Ruff Draft: Ex’s and Oh’s for Valentines Day (XOXO)

January 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Crafts, DIY, Ruff Draft

xoxo for Valentines Day

I don’t know about you guys, but I am loving Elle King’s son Ex’s and Oh’s and I think it couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day.  (especially for those with a good sense of humor).  To keep along with this whimsical theme, I wanted to create some Valentine’s Day XOXO Decor for my mantel.  I wanted to use rose gold, pinks and reds mixing with twine and burlap for a romantic rustic feel.  I am sharing with you today the XOXO burlap banner and XOXO twine wrapped letters that you can make with a few basic supplies.

supplies for valentines day xoxo decorSupplies needed:
XOXO wooded letters
Rose Gold Spray Paint
Mini sized clothes pins
Basic letter stencils
Gold Sharpie Marker
Duct Tape

XOXO Burlap Banner
XOXO marker stencil burlap bannerDirections:
1. Line back of burlap with rows of duct tape for stability (a quick backing solution which keeps burlap from fraying and makes the burlap more durable)
2. Cut triangles of size of your choice
3. Stencil XOXO on each triangle with a Gold Sharpie (or color of your choice)

Making a burlap banner for Valentine's Day**NOTE:  When coloring with marker, make sure to fill in between the burlap threads onto back of duct tape for full color

Creating marker stencils4. Once complete, string along twine with rose gold spray painted mini clothes pins

Valentine's Day xoxo burlap banner—————————————-

Next up:  XOXO Wooden Letters Wrapped in Twine

1. Spray paint the wooden letters with Rose Gold Spray Paint.  Allow dry time
Valentine's Day xoxo wooden letters

2. With hot glue, wrap twine around each letter. 
3. You can wrap in small sections to give interest and still allow the sparkly rose gold paint to shine through.

XOXO wooden letters for valentine's day4. Hang with clear cording from mantel or sit on display.

Rustic Valentines** NOTE: Add some fresh flowers in burlap wrapped bottles and tie with twine.  I used an old window, painted it red and sprayed rose gold paint over top then sanded to soften the look for added interest to my mantel.

Rustic Romantic Valentines Day Mantel Display
Don’t forget to check out our Valentine’s Day Party Printables for your next VDAY PARTY!

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 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:
– 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

40% off Valentine’s Printables Sale!

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Sale, Valentine's Day

valentine printable sale

If you are like us, we plan on knocking out classroom Valentine’s Day cards and treats this weekend and next.  Well, to thank you for being so SWEET (We heart you!), we wanted to do a 40% OFF 3 day sale on ALL of our Valentine’s Day printables! (Instant downloads!)

We have introduced several collections throughout the years:
I Heart Valentine’s Day
Sweet Valentine’s DayMr. & Miss Mustache Valentine’s Day
and our NEW Super Hero Valentine’s Day theme
Along with some other cuties (such as our popular “Love Bug” Label for teacher valentines, Chevron Fruit bag toppers and more!)

Here are a few favorite photos from those collections…

super hero lunch box printables

super hero smores

super hero valentines day dessert table


printable valentine labels

printable teacher valentines

mustache valentines day bag toppers



mustache valentine

sweet valentines day

ice cream valentines day

Valentine 2

valentines day party printable party

valentines day dessert table


Shop the SALE now and enter code: HEART40

Now through Sunday!


Super Hero Valentine’s Day Photography by Michelle Kujawski Photography


Super Hero Valentine’s Day Ideas!

super hero valentines day dessert table

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no… its Super Valentine’s Day!  To make Valentine’s Day even more “super” this year, we decided to create a Super hero themed Valentine’s Day Party and Printables! Our goal was to transform typical store bought Valentine’s Day candies, treats and desserts into adorable classroom Valentine’s ideas. (If you’re like me, you get sick of store bought / commercial stuff for the holidays, especially Valentine’s Day!)

Michelle Kujawski of Michelle Kujawski Photography came to snap some amazing photographs of the Superhero Valentine’s Day party setup.

A few of our NEW Printable Super Hero Valentines ideas were:
– The Printable Comic book style valentine’s day lunchbox favor boxes.
– Super S’mores Bag Toppers
– Conversation Heart Box Wraps (with “to” and “from” places on the sides!)
– Gum Pack wrappers (with “to” and “from” spots on the back! So cute! PS. You can get 5 packs for $1 at Dollar Tree! Get away with doing the whole class for under $10 including the printable wrappers!)

Read on for more fabulous super-hero-ness…

super hero cookie

super hero cake idea

super hero valentines

super hero cupcakes

super hero smores

super hero party

super hero valentine candy gram

super hero valentine cards

super hero valentine cookiessuper hero dessert table






super hero lunch box printables

super hero banner

super hero cape







The dessert table was a vintage antique red lacquer table that we decorated with metal, vintage looking boxes for height and display. Contrasting white cake stands were used to display all of the treats and Valentine’s Day cards. We designed a printable “Super Valentine” circle banner to look comic book style and hung it on the front of the table. We also designed heart pennants to hang across the widow above the table.

We hung a vintage Superman metal sign on the backdrop and filled the metal box on the floor with old Comic Books for the kids to look through.

The main “symbol” for the graphic Printable Valentine’s Day collection was the Heart Emblem, similar to a Superman emblem but with the heart in the center. Kid Kapers even designed a custom cape for our little Superhero!


“Super S’mores” were made using the printable Superhero Valentine’s Day S’mores Bag Topper along with cellophane bags from Nashville Wraps. We filled the bags with graham crackers, stackable marshmallows and mini chocolate bars from the Dollar Store. The backside of the bag topper had a spot to write “to” and “from” and was perfect for handing out to all our little Superhero’s friends.

Pack of Gum Wrappers: “I’ll get you out of this sticky situation, Valentine” gum wrappers were a hit! We wrapped up 5-piece packs of gum (found at any Dollar Store for cheap!) with our printable Superhero Valentine gum wrapper set, and the kids loved writing their to and from on the backs.

Conversation Heart Candy Boxes were wrapped with the boy and girl version of the printable wrapper and signed on the “to” and “from” side of the boxes.

Superhero Lunchbox Favor Box: Vintage Metal Superhero lunchboxes are so iconic from the old school days, so we recreated a printable version that would be perfect to put Valentine’s Day treats into and give out to classmates.

“You make my heart POP!” bags were labeled with the printable toppers and filled with either POPcorn or lolliPOPs.

Red favor boxes with clear windows (Nashville Wraps) in the front were filled with mini candy bars that had been embellished with our printable chocolate bar wrappers. We tied twine around the box and added the printable favor tag that said “We saved Valentine’s Day” and “Thanks for a super day!”

Mini and full sized chocolate bars were wrapped with the printable wrapper that said “YUM!” Hershey kisses were also labeled with the superhero themed printable 3/4″ party logos that said “Yum” as well as the heart emblem logo.


We bought a cake from Walmart for $12 and dressed it up for the Superhero Valentine’s Day Party. We put blue sixlets around the base of the cake to add a pop of color. We then wrapped a black and white pinstripe ribbon around the center of the cake and put the heart emblem printable in the center. Lastly, we topped the cake off with a printable cake topper set from our Valentine’s Day printable collection. It looked like the characters were flying above the cake — so cute! The Super Girl is saying “Let’s Save Valentine’s Day!” and the Super Boy is saying “That’s a super idea!” We also added in the little heart printable toppers.

Cupcakes were dressed up with the printable cupcake wrapper and we stuck a washi tape wrapped lollipop stick into the cupcake and added the 2″ party logo on top from the printable superhero Valentine’s Day collection. We had heart candies from the dollar store, so we added a trio of the hearts to the top of the cupcake to tie in with the trio of hearts shown throughout the printable collection.

Chocolate covered Oreos from Sweeties By Kim were stacked on the cake stand with the little lunch box favor boxes. To add in the superhero element, we added a party flag that said “YUM” coming out of the cookies.

Firefly Confections made the most amazing sugar cookies and recreated our graphic designs onto her cookies. “Super Valentine’s Day” heart cookies were a hit as well as the super emblem cookie and Superman cookie!

The kids washed down their treats with milk filled glass bottles embellished with the drink wrap. The striped straws from Cute Tape were topped with a party flag that said “POP.”

The kids got to sign Valentines Day Cards in the Superhero theme. There were three styles for boys and three styles for girls that were all inspired by vintage comic books.

So… Do you think your little super heros would approve?

Thanks to Michelle Kujawski Photography for her fabulous photos!



– Event Concept Design & Styling: Anders Ruff
– Photography: Michelle Kujawski Photography
– Printable Valentines & Graphic Decor: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
– Custom Super Hero Cape & Mask: Kid Kapers
– Super Hero Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections
– Chocolate Covered Polka Dot Oreos: Sweeties by Kim
– Paper Shred, Red Favor Boxes, Cello Bags: Nashville Wraps
– Twine: The Twinery
– Paper Straws: Cute Tape
– Candy: Candy Galaxy

Introducing Super Hero Valentine’s Day Printables

January 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Printable Packages, Valentine's Day


Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to design for!  Last year, our Mr & Mrs Mustache Valentine’s Day Collection and accessories were so much fun, and so this year we wanted to do something equally as original!  Super Heros are my boys’ favorite, and they never like the store-bought valentines (Spongebob, no thanks…. commercialized characters,… nope… ) Thank goodness!  This year, we decided to come up with a Super Hero themed printable collection and coordinating accessories. 

There are so many cute ways to create Valentines that both your kids like and you like, and that the friends will go crazy over!  We will be sharing more of our new Super Hero Valentine’s Day designs, but for today, just a few peeks at what we are offering in the shop… More to come soon, too!

We designed a boy and girl version of every design, so your little girls can have fun, too!  These are available in the shop for instant download upon purchase. Print as many as you need for your class, neighbors, friends, or parties!



We also came out with a printable Conversation Heart Box wrap!  These fit standard conversation heart candy boxes (We found ours 4 for $1 at Dollar Tree!) and dress it up WAY nicer than the standard box 😉  Your kiddo can write “to” on the side and “from” on the other side…. and there is your valentine candy gram!



Of course, girl versions, too!






Another peek – we designed boy and girl versions of the Valentine’s Day printable gum pack wrappers (The set comes with boy and girl versions!)!  These are so cute and easy to do!  Your child can write their to and from on the page after you print and trim, and then just wrap around a 5-stick pack of gum (Again, 4 pack for $1 at Dollar Tree!)…. So precious and such a huge hit with the kids.   super-hero-valentines-day-gum-pack-wrappers




Keep an eye out for even more photos of the designs we are coming out with for the Super Hero Valentine’s Day collection line of printables….

Find them in the shop here.

Ruff Draft: Tee-Rific, Wheelie-Cool Valentine Ideas (Great for Boys!)

February 6, 2013 by  
Filed under DIY, Ruff Draft, Valentine's Day

I am so excited to introduce a fabulous new contributor to our site!  Lydia, of The Party Wagon, is here today to share some adorable valentines card ideas today on the Ruff Draft.

We know there is a need for super cool valentine’s cards for boys that don’t include all pink and hearts!  Lydia approached us with these 3 fun Valentine Card ideas and we happily designed them for her to style and have photograph.

Lydia is here today to share these ideas with you…. Thanks so much, Lydia!


In Lydia’s Words…
“When it comes time for the annual Valentine’s Day card exchange at your child’s school, tee up the creativity with these fun ideas for sharing the love! These ideas were created with my son in mind, but they work equally well for girls and boys!

My son loves golf, and he especially loves collecting as many tees as he can stuff into his golf bag! I knew he would love telling his friends how “Tee- rific” they were! Using golf tees and white gumballs, here is an easy idea that is sure to be a winner!

They make perfect little packages when put in cellophane bags…add a little bit of paper “grass” and put a colorful tee and a white gumball in the bag.  (If giving to younger children, opt for the smaller-sized gumballs~ they look just as cute!)  If you want the gumball to stay in place on the tee, add a dot of white icing.  I attached the Anders Ruff Tee-Rific Valentine card with an adorable mini clothes pin, but you can simply punch a hole in the card, add a ribbon, and tie to the top of the bag!

Another great idea to get their little motors running on Valentine’s Day…WHEELIE COOL CARS for WHEELIE  COOL FRIENDS!

I found packages of colorful cars at The Dollar Store and used them to create Valentine gifts~ the Wheelie Cool Vintage Car Anders Ruff Designs Valentine card ties it all together!

I love the vintage car on the Valentine card…the boys and the girls will love having something to zoooom… the parents will love not having extra candy!

You can easily attach a car to the bottom of the card (using a Glue Dot or clear tape).  Or, you can package it in a clear bag.  I found bags with red and white stripes at Party City!

And, here is little idea dreamed up by my son~ I am pretty sure he is going to be quite the charmer!  He requested that he give SLIME to his friends for Valentine’s Day!  Charming, right?  Well, we had a good time making slime and trying out recipes.  You can also buy pre-made slime to give to friends if you like.  The key to pulling-off giving slime for Valentine’s Day is presentation, presentation, presentation.  I was thrilled to have a cute (and still very boyish) tag designed by Anders Ruff Designs to help us make it work!  Instead of, “I’m Yours” these tags read, “Slime Yours!”

We put slime in dome containers from Shop Sweet Lulu.  I tied the tags to a lollipop stick using ribbon and attached the stick to the container with tape.  You can use Washi Tape to make it more decorative.  The tags also contain the ingredients needed for making your own slime.

So there you have it… three easy, fun ideas for a Valentine’s Day card exchange!  I hope your little Sweethearts’ Valentine’s Day is a tee-rific, wheelie-cool (and a little bit slimy) day!”

Thanks so much for sharing these today, Lydia!

Find the Tee-rific Golf Valentine Printable, Wheelie Cool Car Valentine Printable and Smile Yours Valentines in our shop.  You can find many other printable valentines in our shop here.


– Printable Valentine Cards: Anders Ruff (Available here)
– Photography: ZoomWorks Studio
– Concept & Styling: The Party Wagon
– Blue Striped Paper Loaf Pans & Dome Containers: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Gumballs & Favor Bags: Party City

“Let’s Stick Together, Valentine” – Printable Gum Wrappers!

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Valentine's Day

As you know from our blog posts lately, we are definitely in the Valentine’s Day card and gift mode right now.  Our new Mr & Miss Mustache Valentine’s Day Collection.  It is our full printable collection full of party and decorating designs.  It has been so popular and we just keep coming out with more accessories to coordinate!  The best part – the collection comes with both colorways of each design! (Pink/red/white/black AND blue/red/white/black)!  Boys and girls LOVE mustaches these days!

I have a whole list of poems and sayings that I have been wanting to create valentines for, and these gum wrapper printable valentines definitely topped the list so I knew I had to create one to coordinate with the Mr and Miss Mustache collection!

valentines day candy grams

So….. Don’t get yourself into a “sticky” situation with last minute Valentine planning!  We have the perfect valentine candy chewing gum-gram for you!

classroom valentines poems
The best part!  I went to my local Dollar Tree and bought 5 sets of Big Red gum (They sell them in packs of 4 for $1! so I could get the whole class accomplished for $5) and then got printing and wrapping.  Be careful because a lot of stores only sell the “Orbitz” type larger packs of gum, so I’d definitely head to the Dollar Store for the best value.

Yes, yes, I know kids can’t have gum in school but that is what makes it such a treat – an excuse to get gum at school, since it is Valentine’s Day.

These are so easy to do!

1. Download your gum wrapper printable (Available as an instant download in the shop here.)
2. Print on photopaper or cardstock (or even copy paper if you don’t have either).  Be sure to print at 100% scale and don’t “scale to fit page”
We use an inkjet with photo paper for that gorgeous saturated color.
3. Trim along crop lines/edges with a paper trimmer or scissors
4. Have your child fill out the “to” and “from” section on the back
5. Fold or score on each set of red lines that are on the stripey border.
6. Wrap around the pack of gum (these fit standard packs with 5 pieces) and seal shut with double stick tape.
7. Optional: You could also attach the pack of gum to a printed valentine card for even more cuteness.  (We have one that fits a pack of gum perfectly and says “Keep the gum out of your “stache””.  Those are available in our shop here.)

mustache valentines

PS. Like the symbolism with this one?  How many meanings does that have for “Let’s stick together” on the gum pack, do you think? I can count these:
– Stick as in stick of gum
– Stick as in Stick mustache and lips
– Stick as in Stick together like stick by each other’s side
– Stick as in Stick together like kiss
– Stick as in sticky gum!

I’m a nerd, I know.. but at least my Valentines are cool!

Find the printable gum wrappers in the shop here.  (The set comes with both the blue/red and pink/red sets!)

“My Heart Melts for You” Valentine’s Day S’mores Idea

January 21, 2013 by  
Filed under DIY, Printable Packages, Valentine's Day

smores kits printable labels

Who doesn’t LOVE Smores?  We have shown a few fun ways to do s’mores kits (Remember Emily Maynard’s daughter’s party we styled? Glamping S’mores) and we were excited to show a version for Valentine’s Day!

We designed a bag topper that says “You melt my heart, Valentine” to match both our Sweet Valentine’s Day Collection as well as our fresh new Mr and Miss Mustache Valentine’s Day Collection!

mustache valentine smores label


These are so simple and easy and the perfect little treat for Valentine’s Day parties or classroom valentines!


– Heart Marshmallows and Graham Crackers
We got the adorable heart marshmallows at the Dollar Tree!
– Chocolate Bars
(We got the fun sized bars $1 for a pack of 6 at Dollar Tree)
– Cellophane or Ziploc Bags
– Printable Bag Topper (Available to purchase and for instant download in out shop here.)

– Print your bag toppers and trim. Fold in half
– Fill your bags with the graham crackers, chocolate and heart marshmallows
– Fold the bag down and adhere shut with tape.
– Place the folding bag topper over the top of the bag and adhere shut with either a stapler or tape.
– The kids could sign their name on the backside if you wish!

You could even put a few cute mini chocolate bars with our printable chocolate bar wrappers on them inside the kit!

So, do you like this idea for your own Valentines (or your kids’ valentines!)?

Thanks to Vivian Kerr for the cute wording and suggestion!!

NEW Mustache Valentine’s Day Party & Cards Collection

mustache themed valentines and desserts

We are excited to introduce our Mr & Miss Mustache Valentine’s Day Party Printables Collection!

We took some of your feedback from our facebook poll and decided to create a collection that was perfect for both boys and girls. We all know the “mustache” trend is in full force right now – for both boys and girls!  Go into any toddler, tween or teeny bopper store and you’ll find a mustache or two on the clothes and decor.

Our new Printable Mustache Valentine’s Day Collection includes both the boy and girl colorways of the designs!  That means 2 of each design – one in a boy colorway (red/blue/white/black) and one in a girl colorway (red/pink/white/black).

Yesterday Adria and I put together a quick display of all of the fun designs in our Mustache Valentine’s Day party and card designs.  We had one night to prep the little set, but it was totally “doable” and inexpensive by pulling cake stands and props from lots of past shoots.  It was fun to use our props from past shoots to put together a little setup that anyone could do!  Read on for the details…. and more photos!

A few favorite details were:
– Printable “Mystery Valentine Message” Decoder and Envelope Pocket.  (The kids can decode the secret message by matching up the mustache style with the letters!)  Fold and insert into the printable mystery message envelope.  Include a pencil with a printable flag for an extra bonus!
– Chocolate bar wrappers that say “sweets for your candy “stache””
– “Do you fancy my moo-stache?” valentines cards (Funny!)
– “Keep the gum out of your mustache” Card with a space to include a pack of gum
– Bag toppers that say “You “must” enjoy some now, and “stache” some for later”…. fill with any yummy treat!

Read on for more cuteness!

secret message valentine

One of my favorite printable from the printable collection is the Mystery Valentine’s Day Message and Decoder (above).  We include a little cute printable envelope template (shown above) that you can print and use to carry the fun mystery message.  The kids can decode the message with their printable flag embellished pencil (pencils found at Target for $1!).  They can match up the mustache style with the letter to decode the message.  I have a feeling my boys’ friends will love this! (Also comes in the pink color way!)

printable valentines ring pop

How fun are these ring pops that we encased in the little clear container from Nashville Wraps?  We added a little 3/4″ party logo from the printable collection and some twine (from The Twinery) to make it all cute.  “You are one of a kind”… anyone would love to receive that valentine!

mustache banner

Above, we displayed some dressed up Sweethearts boxes with printed chevron red/white paper and added a printable 2″ party logo from the collection.  I love dressing up the most simple treats like this!  We also showed our printable bag toppers and our kisses labels (3/4″ party logos).

Our cupcakes were placed in cupcake wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture and we added a chocolate heart lollipop into the center of the cupcake with a printable party flag. (Cupcake + Chocolate lollipop = Super sweet treat!)  We also displayed red and white macarons on the top tier and added a little mustache printable silhouette on top to tie it all together.

valentines day favor tags

Black gable boxes from Nashville Wraps were embellished with Red/white chevron printed paper and we added the “Thanks for being sweet” favor hangtag.  This would be perfect for classroom parties, Valentine’s day parties at home or just a treat for a friend or neighbor.

I love the chocolate bar wrappers – They say “Sweets for your candy “stache”.  We tried to incorporate fun sayings using parts or the whole word “mustache”…. It was quite the challenge!  We also include the mini chocolate bar wrappers in the pink and blue colorways, as shown.

A fun Valentine idea is the “Do you fancy my “moo” stache” printable card with the little mustache silhouette on a stick.  The kids would probably have a ball playing with their mustaches! (and get a kick out of the card, too!)

mustache valentines day water bottle wraps

These “Wet your Whiskers” printable drink wraps are so cute on the glass bottles.  We also added little mustache silhouettes on the straws for an added detail to tie the party together.

Another one of my favorites – “Keep the gum out of your mustache” cards with a place for a stick of gum or pack of gum.  Don’t you love the gum wraps?

Adria put this pillow together for her girls for Valentine’s Day (and she is going to share the DIY on the Ruff draft tomorrow!)


We saw the same mustache phrase all over Pinterest, and had some requests for it, so we included it… but we typically like to use our own cute phrases…. This one was just too cute to not try and do our own version, though!  “I really mustache you a question – will you be my valentine?”  Also, you could add the little clear container with some kisses that rock the 3/4″ party logo printable.

valentines day favor boxes mustache tags

We loved using a shadow box frame as a vessel for red sixlets to set our favors on!

valentines day bag topper treat bags

“You must enjoy some now and stache some for later”… bag toppers!

How fun is the little mustache bunting banner?

valentines day dessert table

The mustache silhouettes were so easy to string together with white thread on the front of the table….

mustache valentines day bag toppers

Also available – a “You melt my heart” folding printable bag topper! (Perfect to include S’mores ingredients) (Thanks to Vivian Kerr for the fabulous wording idea!)

mustache props

valentines day mustache printables

Hopefully this year your kiddos will be excited about sending some fun and colorful Mustache Valentines!
We hope you enjoy!  Who knew mustaches could be so cute?!

Purchase the Printable Mr and Miss Mustache Collection, S’mores Bag Toppers and Gum Wrappers in the shop here.


Vendor Sources & Credits:
Printable Mustache Collection: Anders Ruff
Styling and Photography: Anders Ruff

Twine: The Twinery
Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture
Clear Containers, Gable Boxes and Cello Bags: Nashville Wraps
Striped Paper Straws and Glass Bottles: Shop My Little Love

PS. See everything that is included in the Full Collection (Boy AND girl sets included) (only $12.50 in the shop!)

Our SWEET SHOPPE Valentine’s Day Collection!

If you haven’t already heard, I just had my first post as an official Guest Contributor to Hostess Blog!  (The site that ignited my passion for parties!)  I wrote up the details and shared photos of our SWEET SHOPPE Valentine’s Day Party that we styled with our new printable collection.  This party was all about confection perfection!

The eye candy follows… and the cute kids!  We had the most precious models.  Morgan’s son, Ari (of Made by Morgan) and his little friend, Bella, were the best!


We hope you enjoyed!  You can purchase here.


With our fresh new printable collection being “sweet” themed, we immediately knew that we had to set up a mock parlor for the styled photo shoot.  I had been wanting to use a parlor awning for a long time.  Morgan (Made by Morgan) is our seamstress for many of of our shoots, and sewed up the perfect combo of pink stripes for the awning over the dessert table.

To give the table a parlor / boutique feel, we displayed all of our desserts on upside down hat boxes on top of red cake stands (remember these from our Christmas Cookie Exchange shoot?).  To make it even more appealing to the eyes, we lined the trim of each of the hat boxes with light pink rik rak to give the illusion of cupcake wrappers.

The focal point was the fabulous and whimsical over-sized cupcake cake (courtesy of Got What It Cakes), which is an exact replica of our graphics   The cupcake cake was placed on a tiered stack of the red hat boxes with the rik rak trim (which gave the illusion of a massive cake).  Parlor glassware (various sizes), and ice cream/waffle cones were used to hold sweets and kept with the sweet shoppe parlor feel.  We used floral Styrofoam inside the hat boxes as an anchor to stick the treats into.  The vessels were then filled with floral foam balls that are decorative and gave the feel of  a pool of sprinkles. Chocolate bars were wrapped in pink tissue (instead of being kept in their dark brown wrapper) and then adorned with our printable chocolate bar wrapper.  Our flat party labels adorned the fronts of the hat boxes with custom text to denote the sweet.  The front of the table rocked a “Sweet Love” banner in a scallop shape from the printable collection.

The children’s table was a vintage bistro table with heart backed parlor chairs that we refurbished (spray painted).  The parlor table was embellished with many printable graphics which included: printable coloring page placemats, cootie-catchers, soda pops with label and paper straw, cupcake sundaes with label and wooden spoon, and bowls of various chocolate (M&M’S, Hershey’s KISSES and mini candy bars).  The parlor table had a centerpiece of cupcakes and favors.  Mini cupcakes (Cupcrazed Cakery) were displayed along with the printable heart favor box in the center.

The children wrote out their valentines using the printables from the collection and colored their placemats.  They had a blast playing with the cootie catcher (a hit from last year’s “I Heart Valentine’s Day” collection).  An ice cream container favor box (Polka Dot Market) was dressed up with a tissue pom (Nashville Wraps), printable label and rik rak scallopy trim.  Again, we kept the major elements consistent throughout the entire party.

Fashion was a must and Made by Morgan rocked our vision by creating an over sized tie and seersucker pans for her son, Ari, and an adorable dress with over sized bow for Bella.  Bella wore a bracelet from Maggie Kate.

We wanted the desserts to still look like parlor treats while being seasonally appropriate.  What better way than to mock them up using other confections?!

Got What it Cakes made ice cream cake balls displayed in both ice cream cones and waffle bowls.  Cupcrazed Cakery created layered giant cupcake milkshakes in parlor glasses with fondant hearts and sprinkles. Chocolate heart shaped custom lollipops (Firefly Confections) with printable labels were stuck into red hat boxes along with cupcake pops in the shape of cupcakes from (Pop-a-razzi).  All of our treats were embellished with printable logos, labels and tags to dress them up and keep with the theme.

The cupcake cookies were custom designed to match our printable graphics perfectly (Firefly Confections). They were too pretty to just set on a plate so we displayed then sticking out of ice cream parlor glassware with a cotton candy or M&M base to keep them upright for the perfect viewing.

We created the illusion of double scoop mock ice cream cones by using cotton candy in waffle cones.  Fondant hearts finished off the top of the “ice cream” and ribbon with printable party logo on front of cone.

Regular candy bars were wrapped in pink tissue paper (Nashville Wraps), and then with our printable wrapper.  Rewrapping the chocolate bars in pink tissue helped keep the colors consistent instead of using the dark brown chocolate bar wrapper that comes standard.  The chocolate bars were lined up on table on either side of the cake (tip: we used meringue cookies behind each chocolate bar to prop them up for better angles)

On the bistro table, we layered M&M’S in a glass sundae bowl and topped it off with Hershey’s KISSES (labeled with circular labels at the bottom) and  Hershey’s mini chocolate bars (with printable candy bar wrappers).  Drink wraps were used to embellish vintage soda bottles (My Little Love) filled with red soda pop.  Red/white striped paper straws (My Little Love) were stuck into the red soda bottles and cupcake milkshakes with a printable flag embellishment and rik rak decor to hold the spoon beside the glass.

The children had a blast and were interested in every little detail of the party.  Our printable collection shown is available in our shop here.  The collection includes Valentine’s specific graphics as well as more general designs so that they could be used year round.  Stay tuned for the birthday “sweet shop” version of this sweet collection.


Credits and Sources:
– Production & Event Styling: Anders Ruff
– Printable Graphic Decor Collection: Anders Ruff
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Handmade Dress, Pants & Tie: Made by Morgan
– Bracelet: Maggie Kate
– Ice Cream Containers: Polka Dot Market
– Glass Beverage Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Red & White Paper Straws: My Little Love
– Label Material for Printables:
– Tissue Paper and Trims: Nashville Wraps
– Cake, Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops, Cruffles: Got What It Cakes
– Cupcake Sundaes & Mini Cupcakes: Cupcrazed Cakery
– Cupcake Cake Pops: Pop-a-razzi
– Sugar Cookies & Chocolate Heart Lollis: Firefly Confections
– Lollipops: Candy Warehouse

A Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Party!

Candy, cuteness, crafts and lots of  kisses from your kiddos – What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? Nicole from Southern Styled Event Design whole-HEART-edly agrees! She recently threw a Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Party for her girls and their friends using our Sweet Valentine’s Day Printable Collection.  From the yummy candy necklaces to our  adorable Activity Placemats, this celebration was definitely super sweet!

Thanks so much for sharing the sweetness, Nicole!

Party Credits:

Photos: Southern Styled Event Design

Tissue Paper Garland & Stripper Paper Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu

Photography: Moxie Photography
The Sweet Valentine’s Day Printables Collection  is available in the Anders Ruff Etsy Shop.


New SWEET Valentine’s Day Photo Card

valentines printable photo card valentine

By popular demand, we introduce our SWEET Valentine’s Day customized printable photo card.  Perfect for sending to family, friends or classmates!

(Isn’t the photo on the card precious!? Recognize it?  It was from our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” photo shoot last year…)

PS. Our SWEET Valentine’s Day printable collection photo shoot this year is coming out SO SOON!  It is still on sale in the shop for $10… get it while its still on sale.  When we start posting photos of the styled party, it will go back to regular price.