Valentine’s Day Tea: The DIYs

This year, I decided that I wanted to do something special for my girlfriends for Valentine’s Day. So, I invited my girls over to the house and threw an Asian inspired Valentine’s Day Tea! The afternoon was full of crafting, cooking and celebrating. We had so much fun sipping tea, enjoying dim sum and making (and eating) our own fortune cookies (tuTORIals and recipes to come).

I’ll share all of the photos here on ediTORIal throughout the week – but first, I want to start with the DIYs. It wouldn’t be a party at my house if there wasn’t a crafting element, right?! First up, my Valentine’s Day inspired manicure.

DIY Valentine’s Day Nail Art

DIY Valentine’s Day Nail Art

The night before the party I went all out on my nails with a DIY Valentine’s Day manicure. All you need to recreate my nail art is a hot pink polish, a top coat, and tiny crafting beads in Valentine’s Day colors (I got Martha Stewart Microbeads). I painted my nails with one coat of hot pink polish, and then added a top coat. I put all of the pink, white and red beads into a bowl, and dipped each finger in the bowl of beads. When each nail was evenly coated, I added one more top coat.

DIY Kimono

Before my girlfriends arrived, I tackled the first order of business when throwing a party – choosing what to wear! And I couldn’t just go into my closet and grab the nearest kimono… I had to make my own! Here’s my tuTORIal.

DIY Kimono


  1. Start with about 2 yards of the fabric of your choice. I chose this red and pink floral print. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Fold the fabric in half (with the patterned side up). Once the fabric is folded, hold it up to your shoulders to see if the length is right. If you want the kimono to be a little bit shorter, cut to the length as much as you like.
  2. Next, lay your fabric on a flat surface while still folded.  Down the center of the fabric you will cut about 2 1/2″ piece from the very center of the top layer of your fold from the bottom up to about 6″ away from the fold.
  3. Now you will cut a half circle at the fold on the top layer of the fabric.
  4. Try it on for size! If the kimono is too long, shorten it by cutting excess material to your desired length.

Here’s a little tip – if you have any extra fabric, use it to make a cute belt to wear around the kimono.

And here’s the final product!

DIY Kimono

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting my favorite part of the party – the food! And the fabulous tablescape of course. Here’s a sneak peek:

Valentine's Day Tea

So gorgeous, right?

Do you have any Valentine’s Day DIYs to share? Post them in the comments!

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Valentine’s Day Tea.


: Stephanie Todaro Photography

  • GMD

    Great pics, Tori :-) Beautiful, as always! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your little sweethearts!

  • Misty Roper

    So u didn’t have to hem the fabric from raveling? Oh to be able to attend one of your parties……

  • lima

    um, was anyone AT the party? :)

  • JenG

    Try a cotton jersey next time. The fabric will “roll up” on the edges and you won’t have to worry about it fraying. super cute idea

  • http://www.preppypinkcrocodile.com/ Preppy Pink Crocodile

    Cute party idea! Love the kimono too.

    KK @ Preppy Pink Crocodile

  • Andrea Worley

    what an adorable idea! love the idea of celebrating girl friends this way!!

  • Darren Martin

    Great job, T! Is there anything you can’t do? Beautiful. Happy VDay.

  • Jackie

    Looks like you’ve already had your tea party but if you throw another one I highly recommend Green Tea with Blueberry & Acai. Rite Aid brand of all things! I’ve been sick this week and this tea is amazing!

  • Jenb

    I just love everything you do Tori, I love crafting too you always have great ideas!

  • Teri Boudreau

    i sooo love ur nails…. how fun …… the kimono is adorable…. i wish i had talent like you…. …my idea was to simple…. an antique vase(white and red)…filled with lindt chocolates(my bf”s fav)…..some pink fabric inside the vase……and rose petals splashed all around the vase…..

  • Susan Grayson

    Love your nail and your outfit too. I’m gonna do the outfit on one day… thank you for sharing your DIY….

  • April L Watkins

    Awesome job love it. Im a plus size gal and want to make one too. Love the nails. Happy Valentines to you and yours love.

  • Eyerusalem Tsegaye

    coll me and i will be there

  • Lori Matson

    Where are the guests.

  • Derblum

    very pretty! that is very soft as color


  • Mrs. Barrera

    You are so clever!!! I come in every morning to work just to see whats new :)
    LOVE IT! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

  • Minerva

    Lobely!always great ideas ! Lol from Barcelona ( Spain )

  • Trude Molvik

    You look great, maybe I’ll try and make a smiular kimono one of these days :)

  • Madelane

    Lovely idea…I will have to do this once it starts to warm up here, maybe when the Cherry Blossoms are blooming !.Happy Valentines Day

  • sha

    she’s broke and having tea parties hahaha I don’t think she knows the meaning of broke, she’s paying 70,000 a month for hubby to rehab…Broke is not being able to afford to put oil in your house like me, I have no extra money to throw a tea party geez

  • casey

    Doing something for herself and letting her husband take care of himself is fine. Everyone has tea and extra material! Let this poor girl have some joy!