Let’s just be honest, when you’re a kid and there’s a giant wrapped gift sitting in front of you with a card on top, the last thing you’re looking at is the card. (I mean, thanks for the “happy birthday” Mom, but I just really want the baby doll.) Now, with Hallmark Card Presenters for Kids, they’ll be reaching for the card first. Featuring cute animals, cool textures and creative details, these presenters make greeting cards exciting for kids. And they’re especially perfect for making a sweet statement this Valentine’s Day.
The best part? Kids can hold onto their cute character long after Valentine’s Day ends. They’re perfect for storing small treasures. It’s a gift within a gift!
From toddler to teen, discover inspirational style ideas from nurseries and kids’ rooms your little one will love.
Welcome to our newest D-Happ series, Tuesday Huesday. Each week, we’ll share a new color combination inspired by a photo we love, whether it’s an amazing designer space, the label on a vintage jar or a confetti-inspired party backdrop.
Since we’re a mere two days away from Valentine’s Day, today’s bedroom color palette is all about hot pink. It’s a classic color, but it feels modern when paired with warm gray, dusty pink and bright turquoise. The white, black and navy accents keep it from being 100-percent girly. (It’s a mere 90-percent girly.)
Bedroom/Real Living Magazine :: Confetti + Flowers/HGTV.com
So, what do you think? Will you add a fuchsia bedroom to your Valentine’s Day wish list alongside flowers and chocolate?
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Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every store is covered in pink and red; candy companies are churning out their holiday favorites; teddy bears are being sold in abundance. No matter your romantic status (happily single, not-so-happily single, in love, crushing, bitter over a breakup, etc.), we have the perfect Love Day cocktail for you. I mean, nothing will soothe your tears this Valentine’s Day like a “Bleeding Heart” cocktail, amiright?
3 tablespoons pomegranate vodka (or raspberry)
Polar Pomegranate Seltzer (or Cherry)
2 tablespoons frozen cranberry juice concentrate
Combine the vodka and cranberry concentrate in the bottom of a glass. Add fresh cranberries, then add Polar Seltzer and watch it bleed before drinking with abandon.
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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
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’ve got love on the brain, big time. (Planning a wedding will do that to you, I guess?) If you’ve also got love on the brain and some mason jars on your hands, put the two together! A handmade craft is a perfect way to show that special someone you care. Check out this mason jar craft roundup and pick a project to surprise your honey. Bonus: If you’ve got little cherubs who like to get creative, most of these ideas are so easy that they can pitch in, too.
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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!”
Have any big plans this weekend? With the day of love right around the corner, I’ll be hanging out with my little lovebug Lulu, making Valentines for her classmates.
This year we are skipping the candy and making these sweet homemade play dough Valentines. I love this project because it’s a no-cook play dough recipe, so little kids can help out.
What about you? Do you go the homemade route for Valentine’s Day, or do you hit up the store for love letters from your favorite cartoon characters?
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.
Have you heard that Knoxville, Tenn. has been named the Most Romantic City in the US by Amazon.com? That may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but as the hometown of Design Happens and HGTV, it’s really only appropriate.
Since the majority of D-Happ’s bloggers live in Knoxville, how could we not be inspired by our surroundings? Just look at how we roll.
3 Ways We Show Our Passionate Side
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
I thought I’d give you a little break from our Valentine-inspired posts (we admit that we enjoy the holiday a bit much at HGTV.com) and focus on lighting — “jar lighting” to be exact.
This 5-jar chandelier casts a soft glow when filled with vintage-style bulbs. Hung above tables, counters or in hallways, its lighthearted charm warms up any space.
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And now, back to our regularly-scheduled Valentine programming.
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:
Can you guess which table belongs in this dining room?
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will receive an issue of this month’s HGTV magazine and four glitter champagne flutes made by yours truly — and just in time for Valentine’s Day! You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.
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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!
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!
At last week’s Alt Design Summit in Salt Lake City, I had the pleasure of meeting Aimée and Bettijo of Paging Supermom!. Not only did I leave Utah with a couple of new friends (hi, ladies!), I also left with a hilarious Valentine idea that the two had shared. This whoopee cushion Valentine is just — well, kind of amazing.
Now — as Bettijo and I discussed at dinner one evening — would this be a nightmare for teachers of students who gave these to their friends? Maybe? Probably? Well, let’s not focus on that right now (details, details) and just embrace this Valentine for what it is — adorably funny!
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’m sure most of you are planning something special for your sweetheart. Why not start off (or end) the evening with a fruit-infused cocktail that’s easy to make, beautiful and delicious? Go ahead and start practicing for the big day. Why not? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…
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We on the color team debated vigorously about the worthiness of a traditional Valentine’s Day color for February’s Color of the Month. Some of us wanted to throw all of our eggs in Cupid’s basket, but others were feeling an egg of a different type…
I’m sure you’ve probably heard through the grapevine that a certain holiday is quickly approaching. Oh yes, my friends, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Cynic or lover, we have plenty of ideas that will warm your beating heart. (Too cheesy?)
Get crafty with one of our easy handmade projects:
DIY String Art Heart
More Valentine’s Day Ideas
It’s nice to go out on Valentine’s Day, but it can also be a huge hassle. The crowds and the limited and overpriced menu just don’t do it for me. But — no worries — you can DIY your way to a 5-star restaurant feel in your very own home.
To bring some sparkle to your tablescape, pour your drinks in these glitter champagne flutes. They are so easy to make that I couldn’t stop making them. Seriously, I have about 12 of these sitting at my house right now (Party at my place?).
And don’t stop at Valentine’s Day — these would make great party favors, bridesmaids gifts and housewarming gifts. Give it a try; you can finish this project before you go through an episode of Downton Abbey.
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