It is often said that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, so put your apron on and make a few sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. You can then take these to work or to school, to share with friends… or with someone special.
If you’re feeling particularly inspired, get into the kitchen and bake a cake, a batch of brownies or cupcakes to show your love. You can then present your creations in beautiful boxes, or on a cake stand, topped with candles at teatime. While you’re at it, decorate the table for tea with pretty Heart and Toot Sweet partyware.
For something a little less time-consuming, cookies are a good option. Bake little heart-shaped treats using a cookie cutter and personalise these using icing pens or sprinkles. They make great alternatives to cards – perhaps bearing nothing but an iced question mark..? Cake pops in a favourite flavour or home-made chocolate truffles make very dainty gifts. Present these together in little boxes, or individually in cellophane bags tied with ribbon.
If you’d rather not make too much of a mess in the kitchen or you don’t have time, you could buy the cakes beforehand and simply decorate them your own way, with heart sprinkles and heart candles or sparklers. Present them on a tiered stand at a Valentine’s tea party, with jam sandwiches cut into heart shapes and pink lemonade. Layer up their favourite ingredients in individual push-pop containers – jelly, cake, fruit and ice-cream to make heart-shaped layered desserts. This is a great way to use up sweet party leftovers.
If you’re a crowd – a birthday party for example – and want to put on a bit of a show, another interesting idea is to have a chocolate fondue for dessert. Chocolate is traditionally associated with romance; dip pieces of fruit and marshmallows into it for a treat that everyone can share. Candy floss in bright pink is a fun fairground alternative and the kit is sure to wow the smaller guests at all your future parties.
Check out our Valentine’s Day Ideas board on Pinterest for more inspiration.