1. Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas


    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching this weekend. Whether you’ve been planning for weeks or you’re still scrambling for a perfect night with your sweetie, check out our top picks for last minute gifts, fun date ideas, and favorite love songs.

    Gifts

    1. Need a quick gift that still has a personal touch? Customize this journal with all of your favorite things about your special someone.
    2. what I love About You Journal

    3. Show your love with this cozy accent pillow with a heartfelt message.
    4. I love you more pillow

    5. Give a stylish gift that can be taken everywhere with our Valentine’s Day tumbler cup.
    6. love potion tumbler

    7. Need something sleek and sophisticated? Look no farther than our whiskey wedge. This gift is designed to chill your favorite spirits without watering them down.
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    9. A polished twist on a classic gift, this journal is a great last minute gift that is both effortless and thoughtful.
    10. journal with marbled cover

    11. Is your partner always on the move? Help them stay organized in style with this travel wallet.
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    Dates

    1. Take a class: check out this website to find classes in your city! Filter by activity, price, or distance! Dabble finds activities in your area and shows you where to purchase tickets.
    2. Host a paint & sip: Perfect no matter who your Valentine is. Get together with couples, friends, family, or your significant other for a crafty night in! With some basic art materials and a few bottles of wine, this last minute get together is guaranteed fun.
    3. Relax: A perfect way to unwind before your night out, look up local spas in your area and book some quality downtime with your Valentine.
    4. Gift Mission: Make a date out of finding gifts for each other! Spend the day maneuvering book shops, record stores, and boutiques together. Split up at each location and look for gifts your sweetheart will love. At the end of the day, exchange gifts.
    5. Re-create your first V-Day together: Celebrate another milestone together by taking a walk down memory lane. Re-create your first Valentine’s Day together by revisiting restaurant’s, photos, movies, or soundtracks.
    6. Songs

      1. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
      2. You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
      3. Make you feel my love (cover) by Adele
      4. Come talk to me by Bon Iver
      5. Stay with You by John Legend
      6. Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band
      7. I just called to say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
      8. To Know Him is to Love Him (cover) by Amy Winehouse
      9. How Deep is your Love by the BeeGees
      10. Laundry Room by The Avett Brothers
  2. Valentine Date Night In with Guest Blogger Nicole L. from Probably Polka Dots


    Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, I am planning the ultimate date night in. And yes, you read that right…I’m planning Valentine’s Day this year.

    Ladies, we have to admit that we set our Valentine’s Day expectations a little high.

    Sometimes, they’re met or even surpassed. Other times, we’re left wondering where the disconnect was. Either way, there’s a lot of pressure on our partners to create a great date, and this year, I am taking the pressure off of my husband and preparing a date just for him:

    A Valentine’s Day Date Night In

    When I thought about what the perfect date night in would look like for my husband, I thought about a few of his favorite things, and tops of the list is a good beer. Admittedly, I am not a huge beer drinker, but for this sweet holiday, I can make an exception.

    I also knew that a great date night in couldn’t stop with beer…we had to eat, too! And that’s when it came to me: we love charcuterie platters when we go out to dinner, and while typically paired with wine, who says you can’t pair beer with cheese? Finally, we would need a little entertainment, and for that, we’ll be relying on good old Netflix (complete with candy, of course). After all, the couple that presses play together, stays together.

    an apple TV remote and some candy
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  3. How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Brunch with Guest Blogger Love Always, Audrey


    Call me a cheeseball, but I think Valentine’s Day is just the best. While I’ll celebrate love any day of the year, I think taking one day (or one month in my case) to spoil your loved ones is so, so great. Plus, my favorite color is pink, sooo…

    Who all watches Parks & Rec here? Thanks to this hilarious show, a semi-new phenomenon called Galentine’s Day has been making its rounds through women’s apartments everywhere. This holiday typically includes mimosas, some kind of sweet treat (or 7), lots of laughs, and a tooooon of pics. The best part? You don’t have to be single to partake. That’s right! As Leslie Knope said,

    “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

    Well, who would I be if I didn’t throw a Galentine’s Day soiree of my own? I sure did throw a party, and I’m going to show you how I did it using the vast amount of Valentine’s Day supplies Paper Source has to offer. Read on, lady loves!

    Step One: Invite your gal pals over, and have everyone bring something. Potlucks are fun! I personally made a frittata and Funfetti cupcakes. Am I the only person who prefers out-of-the-box Funfetti cupcakes to gourmet ones?

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  4. 4 Festive Ways to Set Your Holiday Table

    This special season means arms full of presents, hearts full of cheer and homes full of family! Look forward to a festive feast with friends and family, whether you have a fully-packed kids table or an elegant and refined theme.

    Don’t get overwhelmed with shopping for presents and decking your halls. Paper Source is here to help you celebrate the season in style! Get inspired by some of our favorite table settings below (courtesy of our Creative Intern – Caroline!)

    Gold Glam

    Gold themed holiday place setting

    Your guests will certainly take a shine to your holiday table when you add elegant gold accents. When giving gifts, it’s the thought that counts, and we think there are no better thoughts than “Peace, Joy, Love.” These cellophane bags are perfect for wrapping ornaments or sweet treats for your guests. Before you wrap up your party, share a toast or two with family and friends. Getting into the holiday spirit is even easier when your holiday spirits are in a gold confetti tumbler!

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  5. 6 Stylish Ways to Set Your Thanksgiving Table

    The season of giving thanks is here, meaning you can look forward to a festive feast with friends and family. Whether you have a fully-packed kids table or an elegant and refined theme, Paper Source is here to get you ready to give thanks in style. Get inspired by some of our favorite table sets below!

    (Plates and silverware courtesy of Sur La Table)

    Table setting with chalk outline

    Chalk it up to a good time at the kid’s table with adorable and customizable Pilgrim Place Cards and Chalkboard Table Runner! For a fun way to keep everyone occupied while waiting for seconds, let them draw on the table (runner, of course) and design their own place setting! Repurpose fine paper to build napkin rings to complete the set.
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  6. Frightfully Fool-Proof Halloween Party Tips

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    Whether your guests are frightfully finicky eaters or ghostly gluttons, all you need is the recipe for the scariest soiree of the year! Check out some of the tricks and treats below that will scare your guests’ socks off!

    Killer Halloween Kits

    No one will say Boo! to these chillingly charming Monster Masks! Transform into a witch, mummy, Dracula or Frankenstein’s monster with a few scissor snips, some string and a little bit of glue. Set up a photo booth, decorate with ornaments and garlands, and host your own monster masquerade!

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  7. Easy Weekend Entertaining: Brunch Ideas

    The time has come to acknowledge something we all know to be true – brunch blows every other meal out of the water. Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, we love brunch because it is all about choice. In the mood for something sweet? Savory? Alcohol before noon? Brunch does not judge us! Here at Paper Source, we have everything you need to host a brunch right out of the comfort of your own home in three easy steps.

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  8. A Mermaid Party

    Mermaids are a huge summer trend and make a great party theme. We’re obsessed with this Mermaid Party created by Natalie Thomas over at Nat’s Next Adventure. Natalie was throwing a Sprinkle (a baby shower for a woman who already has a child), but many of these ideas (like the paper dolls) would translate well for a kid’s birthday party, too!

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  9. The Perfect Pool Party

    One of the most fun ways to cool off during the summer is a pool party with friends. Here are some of our must-haves for a great summer bash.

     

    Essentials

    First thing’s first: you need a way to haul your stuff! This Red Stripe Tote Bag is durable and cute. Even better? It’s got plenty of room for this super cute Beach Radio, because a pool party is nothing without music!  We love this vintage-looking radio because you can plug in your iPod or smart phone to stream your own playlist. And of course you’ll need a pool float! Lounge around and catch some rays on this funny Pizza Slice Float.

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  10. The Ultimate 4th of July Drink

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    1. Nautical Garland  2. Drink Dispenser  3. Anchor Ice Trays  4. Patriotic Straws

    Are you throwing a July 4th bash? Don’t forget the drinks! We love this recipe from mom.me that can be made with or without alcohol. Serve it in this super patriotic drink station for a really festive look.

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