A“Heart-y” Party!

Since Valentines Day falls on a weekday when many families juggle home life, work, school, sports and packed schedules, some may be seeking an alternative to the traditional romantic dinner by candle light.  Resist store bought cards and fixed menu dinners this Valentine’s Day. Create and play!
These ice cream cone cupcakes were both simple to make and a big hit with the little sweeties.  
I piped pink and red icing (which you can buy directly from the bakery) onto the cupcakes and let the children add sprinkles and valentine hearts. Using the ice cream cones as muffin cups was a twist on tradition and a fun way to display! 

A heart shaped cookie cutter plus rice crispie treats equals true love. 

A vintage porcelain plateau provides the perfect perch for iced heart shaped bakery cookies. To layer the seasonal decor I like to pull items out of cabinets and drawers that color coordinate but may not necessarily be themed. These pink saucers make perfect cookie plates. 

A natural vine basket i had saved from years before was easily fitted with a mix of spring blossoms from the grocery store. 

I set the table as the children made cards for each other and our guests. Simple place cards are an easy way to make it special. I used scissors to cut hearts into lunch sacks to make goody bags for each personalized place setting. 

If your home decor has a muted palette maybe skip the traditional red roses and opt for a muted bouquet such a blush blooms and dusty miller.   

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