This year I was asked to decorate the school cafeteria where my youngest two kids attend for Valentine's Day! We had a Sweet Hearts Lunch where parents and other family members could come and eat with the kids and my decorations would be up for the entire month of February. I was honored, excited and a little worried! I have decorated my own home a million times for every event but I have never taken on something so big! I was asked in December so I had plenty of time to get it done. December passed in a flash though and I was in January trying to store Christmas items when ideas started coming to me. What if I made Mobiles?! What if I cut hearts for every student to make Valentine's for their family? One per student?? I needed helpers so I asked a few mom friends I knew I could count on and we started brain storming. Right away one mom jumped right in and volunteered to make a banner and had an idea that would work with the hearts I wanted to cut.
We were asked by the PTA President but I had to run some things by the school principal. I started thinking that I needed to make it easy on the teachers if I wanted the students to help. I realized making a Valentine and decorating it might take time from the students that they didn't have available so I changed it to have them just write their name - decorating optional. Then the hard work began. I had to cut 550 hearts! One for each student plus extras (just in case) and get them counted for each class, type up a letter with instruction and get them delivered to the school!! After the hearts I was cutting things for the mobiles. My husband being so AWESOME is my #1 helper always and he was the one who got up on the ladder and hung everything for us. Since he was the one who'd be hanging things I asked him how many mobiles. He went with a good solid dozen. The kids pitched in where they could. Throughout it all I was also working on paper flowers. I ended up needing 450 small and 16 large flowers for my table centerpieces for the lunch. Since those were the last items needed I only worked when I could. Mostly I focused on everything else that was going up Feb. 1st.
Now for the pictures, I've decided to make a video instead of posting each picture so I made a picture slide show. I tried to figure out how to add a voice over but I wanted to get this post up so maybe next time. Hope you enjoy the show!!!