Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wedding Bliss Cookie Centerpiece Arrangement

Wedded Bliss Cookie Arrangement - 9 Cookies

Aren't these gorgeous --- I LOVE THESE!!!!!! And you can get as many cookies in the bouquet as you want ... from 3 to a dozen. A really cool table centerpiece for any season : )

Wedded Bliss Cookie Arrangement - 9 Cookies
Congratulate the newlyweds with this wedding arrangement made just for the occasion. 9 Cookies are Shown

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Chocolate Lollidolls ... So Cute for a Bridal Luncheon

Check out these cool chocolate lollidolls . What do girls love more than a beautiful dress and gorgeous shoes....Chocolate!! And now they can have it all! Perfect for a Cinderella theme, teen party or Ladies Who Lunch.

Imagine the delight of your friends and family when they receive this elegant yet decadent gourmet chocolate gift on the special day of your life.

Each dress is made of tissue and comes in a variety of colors with coordinating tulle and a satin sash tied in a bow to enhance the waist. The matching bodice and neck is adorned with edible sprinkles.

Each one is supported on a stick, which can easily be inserted into an inverted paper cup, to make wonderful decorations or centerpieces. Choice of White Chocolate or Milk Chocolate. Each Lollidoll comes in it's own white gift box.

Planning a Themed Wedding

When you dreamed of your wedding as a little girl, was it a grand, traditional experience or did it have a unique, modern twist?

The sky is the limit when planning a theme wedding. The key thing to remember is that even though it is a theme wedding, it should have all of the same basic elements of a traditional wedding. But where to start? Our check list is the first step.

  • Choose Your Theme!A great theme wedding cannot start without a great theme. Start by choosing something meaningful to you. What are your interests or hobbies? Are you more serious, playful, elegant or edgy? Whatever you choose, make sure it fits your personality.
  • Popular themes include beach/nautical and garden themes, romantic or Shakespearean themes and even Western-style or Renaissance themes. Cultural themes are especially popular in recent years. These include African, Hawaiian, Italian or Asian Wedding Theme. Choose Unique Wedding Favors and Invitations!
    Invitations are a great place to start introducing your theme. For the Renaissance theme, an invitation with a knight in shining armor
    would fit well. A garden theme invitation inset with flowers and
    trees would work well for a garden wedding. Do you want a causal
    beach wedding? Create fun, tropical style invitations to give
    your guests a hint of what is to come.
  • Continue your theme with themed wedding favors. If you and your fiancé love golf, golf ball bottle openers or a golfer's key ring might be perfect for you. You can start your search for the most unique wedding favors and bridal shower favors online.
  • Choose Location and Decorations! Now that you have decided on a theme, picked out invitations and chosen favors, you can think about big items like location and decorations.
    Remember, nothing is too out of the ordinary.
  • Host a Camelot-themed wedding inside a romantic castle or an under the sea wedding at the local aquarium. A garden wedding would be perfect in a tranquil wooded setting.
  • When decorating for your Renaissance wedding, you can use flowers, balloons, garlands, streamers, posters and other items to help transform your site into the fairytale you are creating for your guests.
  • Think about popular motifs for your theme. Beach balls indicate a fun beach wedding, while a saddle and bales of hay would be perfect for a Western-themed wedding. Whatever you choose, there are great places where you can either rent or purchase everything from decorations to props and costumes.
  • Choose the Music, Food and Dance! What better way to carry out your theme than through the right choice of music. This is especially true for cultural weddings where African music or an Italian dance can set the mood and make all the difference.
  • Do some research to find the right type of music or take dance classes to learn the proper waltz technique for a royal wedding. Through your research, you may find other great ideas for details to make your themed event a spectacular one.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Wedding Gift Suggestions

If your friends are looking for a few solid wedding gift ideas for you, and you don't have a registry to work off of or need anything in particular, here are some suggestions for gifts:

  • Money – Cash gifts may seem impersonal to some, but for couples that are not registered the gift of cash can be put towards anything they’d like whether it’s a down payment on a vehicle, a house or just fun splurge money for their honeymoon vacation – it’s a gift that let’s them get what they want.
  • Reservations – You may not think this is such a big deal, but covering their expenses for a night in a luxurious honeymoon suite before they continue on to their honeymoon can be a real kick for many newlyweds. They can savor the room service, the Jacuzzi tubs and the opulent privacy that every newlywed couple deserves
  • Gift Certificates – Whether you give them a gift certificate to a wonderful place at their honeymoon destination or to favored restaurants at home; gift certificates are great wedding gift ideas because it allows them to enjoy fine food and a romantic dinner
  • Bottle of Wine or Champagne – This is a good wedding gift idea for the right couple. Give them a bottle of wine or champagne with a note to not be opened until their 1st wedding anniversary.
  • A donation in the couples name.

    Friday, January 18, 2008

    Inexpensive Favors for those Mint to Be : )

    "Mint" To Be Together Labels
    Declare to guests that the two of you are "mint" to be together with these creative and contemporary labels. They fit just right on top of our silver favor tins. Fill the tins with mints and ... more info.

    "Perfect Pair" Candles

    Just like the bride and groom, these darling little candles make the "perfect pair". As realistic as if they just fell from the tree, each candle is carefully designed to look just like a miniature ... more info.

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    Spiked Hot Chocolate for Valentine's Day- "YUM-O"

    Ahhhhhh, February 14th will be here before you know it. So now the dilemma. What to buy, what to buy for your better half. Well, I found what I think is the perfect thing. It's a gift from the heart, for the tummy ... not too personal, not too non-personal, sweet and is full of sentiment and chocolate : )

    Instead of the typical box of chocolates that you just can't stop eating, how about a great Hot Chocolate drink spiked with a shot of Kailua and whipped crème? You can even spice it up with a great movie, a fireplace (if you have one) or whatever else you can think of. Just remember it's all about the presentation; which means, real whip cream, real cups (not Styrofoam) and cook it ... don't microwave it : ) Without further adieu, here is the recipe:

    • 1/2 Cup Milk
    • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
    • 1/4 Cup Whole Coffee Beans
    • 2 Oz. Semisweet Chocolate chopped
    • 2 TB Kahlua
    • 1 Tsp Confectioners' Sugar
    • 1 TB Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Chopped


    • In a saucepan (of course), over medium heat, combine milk, 1/2 cup cream and whole bag of coffee beans. Bring to a simmer, turn off heat, cover and steep beans for 1 hour.
    • Strain liquid and return to saucepan, discard beans.
    • Bring milk and cream mixture back to a simmer, add chocolate and whisk until mixed.
    • Remove from heat; whisk in Kahlua.
    • Whip remaining 1/2 cup cream and the confectioner's sugar until soft peaks form.
    • Divide hot chocolate between two cups and garnish each portion with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of chopped chocolate covered coffee beans.
    • Serves 2

    • Oh and I forgot, what would really seal the deal is if you are wearing our adorable Marilyn Bandeau Apron set.... believe me, you will see the population rise in about 9 months after wearting this adorable outfit : ) And below, some unique cups you could use to serve this delectible drink....

    Porcelain Espresso Cup

    Use this over-the-counter pill cup set to cure all your ailments. Whether you need an espresso fix, a cure for your sweet tooth and hunger pangs, or just want to relax with a cocktail, this ceramic pill cup is just what the doctor ordered. The red and white cups with male and female symbols can be stacked for storing and pulled apart when in use. Perfect for coffee, tea, cocktails, desserts, soups or souffle. Includes two miniature ceramic spoons for stirring and eating. Made in France. Sold as a set of one red cup, one white cup, one rubber attachment ring, two spoons.

    kate spade Larabee Road Demitasse Cups & Saucers, 8-piece set

    The road less-traveled is paved with polka-dots. Breathe new life into your entertaining style with the Larabee Road Demitasse set. Packaged in a hat box. Includes 4 demitasse cups and 4 saucers in assorted colors.

    Saturday, January 12, 2008

    Think Green. Favors for Spring and March

    Before you know it spring will be here and St. Patrick's Day. Believe it. So, if you are planning a spring fling or a St. Paddy's Wedding, here are a few adorable (and Green) favors to get you started!

    Foliage Green Gift Tag/Card

    The Foliage in Green Gift Tags/Confetti Cards ... more info.

    Green Tea Mints

    Englighten your next event with these green tea ... more info.

    Green Tea Mints - Bulk

    Englighten your next event with these green tea ... more info.

    Green Tea Mints - Packettes

    Englighten your next event with these green tea ... more info.

    Friday, January 11, 2008

    Laptop Bride Newsletter Available Free

    The new edition of "Laptop Bride's Valentine Wedding Tips and Ideas" is available on line (Free). We hope you can find some fun ideas and products to help make your wedding superb. Check out the Meringue Kisses Recipe : )

    Little Black Dress by IGIGI (Sizes 14 and up)

    One more thing; with Valentine's day coming up, curvy and plus sized gals will be looking for great styles in the "Little Black Dress Dept." One of our favorite shops just got some beautiful styles in. Igigi (Sizes 14 and up) ... can't beat the prices or quality. Nicki Blonsky shops here : )

    Little Black Dress

    Uncomplicated and versatile, every girl’s wardrobe staple
    to play up or down depending on your occasion and imagination.

    • Sweetheart neckline
    • Bra-friendly straps
    • Knee-length skirt

    Lace Overcoat

    Possibilities are endless! Whether it is a little black dress or
    a pair of jeans you are wearing, this beautiful lace overcoat will definitely add that touch of glam for a stylish look.

    • Scalloped bell sleeves
    • Jewelled clasp closure
    • Scalloped hem

    Craft Idea: Make a Teacup Topiary

    I came across this lovely craft "How to Make a Teacup Topiary" on Sav-on-Crafts. This is beautiful, simple and do-able! This will work for a bridal shower, tea party, wedding or even birthday party!

    Teacup TopiaryDesigned by Annabelle KellerMaterials
    What you will need:
    • STYROFOAM* Brand Products: Balls, 2” and 2-1/2”

    Other Materials:

    • Teacup, with or without saucer
    • Silk flowers: assorted roses, gyp, and others to match teapot (model used approximately 2-1/2 dozen 1” roses)
    • Silk flower stem, 7” length (model used lilac stem)
    • Ribbon: 1/2” x 1 yd each of wine, pink and white
    • Floral wire, 3”, cloth-covered
    • Spanish moss, handful
    • Green moss
    • Scissors
    • Wire cutters
    • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

    (Note: As you shop flea markets and tag sales for vintage teacups, feel free to creatively mix and match flowers and ribbons to coordinate with your finds.)

    1. Insert and glue one end of silk flower stem 2” deep in 2” ball; repeat for other end, inserting it 2” deep into 2-1/2” ball.2. Glue Spanish moss on 2” foam ball, lightly covering entire ball.
    3. Cut flowers from stems. Arrange and glue flowers over moss, covering ball.4. Make a six-loop bow from each length of ribbon; secure with wire. Wire each bow to the topiary stem, under center front of ball; glue in place.
    5. Place 2-1/2” ball in cup; if needed flatten sides to fit. Glue in place.6. Cover foam base with green moss.

    Source: Sav-on-Crafts

    Wednesday, January 9, 2008

    February 14th Valentine's Day

    Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is a holiday on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, donating to charity or gifting candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

    The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[1] The mid-nineteenth century Valentine's Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow.[2] The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines (source)

    With that in mind, whether you are celebrating your wedding night, a lover's night or romance here are a few luxurious undies to set the mood : ) First, from Henry and June (which their prices are awesome!):

    Rose Embellished Bralette Set
    Rose Embellished Bralette Set

    Knit chiffon bralette with open cups, adjustable shoulder straps and hook back closure. Includes matching open crotch thong with draping fabric and back veil.

    Bridal Veil Thong

    Bridal Veil Thong
    Ruffled tulle thong with back veil and satin ribbon hem. $10.95

    *Sensual Mesh* Chemise

    *Sensual Mesh* Chemise $28.95

    Stretch lace and mesh chemise with lace halter, lace hem, front "lips" charm and adjustable neck tie. Includes matching g-string.

    Charmeuse and Lace Bridal Baby Doll

    Bridal Baby Doll - Touches of sheer lace and a cut-away skirt are just the thing to heat up your bridal suite. Our baby doll is made from silky charmeuse fabric with adjustable shoulder straps for an attractive fit. Matching white thong panties are included.

    Lace and Net Baby Doll

    Lace and Net - Baby Doll - A flirty, sheer skirt partners with a lacy bodice for
    a flattering look on any body type. Underwire cups have removable push-up pads and shoulder straps are adjustable for a perfect fit. Available in white, red or black. Matching thong panties are included

    Tuesday, January 8, 2008

    Tiaras with a Victorian Flair

    Emily Ceramic Rose TiaraEmily Ceramic Rose Tiara - Bring back another century with handpainted ceramic roses and delicate ceramic leaves surrounded by beaded flowers that are made to match your rose color. Each piece is also set with clear Swarovski crystals, pearls and rhinestone accents. You choose silver or gold wire as a finishing touch. Each tiara measures 4.75" in diameter, ceramic roses measure .75". Shown with rum pink roses, pale green leaves and silver wire.

    Callia Flexible Pearl and Crystal Tiara

    Callia Flexible Pearl and Crystal Tiara. Shape this tiara perfectly to your hairstyle. The flexible memory wire allows you to wear it as a tiara, headband or wrapped around a chignon. Crafted with stamped metal leaves in antique gold or silver, freshwater pearls and clear Swarovski crystals. Adjusts from 3.5" to 5.75" in diameter.

    Monday, January 7, 2008

    Wear Your Heart on Your Cake : ) Heart Cake Toppers

    Where there's cake there's a topper; and your topper personalizes your cake and you as a couple. What is more traditional than the heart? Below are contemporary versions and traditional. They've come along way ... toppers that is, below are some of the newer designs and we think they are beautiful!

    Love Knot Cake TopperLove Knot Cake Topper - A refreshing departure from a classic figurine this glazed porcelain sculpture has a distinctly contemporary look . The knot at the base of the heart represents your commitment to love, honor and cherish for eternity. Each cake topper measures 6.5" tall and is meant to be displayed as a keepsake after your wedding.

    Tropical Bliss Cake TopperTropical Bliss Cake Topper - Not all beach weddings are barefoot-casual, and this glazed porcelain piece is made to be displayed at the most luxurious of tropical settings. Its simple-chic design looks great with minimally decorated cakes, and if your cake is to be elaborately embellished with flowers, seashells or icing, it serves as an appropriately subtle finishing touch. Each figurine measures
    5.75" tall.

    Love and Lace Cake Topper

    Love and Lace - From smooth pearls to lacy embroidery, a wonderful play of textures makes this romantically styled cake topper stand out. The white resin base looks like white icing so the transition from cake to topper is very subtle. Each piece measures 8" tall and includes a secret compartment for storing a keepsake after your wedding.

    Heart's Flourish Cake Topper

    Hearts Flourish - Spirited and spontaneous, this glazed porcelain design is meant to bring a distinct contemporary style to your cake top. After the wedding your cake topper becomes a keepsake and a beautiful object d'art on a bookshelf or in a collector's cabinet. This piece measures 6.5" tall.

    Take My Hand Cake Topper

    Take My Hand - A modern version of the traditional figurine, this cake topper depicts a romantic moment between the bride and goom as they're framed by a heart. Each piece is crafted in glazed porcelain so the topper has a smooth finish and a bit of shine. Measures 5.75" tall.

    Sunday, January 6, 2008

    Lover's Knot ... Why not?

    Lovers Knot Ring.... Why not?

    Lover's Knot Personalized Diamond Ring: Romantic J

    Declare your true love with the timeless beauty of this exclusive personalized Valentine's Day jewelry gift from The Bradford Exchange. An original fine jewelry design, this engraved ring gift for a Valentine features an elegant knotted form as a classic symbol of constancy between two lovers. A band of 10K white gold, shimmering with pave-set diamonds, branches into two 14K gold-plated curves that wind sinuously together, wrapping around a sparkling genuine
    brilliant-cut diamond. What a romantic Valentine's Day jewelry gift!

    The crowning touch on this extraordinary personalized diamond ring is the sentiment inside the band. You provide two names, which are then engraved in graceful script letters, joining both your names together forever. Don't wait to celebrate the loving bond you share with this dazzling Valentine's Day heart-shaped ring gift for her. Strong demand is expected for
    this exquisite and very romantic jewelry gift, so order now!

    This exclusive Valentine's Day personalized diamond ring from The Bradford
    Exchange features:

    • A romantic, personalized Valentine's Day jewelry gift in a fine jewelry design that symbolizes the love you share, available only from The Bradford Exchange

    • Order now! Hurry to receive this special Valentine's Day gift in time - quantities are limited!

    • Personalize it! Provide two names to be engraved in elegant script letters on the inside of the ring band, creating a truly unique symbol of your love

    • This exquisite engraved ring gift for Valentine features a classic, interwoven lover's knot design that showcases a sparkling genuine brilliant cut diamond
      The ring setting is expertly crafted of 10K white gold

    • with 14K yellow gold accents; shimmering diamond pave adorns the band of
      this elegant personalized diamond ring

    • Arrives in a gift box, the perfect finishing touch for such a romantic Valentine's Day jewelry gift

    • Certificate of Authenticity and Valuation Available in sizes 5 - 10 (includes half sizes)

    Three Weddings and a Beach Boy .... Say what ????

    GREY skies and spitting rain didn't stop tens of thousands of fans from stepping out yesterday for the first big events of the Sydney Festival 2008.

    Huddled under their umbrellas, people were spoilt for entertainment choices with a free concert in The Domain featuring Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys and Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly.

    And three couples loved the idea of the festival so much they decided to get married among the crowds.

    They started their unconventional wedding ceremony by marching down a red carpet in Macquarie Street.

    Holly Ashby, heavily pregnant, and Dan Fish, from Britain, lined up with Imogen Kelly and Gerard Mahony, from Brisbane.

    Wearing a long red satin gown with feathers, Ms Kelly jumped out of a giant pink wedding cake while Mr Mahony rode on a motorbike. Then Ms Kelly, a burlesque dancer, stripped down to reveal . . . well almost all.

    Gay couple Greg Small and Avan Tiong, from Sydney, celebrated a "commitment ceremony" to the tune of a drag Kylie Minogue megamix.

    At The Domain, Steven Gillespie, of Connells Point, said the last time he saw Wilson perform live was in the early '70s at the Sydney Sports Ground, now Aussie Stadium. His partner of four years Kerrie Lentfer said: "He's a romantic. When we first started dating he sang all the Beach Boys songs to me." (source)

    Saturday, January 5, 2008

    Conversation Hearts ~ New twist on an old theme.

    Conversation hearts are an old stand-by that are both recognizable, represent love, whimsy, youth and memories. Who doesn't remember their first little box of these confections. Inexpensive yet expressive they can be used any time of the year for any type of event. From bridal shower, wedding shower, birthday party or even child's party. Here are some new twists on an old favaorite.t to Heart

    "Heart to Heart" Ceramic Conversation Heart Box (Set of Six) Perfect for a Valentine's Day wedding - or any other wedding!These ceramic "conversation heart"" boxes are memory makers your guests will love you for!Each set of six comes with two pink hearts, a yellow heart,an orange heart, a blue heart and a teal heart, all with word of love like ""BeMine"", ""Marry Me"", ""Cute Stuff"" and more. Each heart box measures 2"" x 2 ¼"" andare sold as a set of six.

    of course you want to fill the boxes with these Wedding Conversation Hearts Candy Fillers (1 lb bag)

    Wedding Conversation Hearts Candy Fillers (1 lb bag)
    Traditional Conversation Heart candies have been tailored for weddings!!. These wedding theme conversation hearts are the perfect filler for your candy favors. Each white mint flavored candy heart is 3/4"" and imprinted with many different wedding sayings such as Kiss the Bride I Thee Wed To Have and To Hold I Love You and many more. Each 1 lb (16 oz) contains approximately 150 pieces.

    and these place cards will ensure that you have carried out your theme:

    Sweet Talk Conversation Hearts Place Cards/Photo Holders (Set of 6) Sweet Talk Conversation Hearts Place Cards/Photo Holders (Set of 6) These adorable conversation hearts place card holders double as
    favors as your guests can use them for special photos and love notes after the
    event. These conversation hearts are handpainted wood on steel memoclips with red bases. The set comes in assorted sizes with the largest holder measuring 1.5"" x .75"" x 5.3"".

    for more heart favors visit our laptop bride site: Laptop

    Friday, January 4, 2008

    Plantable Heart Favors for an Eco-friendly or Green Wedding

    Green or eco-friendly wedding? These plantable heart favors are both affordable and great for a
    "green" wedding!

    Plantable Heart Wedding Favors - $ 1.85
    The Plantable Heart Wedding favor is a seeded favor made with handmade seeded paper. This seeded favor grows a colorful blend of wildflower when planted. The seeded wedding favor includes a tag affixed with your choice of satin ribbon.

    Wedding Travel

    Too cute not to post. I would love to know the "Who, what, when and where?" on this photo!

    Thursday, January 3, 2008

    50 Romantic Things To Do For Your Sweetie

    Here are a list of 50 things you can do to express your love Courtesy of Dumb Little Man (Isn't that the cutest little blog name ... it cracked me up : ) ). His tips are great and actually words to live by. "If things aren't good between you and your partner right now, this might be just the thing to slowly melt the ice between you both. If things are already good, this will strengthen your relationship further. By the way, there is nothing expensive on this list so there is no excuse not to give this a shot."

    • Write "I love you" in the steam on the bathroom mirror after he takes a shower.
    • Offer a back massage with some good smelling lotion.
    • Write a poem. Then use Google Translator to translate a poem into either French or Italian. Then handwrite it out with the translation on the back side. Or better yet, greet your partner at night and read it to them with passion and then hand them the translation.
    • While in public, declare "I love you, Matilda!" (not Matilda, but your partner's name.)
    • Make a CD with a few songs that are meaningful to your relationship.
    • Invite him to take a bath complete with bubbles, champagne, candles, and maybe a little Barry White. (the music, not actually Barry White in your tub.)
    • Surprise her at work and take her out to lunch, maybe take-out food in the park or maybe to a little diner, for a midday romantic interlude.
    • Put together a little gift on his pillow: chocolate and a note that says "Your love is like chocolate: sweet and delicious."
    • If your partner has a work presentation at an off site location, have flowers and a note of support delivered there.
    • Dedicate a song to him on the radio and send him an email telling him when to listen.
    • Cook a special love meal of your partner's favorite foods. Play his favorite music and turn the lights low for a romantic dinner.
    • Give your partner a pedicure and foot rub.
    • Send a text message or email that says "I love you!"
    • Mail a card and inside write down the top 10 things you love about your partner.
    • Give him a picture of you for his wallet that says "I love you."
    • Leave a love note in her car telling her to have a great day.
    • Carve your initials in a tree. (HMMMM -I don't know about this one)
    • When your partner least expects it, give him a great big kiss, even if it's in public!
    • Go see a romantic movie, sit in the back row, hold hands, and cuddle.
    • King for a Day/ Queen for a Day. Declare that you will dedicate a particular day just to your partner to do whatever they want. Maybe start with breakfast in bed.
    • Buy a tree and invite your partner to plant it with you explaining that this tree represents the love between you both that will grow over the years.
    • In the midst of talking about how your days went, the chores that need to be done, etc. interrupt and say "I have something important to tell you. I love you and here's why." Then list 5 things (or more) that you really appreciate about your partner. Finish with a kiss and say, "Ok, so you were talking about the water heater."
    • Write an old fashioned love letter and mail it. Be romantic and lavish. Have some fun with it.
    • Before going to a party together come up with some secret code words you can use during conversation. You can be telling each other "I can't wait to get you alone tonight!" without anyone knowing!
    • Find a hotel that has a jacuzzi and book it for a one night getaway somewhere close but fun.
    • Place an ad in the classifieds declaring your love. Then take the newspaper, wrap it in a bow, and put a little note on it saying what page to look on.
    • Blindfold surprise. Blindfold your partner and drive them to the place where you had your first date, and have that date all over again!
    • Write a love poem for her.
    • Make an early valentine. Cut out some paper in the shape of a heart. Write something sweet on it in red and put it in her purse or his briefcase.
    • If your partner is going on a business trip secretly hide a love note inside their luggage.
    • Offer to help them with some dreaded chore they must complete and make it into a fun time maybe with some music. (cleaning out the basement, raking the leaves, shoveling after a big snow storm, giving the dog a bath, washing the car, etc.)
    • Do something romantic and spontaneous, like picking a flower and giving it to her right on the spot.
    • Invent a meal and name it after him or her.
    • Buy some body paint and write your love message on your body.
    • Record yourself reading a romantic love poem for your honey. Then give your partner a CD and tell them to play it in the car on their way to work.
    • Make a small postcard sized love collage. Then cover it with clear packing tape. Write a love message on the other side and mail it!
    • Keep a box with mementos of fun things you've done together. Later when the box is filled, arrange them on a board and have it framed.
    • Buy some underwear with special messages on it. Or buy your own and paint a special picture or message with fabric paints.
    • Make a donation to charity in the name of your love for your partner. Give your sweetheart a card that tells how grateful you are to share your life with her.
    • Keep a box with special cards, letters, photographs, and other mementos. On your anniversary or on Valentine's day take a little time to share fond memories together as you review the contents.
    • Create a mindmap of all the things you love about your partner and make it into a card.
    • Take a walk on the beach together. Run up ahead and write a message in the sand, and then call your partner to see what you "found."
    • Say "I love you" often, slowly, and with feeling.
    • Play hooky together. You work hard. Now today take a day to work easy at just sharing some fun time together. Call it an "I love you day."
    • Send an e-card to your sweetie to brighten his/her day. Here are free e-card resources: Apple iCards, BlueMountain, Hallmark.
    • Make little "I love you" posters with either crayons, markers, collage, paint, whatever. Post them in surprising places: the bathroom, the closet, the car, under her pillow, on her pillow.
    • Create a small website or blog dedicated to your partner. Write a short love message each day for a month...or forever.
    • Complete that chore or favor that your partner has wanted you to do for a long time.
    • Be super kind for a whole day. Act like you would with a new love, a child, or a frail person.
    • Show lots of kindness, generosity, and love no matter what for a whole day.
    • Take an interest in your partner's interests. For a woman it might be watching a football game with your guy. And for men it might be going to see a chick-flick. Do it with a spirit of enthusiasm and love.

    Have fun.Print this out and do one each day. Make up your own. You don't have to tell your partner that this is something you are doing. Just do it. Who knows, maybe you'll establish a positive habit of expressing your love on a daily basis. (Courtesy of DumbLittleMan)

    Wednesday, January 2, 2008

    Heart Themed Favors for Everyday of the Year

    Here are some inexpensive yet elegant favors great for Valentine's day or actually any other day of the year too!

    Bag of Hearts Impress guests with your attention to detail by offering them five distinct versions of the universal symbol of love. Our bag of hearts makes great favors for engagement parties, wedding receptions ... more info.

    Cinnamon Heart Candy
    These darling heart shaped candies make great favors for bridal showers, wedding receptions, anniversaries, and Valentine's Day celebrations. Their hot cinnamon flavor will spice up your event and ... more info.

    Clear Top Favor Tins
    Showcase your tiny favors in these adorable clear top favor tins for a presentation that's sure to impress. Fill them with mints, candy, pastel Jordan almonds, or silver coated amorini hearts. Add a ... more info.

    Heart Shaped Bath Salt Wedding Favor

    Available for $1.70 each at Cheers Favor Company

    Love Story Bookmark Wedding Favor

    Available for $1.60 each at Cheers Favor Company

    For more Heart Themed Favors visit Laptop Bride!