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Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

So life got in the way and somehow February 14th rolled around without a single thought on what you're going to do tonight....well, we've got you covered. Whether you're in a relationship, single, or with your girls, we've got a few last minute ideas on how you can still celebrate Valentine's Day.

Couples

  • Download a date night printable from Etsy or Pinterest (both have tons of great ideas)
  • Already took out dinner for tonight? Make it special by eating outside on a blanket or decorating your dining room table like you would for guests
  • Create a luxury movie night. Bring the table to your couch and add a black or red table cloth, paired with tons of comfy pillows, and a few popcorn containers and outdoor lights for decor. Then have dinner while watching a movie you've been dying to see.
  • Grab some Chinese takeout and a couple of Chinese New Year decorations from Party City, set up dinner around your coffee table and eat on the floor. 
  • Make your bedroom a hotel room with cute door hangers found on Pinterest, adding extra pillows, a mini bar basket (filled with drinks and snacks) placed on your night stand, an extra blanket on the edge of the bed, candles, and some chocolate pillow mints.

Single

  • Pour yourself a glass of wine and paint with your favorite music on in the background
  • Draw yourself a nice bath with candles and take time to read that book you've been dying to read
  • Order take out from your favorite restaurant and curl up on your couch with your favorite show on Netflix
  • Cook a meal you've been dying to eat from your recipes board on Pinterest (we know you have one!) Drink wine and listen to Parisian music while cooking

With the Girls

  • Do an old school slumber party with a big comforter in your living room, tons of pillows and every one dressed in their PJs. Serve ice cream sundaes and watch a Valentine's Day movie
  • Pick up some ready made dough at your grocery store along with tons of pizza toppings and throw a pizza night where everyone makes their own pizza (in the shape of a heart of course!)
  • Create a wine tasting night with printables from Pinterest, ready to go appetizers from your grocery store, and of course tons and tons of wine
  • Have everyone bring over old year books and photos and reminisce over some wine and valentine's day cookies

How are you celebrating tonight? Do you have plans? Winging it? Doing one of our ideas? We'd love to know, comment below!

 

15 Things to Do Out on the Town for your Birthday

15 Things to Do Out on the Town for your Birthday

So last week we created a list of things to do at home for your birthday, but this week it's time to see what cool things there are to do out on the town (and trust me none of them include clubbing or heavy drinking...it's just not my thing).

  1. The Zoo - So just going to the Zoo wouldn't be too special, but doing a behind the scenes tour definitely would! I did this for one of my previous birthdays and got to interact with koalas, deer, tortoise, antelope, giraffe, and wayy more that I can't remember the correct name for! We were able to go into their habitats, feed them, care for their cages, and learn so much. Check your local zoo or aquarium for similar tours.
  2. Outdoor Activities - There are so many activities in this category but here are some of my personal favorites and ones I've actually done and enjoyed: mountain biking, kayaking, white water rafting, parasailing, jet skiing, ATVing, ziplining, and hiking.
  3. Wine Tasting - If you happen to be lucky enough to be near a local winery, visit and do a tour and wine tasting. If there aren't any winery's near you check your local restaurants for wine tasting events and grab a couple of friends for some nice conversation and wine.
  4. Murder Mystery Train or Show - Told you I loved murder mysteries! Check out a local murder mystery show and dinner (we have a dinner train nearby that does one!) and have fun guessing the murderer with lots of laughs in between.
  5. Theme Park/Fair - Visit your nearest theme park and act like a kid again! Make sure to get cotton candy, elephant ears, and ride every ride even if you're scared. My favorite thing is skipping instead of walking, it instantly makes you feel like a kid again. We're very lucky to live close to Disney World so that's definitely a frequent weekend getaway destination and we've celebrated many birthday's there. You can always bring your ears to your local theme park and pretend!
  6. See a Show - Visit a local theater and watch a show. You can get significantly cheaper tickets a local theater venue and still see a great well known show. I love Broadway shows and seeing the different ways each theater interprets them.
  7. Water Park/Beach/Lake - Get out on the water! Sometime just relaxing at a beach or lake can be so perfect to refill your soul, especially on your birthday. If you're like us and get a bit antsy when relaxing for too long, visit a local water park. Again, being so close to Disney, this is another birthday activity (or just a weekend activity) we've done plenty of times. We love Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Seaworld's Aquatica.
  8. Picnic - Pack a picnic and head out to a local park. We have some great spots here with shady trees that are so relaxing. Something about sitting on the floor deeply connects me to nature and instantly makes me so happy.
  9. Camping/Glamping - Speaking of sitting on the floor, how about sleeping on it?! I've only gone camping once in my life, when I was really young, but it was such a fun memory I'll never forget. I know sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor isn't for every one, so check out this thing called glamping that's been all the rage (glamours camping). It may be a bit more costly but would definitely be a fun memory with the girls. Champagne, s'mores, and luxury tents? Yes, please.
  10. Spa Day - Go to the spa and book a full day of activities: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and bath soaks. Even just relaxing in their pool or sipping a drink in their lounge will be completely relaxing and a quiet way to celebrate your birthday.
  11. Brunch & Shopping - Yes...I think all of us have done this one! It's a oldie but a goodie. Go to your favorite brunch spot with the girls, go shopping afterwards while grabbing some coffee, stop for a lunch date after all the shopping, and then end the day getting all dressed up in your new clothes and make up for dinner at your favorite restaurant.
  12. Bowling - But not any bowling, upscale bowling. Yes, where there are less lanes, but wayyy better food, cool drinks, good music, and an awesome atmosphere. Just google Bowlmor Lanes or Splitsville to find their locations.
  13. Take a Class - Join a class on your birthday for a hobby you've always wanted to try. Maybe photography, ceramics, painting, dance, or acting?
  14. The Movies - Again, not any movie theater, but an upscale one that serves dinner while watching the movie and has amazingly large luxurious seats. Best thing about them is that they are typically 21 and over so it's awesome for some adult time and no teenagers yelling in the background. Our favorite is Cinebistro, but you can just google "upscale movie theatre" to find other ones near you.
  15. Scavenger Hunt/City Hunt - Every year our city hosts a major city scavenger hunt. While insanely cool and intriguing I haven't actually done it yet, but what I have done is a mall scavenger hunt. We paired up into teams and did the craziest things in order to get points (think Impractical Jokers). We had tons of fun and met up for lunch afterwards to share our crazy pictures and stories. You can find one by googling "Mall Scavenger Hunt". Another one I've wanted to try is an Amazing Race themed one and you can find tons of ideas and even preplanned ones for that on Pinterest. 

So that's the end of our list! What did you think? Any good ideas you'd love to try for an upcoming birthday? We'd love to know!

15 Things To Do At Home For Your Birthday

15 Things To Do At Home For Your Birthday

Every year I sit at my computer thinking of what to type into Google so that it generates a great list of things to do for my birthday. It always seems that I come across the same lists....filled with things I just simply wouldn't do.

Since my birthday is coming up in two months, I decided to compile a list of things I'd actually love to do and maybe, just maybe, a few of our readers would love to do too. I know, two months is still kind of far away, but it's never too early to start thinking of your birthday! 

Personally, I LOVE being home (kind of no surprise given my profession) and I LOVE being able to create a new feel and environment within my home. So I've broken down one potentially very long post into two medium posts, one for things to do at home (that's today's) and one for things to do out on the town for your birthday. Part two will be next week!

So...onto the list!

Things To Do At Home For Your Birthday

  • Throw a Murder Mystery Party - Love this one! I've not only hosted them, I've created my own...that's how much I love them. It's amazing what moving around a bit of furniture can do to create a new environment like a cruise ship or an old decrepit mansion. Just googling will result in tons of ideas, but I love Etsy (they are just so creative over there!). Looking for the ones I've created? Just check out Chasing Creatives on Etsy :)
  • Host a Themed Dinner Party - Think of your favorite country, movie, show, or era and BOOM instant inspiration. (I've definitely done an Italian, Under the Tuscan Sun one before!) 
  • Wine Tasting - Throw a wine tasting event at home. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest along with lots of chalkboard ideas for signs, printables for wine notes, and pairing ideas. Some great ideas are here, here, and here!
  • Staycation - Turn your bedroom into a hotel room with printables found on Pinterest. Add extra pillows, a throw, a mini bar (or basket), and open up the blinds all the way for the most light. Relax at home, pretend the kitchen is the hotel restaurant, and be served dinner or just do takeout but with a really nice table setting. 
  • Game Night - Host a game night with all of your friends and play only the games YOU love to play. Search for fun printables and recipes that work with your game night online. Some of my favorites are Quelf, Taboo, Guesstures, and Battle of the Sexes.
  • Backyard Picnic - Have an intimate backyard picnic with just a few friends and a few bottles of wine :) Some inspo here and here!
  • Spa Party - Throw an at home spa party with facial masks, manicures/pedicures, foot soaks, and hand scrubs. Your guests can make their own scrubs using different essential oils to take home as party favors. You can also switch on and off giving each other manicures. 
  • Backyard Movie Night - You know all those awesome pins on Pinterest? Try it out! Get a projector, a white sheet, and lots of fun comforters and pillows. Add cool popcorn containers, a candy bar and string lighting for a great atmosphere. No backyard? Just move your furniture around and create the same feel inside. 
  • Crafting/DIY Party - Find your favorite crafts that you've always wanted to try and throw a crafting party. Everyone has a station and creates their own craft. Add fun food that ties in with the theme. I've been dying to throw a dreamcatcher crafting party with fun cookies decorated like dreamcatchers and feathers. 
  • Baking Party & Recipe Swap - I love throwing baking parties. It's so fun to have everyone bring in their favorite recipe and create your own recipe book. Set up small stations where guests can decorate their own cookies, mini cakes, or create their own cookie with a cookie bar (use a base recipe and they get to add the add-ins like M&Ms, nuts, peanut butter, etc.). It's so fun to see how everyone creates their own unique cookie.
  • Pool Party - If you have a pool at home or even a community pool, throw a fun adult pool party. Include all the cool new floats you see on instagram (like the popsicle or the flamingo!) and serve fun summer drinks with little umbrellas and bright colored straws. Here are some great tips for planning the perfect pool party.
  • Tea Party - Host an afternoon tea with an assortment of teas, small sandwiches, petit fours, and biscotti. Have everyone dress up in their finest tea attire and put on some classical music. You can even have a place where guests can mix and make their own teas to take home.
  • Luau - Throw an upscale luau dinner party serving sushi, a seafood platter, and a large fruit platter. Create a gorgeous canopy above your table by adding bamboo sticks to regular garden pots and draping some tulle overhead. Here's a cute idea for an aloha table setting.
  • Brunch - Everyone loves brunch. Make sure to have a mimosa bar, a waffle bar, a coffee bar, and even a donut decorating station!
  • Shopping Party - Throw a clothing swap party at home. Have guests bring clothes, jewelry, shoes, and handbags that they are willing to part with (all very lightly used of course). Have lots of racks available (you can even have towel racks over the backs of doors or add coat rack hooks to your walls like the command ones that are removable). Have lots of empty tables labeled with cute signs in frames for jewelry, handbags, shoes, or accessories like scarves and sunglasses. Serve champagne and make sure that you model everything you try on!

    I totally love all of these ideas! I've done several of them in the past and I'm thinking of doing the shopping party this year or maybe creating another murder mystery party (I really am obsessed with them). What do you think? Do you have any favorites or new ideas to add? I'd love to hear them!

    Need more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest for great ideas on everything birthday!