Valentines Party Favor and Foods


Party Favors

  Flower Pots of Love

You will need a 6" or bigger clay flower pot; paint (red, pink and white); sponges; foam; tissue, suckers Sponge white paint over the entire pot. Once this dries, you can cut a piece of sponge out like a heart and paint red and/or pink hearts on the pot. After the pot is completely dry put a piece of foam in the bottom of the pot and cover with tissue paper. Now you can put all kinds of suckers in the pot. We have even make the cookie suckers and put them in there with all kinds of other suckers. They are really a cute favor.

  Bottle full of Sweethearts

This is a simple this to make. You will need to have the small glass coke bottles. We drink these small cokes through out the year and I save the bottles. All you do is fill the bottles up with confectioners sweetheart candy or red, pink and white jelly beans. You will need to get a small cork from a hardware store or craft store to put in the top of the bottle. Tie some ribbon on the neck of the bottle and you are done.

  Helium Balloons

Ever year I get the kids the malyor balloons. You can find these in the Oriental Trading book or web site and Balloon and Novelity book or web site. Tie these to a candy weight or to their desks. It is a really cool way to decorate the room and a nice party favor for the kids. They love it!

  Loving Mail Box

This favor calls for the little tin mail boxes that you can order in different colors. Take tissue paper and stuff it into the mail box then put all kinds of goodies like candy, pencils, pads, stickers and etc. Put another small piece of tissue paper in over that and tie curly ribbon on the box to hold it togather. You can even write the kids names on their mail box.

  Bee Mine Lollipop

Your child's classmates will be all abuzz when they see these wonderful bees sporting lollipop prizes. For two gifts in one, add a magnetic strip to the back of the bee, transforming him into a candy courier with the power to stick around after the lollipop is gone.
3 6-inch lengths of pipe cleaner (two black, one yellow); Craft glue; Plastic googly eyes; Yellow tissue paper; Scissors; Colored card stock (construction paper would also work); Hole punch; Marker; Lollipop
1. Fold one 6-inch black pipe cleaner into a V shape .
2. Holding the other black piece alongside the yellow pipe cleaner, wrap both stems together around the V. Use the stems' entire length and be sure to leave a small gap at the folded end, where you'll slide in the lollipop stick .
3. Bend back the ends of the V to form antennae.
4. Glue on googly eyes and yellow tissue paper wings.
5. Cut a heart shape from colored card stock.
6. Punch two holes about an inch apart in the heart, then write "Mine" on it, plus any other message on the back.
7. Slide the bee onto the lollipop, slip the lollipop stick through the holes, and your child can surprise his honey with a Valentine's treat

  Valentine Mailbox

This snazzy valentine mailbox can't help but attract love letters. Plus, it's so easy to make, no one goes postal trying. All it takes is some strategically placed cuts on a recycled box (jumbo cereal boxes or pretzel boxes are good choices), and then you can let your child decorate to her heart's content. First class for home or school.
Rectangular cardboard box; Craft glue; White self-adhesive shelf paper; Craft knife
Colored paper; Scissors; Stapler; Velcro dots (optional)
1. Glue the box lid closed and cover the entire box with several layers of white self-adhesive shelf paper (enough to block out any writing on the box).
2. Starting 2 inches from the top, use a craft knife to carefully cut along three sides of the box, leaving the back intact to serve as the hinge (a parent's job).
3. Cut a mail slot (also a parent's job) in the front of the box: ours is about 6 inches wide.
4. Make a tab closure from a 2 1/2- by 3/4-inch strip of colored paper. Fold it in half and staple it to the center front of the cover. If you like, attach Velcro dots to the tab and the box to keep the top shut.
5. Decorate the entire box with paper cutouts, canceled stamps, stickers or anything else your child likes.

  Heart Brooch

Use the following simple Play Dough recipe to make heart shaped broaches. Make the dough then shape into hearts. Before dry press pins into backs of hearts (these can be bought at any craft store). When dry paint with Valentine colors and had out to friends.
Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
food coloring
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.

  Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. Knead until smooth. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

  Cinnamon Hearts

No baking and simple for kids! Mix 3/4-1 cup applesauce with one 4.12-oz.
bottle ground cinnamon to form a stiff dough. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter (heart shape of course). Make hole for ribbon. Carefully put on rack to dry. Let air dry several days, turning occasionally. Makes 12 sweet smelling ornaments.
Cinnamon ornaments
1 cup cinnamon
1tbsp cloves
1tbsp Nutmeg
3/4 cup applesauce (Let drain in a strainer for several hours)
2 tbsp white glue
Mix cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg add applesauce & glue. Work mixture with ands
until smooth and well mixed. Divide into 4 portions roll out to 1/4 inch thickness cut with cookies cutters. Use straw to make hole for hanging (if needed). Put on wire rack to dry at room temp for several days. Turn twice daily so they don't curl. Use ribbon to hang if needed.



Party Foods

  Ice Cream Cone Cupcake

This is a smiple treat. Mix up a basic cake mix from a box. Take the old kind of ice cream cones not waffle cones and fill them about 2/3 full of mix. Bake them at about 325 until done. After they cool ice them with frosting and cover with sprinkles. Now you have the look of ice cream but with out the melting.

  Love Potion

1/2 cup frozen strawberries, slightly thawed; 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, slightly hawed; 1 cup white grape juice (or apple juice); Maraschino cherries, for garnish Place the first 3 ingredients in a blender and mix on High until you have a uniform color. To make the potion thicker, add more fruit; to make it thinner, add more juice. Garnish extravagantly with cherries and sip, sigh, swoon. Serves 2.

  Edible Cookie Paint

With this edible paint recipe, you can turn an old staple--heart- shaped cookies--into valentine canvases. Mix up your favorite sugar-cookie recipe, cut out the heart shapes, then add some color before popping the hearts in the oven. For each color of paint, you'll need: 1 egg yolk; 1 tsp. water; Food coloring In a small cup, mix the egg yolk and water, then add drops of food coloring until you've reached the desired shade. Using a small, clean paintbrush, paint onto unbaked sugar cookies and bake according to your usual directions.

  Chocolate Valentine Treats

You and your kids can make your own homemade *chocolate lollipops, *hand-dipped candies and *edible cards with just a melted, high-quality chocolate bar. For lollipops and cards, place a bar in a sturdy zip-lock bag. Microwave one minute at a time on high power until just barely melted, or melt the bag of chocolate in simmering water (if you choose to work with white chocolate, only use the water method). Before your kids start working with the chocolate, be sure the bag isn't too hot for them to hold. For hand-dipped candies, dried fruit, or other favorite treats, simply begin by microwaving a chocolate bar in a bowl.
Large high-quality chocolate bars
Assorted toppings for coating
Assorted treats for dipping
1 egg white; 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted; Food coloring

  * Chocolate Lollipops

Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of wax paper and lay down a lollipop stick, popsicle stick or half of a straw. Snip a small hole in a corner of the zip-lock bag. With the chocolate, draw a heart shape around the top part of the stick or straw and then fill it in. If your kids have trouble making the heart shape, just have them form a circle. Continue until the chocolate is used up. You can decorate the still-warm lollipops with shredded coconut, nuts or sprinkles.

  * Hand Dipped Candies

Microwave the chocolate in a bowl, then dip any of the following items to make chocolate candies: cookies, dried fruit, granola bars, pretzels, peanuts, caramels or cherries. To avoid messy hands, you may want to try dipping some of them with skewers or toothpicks. Place the chocolate candies on a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper and refrigerate or freeze until they harden.

  * Edible Valentine's Day Cards

Children can "paint" messages on these chocolate "cards" with a colorful icing. Although a dark chocolate bar might taste better to some valentines, you might want to work with white chocolate, so the messages will show up more clearly. Snip a small hole in the corner of the zip-lock bag. On a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper, squeeze the warm chocolate out of the bag, making a 3 x 5-inch rectangle or a large heart. Smooth the surface with a knife dipped in warm water and refrigerate or freeze the chocolate until it heardens. Meanwhile, whisk together 1 egg white and 1 1/2 cups of sifted onfectioners' flour to makethe "paint." Divide the mixture into 3 or 4 bowls, and add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl to make red, purple, green, blue or any other colors. When the chococalate has hardened, flip it over and use a small clean paintbrush to write messages or draw simple pictures on the chocolate card. Remind your kids to rinse their brushes in water before painting with the next color.

  Cookie Lollipops

Simply make your regular sugar cookie recipe and cut them out in heart shapes. Slide a pop stick into the bottom of the cookie and bake.

 Sweetheart Brownies

You're sure to earn brownie points with your valentines if you whip up a batch of these heart-shaped treats.
36 2-inch graham crackers
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (don't use evaporated milk)
2 tsp. vanilla extract; 1/4 tsp. salt; 1 6-oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate morsels
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for glassware). While you generously grease an 8-inch square baking pan, put your kids to work crushing the graham crackers into fine crumbs. It's especially easy and fun if you seal the crackers in a plastic bag and then use a rolling pin. 2. Next, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate morsels, pecans and graham cracker crumbs and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended. 3. Spoon the batter (it will be very stiff) into the greased pan. Use the back of a wooden spoon (or clean hands) to pat the batter into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan. 4. Finally, use a cookie cutter or a butter knife to cut out small--these brownies are rich!--heart shapes. Serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or raspberry sherbert. Makes about 8 to 12, depending on size.

 Heart Sandwiches

Use large heart shaped cookie cutters to cut heart shapes into bread. Spread with your favorite spread (raspberry, strawberry jam) and serve a special lunch this year!!