For the entire month of February, I have thought about Valentine’s day; debating the pros and cons of it, and trying not to be too cynical about it. I decided that while Valentine’s Day was cute and fun back in kindergarten and elementary school, where everyone bought Valentine’s for the entire class and handed them out, but now its just another day just with the added pressure of doing something extravagant or special for your significant other. In short, I am one of those people who thinks Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, created to stimulate the economy of cards, chocolates, stuffed animals, and flowers.
I mean, its great and all to tell and show your significant other that you love them, but really, we need a day dedicated to it? Just in case I forgot on the other 364 days of the year? I would much rather surprise someone on a random day to confess my unending love for them, then on Valentine’s Day, just because the spontaneity of it makes it that much more memorable and special.
On Friday, while I was brainstorming for this post, I thought, “Sweet, I have $10 bucks in my pocket! I’m going to go by the flower shop on the way home from school and practice to buy my mommy some flowers, cause I love her so much and I know that would make her week.” Now, before you immediately think “Suck up” or “I wish my kids did that”, I must say I have had some great training. My dad has been know to send my mom flowers on random days, especially when he is gone fighting fires for weeks at a time, just to say “I love you” or “Have a great day”. I learned from the best. Anyway, my mom was so excited and touched she really didn’t know what to say except “Aww, Linds” and “Thank you” and give me a big hug.
Now imagine if I had done the same thing on Valentine’s Day. Though my mom would still think it was special, it wouldn’t have the same effect. Lesson learned: spontaneous surprises are awesome. (Guys, take note)
That being said, I can’t bear to be completely bah-humbug about Valentine’s Day, because it has some pretty amazing and cute decorations. And it is super cute, so in as much as I think it is a silly day, I like it. I am hosting a Valentine’s Day outreach event, and have scoured Pinterest, Etsy, YouTube, Google, and many other realms of the internet to find the perfect decorations and centerpieces. And I found them. They would work really well as creative flower substitutes(guys, thinking outside the box = great idea) or valentine’s to give to friends and coworkers. Heck, they could be flowers for Singles Awareness Day as well, basically whatever floats your boat.
These are super cute and guaranteed to win anyone’s heart over(or make an amazing centerpiece). But honestly, flowers and chocolate are pretty much the awesomest thing ever to a girl, so what could be better than combine the two? Gentlemen, don’t worry, these are super easy to make and inexpensive. $12 dollars, a little time, and TLC and you will have yourself a beautiful bouquet of rose kisses.
Green floral tape- any craft store will have some
Red Cellophane- I found mine in the dollar section of Target in a 6 sheet pack, but it was also next to the tissue paper in the gift wrap section
9 inch wooden skewers-any grocery store will have them
Step One: Pair all kisses together, taping them together at the base of each kiss(flat part to flat part) to form the rose bud shape.
Step Two: Cut out 4.5 inch squares of cellophane to wrap the kisses in. Cut as many pieces as you want roses.
Step Three: Place the taped kiss pair in the center of one of the cellophane squares, with one of the pointy end of the kisses in the center of the square. Bring all four corners up to the center, gather the cellophane and twist it to start forming the stem of the rose.
Step Four(the hardest part): Take a 5 inch (ish) long piece of the floral tape and start wrapping it where you twisted the cellophane to form the beginning of the stem. Continue to wrap it around until you have secured the cellophane over the kisses.
TIP: If you stretch the floral tape out as you are wrapping, it sticks a little better. I have no idea why, it just does.
Step Five: Insert the skewer, pointy side in, into the rose bud and partial stem. Be careful not to stab the chocolate.
Step Six: Take your roll of floral tape and begin to wrap from the flower down the skewer to form the stem. Once you are at the bottom, cut the tape, smooth the end down, and you’re done!