The Random Writings of Rachel: Best Valentine's Ever.

Best Valentine's Ever.

This past weekend was certainly the most festive Valentine's weekend of my life. On Friday night, we had a party with teenagers--the main activity was an assignment to make at least one card and decorate one cookie to give away to someone (and, afterwards, eat as many sweets as you want). On Saturday, with a group of pre-teens, we had a match-the-Biblical-couples game, "pass the parcel," and a game where the goal is to make your stony-faced friends laugh by coaxing them with the phrase, "If you love me, honey, please smile" (if they laugh, they are punished with a forfeit).

On Sunday afternoon, we collected some long-married couples for an edition of the "Newlywed Game," hosted by Angel and I. Many funny revelations occurred, including husbands who forgot how many ex-girlfriends they had (while their wives remembered), wives who confessed for the first time ever how many ex-boyfriends they had, and many a spouse who had no recollection of how they celebrated their first wedding anniversary. My own parents didn't win, but they didn't lose either, and they were the longest married couple playing the game, so we thought they did quite well at remembering things that happened a quarter-century ago.

Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the baking preparations (we did all snack-preparing on one day, and then brought rations of sweets to each party--efficiency at its best!) and of the Friday night party. The other celebrations you'll just have to imagine.

 Rice krispie treats are considered an exotic treat here, they disappear quickly!

 We have never ever before tried any candy or chocolate-making at home, but we bought some heart shaped molds and experimented with different additives (mostly crushed almonds) to create custom-made candies, and we were proud of ourselves!

 Maybe it's because they're a homeschooling family, maybe it's just because there are so many girls--either way, we didn't buy a single new supply for the card-making extravaganza--I just collected whatever craft supplies were in the house. We even had googly eyes and feathers, which made for some highly unique Valentine's cards!

 Giving away cards and cookies is a tiny, tiny thing--but this is my reason for doing it.



 Cookies were decorated with sprinkles, marshmallows, Skittles, and Mentos. We made a mess. Cookie decorating with teenagers is one of those activities that may require excessive clean-up...but it's oh-so-fun!


 We were really proud of the "romantic" atmosphere we set up for our snacks, the scattered rose petals and fake candles included! And the cake was red velvet--we went all out on the "Valentine's" theme.


To close it all off, I thought this was the perfect picture--my own Valentine, and his mischievous face.

It was the best Valentine's Day I could have imagined, and far more festive than last year's (which involved a U-Haul). :)

21 comments:

  1. I love the festive snacks! :] They're so cute! Almost none of my friends are married yet, so I've never seen anyone participate in The Newlywed Game, but it sounds like a lot of fun! :P

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  2. Looks like such a fun Valentine's Day!! I love sugar cookies!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  3. What fun! I love the game ideas too. I wonder how my husband and I would do with that.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. I love the Newlywed Game! It's so fun and funny!

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  5. That is one less cliche way to spend Valentines.. with lots of activities!

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  6. All of your goodies look so delicious! What a fun way to celebrate Valentines day, I love the idea of a couple game to celebrate the Valentines :)

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  7. Love this, looks like so much fun!! All of your snacks look yummy and what a fun idea to make cards!

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  8. That sounds like so much fun! I'm cracking up over here just thinking about those games...especially the smile ones - that used to be a favorite of my mom's!

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  9. haha Angel's face in that last photo, too perfect. That's so funny about the rice krispie treats! Why are they exotic there?

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  10. It looks like you had an absolutely wonderful valentine's day! I love the idea of hosting a little newlyweds game themed party!

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  11. it really does sound like an ideal valentine's day - i love the treats (those rice krispies look heavenly), the crafts, and the games. i'm thinking i need to plan a newlywed trivia night with some of my own friends- see what happens!

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  12. Looks like a great Valentine's weekend! Lots of good snacks and fun times sounds like a blast:)

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  13. It sounds like you guys had such a fun Valentine's Day! And so many yummy goodies!

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  14. It sounds like you guys had such a fun Valentine's Day! And so many yummy goodies!

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  15. Um, Angel's face in that last picture is hilarious. And creepy :) Looks like so much fun! I am super impressed by your chocolate!

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  16. That sounds like the most awesome Valentine's Day party ever! The Newlywed Game always brings good laughs :)

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  17. What a fun time! Those cookies sure do look yummy:)

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  18. what a super fun-filled valentine's weekend! i can always get behind a good cookie decorating party and loved that you incorporated making cookies and cards that were to be given away!

    well done on the newlywed game-how fun!

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  19. This looks like a delicious...and fun...party! Love the decor!

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  20. What a wonderful Valentine's Day! :) I love the little marshmallows! You did a really nice job with the chocolates, they're a lot easier to make than people think. It's a matter of finding good quality chocolate! :) Have a great one Rachel! -iva

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