Joanna Anastasia

valentines

Valentines day tablescape

Every year we do something fun with my girls for Valentine’s day- because why for many this is another made-up holiday, for me it’s a great opportunity to celebrate love and family in the midst of our cold canadian winter!

Now, if you prefer making gifts for your loved ones, or simply watch romantic movies and eat heart shaped cookies – you do you boo! I think all that really matters is to take this day as an opportunity to talk about why we love each other, what we appreciate about each other and how we should be grateful and appreciative of all the little things all year round.

However setting up a cute Valentines day table for breakfast or an afternoon tea is definitely something fun to do for/with kids! And for me, seeing my girls eyes getting big out of excitement when they see what I have prepared for them is what makes my heart full!

It doesn’t need to be expensive to be fun- here are my simple ideas for a Valentine’s day tablescape:

  • hand written paper table runner
  • paper heart hearts layered on the table
  • felt heart hearts spread around the table
  • heart shaped chocolates and cookies layered in a colorful mess
  • hot milk with marshmallow hearts
  • cake with marshmallow “cake toppers” ( store bought or baked- whatever works!)
  • valentines balloons
  • heart garland
  • ceramic lanterns
  • some fruits

And I found most of this set up in my local Dollar Store- it took me around 10 minutes to set it all up. And I had so much fun! Because celebrating doesn’t need to be over the top difficult to set up nor expensive!

Now I hope I inspired you to throw a simple Valentine’s day celebration in your home too! Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

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Valentine’s day triple berry parfait

triple berry parfait

Today I have got together with a group of inspiring Canadian bloggers to bring to you the best of Valentines day ideas : 30 Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create. You’ll find them all at the end of this post! 

So for me and my family,  Valentines day means sweet treats and everything pink! So this year I have decided to make a special healthy-ish treat for my girls that could be served as a special Valentine’s breakfast, or as an anytime treat!

To be honest, this recipe has come to life manly because I’m pregnant and obsessed with fresh smoothie bowls and I’m craving fruit desserts all day every day now! And because my girls love anything with a bit of whipped cream on it!

So this parfait is a mix of a thick very berry smoothie, with crushed chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream and fresh raspberries. And of course, the special ingredient is love !triple berry parfait

What you’ll need

For the smoothie layer:

  • one banana
  • one cup of strawberry greek yogurt
  • one cup of frozen mixed berries

For the cookie and cream layer:

  • your favourite chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies
  • one cup of cream with a teaspoon of sugar
  • fresh raspberries

Make your smoothie and set aside. Whip the cream. Crush the cookies. Wash the raspberries.

Now layer it all in small glasses, and don’t forget to be generous with cookies and cream!

triple berry parfait

triple berry parfait

Serve to your loved ones for breakfast – or eat alone, I won’t judge you! I already had two of these triple berry parfaits ! They were just too good!

triple berry parfait

Now come see other gorgeous Valentines day inspirations ! From decor to recipes to easy DIY projects, this tour has it all!

30 Valentine's Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create

Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

Valentine’s Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog

Valentine’s Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine’s Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life

DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Chunky Crochet Heart Banner by Christina of The DIY Mommy

‘I’m Stuck On You Valentine’ Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog

DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style

Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Valentine’s Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer

How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine’s by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog

Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design

GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer

Simple Valentine’s Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful

Valentine’s Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen

Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories

Love Sign by Meagan of Row House Nest

Valentine’s Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators

Rustic Valentine’s Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile

Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness

How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit

Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House

DIY Valentine’s Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box

Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Valentine’s Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine

https://www.daydreamingofelsewhere.com/single-post/2018/01/30/Chocolate-Cherry-Baileys-Cookies by Emily of daydreaming of elsewhere