Shannon Berrey

My college valentine

Friday, February 14, 2014

I started collecting items for Maris' Valentine package last month. College kids loooooove care packages and Maris always loves to celebrate holidays in a big way {well, let's face it, Maris does everything in a BIG way!!}. So, I put lots of care into filling her box with meaningful sweets.

I did a little watercolor painting {this is a real painting, not a waterlogue image!!} of her with one of her favorite sorority sisters, Marissa. I went off of an instagram pic of them tailgating at a State game. But, halfway in, I decided to place them in front of the Chi O house instead.   

I ordered the coolest instagram marshmallows from Boomf {fyi -- that's the sound they make when they fall through your letterbox! They are based in the UK so I guess 'letterboxes' are common there??} I first discovered them last year, but, at the time you could only access your own instagram feed. Since I wanted to use HER photos, that didn't work. But, as of last month, they now allow you to upload anybodies pics {!} so I ordered immediately!

You simply upload 9 instagram pics to their website and a week later, you get a cute box with a copy of your selected images and the 9 square marshmallows printed with your pics. {these are totally edible, fyi!}

Aren't these fun??!! If you have a college kid, you need to order these!

Underneath those marshmallows is a monogrammed clutch from my favorite local store HannaColes. {because it's not a holiday without a monogram} Done in NC State colors, of course. 

I think cute packaging can amp up the level of anything. Don't you love it when a boutique takes the time to wrap your items in tissue and seals it with a label?? Little details really do add extra value, even to little Valentine candies! I made little individual heart wraps for the chocolate lips. These are super easy to make.  These could be made out of wrapping paper, construction paper or kraft paper.   

I ordered Chi Omega cookie cutters and made sugar cookies that I decorated with icing. 

I bought all her favorite sweets -- the hot chocolate mix to go along with the instagram marshmallows, a chocolate owl {sorority mascot!}, jelly lifesavers that I topped with arrows {chopsticks that I turned into arrows with felt}, and little brown kraft boxes that I filled with Cadbury eggs {our favorite!!} and topped with glitter love.

I hope she knows how much she is loved!!

{if you follow me on instagram, you know I have been busy making heart decor for tomorrow nights high school Valentines Dance. Well, the snow has forced the dance to be postponed {super sad face} so I am not sure when I will get to show you all of the fun. Is it weird to decorate with hearts and arrows in March????} 

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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