Valentine's Day is not just for lovers, but an exciting time for children, with classroom parties, birthday parties, and parties simply to celebrate the day. Because Valentine's Day parties are already themed, invitations, decorations, games and food tend to be easier to plan. Red, white and pink are the colors and anything heart shaped fits perfectly.
People often associate Valentine's Day with chocolates and sweets, but adding sandwiches to your party menu is healthy and well balanced for youngsters. Use a variety of breads like wheat, rye and sourdough with kid-friendly fillings, such as cheese, ham, tuna or chicken salad, and peanut butter and jelly (make sure no guests have a peanut allergy). Cream cheese mixed with strawberries, pineapple or pimentos are also favorite sandwich fillings for children. Once assembled, use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to press into the middle of each sandwich to make a heart shape.
No Valentine's party, for young or old, would be complete without sweets. Heart-shaped sugar cookies with pink, red and white frosting and sugar sprinkles on top are common for any Valentine's Day party. Chocolate, vanilla or, better yet, strawberry cakes or cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles are nice alternatives. For something a little different, make puffed rice cereal and marshmallow treats that you shape into hearts, or pat the mixture into a pan and use a cookie cutter to make heart shapes, then top with chocolate or frosting.
The drinks can be as just as enticing as the food. Start by putting a scoop of raspberry or pineapple sherbet into a cup. Pour a mixture of pink lemonade and lemon-lime soda over the sherbet, or a mix of cranberry juice and ginger ale. Add heart-shaped ice cubes colored red with food coloring, or add frozen strawberries to the soda mixture for a festive and delicious treat.
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