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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had a blast planning this party and the best part . . . easy cleanup! I hope you enjoyed it, too.
What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day party recipe?