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Way back in December a friend, Joy, and I asked if we could do
We are a small group, and we kept things simple, but elegant. The pictures just don’t do it justice. Our color scheme was black, gold, pinks, and red. Believe it or not, we only spent around $25 for all the decorations. The gold cups, pink napkins, and the Galentine’s banner (which I forgot to take a picture of) are from Target and were a steal! They made the perfect addition to our Galentine’s. I’m kicking myself for not getting a pretty picture of the chalkboard with the Galentine’s Day banner on it. It was so cute!
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Decorations were so simple but turned out really pretty. My daughter Emily took white butcher paper and hand-painted X’s and O’s with hearts on the table squares and runners using black and hot pink acrylic paint. She decided on using a simple pattern that was easy to replicate and made it look more uniform than scattering the design. We measured the length of each table and how much drop we wanted for the table runners and just cut one length of the paper. She painted the whole length and then we cut it down the center to make the runners. For the table squares, we cut those to size and she painted those individually.
What is not pictured, besides the banner on the chalkboard, are how we carried the same theme over to the end tables and the coffee tables where we have couches. I put pink doilies under the lamps and Emily made smaller squares to fit them. We also made flower arrangements for those tables. Our room that we meet in is neat. We have several bar height tables on one side and couches and comfy chairs on the other. It made for areas to sit and eat and hangout.
I decided to try a new craft out and use crepe paper streamers to make flowers. Real flowers can be very pricey and silk can cost just as much and when you’re working within a budget, you can get a big impact with very little expense by making paper flowers. They were so easy to make and cheap! The crepe paper was only $0.99 each color and I bought a bag of tiny dowel rods that I painted dark green for only $2.99. There are tons of videos and DIY’s on how to make them. Emily even overheard someone say they thought they were real until they touched them! I really loved how they turned out!
Everyone brought chocolate goodies and Emily made her famous Dirt Cake Cupcakes (without the worms) and they were to die for! We only came home with 5 cupcakes! Just so you know, they have chocolate Oreos baked in the bottom of the cupcakes. Not to mention all the yummy stuff to dip in the fountain. It was chocolate overload! We even had a devotional lesson on Risky Acts of Love about Mary of Bethany.
Chocolate fountains are just amazing! It makes me want strawberries with chocolate right now. There was even hot chocolate and coffee. I was on sugar high by the time we were done. Worth it though! Keurigs make a coffee/hot chocolate bar so easy. Looks like the marshmallows are hiding!
Don’t forget to check what decorations may be lurking around your church, or what you or someone may have on hand. We found the wood slices for the centerpieces in our church’s tablecloth/decoration room. They added the perfect touch and grounded the centerpieces. The vases are also from our church, as are the hearts on the walls and all of the glass trays.
I would have loved to have done even more with this, but it was a really rough couple of weeks prior to this event. My husband’s father went into the hospital and then unexpectedly passed away. So you can imagine how busy and precious time was with family. But, I will say, afterwards this was a great project to help me focus on something joyful. Valentine’s is all about love and we loved doing this for the wonderful ladies at our church. I think we should make Galentine’s a yearly event! Send me links to your Galentine’s/Valentine’s event. I’d love to see them!