A Valentine’s Party with Heart

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.”