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

Ruff Draft: Making Lucky You Hand Sanitizer Printable Labels

March 5, 2014 by  
Filed under DIY, Ruff Draft

St. Patrick's Day Hand Sanitizer Labels

We are very excited to show you our new Lucky You Hand Sanitizer Printable Labels today.  For those of you looking for St. Patrick’s Day gift  ideas this is a perfect little charm that will rid you of germs this flu season.  The kit includes front & back labels for  8 oz. & 2 oz. sanitizer bottles plus a small favor tag to tie on as well.

Lucky you, now you won't get the flu

The front label says, “Lucky you, now you won’t get the flu.  Thinking of you this St. Patrick’s Day!”  The back label says, “From” with a space to write your name.

Backside of sanitizer labels for St. Patrick's Day


Use the favor tags for the “To” (recipient) of the gift!

Favor tags for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Hand Sanitizer Labels

We had great feedback from our Love Bug Sanitizer labels and had requests for a St. Patrick’s Day version.  We want to show you how easy these labels are to use.  See below for the step by step tutorial.

Supplies needed:
Lucky You Instant Download Printable
8.5 x 11 Label paper (we use Online Labels)
8 oz Hand Sanitizer (we used Purell)
2 oz Hand Sanitizer (we used Purell)
Scissors or paper slicer
Hole punch


1. Print our Lucky You Instant Download file on 8.5 x 11 label paper.
2. Trim to size
3. Remove bottle labels
How to create Lucky hand sanitizer labels

4. Stick on new Lucky You Labels (front and back)
5. Tie on favor tag (using a hole punch and twin) for an extra detail or tie it around a pack of pocket size tissues.

These are the perfect gift for teachers, friends, kids… anyone really!  Pass around this lucky bottle and help keep everyone germ free for St. Patrick’s Day.

Don’t forget to check out our other Instant Download St. Patrick’s Day Printables.

Ruff Draft: We’ve Been Love Struck (by Cupid) FREE PRINTABLE

How to make a Cupid Love Struck ValentineAre you in the mood for love?  We are making Cupid’s Valentines today with a FREE Printable “We’ve Been Love Struck” (by cupid) printable set!

Are you familiar with the friendly gift/treat giving tradition {usually done in neighborhoods} of  “We’ve Been Booed” or “We’ve Been Elfed“?  Well, after several  Valentine requests we have decided to offer a “We’ve Been Love Struck” {by Cupid} so you can spread your love around next week.

You can print the free Valentine “We’ve been love struck” set and include it along with your favorite sweets or you can go an extra step and turn the sign into a 3D Love Struck Valentine.  See below to learn how to make the 3D version.


Supplies needed:
Free Printable Love Struck Set (printed on photo paper or card stock)
Tissue Paper
Wooden Skewer
Hole Punch

Creating a 3D Love Struck ValentineDirections:
1. Cut out the large “We’ve been love struck” heart as well as the smaller hearts on the page
2. Cut 2″ wide strips of tissue paper (full sheet length)
3. Fold tissue paper several times until it is about 3″ long and cut 1/8″ strips 1 3/4″ long (leaving 1/4″ not cut)
4. Unravel the tissue paper, and at one end tape the 1/4″ un-cut part to the edge of the wooden skewer and begin to roll the tissue around the stick.  Keep rolling the tissue until you feel you have enough fringe tassles.  Cut any extra tissue off and securely tape it closed along the skewer end.

Making a 3D Love Struck Valentine from Cupid

5. Next punch two holes diagonally in the large heart
6. Stick the skewer through and then tape a smaller heart to the bottom of the skewer.
7. Last – pass around this 3D Love Struck Valentine to your favorite neighbors and friends along with some sweet treats.

We've Been Love Struck gift ideasWe added printable chocolate wrappers and patterned papers from our Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day Printable Collection.

Making sweet treats with We've Been Love Struck Valentine Cards We have so many adorable INSTANT DOWNLOAD Valentine’s Collections in the shop… it’s not too late to buy one today.  Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is next week.  Have you started making your classroom cards yet?  If not, check out our latest Super Hero Valentine Collection.  We have lots of options for girls and boys!

A {LOVE} Day Celebration

February 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Decorations, Dessert Tables, Valentine's Day

SWEET Valentine’s Day printable package + SWEET treats + the SWEETEST kids around (well, most of the time) = one pretty SWEET {LOVE} Day celebration.

I’m not gonna lie.   Some parties are for the kids.  And some parties are for me.  I pretended this party was for the kids, and spent a few hours trying to convince myself it was for the kids, but in actuality I think it might have really been for me. (GASP!  I know, how selfish!)  There’s just something about pink + red + hearts + sparkles that speaks to me, not to mention all of the adorable sweet{LOVE} Day treats.  (I’m pretty sure those sweet treats really were speaking to me too–as in calling my name and saying, ‘eat me’.  BeforeAfter.  And during the party.)

Truth be told, the kids probably would have been fine if I had just dumped a bunch of candy & treats in the middle of the table and let them go at it!  But, they are quickly learning that EVERYTHING tastes better when it’s cutened up with Anders Ruff printables and decor!

I’m pretty good at fooling my kids (I’m admittedly not as good at fooling my husband), so fortunately, they still thought the party was for them.  After all, the little details were planned with them in mind (kind of, ha!).

Take these cute customized shirts, for instance–first name initials on hearts for the little girls and red/white polka dotted tie t-shirts for the boys.  The darling shirts were custom made by my talented friend, Vivian, of Kerr Kreations.  We knew the girls would love the oversized coordinating hair accessories, and we were right!  A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

Every great party starts with an amazing graphic printable package (or should, in my opinion!).  I fell in love with Anders Ruff’s Sweet Valentine’s Day collection the moment I saw it.  I love the ‘sweet shoppe’ feel with the pink and white stripes and the darling dessert graphics. From the sweet invitation, to the pages and pages of printable party accessories (cupcake toppers, drink flags, banner, placemats, party favors & more, Anders Ruff knows how to do Valentine’s Day right!

Immediately after seeing AR’s Valentine’s graphic package, I began pinning ideas for an awning on Pinterest (Do you need an invite?  Leave me a comment and I’ll send you one!) Again, my amazing friend Viv and her husband set to work making my dreams of a sweet shoppe awning a reality.  (Maybe I can convince them to share a tutorial on building it?)  They were so sweet to let me borrow it for the party!  We picked out coordinating pink & white striped fabric to tie into the printables.  Vivian also sewed a coordinating runner to tie the kid’s table to the dessert table.

Filling the dessert table with yummy treats was the easy part.  Along with a few sweet treats I picked up at the store, I recruited the talents of Lynlee, of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes , Christina, of Cookies Are My Canvas, Johanna, of Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops and Jessica of Vita Dolce Chocolates.  I am always amazed to see the end products of talented dessert designers.

I had lots of fun products to display these beautiful desserts in, thanks to Amanda Graff of Hey Yo Yo!  Amanda sent adorable pink trimmed berry baskets, red striped ice cream cups, cupcake liners & more!  I added a little coordinating paper shred, some ribbon, a few of the sweet printables from Anders Ruff’s package to add some pizzazz, and what I like to refer to as ‘dessert heaven’ was created.

Lynlee’s fondant work (Lynlee’s Petite Cakes) was gorgeous!  She was able to perfectly recreate the sweet cupcakes, sundaes, ice cream cones & fountain drinks from Anders Ruff’s printable package!  Christina’s cookies (Cookies Are My Canvas)were also exceptional!  She added edible glitter/luster dust which made the cookies have a beautiful sparkle in just the right places!  I’ve been a long time fan of Johanna’s cake pops (Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops)!  I’m fortunate to live close to her, but even if I didn’t, I’d still be choosing her for my cake pop needs!  See those cute waffle cone  and cupcake pops?!!  Yum! Jessica (Vita Dolce Chocolates) sent a variety of yummy artisan chocolates, including truffles, heart shaped chocolates and ice cream cone chocolate suckers.  I displayed them in ice cream glasses filled with pink & red M&Ms, topped off with a red glittered heart shaped cherry and striped straw!

My dining table was overflowing with Valentine’s goodies too.  Glittered heart topiaries and apothecary jars filled with colorful candies served as centerpieces.  Each place setting included an adorable heart cut out placemat, cute Anders Ruff printable wrapped napkins, ramekins filled with cute candy bars with fun AR Valentine wrappers, a raspberry milkshake and gourmet cupcake.  Of course, each little sweetheart needed his/her own mailbox for storing sweet treats, take home favors & letters & cards too.  I dressed the mailboxes up with 2″ circle toppers and Hershey’s Kiss labels from the Sweet Valentine’s Day printable package.    (That’s the great thing about Anders Ruff’s printables, there are endless uses for the different designs included in each package!)  My quick & inexpensive DIY idea for dressing up the chair backs involved gluing red heart paper plates to leftover strips of coordinating fabric.  It added a fun pop of color to each seat.

It was obvious the kids enjoyed themselves.  Smiles were big and laughs were loud! 

They ate….and ate.

They decorated Valentine’s Day cards, made cootie catchers (yes, even the boys…who loved them!), colored their activity placemats & played games (from Anders Ruff’s printable Valentine’s package).

I may have to throw my kids and their friends myself a Valentine’s Day party every year!


Event Styling:  Jen Carver, Banner Events

Printable Graphic Designs:  Anders Ruff Custom Designs

Invitation here:

Party printables here

Photography:  Karina Rigtrup, A Fresh Take Photography

Custom sewing (custom awning & shirts):  Vivian Kerr, Kerr Kreations

Party goods/decor (striped straws, cupcake liners, plastic ice cream bowls, Divine twine, berry baskets):  Hey Yo Yo

Custom Fondant (3-D Cake topper & cupcake toppers):  Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Cake Pops:  Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops

Custom Cookies:  Cookies Are My Canvas

Gourmet Artisan Chocolates:  Vita Dolce Chocolates


Target:  Valentine mailboxes, napkins, plates, Valentine stickers/cards/envelopes

Michaels:  Glitter heart topiaries, glitter heart ornaments, glitter heart wreath

Pier 1:  tasting spoons (for brownie bites), ramekins


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!


Peace, Love & Flowers – A Very Special 15th Birthday Party!

February 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Birthday Parties, Girl Parties, Parties

Happy 15th Birthday Julie! Peace, Love & Flowers…
Paula Rosenthal, Dessert Stylist extraordinaire and owner of Just a Bite Desserts, recently planned for her daughter Julie a 15th birthday party to remember. Julie’s nickname is “Sunshine” and Paula and her husband Howard created for Julie and her friends a B.F.F. Photo Shoot Party with the theme of Peace, Love & Flowers.

The location for the party was a no brainer! Julie’s father Howard is a professional photographer who specializes in B.F.F. Photo Shoots (check out his website). Julie asked each of her friends to bring three outfits: pajamas, camp shirts (they know each other from summer camp) and jeans with a dressy top. The girls were models for a night and had a blast in the studio dancing to music and posing with props. After the shoot, the girls were treated to dinner, a movie and a sleepover with a special dessert party.

Take #1: The girls in their PJ’s

Take #2: Dressy

Paula’s peace signs, hearts and flowers themed dessert table drew inspiration from a blog post by Pamela Smerker of Party Starters. We created for Paula some custom printables for the table (the food tents, labels and the birthday banner) which kept everyone feeling groovy! Take a peek:

Paula made for Julie a four layer dark chocolate fondant cake

Doughnuts courtesy of Dough A Deer

Paula’s iced sugar cookies

Chocolate covered oreos (Paula, will you please make some more for me?)

Paula’s special cake pops

The flower pinata

Each girl brought home her candy from the pinata in these cute keepsake hearts

Julie, Paula & Howard, thank you for sharing with us this extemely unique and fun idea for a birthday party. It certainly had all of the girls jumping for joy!

“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)