Treat yourself or some of your favourite gals (or drop some hints to your sweetheart!) with this Galentine’s Day round up! Whether red or pink is your favourite colour for the occasion, there are plenty of cute options inspired by Feb 14. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to add some pops of pink and red- and hearts errrrything- but since it’s right around the corner I hope you like some of the ideas here. Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your favourite ladies and treat yourself and each other!
If you’ve left your shopping to the last minute and won’t have time to hit up the mall or your favourite stores, options like express shipping and Amazon Prime (my lifesaver so many times throughout the year!) are great options to make sure your gifts arrive on time (if you’re shopping local, see if your favourite small shop offers local pick up). And if you’re really low on time, you can always make your own gift (see here and here for some cute Valentine’s printables). Or how about a date night/ girl’s night in? Pick up some snacks (check out this white chocolate Valentine’s popcorn for a cute idea) and enjoy a relaxing night of games or movies.
See these posts for more cute Valentine’s Day ideas:
This Valentine’s Day popcorn is a sweet treat everyone will enjoy snacking on. It’s a fun snack to send to school for a Valentine’s party or to put in treat bags to give with Valentines cards (like these cute candy hearts ones!). It just takes a few minutes to whip up a batch (perfect for that ‘oops I forgot’ moment the night before 😉 : all you have to do is melt some white chocolate and choose your favourite sweets to mix in. I’ve even got some cute printable tags you can download and attach to treat bags for handing out on February 14! Who’s going to be organized for that class party? YOU ARE. Nice work mama, now let’s get to the good stuff…
5 cups popcorn (Tip: pop it a little ahead of time so it has time to cool)
1 cup white chocolate for melting
Valentine’s candies of choice (For mine I went with Smarties and candy hearts, but for kids who are gluten free I picked up some jelly beans to mix in in place of the Smarties).
1. Melt the white chocolate and stir to remove chunks. (I tried melting the chocolate two ways: on the stove top in a double boiler and in the microwave. For some reason I had better luck in the microwave).
2.When melted, drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn.
3.Cover with the sprinkles and allow to cool. Tip: To speed this step up pop in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
4.Break up the popcorn mix into bight-sized pieces and pour into a large mixing bowl. Toss in the smarties and candy hearts and blend until evenly distributed throughout the popcorn. If eating right away, pop into some bowls and enjoy. If making treat bags check out step 5.
5.If you want to send the popcorn to school with Valentines, pour into your bag or container of choice and attach one of these cute Valentines tags!
Say Happy Valentine’s Day with these cute candy heart printables! Inspired by the cute sweets, these hearts make cute Valentine’s cards to give out at school, or you can use them for decorations. I’ve created two versions that you can choose from or mix-and-match: one set with words and one without/plain, so you can leave them blank or personalize yourself. All you have to do is click, print & cut out! Hand these out by themselves or pair with some sweet treats.
Tip: Print on cardstock instead of regular paper to use as Valentine’s cards. I sent mine to Staples to print and they cost less than a set of kid’s Valentine’s from the store
One last Valentine’s Day DIY coming your way! If you’re not a fan of the store- bought cards and prefer to make your own, these Valentines are for you! All you need is some black construction paper and a white crayon- how much easier could it get?!- and maybe some washi tape if you want to mix things up a bit. These take minutes to make and the results are super cute. Just look up some cute phrases and pretty designs on Pinterest for inspo and you’re good to go- voila! (I’m also thinking this would make cure wrapping paper if you can find sheets of paper big enough… what do you think?).
Black construction paper
1. Fold the paper in half to make the card and using the white crayon draw out the design you want
2. … or cut out washi tape to size and create a cute heart (or other pretty Vday design).
Tip: you may want to use a glue stick for extra hold- I found my washi tape didn’t stick too well to the paper for some reason…
I thought these were a fun twist on the classic Valentines we see every year, and if you’re really talented at calligraphy, think of how beautiful these could turn out! For kids, this is a fun way to get them making their own cards and encourage them to add a personal touch when they write out what goes inside (even if they just add some stickers or write their name). Does anyone else like making their own cards or do you like to buy them? What are some of your favourite ways to personalize a card or gift?
Growing up, ice cream floats were that thing you got when you were a good kid, did all your chores, ate all your dinner, and showed your parents that you could sit at the table without behaving like a zoo animal. Long story short, they were a treat right up there with milkshakes, staying up late, and junk food. Before making them for this post I can’t honestly remember the last time I had one, but oh em gee I remember why I loved them so much as a kid after making these!
There’s something about the combo of a sweet carbonated beverage and classic vanilla ice cream that is just plain ah- mazing. And really, does it get much better than a drinkable dessert (bonus points when topped with sprinkles 😉 )? I know there are classic combos like lemon- lime soda or root beer paired with ice cream to make these, but something about swapping in ginger ale (I used cranberry) took these to another level. And since they were part of a cute Valentine’s Day shoot (see that post on my friend Keisha’s blog here), the cute pink colour was a happy bonus of trying a different take on this classic. I think the beauty of these is that they only require 2 ingredients: ice cream and pop, and the rest is up to you and how crazy/ creative you want to get with flavour combos and toppings. But no matter what, there’s a major YUM factor with these and proof that you can’t beat a classic.
Vanilla ice cream
Cranberry or raspberry ginger ail
1.Pour equal amounts of ginger ale into all of your glasses- leave approximately 1 to 2 inches of space at the top of the glass.
2. Top with 1 to 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, adding sprinkles for a fun touch.
3. Finish off with a piece of red liquorice and a party straw for a cute drinkable dessert.