A Sweet Valentine’s Day Party

February 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Boy Parties, Girl Parties, Valentine's Day

Valentines Day party table

Valentine’s Day is so much fun for both old and young alike.  When my daughter’s teacher messaged me to see if I’d like to help host a Valentine’s Day party for her class, I was so excited!  I knew immediately that I would love to use the I Heart Valentine’s Day collection from Anders Ruff   as the basis for my party styling.  I hope you enjoy the bright pops of pink paired with red throughout the party decorations, themed Valentine’s Day treats and party favors captured by Crystal Coatney Photography.

Some of my favorite details from this Valentine’s Day Party are:
– Heart shaped balloons
– Ruffle heart cake
– Envelope cookies
– Love themed shirts and skirts
– Custom chocolate covered Oreos

Valentines Day Donuts

Valentines Day shirtsCheck out more fabulous Valentine’s Day party ideas:
Super Hero Valentine’s Day Ideas
Mustache Valentine’s Day Party
Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day
A Beautiful Valentine’s Day Party
I Heart Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day dessert table


Valentine's Day suckersBecause there is limited space in a classroom, we wanted to test out our party at home first.  We set up a bright fabric backdrop using our easy-to-make PVC pipe stand (tutorial here).  We used clearance tapestry fabric from JoAnn Fabrics and attached an inexpensive felt LOVE banner from Target.  Our tabletop was covered with our favorite white ruffled tablecloth from Candy Crush Events and topped off with a double layered pink and red fabric runner. Using varying sizes of stacking hat boxes from Nashville Wraps we set the “skeleton” in place for adding layers and height to our table.  We pulled out our favorite red (Target), white  and pink cake stands (Smash Cake and Co.)  to tie the Valentine’s Day colors into our treat display.  Using candy from Oriental Trading Company , apothecary jars in all sorts of fun shapes and sizes were filled with red foil covered lip shaped chocolates, striped candy sticks, gumballs and suckers. Ribbons were added along with some of the sweet printables from the I Heart Valentine’s Day collection.  

Valentines Day Cookies 



Valentine cookies


2015-02-14_0067Platters were lined with beautifully decorated sugar cookies by Laura Megs Sweets and hand dipped chocolate Oreos with darling chocolate accents made by Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique. Can you even stand how cute the details on those cookies are?  They were gobbled up so quickly at the school party!

Ruffle Heart cake

Valentines Day cake

The centerpiece of our table, which the kids loved, was a beautiful two tiered cake by the talented 4 Kids Cakes.  Isn’t the red ruffle heart to die for? And the heart on top?  Completely edible, made from molded chocolate!

Valentines Day cupcakes

2015-02-14_0080In addition, we added printable cupcake toppers to rosettes and embellished store bought cupcakes.  Aren’t the heart straws a fun way to add the cupcake toppers to the cupcakes?  We finished dressing up our cupcakes with heart baking cups from Hoopla Events

ceramic love candy dishes

Ceramic love candy dishes

To tie in the LOVE theme, ceramic letter dishes, also from Hoopla Events were filled with colorful gumballs and made a cute statement at the front of our table.  Heart Balloons from Oriental Trading Company were filled from home with Balloon Time Helium tanks.  A beautiful tissue tassel garland (OTC) was added to the front of the table to complete the look.

Valentines Day party table

Valentine's Day dining table

popcorn favor boxes Valentine cake popsBecause we wanted my daughter and her friend to be able to sample some of the party fare, we set up a sweet dining table where they could sit, chat and eat. For the centerpiece of the table I stacked hat boxes (Nashville Wraps), and embellished them with ribbon, printables from Anders Ruff and a cute mini bunting I made from twine, paper straws and printable patterned paper. Delicious red velvet donuts from Green Mountain Mini Baked were stacked to form an enticing display.  Cake pops by Vypassetti Cake Pops filled gold mason jars.


Place settings were created by layering gold chargers with red and white striped paper plates from Hoopla Events and patterned dessert plates from Oriental Trading Company. We decked out strawberry Crush bottles in printable Valentine’s Day labels from the AR collection and added a printable flag to pink paper straws. Themed cups from OTC were stuffed with festive red and white striped paper napkins from Hoopla Events.  Favor boxes (OTC), were filled with treats, Valentine’s Day themed games and red paracord bracelets (which the kids loved and were so eager to wear). Each favor box was made even sweeter with “happy Valentine’s Day” tags tied with twine and cute labels.
Valentine's Day place settings

Valentine's Day drink labels

red velvet donuts


Valentine jewelry

Valentine skirts

Little girl Valentine outfit

The girls loved testing out everything for their class party, and especially adored twirling in their new adorable custom designed Valentine skirts and shirts from GreatStitch.com and sparkly necklace and bracelet sets from W(e)il’d Hair & Accessories.  They had fun striking a pose in  their new heart sunglasses from The TomKat Studio too!  I’m not sure anything beats a Valentine’s Day party!

Valentine's Day Dessert Table

– Event Design and Styling: Banner Events.
– Photography: Crystal Coatney
– Party Printables: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
– Pink Hat Boxes:  Nashville Wraps
– Custom Love Shirts and Skirts: GreatStitch.com
– Ruffle Tablecloth: Candy Crush Events
– Custom Necklace and Bracelets: W(e)il’d Hair & Accessories
– Heart Sunglasses: The TomKat Studio
– Cake: 4 Kids Cakes
– Custom Cookies: Laura Megs Sweets
– Custom Chocolate Covered Oreos: Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique
– Custom Cake Pops: Vypassetti Cake Pops
– Red Velvet Donuts: Green Mountain Mini Baked
– Paper Fans, Popcorn Boxes, Gable Boxes, Tissue Tassel Garland, Pink Rock Candy, Gumballs, Chocolate Heart Lips, Candy Sticks, Hershey’s Mix, Sixlets, Picks: Oriental Trading Company
– Striped paper straws, Ceramic Love Candy Dishes, Striped paper plates & Napkins, Heart Baking Cups: Hoopla Events

Additional sources for you to create your own Valentine’s Day Party

Valentines Tissue Tassels 2 Separate 8 and 10 Feet Strings of Tassels
LA Linen Polyester Poplin Table Runner, 14 by 108-Inch, Red
Mini Popcorn Boxes – Hot Pink
Hot Pink Treat Favor Boxes (6 Pack)
Bubblegum Pink Striped Paper Straws
Red Heart Paper Straws
Red Cake Stand
Milk 12″ Glass Cake Stand
Valentine’s Day Dessert Plates
Valentine Party Pack 65 Piece
Classic Gold Charger Plates
10″ Pink Milk Glass Cake Stand
15″ Heart Balloons, Sweetheart Assortment
Heart Shaped Sunglasses
90 x 132″ White Tablecloth
Designer Clear Glass Apothecary Jars (3 Piece Set)
White Rectangle Serving Tray
Damask Hanging Fan Decorations (Bright Pink)
Beistle 54137-R 6-Inch 6-Pack Tissue Fans, Mini
Set of 6 Hot Pink Polka Dot Hanging Fans

DIY: Valentine’s Day Cookies

A sweet client of ours sent us photos of cookies and treat bags she made using our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” printable package. (Still 25% off in the shop)

I just had to share!

Check out her tutorial with recipes here!


Free Printable: Anders Ruff is One Year Old & We Heart You! 4 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards!

Anders Ruff Custom Designs was born ALMOST 1 year ago!
It has been an amazing year and we are SO grateful.
Because WE HEART YOU! (fans, clients, sponsors, contributors, blogging friends, promoters,…)
We created 4 free printable Valentine’s Day Cards perfect for you or your little ones.
(download link at the bottom of this post)

A great part about this – all of these cards coordinate perfectly with our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” printable design collection. Package these valentines up and you can use your printable collection to add stickers / logos, and more to make your card even cuter!

Design 1: “Cute As A Button” – Everyone loves adorable heart shaped buttons! Cute stitching around the trim with some fun diagonal stripe patterns from our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” printable collection.

Design 2: “Turtle-y Awesome” – Something fun to give little boys!? Cute little heart patterned shell enclosed in a cropped heart border.
This is as masculine as it comes from us this year 😉

Design 3: “Hello Valentine” Alphabet Soup – scattered modern letters with a bold “Hello Valentine” statement in red. Space to write to and from in a simple red heart.

Design 4: “Ice Cream You Are Sweet” (get it!?) You could say it two ways —
I-Scream “You are sweet”!
or… Ice cream – you sure are sweet
Adorable argyle patterns with sweet ice cream with a red heart cherry on top.

Download your
FREE printable Valentine’s Day Cards
by Anders Ruff

The full printable collection available in the shop AND we love you so much that
we extended the sale for 25% off until Valentine’s Day!

“I Heart Valentine’s Day” Collection Photo Shoot

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we wanted to repost this feature from our popular Valentine’s day Collection last year….
From January 2011… we wrote:
Well, it seems as though our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” shoot has been seen by many of you (THANK YOU to all of the featuring blogs for your support!)…. however, we still need to share it on our OWN site! Becca Bond Photography did such an awesome job, and I can’t wait to share all the photos…
This is by far one of our favorite projects that we’ve done. We included LIVE subjects this time (mostly our children ;)) to show off some fabulous clothing by MiniMooh.
That posed a whole new aspect of styling, but it was SO much fun.

This post is image heavy…

We had major inspiration to do something different for the hanging decor. The paper plate polyhedrons are SO easy to make and we were pretty excited to create something unique.
You can find the tutorial on Disney Family Fun….
We used the printable logos as hanging detail on all of the apothecary glass jars.
Cotton candy made a GREAT filler display in the tall glass jars. The cookies from Allyson Jane were strung with ribbon and hung over these fabulous glass apothecary jars…. Don’t you just LOVE the cookies!?
Here are some more of the beautiful cookies from Allyson Jane. She baked them with a hole in them so we could embellish with a ribbon. I love adding another texture to the cookies!

This cake was from a regular plain-old bakery (seriously – $8 at Target!) and we dressed it up with fancy and beautiful fondant from Sweet Petal Bakery. We love this option to decorate our own cake with professional decor/fondant!

Lollipops with the printable lollipop covers were stuck into the fun layered jello (SO easy to make!)
Patterned papers were used with heart craft punches to create this super fun garland that hung on the front of the table.

How cute and simple are these awesome fabric layered flowers….
the beauty is – they never die! 😉

Don’t you love the mini chocolate bars with the printable wrappers?
Also, the hershey kisses labels!?

These adorable lollis were from This Charming Candy
They were GREAT props for the kids, too!How cute is the dress from Mini Mooh!?
…and the bow tie on my son, Jeffrey! (Mini Mooh)

We got this chalkboard at the Dollar store near us… what a fun prop it made for the kiddos….

Printable folding labels…

The cupcakes from Cupcrazed Cakery in Baxter….
Heather does such an amazing job making the most
unique flavors of cupcakes! These were scrumptious!

We love party flags – they looked really cute on top of the paper straws (from Bake It Pretty). Drink wrap wrapped around the Jones Soda….
Here is my little Peanut (Pierson)….

Are you smiling yet?

This is funny. The first photo Becca took of (my son) Pierson and Arden was this…
… the second shot….
It just took Arden’s mom coming into the room and doing something cute to light up their faces!

Arden and Grayce showing off their MiniMooh dresses….

Here is Adria’s adorable daughter, Grayce…. so cute!

Jeffrey (Anders) and Grayce (Ruff)… best of buddies!
Playin a little xx0 😉
Jeffrey LOVED the macarons from Sparkles Kitchen.
So did Grayce!

We used the patterned papers to make these hearts that
we topped the oreo truffles with….I just love all of the patterns!
(PS. I made these oreo truffles with my cookie girls – we get together every Christmas to make cookies and this year we made these! So fun, right?!)

We included some new design accessories in this package. Favor hangtag, and a template for a box with heart closure…. and a COOTIE catcher / fortune teller…. (bringing back memories yet?)
We used the twine from The Cupcake Social to create a sweet little pom on top.

Printable valentines with a folding pocket envelope to put around the valentine…

Patterned papers, again, being used! Aren’t these little bottles so cute!?

Beautiful macarons from Sparkles Kitchen

I’ll leave you with this sweet shot….
Thank you to ALL of our fabulous contributors!
Get yours HERE….

Credits and Sources
– Styling and Printable Graphic Designs Package by Anders Ruff

– Photography by Becca Bond Photography (www.beccabondphotography.com)

Talented Contributors:
– Handmade Dresses and Bow Ties by Mini Mooh (www.minimooh.etsy.com)
– Cupcakes by Cupcrazed Cakery in Baxter (www.cupcrazed.com)
– Lollipops by This Charming Candy (www.thischarmingcandy.etsy.com)
– Fondant Decor by Sweet Petal Bakery (www.sweetpetalbakery.etsy.com)
– Macarons by Sparkles Kitchen (www.sparkleskitchen.etsy.com)
– Sugar Cookies by Allyson Jane (www.allysonjane.com)
– Cupcake Liners and Twine from The Cupcake Social (www.thecupcakesocial.com)
– Paper Straws from Bake It Pretty (www.bakeitpretty.com)

Sneak Peek: A Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Shoot

Yes, you read that correctly…. Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Shoot! I can’t believe that we are already talking about Valentine’s Day when Christmas isn’t even here! Adria and I had to plan ahead because we already have a busy January lined up. (After all, Valentine’s Day is only 8 weeks away!)

We had our shoot this Saturday. We teamed up with Becca Bond Photography and I think everything turned out AMAZING! (If you were wondering why it was quiet on here and facebook this weekend, our shoot is the reason!)

We had fabulous contributors:
Allyson Jane designer cookies
Sparkles Kitchen
Sweet Petal Bakery
This Charming Candy
The Cupcake Social (as always!)
and of course Anders Ruff for graphics and styling

I can’t wait to share the photographs with you all! The printable collection will be available in our shop soon!

Meanwhile, can you guess what this is? (Its a GREAT DIY project that we will be sharing from the Valentine’s Shoot)