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Today, I noticed pink and red “mailboxes” around my office. Baskets of store bought Valentines sit next to the boxes and signs encourage employees to send kind words to friends and co-workers. The little cards brought back memories of elementary school and annual Valentine’s day celebrations that featured card swaps, glittery crafts and too much candy. I immediately became nostalgic for those simpler days and the tiny, charming cards.

It seems like I’m not the only one that longs for a sweet Valentine’s Day card. Papyrus, Paper Source and other websites offer an array of Valentines that range from sweet to bordering on vulgar.

However, I was most impressed with the amazing selection of well crafted cards on Etsy. I love Sparrow Nest Script‘s eco-friendly greeting cards and their witty words of love. Kitschy Hippo‘s “California Love” card has a retro, vintagy feel that I love and Steel Petal Press‘ graphic heart card offers a true alternative to classic, sugary sweet Valentines.

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

So overall I feel like I can safely call my holiday cocktail party a success! After weeks of fretting and prepping, everything came together beautifully and a wonderful time was had by all. A few lessons were learned along the way that I would like to share with anyone who is planning to throw a holiday party this year or in the future.

1. Everyone will drink the signature cocktails before the wine and beer. So make sure you have enough mixers/ingredients on hand (a lesson I learned the hard way).

2. You can never have too much toilet paper or too many trash bags.

3. Its nearly impossible to find a cab company that will take reservations between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am on Saturdays.

4. Despite what some of my guests might have said at the start of the evening, people really do like party games.

5. The holiday channels on Pandora really can’t be beat.

Happy Holidays!!!

I highly recommend Mind Games: A Box of Psychological Play for your next party 🙂

My friend Katie made amazing champagne cupcakes and red velvet cakes balls.