Planning a Valentine's Day party for children can be a lot of fun. You can make so many delicious treats, specially shaped or designed with a Valentine's Day theme. Food is a tasty way to show someone you care, and when you create a banquet of delicious Valentine treats for kids, they'll love it.
Valentine's Day Cupcakes
Pink or red frosting and heart-shaped sprinkles or even conversation hearts can make Valentine's Day cupcakes special. For a sophisticated look, place one chocolate kiss in the center of each cupcake. Arrange them in the shape of a heart, or on a heart-shaped cupcake holder. Or leave them undecorated and let that be one of the party activities.
Heart-shaped sugar cookies are inexpensive to bake and can be made in several sizes. Cover them with frosting or add a little food coloring to the dough. You can use these as a party activity, too; they're fun to decorate with sprinkles and piped frosting, almost like little cakes. Let kids decorate one to eat and others to give as gifts.
If you have a chocolate fountain or fondue set, let kids dip strawberries in chocolate. For children who are too young to do this, you can pre-dip strawberries in melted chocolate chips. Drizzle with white chocolate or dip in sprinkles for added flair. Serve on small dessert plates lined with little heart-shaped doilies.
Decorate the tables with chocolate kisses and heart-shaped confetti. You can also allow kids to make kiss sculptures with kisses and frosting, or give them away to the child who can guess "How many kisses are in the jar." Instead of awarding each game-winner a prize, you could give her a (chocolate) kiss.
Jiggly Gelatin Treats
Pick up a few Valentine's Day cookie cutters, like hearts and kissing lips. They're usually available in the baking aisle of your grocery store from late January to early February. Prepare a dense tray of flavored gelatin, allow it to set, and then cut out the shapes you want. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve with colored whipped cream. Reddi Whip makes a chocolate whipped cream, in case you wondered.