping paper rolls.

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Then print the heart shapes onto whatever papers you plan to use.

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Then cut out the hearts.

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Then glue them upside down onto the forms by using a drop of glue in the middle.  Cover the entire form.

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Super cute!

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I got the original idea from here, and hers are much more elegant:

Valentine Heart Cone Tree Tutorial

Heart Shaped Download:

Valentines Heart Banner

For the entire Valentines Party, see here:

Valentines Party

This post is a how-to make an easy Valentines Heart Banner.

Valentines Heart Banner

It is very easy and all you need are some colored pieces of felt and ribbon.  I used about 15 sheets of felt and one roll of ribbon for this project.

Use the free downloadable template below to cut out the heart shapes onto the felt.  Then punch holes in the top and string the ribbon through!

Valentines Party

For Valentines Day the Mommy’s Group which I have been a part of, threw a big Valentines party for all the little ones.  And I, of course, had a hand in decorating it.  Many thanks to my friends for all their help!

Valentines Party

I will make individual posts for each how-to for every item you see here.  The posts will appear tagged to this post in the “comments” section.

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Valentines Box

This is a cute and easy way to make a re-usable Valentines box for parties or school to hold the kid’s Valentine cards.

Valentines Box

First, start by getting a box and picking out whatever pretty colored paper you want.  In this case, my son wanted a heart shaped box (but even a shoe box will do).  He also picked out the papers which included a funny monkey paper.  You will also need glue and scissors of course.

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I started by putting the glue on and smoothing it out with my finger so the paper would not get wet ripples on it.  I did the sides of the box first by putting on the paper and cutting it close to the edges with scissors or an Exacto knife.

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Then I did the heart cut outs and put them on the bottom of the box.

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I decorated the top in the same way.

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I added his name.

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And lastly, I cut the whole in the top by using a rectangular shape for the hole and a box cutter.

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If you have older kids they can do all of this work themselves.  My son is only four so I did the major work, but I let him add stickers to the top and sides that matched the colors.

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Below is a file which makes 1 page of heart shapes which can be printed on any specialty paper to make the heart cutouts.

This below document is for the rectangle shape for the box top.  The shape is editable so you can adjust it to make the right size for your box.

 

Parmesan Crab Stuffed Brussel Sprouts

If you love Brussel Sprouts, you will love these!

Parmesan Crab Stuffed Brussel Sprouts

Start by cutting the sprouts in half and boiling for 5-10 minutes until soft but not mushy!

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Then arrange them on a cookie sheet and use a measuring spoon to scoop out inside of the sprout.

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Then fill the inside with part of the crab meat mixture or portions of crab cakes.

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Top with a slice of Parmesan cheese or the Parmesan bread crumb topping.

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Broil lightly in the oven until the cheese is melted.

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My first try at this was easy and good, but I decided to make a second version as well.

Parmesan Crab Stuffed Brussel Sprouts (version 1)

Brussel Sprouts
2 Pre-Made Crab Cakes from the Deli
Parmesian Cheese
Cut the Brussel Sprout in half and boil in a pot of water for about 5-10 minutes until soft but not mushy.  Place them on a cookie sheet and scoop out the middle by using a measuring spoon.  Break pieces of the crab cake and stuff into the brussel sprouts.  Cut off shaves of Parmesan and top on the brussel sprouts.  Broil in the oven on low until the cheese is melted.

Parmesan Crab Stuffed Brussel Sprouts (version 2)

Brussel Sprouts
Crab Meat
Feta Cheese
Grated ParmesanBread CrumbsOlive OilMix two tablespoons of grated Parmesan with two tablespoons of bread crumbs and a couple of dashes of olive oil.  Mix with a spoon until the mixture clumps together and set aside.  Cut the Brussel Sprout in half and boil in a pot of water for about 5-10 minutes until soft but not mushy.  Place them on a cookie sheet and scoop out the middle by using a measuring spoon.  Mix the crab meat with a handful of Feta chunks.  Fill the sprouts with the cheese crab mixture and top with the bread crumb mixture.  Bake in the oven on 350 until the cheese is melted and only slightly browned.