Also known as Fat Tuesday, today marks one of the biggest days of the year in New Orleans. However you celebrate today (Anybody out there find the baby figurine inside a King cake?!), here is some Mardi Gras inspiration for you.
If you love French design, this Parisian-style nook is the perfect setting to sit back and enjoy an éclair.
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In the mood for chocolate? Of course you are — it’s Valentine week! Eat (and drink!) your way through our most-decadent chocolate desserts and cocktails.
Chocolate Brownie Pudding
Hoppin’ Hot Scotch
Want to acknowledge someone on Valentine’s Day who you like but you’re not necessarily in love with? Erin from House of Earnest has a charming not-so-romantic idea for neighbors, coworkers, friends — “Bee Mine Valentines!”
Yes, yes — I get it, bugs are creepy. But love bugs? No way! Come on, there’s nothing scary about these little critters! Kelly Lanza from Studio DIY has offered up this kid-friendly Valentine idea that your little ones are certain to bug-out over.
What are you doing for your kids on Valentine’s Day? Tell me all that you have planned.
Are you sweet on someone? Feel like you’ve been shot by cupid’s arrow? Valentine’s Day puns aside, this hot chocolate, complete with an arrow-embellished straw and heart-shaped marshmallows, is a great way to show your Valentine that you care.
Make This Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate At Home
Mardi Gras is officially five days away, and people are already heading to party-central cities like New Orleans and Mobile, Ala. to celebrate Carnival in style. Fat Tuesday is all about filling up on rich foods before Ash Wednesday, and we’re going to help you out with that. Who doesn’t love a little (or a lot) of King Cake? Here’s a modern spin on that sweet treat with all the traditional Mardi Gras hues. They’re soft, creamy, colorful and delicious. And yes, you have to hide a baby inside; it’s tradition, of course!
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With just one week till V-Day, it’s time for some quick-and-easy printables to put the finishing touches on your celebrations. From valentines you can print then embellish, to lettered tags perfect for topping gifts or treats, we’ve got you covered.
These charming printable tags can be cut into any shape to top their favorite sweets:
If an old-school valentine is more your speed, print one of our cute valentines onto card stock then embellish them with self-adhesive rhinestones and ribbon:
If you don’t know how to knit, the process can seem mystifying — two sticks, a ball of yarn, some knots and presto! It’s a scarf. But really, learning to knit a simple scarf is super easy. In fact, the cute kid’s scarf in this video only requires learning two steps.
To fasten the scarf, you can buy a pin or make this sweet stuffed heart pin just in time for Valentine’s Day. Click here for the step-by-step on making your own heart pin. Even if knitting is still a challenge, the pin is great for crafters of all skill levels!
Don’t forget, you can find loads more adorable Valentine’s Day crafts and projects on HGTV.com. Happy crafting!
When a coworker showed me this card from The Nosuch Disco Shop on Etsy (thanks Michele), I just began to grin. You can’t help but smile at this fat pussy cat!
What makes the Valentine even cuter is where Etsy shop owner Dave got his inspiration for “Lord Fatsington.” Dave begins his tale: “Across the road from me lives the fattest cat I’ve ever seen! Initially I thought it was pregnant, but I soon learned he was male and just a big ‘un…” Keep reading the story (scroll to the bottom).
Aren’t big cats just the best? Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
We’re no strangers to pompom wreaths here at Design Happens. In December, furry balls were flying everywhere when Marianne was creating a wreath for a holiday Crafternoon episode (folks went wild for that project).
When Haeley from Design Improvised highlighted a Valentine wreath she made using pompoms that had adorned her Christmas tree — I knew our readers would love this craft, too. I like that these hues aren’t traditional Valentine colors (aside from the red), and yet they work beautifully — anyone notice Haeley’s use of a familiar design blog’s February Color of the Month?
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Valentine’s Day is just over a week away — don’t let the big day sneak up on you! You’ve been warned!