What better way to treat your little sweethearts than with an afternoon of crafts, games, and sweets! Creative mom Shawna Brockmeier shares some tips on how to throw a Valentine’s Day party that’s full of heart.
“We had some of my kids’ classmates over and started out with a healthy lunch,” Shawna says. “I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into hearts using a cookie cutter. My new favorite trick is to use a stencil and sprinkle powder sugar around it [on a plate]. It’s so fun and the kids love it.”
Shawna decorated her table using a white linen cloth topped with Valentine-themed placemats lining the center. “I like to use [linen] for parties and I collect them for all the holidays. It is much easier to store cloth placemats and liners and then place them over a neutral table cloth.” She also used heart-shaped pillows as chair backers, which she says “really came in handy when the children were dashing to their seats for a game of musical chairs”.
Matching cupcake toppers and heart-themed favor boxes came from the Martha Stewart wedding line. “I always scope out wedding décor around Valentine’s Day because wedding decorations are much simpler in color and offer a more ‘put together’ look,” Shawna says.
Shawna set up a decorating station for children to decorate their own cupcakes with candy and heart toppers. She also made a pizzookie (an extra-large cookie baked in a pizza pan) that the kids decorated with chocolate and candy.
Valentine-themed felt bags were filled with stickers, glitter pens, and embellishments for the children to create their own custom valentines.
“The children had a great time,” Shawna says. “Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays.”