The key to a successful menu for a party like this is to be sure that everything you serve is very kid-friendly! Usually this means that food should stay on the simple side, nothing too gourmet! It is always fun, however, to add a bit of festive spirit into the food that you serve and it is the small touches that make the biggest impact. Here are just a couple of suggestions to make your food look even love-lier!
Use pink and red food coloring in as much food as you can! This works especially great in a variety of desserts like cake or mousse!
Cut sandwiches into hearts and X’s and O’s (you can find unique baking items at www.williams-sonoma.com).
Go to a gourmet cooking supply store and look for edible hearts and cupids to adorn your kid’s favorite foods!
Make easy heart-shaped cupcakes to thrill your little love bugs. Place liners in your muffin pan and fill them half way full with cake mix. Place a marble in between the liner and the pan to create the niche in the heart. Decorate them with pink frosting and heart sprinkles.
Kids love popcorn and marshmallows – combined they make a great Valentine’s treat!
What you need:
10 C. popped popcorn
3 T. margarine
1 10 – ounce pkg. marshmallows
Red food coloring
Place popped popcorn in a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan and keep warm in a 300 degree F. oven while making marshmallow mixture. In a large saucepan melt margarine over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Stir in red food coloring. Stir in popped popcorn, half at a time. Cool until easy to handle (10 to 15 minutes). Press mixture into greased individual heart-shaped pans. Cool. Remove from pans. Sprinkle with red colored sugar. Wrap each heart in plastic wrap and tie with Curling Ribbon. Makes 9 hearts.
If you don’t have a heart-shaped pan to bake a cake in, don’t fret – it is simple to make one of your own! Simply bake a standard round cake as well as a square 8 x 8 cake. After they have cooled, cut the round cake in half and place each half next to two sides of the square cake to create the heart shape. Decorate it with either pink or white frosting and red hot candies! Use a cookie cutter as a guide to frost smaller hearts around the edge.