Junior High Themed Valentine Dance: The Food


This is the story of how THIS: 


Became THIS!

I spent the ENTIRE day of the party baking my lil’ tail off. Thank goodness Fran showed up to help a couple of hours early because I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her!

Heart Cake Pops

We had to get creative with these cake pops when the original red candy melts didn’t work out. I had never made cake balls before this, so I should have known I was shooting big to make heart-shaped-cake-pops. Together, Fran and I were able to improvise, and this is the result. I won’t bore you with the details of what it took to get to this point; instead I’ll just tell you that I received surprisingly good feedback from the people that ate them!

Fudgy Brownie Hearts with fresh Raspberry Buttercream

These were my favorite of the bunch. The original recipe had the audacity to suggest I whip up brownies from scratch (didn’t it know how much I had to do?!?). Instead I went for a box mix, but still used the recipe’s fresh raspberry butter cream icing. WHOA. That icing was amazing. I saved some so that I can top it on some gluten free cupcakes in the very-near future.

Valentine ‘Conversation Heart’ Chocolate Bark

These were super easy, festive, AND gluten free! Somehow I never got around to trying any, but I heard it was VERY rich.

Sugar Cookie Pinwheels

These were a definite splurge in the baking process. Who makes homemade pinwheel sugar cookies when there are a thousand other things to worry about? I do. That’s who. They didn’t turn out as pretty as the original recipe. I didn’t have the right kind of sprinkles, and my red icing only got as far as pink, but I was still happy with them in the end.

Funfetti Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing & Pink Rice Krispies Treats

I think you should know that this ENTIRE party idea started with the thought that I would really like to make rice krispies treats for Valentine’s Day and dye them pink. The rest was history. Thank the krispies.

Pink Peanut Butter Hugs

Just cause. I cheated and bought a box mix of peanut butter cookies, died the mix pink, and stuck a Hershey’s hug on top. Inspired by this post.

I also made this fun popcorn confetti mix, but the only picture I got was the one at the very top. It was really tasty though!

Phew! There you have it. I think I have had enough Valentine festivity to last me… about a year! HA! Did you do anything fun and festive for Valentine’s Day this year?


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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.