The Secret Ingredients to Your Best Valentine’s Party Yet!


Our Crafts and Cocktails party planning tips continue. Below you’ll find the details for giving some old denim a new life as an adorable bow tie valentine, plus the ingredients from one of my favorite Valentine’s cocktail to keep the fun flowing!

Bow Tie Valentine

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You’ll need…

  1. Denim looking for a new life
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue gun/Super glue

How To…

  1. Cut two pieces of denim, one x number of  inches wide by x number of inches high for the bow tie, and one x inches wide by x inches long for the center wrap. Bow part 11.5cm by 24cm, Small bow strap 8cm by 5cm (you can make it as big or small as you like!) *fun tip- we love using the thick stitch inseam for middle part of the bow!
  2. Lay the larger piece of denim flat and from the top edge, fold 1/3 toward the center, then do the same with the bottom edge to create a long, thin strip with smooth edges.
  3. Fold the sides in 1/3rds as well to create a small rectangle.
  4. Holding your denim rectangle horizontally pinch the top and bottom together to create a bow shape.
  5. Wrap your thin strip of denim around the center of the bow and you’re your glue gun to secure in the back.
  6. Secure your adorable bow to your card and voilà! You’ve got a unique gift your Valentine will love!


Valentine Cocktail



You’ll need…

  1. 1 1/2 oz gin
  2. 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
  3. 1/2 oz Aperol
  4. 1/2 oz lemon juice
  5. 1/2 oz grenadine (see ingredients)
  6. 1 egg white
  7. Freshly ground cinnamon for garnish
  8. Small saucepan
  9. Cocktail shaker
  10. Ice
  11. An Old Fashioned glass
  12. A small strainer


  1. 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  2. 1/2 cup fine baker’s sugar
  3. 1 oz pomegranate molassesValentinesCocktail

How to…

  1. Start by making the grenadine. Mix the ingredients intoa small saucepan and, over very low heat, continuously stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat immediately and let cool.
  1. Make your cocktail by adding the egg white and the lemon juice to a shaker. Then add the homemade grenadine, Aperol, Amaro Montenegro, and gin.
  1. Dry shake (this means no ice) for 10 seconds. Set aside.
  1. Place ice cube or cubes in an Old Fashioned glass. Then fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  1. Pour your cocktail into your glass by double straining the mixture. Give it a little extra love by garnishing with some fresh-grated cinnamon.

Cocktail photo credits: Honestly Yum


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