A V-day party has become a tradition at our house. My 3-year-old starts asking about the party in January, which includes making a Valentine's Day Post Office. This year my daughter's grandparents were visiting and helped her make her annual post office, complete with sparkly rose lights and colorful hearts. We hosted a little party for her friends; a fun opportunity to make some yummy food that I don't have to eat all by myself! Baking for others is the best kind of inspiration.
Our V-day party included yummy cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, and some healthier snacks like a heart fruit plate, veggie platter, and pretzels. Our party did feature a rather outrageous assortment of sugar to consume at 10 o'clock in the morning, but Valentine's Day only happens once a year!
Tiny cupcakes and cake pops are a must-have for any kids' party. Instead of making large amounts of both, I made an assortment of tiny treats. The whimsical decorations include berries, sprinkles, nerds candy, and sweet tarts.
1. Mix a baked cake together with a tub of frosting. Form balls out of the mixture, stick a paper lollipop stick into each ball, and let them harden in the freezer for about an hour.
2. Melt Wilton chocolate candy melts in the microwave for a minute and a half, stirring in between 30 second intervals. I mixed a tablespoon of cooking oil into the chocolate to make it thinner and easier to drizzle.
3. Spoon the melted chocolate over each cake pop, twirling slowly. As you slowly twirl the cake pop, any excess chocolate will drip off and the remaining chocolate will set.
4. Decorate with sprinkles or candies before the cake pops fully harden.
Patience is the key! Twirling too fast will cause the cake pop to become unstable on the stick, and spooning too many layers of chocolate will cause it to get clumpy. Place the un-coated cake pop balls back in the freezer if they get too soft, and reheat the chocolate candy melts if the melted chocolate starts getting thick.
It's tough to get cake pops to stand up while they harden! We found this awesome cake pop stand which is a must-have if you make cake pops often. It's also easy to disassemble and clean, and doubles as a cupcake display too!
Our heart fruit plate was easy to make with a strip of paper taped together to make a heart mold. Fill up the heart and then remove the paper to create a beautiful blueberry heart outline. The fruit platter was the first thing to be devoured by hungry little 3-year-olds. Yum!
My daughter also requested a heart cake. I actually made the cake pops, cupcakes and heart cake out of the same two boxes of cake mix. Easy win! The heart cake I just cut out of a round sheet cake and frosted with yummy strawberry icing. The raspberries and baking pearls offer the perfect decorative touch!
What's a Valentine's Party without chocolate covered strawberries? Again easy to make, just wash strawberries, let them air dry, and dip them into melted chocolate chips. I added a bit of cooking oil to the melted chocolate chips to make the chocolate flow evenly. I also sprinkled on some chocolate sprinkles. Place the dipped strawberries on parchment paper to set.
Our V-day party decor is made from scrapbook paper hearts glued onto lengths of ribbon. We also arranged cute pink and red teddy bears around the house. Our super cool LED star light was a post-Christmas clearance buy. 70% off!
Cute double-sided paper hearts, looped onto our colorful rose chandelier.
Cute paper mustache and lips party favors, glued onto wooden skewers.
Our V-day Post Office is made from a recycled box — a Valentine's family tradition!
At our Valentine's Day party, the kids decorated small "mailboxes" and then swapped Valentines. It was a perfect activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Decorative materials include colorful paper shapes, stickers, and crayons.
Make your own mail boxes kids' craft.
Our Valentine's party was super fun and a great way to make the holiday fun for all our little kiddos.
How do you make Valentine's Day memories with your kids? We'd love to hear about your family V-day traditions shared in the comments.