Thursday, February 12, 2009

Creating a Welcoming Home Thursday

The Valentine's Edition!

Creating a Welcoming Home is really about acts of love for others. Creating an environment that says that you care for those who enter your door. What better time of year to have some extra-special fun with this than around Valentine's Day?!!

Welcome your sweetie(s) home with a great big hug and kiss! Tell them that you missed them and are glad to see them!

Leave a "love note" for your hubby or kids to find on their pillow! Draw an "I heart U" on the steamy bathroom mirror. Pack lunches with a note on their napkin!

Set the table with touches of white, red, and pink. Use what you have, and add a few extra special touches for fun! You can sprinkle candy hearts like confetti on the table, tuck a pretty flower into everyone's napkin, light some tealight candles, or serve heart shaped food!

Cut sandwiches, toast, or pancakes into heart shapes with a cookie cutter. This could also work with cheese slices on crackers, and biscuits. Think creatively here! Top dessert with red sprinkles, or place some candy hearts on top of a scoop of ice cream -- Yum! Or how about chocolate dipped strawberries? They're simple, and always a special treat!!

Make your bedroom a cozy, romantic spot! Clean up the clutter and light a softly scented candle, or spray a squirt of your perfume over the sheets. Place a special framed photo on the bedside table. Fold back the covers and place a love note or gift on the bed! Play some soft music, and have a tray with a lovely snack set for 2!!

Do a chore for your kids or spouse, just because...

Invite another couple or 2 over for a special dinner! Ask everyone to dress in "Sunday best", and prepare a simple yet delicious meal!! Share stories about how you met or were proposed to! Tell your friends how much you LOVE their friendship! If you're not married, invite a few close friends over and do the same thing! Share wonderful stories about how you met each other, and how important and dear you are to each other! Praise God for dear friends!!

Put a bouquet of fresh flowers on your kitchen table! So cheery!!

Tell everyone in your family "I love you" at LEAST once a day, and keep this up for forever!


Have some fun creating LOVE-ly memories for your family this year!! :)

What is your favorite way to say a Valentine's I LOVE YOU?? Any special things you've done or will do this year?

Blessings,

Stacey

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20 comments:

The Southern Housewife said...

Awwww...what sweet ideas! I love it! I'm going to do them! I already bought some heart shaped pancake molds that I'll be using for tomorrow's breakfast! Yay!

Bonnie said...

Stacey, great ideas. You have such an encouraging blog. If you want to take a fun "test" to see how you express your love to your family check out my post today.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

You are my sister separated at birth. You know I love these special ideas. I just added a downloadable Vday tradition ideas thing today on my blog...some of those go perfect with this, and we can just print it out on cardstock. :)

Terri and Bob said...

Sweet ideas!

I have been married 31 years. So, I would add doing something that the husband usually does (walking the dog, getting in the morning paper, making coffee). Back rubs are always good, too!

Shannon said...

Loved the pics from Sweet Girl's b-day! She is precious and so was her outfit! :)

Love all of these V-day ideas!

Janice said...

I love celebrating V-day. I usually do a nice dinner with candle light but I'll be gone that night so I am preparing a fun breakfast and will have a fun gift on their plates. That is what my plans are.

Deck The HALLS of HOME with JOY! said...

It's all great! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Toes said...

Oh...I love to decorate our kitchen with hot red pancakes and little Valentine gifts waiting! My husband and I always go out...it's a fun day!
-sandy toe

Our Complete Family said...

Our house is looking forward to 'Love day', too!
Hope you guys have a great one!!!
Loved seeing the bday pics. She looks just darling in her speical bday outfit. Too cute!

Darlene said...

Inspiring! Thanks Stacie!!!

Heather said...

Those are great ideas! We are going to have a candle light dinner with the boys, so they know that it's a special day. Complete with apple juice in the wine glasses!

Les said...

something my hubby's mom always did was dray "I <3 U" with a knife in a new jar of peanut butter...so now i do the that whenever i buy new PB. it just takes a second and always makes him smile when he opens it later on...not just for valentines, but could be used then, too!

sweet momma luv u said...

Love all of the ideas and alot them I try to incorporate into our family time everyday. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day celebration.

I just did a post today on all of my Valentine's Decorations.
:)

hopelesslyromantic said...

Loved the ideas. Thanks for bieng open with your faith!

Julie @ Sweet Chaos said...

We take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese's on Valentine's, it's always empty & so much fun! Sometimes, we stay home & the kids and I fix a "fancy" dinner. My hubby always makes it special by putting away the leftovers himself! So sweet.

Sherri S said...

Great ideas! Some I have used before and not just at Valentines. This year my son is out of the house and my daughter has a bf that is taking her 'out'. So I am treating myself and going to an antique market to have a day doing something I LOVE! Hope you and yours feel all the LOVE!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

You are so right that creating a lovely environment is an act of love. Great thoughts!

Betsy said...

Oh...if only my hubby was going to be home...I did receive a really sweet box from him though.

Miss Sandy said...

Super sweet and thoughtful ideas. We have a lot of ways to say I Love You in our family from simple kindnesses to actual words. I hope your nest is doubly blessed with lots of love and happiness!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

sweet post and great inspiration!

blessings,
melissa