Kids + Capri Sun = Valentine’s Day Fun

by Alli

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I’m in the midst of planning an awesome Valentine’s Day party for the kids and I’m taking you along for the ride. Come on, let’s go! Who’s ready for some Valentine’s Day fun?

Capri Sun and Kids

Valentine’s Day Fun

I usually start my to-do list with the menu.  When planning a menu for kids, simple is the only way to go.  Now is not the time to introduce new foods.  I’m serving heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches featuring Kraft singles, strawberry pizza and Honeycrisp hearts served with my easy, 3-ingredient taffy apple dip. Mini red velvet cupcakes and chocolate dipped marshmallows will provide a sweet ending.  It will all be washed down with their favorite flavors of Capri Sun.

Capri Sun Party Menu

 

Strawberry Pizza

Taffy Apple Dip

Don’t forget to try my easy taffy apple dip!  My children and grandchildren say it’s the best dip ever!  I sliced the apples and used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to make cute little apple hearts.

Honeycrisp Hearts with Taffy Apple Dip

Taffy Apple Dip

Capri Sun and Kids

Ingredients

  • 1 block (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well (whisk or use a mixer). Store in the fridge. Serve with apple wedges.

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Now that the menu is taken care of, let’s go shopping and find a theme.  Actually, Valentine’s Day is the theme, but I’m looking for a theme within a theme.

Let’s Go Shopping

Most of the time the vibe of my party is decided way before I ever go shopping.  But sometimes I like to take a walk on the wild side and get a spark of inspiration at the store.

I only have 2 stops to make for this party, Sam’s Club and my favorite hobby/party shop. I’m going with pretty paper plates so that cleanup will be a breeze.

Once inside the party store, I spotted the cutest puppy themed paper products and I knew immediately the direction this party was heading!  Everyone loves warm, cuddly puppies.  As I thought about the centerpiece (must be non-breakable) I decided to continue in the warm and cuddly direction and use a puppy.  No, not a real one – a soft and cuddly toy puppy.  I bought balloons and a few other items and was on my way.  I even took a picture while out shopping.

Party Decor

Next stop:  Sam’s Club!  I could spend the entire afternoon in here, but I’m on a mission.  I head to the grocery department to look for the Capri Suns and the other food items I’ll need for the party.

Valentine Day Fun

Capri Sun

My kids loved Capri Sun when they were growing up and it’s the only drink I keep on hand for the grandkids. I like that there are no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives AND they have 25% less sugar than other leading juice drinks.  It’s also a good source of Vitamin E.  And the economical price is right, too. My grandkids love them because they’re just plain good!

I grabbed the Capri Sun Variety Pack because it contains 10 pouches of each flavor:  Fruit Punch, Pacific Cooler, Wild Cherry, and Strawberry. Each child can choose their favorite and I’ll have enough to send home in their treat boxes.

While in Sam’s, I made a stop in the bakery department to grab some mini red velvet cupcakes.  I’m going to dress them up, flick a little flour on my shirt and no one will ever know I didn’t bake them myself. (They are THAT good).

(I embellished the cupcakes with chocolate hearts by melting white chocolate, piping heart shapes onto foil and adding pink sparkles.  Once they hardened, I gently peeled them away from the foil and placed them on top of the cupcakes with a little puppy-love heart.)

Cupcakes for Capri Sun Valentine's Day Party

Valentine Cardholders

As the kids arrive, I’ll have their Valentine’s Day card holder assembled and ready for them to add the finishing touches.  This is a great way to have something for my guests to do as soon as they arrive.  I went old school and used paper plates – one cut in half and hot glued together – for the cardholders It took me back to my childhood years!  I bought stickers, etc. for the kids to use to personalize their cardholders.

Valentine's Day Card Holder

Once the card holders are done, in order to keep them off the table (and the floor) I’ll secure them with a ribbon and hang them from the back of the chairs.  When it’s time to pass out the cards, the music is cued and a contest begins to see how fast the cards can be stuffed into the holders.

Valentine's Day Card Holder

Everyone will get a chance to guess how many candy pieces are in the jar holding the chocolate dipped marshmallows.  The winner gets the candy and the centerpiece.

I used pretty, heart covered straws inserted into the bottom of the marshmallows.  Then I dipped the tops into melted white chocolate, added a few sprinkles and stuck the straws into a square of florist foam to dry.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Once the party is over, everyone gets a treat box filled with little prizes including pencils and notebooks, a balloon and a Capri Sun for the road.

Valentine's Day Party Treat Boxes

I had a blast planning this party and the best part . . . easy cleanup!  I hope you enjoyed it, too.

Valentine's Day Tablescape

Valentine's Fun for Kids

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day party recipe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 comments

Shirley Wood February 6, 2015 - 7:26 am

What time and where. I want to come. Your Valentine’s party looks like so much fun to me! I want one of those treat boxes! Why don’t we give such goodies to adults when we party!

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Alli February 6, 2015 - 7:38 am

I know, right? The kids always have the best parties AND the best take-home gifts! If I come over to your house I want a piece of that strawberry cake in my treat box. 🙂

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Amanda Smith February 6, 2015 - 7:49 am

What fun! We have never made that big of a deal about Valentines Day at our house. So I am with Shirley, I want to come to your house instead!

I am going to try that fruit dip at our next get together. I wonder if I can make it with turbinado sugar instead of brown sugar?

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Christine Gallagher February 6, 2015 - 8:16 am

oh these are just some of the cutest ideas I love Holiday crafts as much as the kids do lol
thanks for sharing

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AJ @ NutriFitMama February 6, 2015 - 8:57 am

What a cute and fun party! Love these ideas. That taffy dip sounds pretty good too 🙂

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Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life February 6, 2015 - 10:42 am

Beautiful party! We are going to have to try the strawberry pizza…YUM! We make the same apple dip and it’s so good! I love the addition of the heart shaped apples!

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Alli February 6, 2015 - 10:48 am

Thanks, Paris! I’ve had the fruit pizza made with sugar cookie dough,but I had never made this one and the grands really liked it. I’ve been making that apple dip forever. It looks almost too simple, but it sure is good, isn’t it? The hearts were so easy to make and turned out so cute.

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Andrea February 6, 2015 - 11:12 am

I don’t have any children but I love a good themed party & decor!!! I can’t wait to make the strawberry pizza & taffy apple dip!

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Alli February 6, 2015 - 11:21 am

Thanks, Andrea! My kids are grown, but I love planning parties for my grands.

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Tianna February 6, 2015 - 11:18 am

what a cool idea for a party! Capri Sun are so nostalgic for my childhood – love those pouches of sugar haha. your party is so cute – anything heart shaped and I’m there!

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Alli February 6, 2015 - 11:20 am

Yes, Capri Sun rocks! All of my kids think so. 🙂

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Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai February 6, 2015 - 12:28 pm

What a cute party! I love the chocolate dipped marshmallows. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂 Hope to see you again next week.

~Lorelai
Life With Lorelai

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Alli February 7, 2015 - 8:47 am

The food for this party is so simple to make AND tastes like I slaved all day. 🙂

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Jenna Wood February 6, 2015 - 12:43 pm

I love the puppy theme you went with- it is so adorable! That KRAFT strawberry pizza recipe sure sounds like something unique and simple to serve guests! #client

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Jocelyn McGaffic February 6, 2015 - 4:17 pm

What an adorable post! I’ve always just done a small Valentine for each of my kids (just like my parents did), but you really go all out! It’s beautiful, and I love all your pictures!

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Alli February 7, 2015 - 8:46 am

Thanks, Jocelyn! I always enjoy planning parties for kids.

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Stephanie Pass February 6, 2015 - 10:57 pm

This looks so great! I love the strawberry pizza and the Taffy dip. I want to go to this party!!

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Alli February 7, 2015 - 8:44 am

Come on over! 🙂

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Hannah February 7, 2015 - 12:55 am

Very cool ideas! Strawberry pizza looks awesome! 🙂

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Alli February 7, 2015 - 8:43 am

Thanks, Hannah! It’s so easy to make and the kids (and adults) loved it.

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Jamie February 7, 2015 - 11:33 am

I love the names on the hearts – that’s adorable!! So many great ideas to make the time fun! 🙂

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication February 7, 2015 - 9:26 pm

So cute! I love all of your treats – so clever!

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