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Making Valentine’s Day Special for Little Ones.

*Image above via Nella Pima. Swooning over their entire D. Porthault-esque collection of smocked pieces and pajamas!

I have always loved holidays — any excuse to get dressed up, decorate, run with a theme is up my alley — but I have dialed things up over the past year, with Emory at an age where she goes wild over the smallest of decorations and without much else to mark the passing of time given how little we can do outside the home. Below, sharing some thoughts on making this Valentine’s Day (just over a month away) special:

HEART SHAPED MINI WAFFLE IRON — MINI WENT WILD OVER THE HALLOWEEN ONE I BOUGHT

PRETTIEST HEART-SHAPED MELAMINE PLATES AND BOWLS (SHATTER-PROOF FOR LITTLE HANDS)

GLITTER MARKERS, VALENTINE STICKERS, AND A TRADITIONAL VALENTINE-MAKING KIT (WITH HEART DOILIES AND ALL)

MINI SENSORY KIT (I ACTUALLY ORDERED MINI THIS BALLERINA-THEMED ONE!)

I THINK I WILL HAVE MINI MAKE VALENTINES USING THE ABOVE ITEMS AND WILL ALSO TUCK THESE PRINTED/PERSONALIZED ONES FROM ERIN WALLACE DESIGNS INSIDE, TOO — I JUST ORDERED THIS BEE SET AND THINK I’LL PAIR WITH THESE LITTLE STAMPERS FOR HER TINY CLASSMATES

HEART GARLANDS OR BALLOONS

PRECIOUS TREAT BAGS TO DROP OFF VALENTINE’S TREATS, OR THESE LITTLE GIFT BAGS IF GIVING SMALL SURPRISES OR CANDIES

HEART TODDLER STRAW WATER BOTTLE

PLUS PLUS TUBE IN THE HEART DESIGN

THESE FOAM AIRPLANE GLIDERS WOULD BE SUCH A CUTE VALENTINE TREAT WITH A VALENTINE CARD LIKE THIS

HEART PLACEMATS

HEART STACKING CRAYONS — EMORY GOT THESE IN HER STOCKING AND LOVES THEM!

WOULD BE FUN TO FILL THE TUB WITH THESE DUCKIES…!

MINI OWNS AND LOVES THIS NECKLACE MAKING SET!

A ROUNDUP OF VALENTINE’S DAY BOOKS FOR LITTLES!

Valentine’s Day Pajamas for Little Ones.

I love marking the occasion with special pajamas…

CLASSIC ROLLER RABBIT HEARTS

$14 NIGHTGOWN

1212

$15 HEART SET FOR ITTY BITTIES

$10 FOOTIE PAIR — LOVE THE RED HEARTS!

NELLA PIMA’S HEARTS COLLECTION — REMINISCENT OF D. PORTHAULT

TRUCKS AND HEARTS FOR UNDER $20

XO PRINT FOR A LITTLE ONE

Valentine’s Day Outfits for Little Ones.

Of course, any excuse to get the littles dolled up…

MINI OWNS BOTH THIS RACHEL RILEY AND THIS LULLABY SET — NOT SURE WHICH SHE’LL WEAR FOR THE OCCASION YET, BUT BOTH ARE BEYOND

A CABLE KNIT COVERALL FOR A WEE MAN

I BOUGHT HILL THESE RED CORDUROY OVERALLS

FOR SOMETHING MORE CASUAL — THIS HEART-EMBELLISHED PAIR OF OVERALLS WITH A PINK STRIPED TEE OR HEART-PRINT TURTLENECK

THIS SCALLOPED COLLAR DRESS (UNDER $30!)

ADORABLE BUBBLE FROM DONDOLO (MATCHES MAMA)

HEART POCKET TEE FOR LAYERING UNDER THIS CUTE SWEATSHIRT

FOR BOYS, I LIKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS RED QUILTED PULLOVER OR THIS STRIPED ONE WITH JEANS

SCALLOPED OVERALLS (50% OFF!)

RED MARY JANES — THE SCALLOPING REMINDS ME OF DOILIES!

DARLING SUNDRESS FOR THOSE OF YOU IN WARMER CLIMATES

IF COLD/INCLEMENT…THESE HEART-PRINTED RUBBERIZED RAIN PANTS!

Valentine’s Day Treats for You…

And, a little pick-me-up for mama…

DYING OVER THESE EMBROIDERED NAPKINS

PERSONALIZED SWEETHEART SWEATER FROM LINGUA FRANCA

FUN EXAGGERATED COLLAR MINI (ON SUPER SALE FOR $61!)

FAIR ISLE HEART SWEATER

$30 CORDED HEART EARRINGS

ORDERED THIS HEART BLOUSE FOR MYSELF (ALSO COMES IN PINK)

CUTEST HEART JAMMIES

PRETTIEST PULLOVER IN PERFECT PINK

PERFECT ANYA HINDMARCH CLUTCH

THE PRETTIEST CANDLE — ALMOST DON’T CARE HOW IT SMELLS, WOULD JUST BE GORGEOUS ON A BOOKSHELF!

LOVE THESE HEART FRAMES…MIGHT HAVE TO TREAT MYSELF AND STOW A PICTURE OF MY BABIES IN IT

SO MANY OTHER ADORABLE HEART PRINTS FINDS HERE, INCLUDING THIS BOBBLE KNIT HEART SWEATER, ON SALE, AND THESE HEART EARRINGS

P.S. Cute Liberty London-esque finds.

P.P.S. My other heartbeat.

P.P.P.S. The heart is a lonely hunter

12 Comments

  1. Ugh it’s all too cute! I love Valentine’s Day, but mostly for the little ones. This week, I was talking with my co-teachers about how we will “do” VDay, and it dawned on us they are learning about Chinese New Year this month and the Venn diagram of the color red. When I got home, it dawned on me: the red string of fate. Are you familiar? I will let you google it, as it undoubtedly will be described much for accurately and succinctly! So, my thought was to have, maybe, a longggggggg red string hung all around the classroom until VDay, then we cut it into small lengths to tie around their friends’ wrists? Just something to share, to add to your already fabulous ideas.
    P.S. since John and I fell in love over the phone, I came across the red string mythology, and mailed him one in a card that said, “our string is getting shorter…”.
    He wore it to pick me up at the airport, when I came up to visit “for a weekend”… which turned into 10 years, and an engagement in October. <3

  2. Thank you so much for the letterpress recs! That was so kind of you to hunt. I used to have a girls-only Valentine’s Day party (long before GALentine’s Day was a thing) and this feels like carrying on the tradition. Plus my grandparents always appreciate cards 😉

  3. I wasn’t one for seasonal decorating but with little kids, I’ve changed, ha. And the house always looks so bare after taking down all the Christmas decorations, so what better excuse than Valentine’s Day?! Target also surprisingly had some cute Valentine’s Day crafts – I picked some up to make card sets to have my daughter make cards to send to family members.

    We have a set of the Books to Bed pajamas/book (in the Madeline print of course), and they are darling. Also, in case you’re interested, I made a whole set of clips for Valentine’s Day – couldn’t help it with all the pink and glitter!

    1. I know — I have changed so much as well! I love getting all kitted out for a special occasion. I even dye the cream cheese pink! It’s the little things…

      Yay for Valentine’s hair clips!!

      xx

  4. Thank you! I always love your recommendations and I’m right there with you on leaning in to celebrating. These celebrations and traditions are what our kids will remember.
    Do you have any letterpress recs for sending valentines to girlfriends?

    Xoxo

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