Five Easy Ideas for Valentine's Fun

Check out these five easy ideas to add a little simplicity and fun to your Valentine's Day.

STRAWBERRY HOT COCOA

A simple concoction of strawberry milk and hot chocolate mix topped with whipped cream or fluffy marshmallows is the perfect Valentine treat!

I used Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix and simply substituted the milk/water with Strawberry milk! You can't really tell from the pictures, but I promise it's PINK! So delicious and super fun!


EASY VALENTINE COOKIES

Ok, if you're like me, you love to cook, BUT your cookie-making (and decorating) skills have no place in the Martha Stewart magazine. Luckily, there's an easy alternative to create great looking - and tasting! - Valentine cookies for your sweetie or kiddos. No rolling pin or perfectly placed cookie cutters required! I used a foolproof, 5 ingredient shortbread recipe that even us baking challenged chefs can manage. Whip up a quick batch of dough, roll into balls and use a spoon or your thumb to create a "dip" and bake! Drizzle a little pink icing on top and add your favorite Valentine inspired chocolates into the center for Insta-worthy bite-sized cookies! 

For the icing drizzle, I simply mixed store-bought pink icing with a very small splash of water (to thin it out a tad) and put it in a zip-loc bag. Snip the corner of the baggie, and voila! Squeeze your icing drizzle to your heart's content!

I used these cute Ghirardelli heart chocolates but Hershey's Kisses work great, too! 

RECIPE
Only 5 Ingredients!
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt

DIRECTIONS
Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add the flour and salt and mix into a soft dough. Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
Form tablespoon sized balls of dough. Use your thumb or a spoon to make a small dip in the center of each cookie and place on a lined cookie sheet. Pop the cookies back in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking (this keeps them from baking flat)
Bake at 325 for 10-13 minutes, until set but not browned. | Makes about 24 cookies


DIY VALENTINE'S DAY CARDS

Sure, a box of store-bought cards are easy and affordable. And sometimes easy and affordable is exactly what we're looking for! But if you've got a little extra time or are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, homemade Valentine cards are fun and EASY!

Depending on how crafty you are, you can start with either construction paper for your card or a box of colorful blank note cards. Gather your glue, scissors, stamps, glitter and any other items to add pizzaz to your cards. Make easy 3D fluttering hearts by folding a piece of colored paper in half and cutting half of a heart shape along the fold. Voila! Perfectly shaped hearts! Add a little glue along the fold line of your heart shape, and place on the front of or inside your card for a pop-up 3D effect.

I had so much fun taking some time to make these cute cards. It gave me such a carefree feeling and was an easy activity that reminded me to enjoy the simplicity of everyday moments.


HANDWRITTEN LOVE NOTES

Handwritten Valentine Love Notes

If there ever was an EASY DIY Valentine, this is it! Find some cute Valentine themed note cards (or make your own from scrapbooking paper, construction paper, etc.) and write a thoughtful note to your someone special.

Life is busy. I get it. But what a quick, simple way to thoughtfully show someone you're thinking about them. Leave a love note in your significant other's car so they find it when they leave for work, or maybe on their pillow for a sweet bedtime discovery. The gesture of taking time to tell someone you love them doesn't need much more than a pen and paper.

*You can find the notecards I have pictured HERE.


CUSTOMIZED VALENTINE'S DAY CARDS

Of course, I WOULD write about ordering customized Valentine's Day cards after I just encouraged you to be crafty and make your own. Ha! But hey, a girl needs options, right? Maybe you want to make a few cute DIY cards for your kiddos or bestie, but want something a little more polished to send to friends and family. Or maybe the holiday season got the best of you and you didn't send out a beautifully styled Christmas card. (Guilty as charged!) Either way, Valentine's Day cards are the new Christmas card in my opinion, and Paper Culture has really great designs to help you send a little happy mail.

Don't worry about having professionally taken photos or perfectly posed snaps. I promise, your friends and extended family aren't concerned about a beautiful sunset as your backdrop. I actually used a picture that was taken on my iPhone this past Fall! It's fun, carefree and includes all three of our fur kids! It's quite the accomplishment to get us all in a reasonably looking photo, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to send it out :)

I just discovered Paper Culture over the holidays from a friend who sent me a holiday card from them. I love their designs and that all of their cards are printed on eco-friendly material - AND for every order placed a tree is planted. Warm fuzzies!

They've extended their 40% Off Sale on Valentine's Day cards through January 31st. That's plenty of time to order, receive and mail your cards by February 14th!

Another piece of advice - upload an Excel sheet with your addresses and have them printed on the envelopes. Saves a ton of time, and hand cramps!


I hope you found some of these ideas fun and helpful as you're planning your own Valentine's themed activities. Sometimes it's good to be reminded that simple is pretty great. What are some of your favorite Valentine's Day treats, projects or traditions? Please leave a comment and let me know!

xoxo,

Laura