How to Host a Modern Galentine's Day Party for your Girlfriends

Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating the special women in your life. It’s a time to get your girlfriends together and show them how special they are to you. Ariel of The Hostess Helper joins me again with her very special Modern Galentine’s Day Party. She has great tips to share so you can host a Galentine’s Day party of your own - one that’s fun and features an informal tablescape.

Modern Galentine’s Day Party Gift Box Ideas for your girlfriends - including a makeup bag, chocolate covered pretzels, mini cupcakes and more. See all the details to plan your own Galentine’s Day Party on Giggle Hearts

12 Tips for Hosting Your Own Modern Galentine’s Day Party

• Use different size vases filled with roses, carnations and ranunculus in shades of pink and red. The flowers featured here are from Farm Girl Flowers and they can ship their pretty blooms to you.


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• Display candles in assorted sizes and colors to match your party.

• Kate Spade inspired decor with black and white stripes brings in the modern vibe.

• Place printable signs into frames for extra fun decor details on the table. These signs were from Sweet Rain Designs and read “all you need is love and a cupcake” and “she has a way with words, red lipstick, and making an entrance”.


• Continue with the black and white decor with your serving platters and a cute x’s and o’s table runner - both from Pier 1.


• For food - keep it simple and order take-out for the main portion and then you can focus on making the desserts extra special.


• Create a treat board with chocolate covered pretzels from Whole Foods Market, black & white and red velvet cupcakes from Sprinkles, long stem strawberries, Maggie Louise Confections’ lipstick shaped chocolates, Hershey Kisses, and M&Ms. There were even custom macarons from The Sweet Smith that matched the theme.


• Using elements that relate to each other will pull the entire party theme together - for instance the Kate Spade quote about lipstick and the Maggie Louise Confections’ chocolate lipsticks. Ariel likes to focus on the small details to make the party feel personalized. And, I absolutely agree - those little details are always noticed by party guests and make it so much more special for them.

• Create special gift boxes for your girlfriends to take home with them. Ariel packaged up the goodies inside makeup bags from Sweet Water Decor and tucked inside there were socks from Target, Customized Valentine’s Day chocolate covered pretzels from Fatty Sundays, and Baked By Melissa 6 pack of cupcakes.

PS: For purchases from Sweet Water Decor, if you use code “hostess_helper” at checkout, you will receive 25% off your order.

• Ariel wrapped the cover of the cupcake box in black and white wrapping paper and filled the inside of each gift box with pink tissue paper and my very own Festive Fetti confetti.


• Have your guests enjoy their party sweets on Meri Meri pink and gold heart shaped plates.

• Serve drinks in Kate Spade NY gold striped glasses.


Ariel’s best advice for anyone hosting a Galentine’s day party is to have fun with it. I love that she says “it’s okay to get messy with your tablescape design”


What’s your favorite decor detail from this Galentine’s Day Party? I’d love to know what you ❤️ the most from this modern party table in the comments.

PS: Thank you to Ariel of the Hostess Helper for joining me on my party blog.

An Arts and Crafts Giggly Girls Valentine's Day Party

When I received this amazing kids party and it was called "Giggly Girls Valentine's Day Party", photographed by Connie Meinhardt Photography, I certainly couldn't say no. It's the BEST WAY to kick off the all new Giggle Hearts which is now the A to Z Guide to colorful celebrations.

Even though it's a few days after Valentine's Day, we can continue to celebrate it all week long. And, of course, we can actually celebrate love and color all year long.

Are you ready for the cutest Valentine's Day Party {designed by This Doctor Designs} for girls that's filled with lots of great arts and crafts?

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Before we get into the entire party - I just wanted to share something with you. For the parties I will be featuring on the blog - each will include the ABC's of that particular party. There will be ACTIVITIES {fun ways to engage the guests}, BUSINESSES {the amazing and talented professionals + shops that have helped make this event a huge success}, and then COLOR {the color palette for the party}.

1. Love Monsters — 
supplies needed for this craft include googly eyes, yarn, pipe cleaners for antennas
2. Dance Party
3. Musical Hats

This amazing Valentine's Day party was put together by Danika, an ER doctor and a mother of 3 who loves to design. She gathered together a group of girls and their moms for a fun time of arts and crafts. She never allowed any bit of boredom to set in for anyone.

red, melon orange, and purple

BUSINESSES that were a part of this Valentine's Day Girl Party included:
Connie Meinhardt Photography, crafting supplies by Hobby Lobby

And, lastly - if you're thinking about making cute little Love Monsters at your next party - you might like these clip art monsters to add a little fun to your signage, gift tags, etc.

5 Animal Themed Printable Valentine's Day Cards

Yesterday we had yet another snow day so I helped my daughter finish her class Valentines {she wanted to use the donut Valentine cards I designed}. Unfortunately, Target was out of the donut erasers to package with them, so we went with the Yummy Organics Gummy Bears instead.

If you might still be looking for some cute Valentine's for your kids to send to their classmates, friends and relatives . . here's a little round-up of 5 printable Valentines that are adorable and animal themed. Some are free and some are available as instant downloads for a small fee.

#1: Smitten Kitten Classroom Valentines Cards {$5} from Amy's Party Ideas / Lulu Cole shop

#2: Valentine's Day Printable Animal Card {bunny, bear and a cute creature}

#3: Printable Kids Animal Pals Valentine's Day Cards from Lia Griffith

#4: Dino-Mite Valentines Card from Confetti Sunshine

#5: Owl Valentines Free Printable from Lisa Storms

Free iPhone Wallpaper to Download for Valentine's Day

The Valentine "Love" Issue of Bird's Party Magazine comes out today and if you happen to see my ad for Giggle Hearts in it, you will see bright colorful candy hearts in the background. PS: Bird's Party is your place for party printables that are all under $20}. I decided to take my photo I used in the ad and turn it into a wallpaper for you to download and use with your iPhone 5 or 6. I'm sure the graphics would also work with other mobile devices as well, they might just need to be re-sized a bit. I had so much fun creating this wallpaper - I might just create a new one each month.

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Mini Paper Doily Cones for Valentine's Day

Anything in miniature form gets me every time. And, these super cute mini doily cones are definitely one of them. They are super easy to make and I used the paper doilies that are 3 1/2" in diameter and simply adhered them together with clear gift wrap tape after forming the cone shape.

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I filled them with Gimbal's Cinnamon Lovers heart shaped chewy candy but you can easily use any candy you like or maybe even paper heart confetti from my shop. See the end of this post for the quick and easy 4 step process to creating your cute little doily cones. Wouldn't these candy filled cones look adorable placed in the center of each plate with their contents spilling out, ready to be snatched up? PS: for those that might be wondering Gimbal's Cinnamon Lovers candy is made with real cinnamon oil and no high fructose corn syrup. They are also peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and egg free.

This fun Valentine's Day Confetti Mix from my shop would be super fun filled in the doily cones.

** While I received Gimbal's candies to create this post, all opinions and ideas are my own.

Cookies and Milk Valentine's Day Party Printables

It's time to start sharing some Valentine's Day goodies with you and I'm in LOVE with this sweet Valentine's Day printable set from Bird's Party where all items are available for instant download. This means you can purchase the entire set of printables for just $7.99 and immediately download, print and start designing your fun party right away. Oh, and guess what? From now until January 31st, 2015, you can receive 20% off with code 2015. This Valentine's Day printable kit would be super adorable to surprise your kids with or if you happen to be a homeroom mom - why not use the printables from here to make the Valentine's Day class party super fun this year?

This Sweet Valentine's Day Printable Party Kit includes the following templates:
* 5” x 7” Editable Party Invites
* Cupcake Toppers (2” Round tags)
* Heart-shaped cupcake toppers
* Square Favor Tags
* Editable Buffet Cards
* Mini Candy Bar Wrappers: 2 designs
* Scrapbook Papers: 2 designs
* Milk Bottle Favor Box
* Bottle Wrappers: 4 designs
* Mini Valentine's Cards: 4 designs
* Mini Envelopes for mini Valentine's card

Best-Baby Sites has officially arrived!

Happy Valentine's Day, and WELCOME to the official launch of Best-Baby Sites. For those of you that may not already know, we are the sister site to the {AMAZING} Best Wedding Sites, who celebrates their 11th year Anniversary today!

We are more than thrilled to be able to share the best baby ideas and inspirations with you on our daily blog and the weekly giveaways start tomorrow, so tune in each Wednesday morning for a brand new giveaway that you will be able to enter to win. If you are looking for the best vendors, our Baby Shopping Guide is where you can find everything you will need to make planning for your baby a piece of cake. We also invite you to shop our Baby Boutique and check back often as we are always adding new items.

You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where we are always looking for new ideas and inspirations to share with you - like this simple treat for even your littlest Valentine!

This raspberry banana puree from Weelicious is sure to bring a smile to your baby's face - and believe it or not, it's recipe is as simple as it's name. One peeled banana and a half-cup of rinsed raspberries blended together is all it takes to create this sweet treat! Please be sure to stop by Weelicious for more fast, easy & fresh recipes that are sure to delight your entire family!

Thanks so much for stopping by and supporting our launch - we look forward to providing you with the very Best Baby Sites + Inspirations!

Christine + Brenda