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From crafts to food, making the day a special one doesn’t have to cost a fortune at all. Yes, restaurants and flowers are nice, but when you put a little time and effort into the little things, somehow you seem to remember it more. Here are some of my favorite frugal valentine’s day ideas (sweet things version)!
I happen to have a few little Valentine plates that I can use this year for meals, especially with my little one (purchased at Target). If it’s in your budget, I’m sure many stores have similar ones right now.You would be able to use these year after year.
As I did with the Frugal Valentine Crafts Post, last year I had asked readers about their favorite frugal food/dining tips. Everyone seems to love having a red/pink food theme all day. They also seem to love cakes, cupcakes, pancakes, waffles and more in heart shapes.
I have to admit that I practiced last weekend with the heart-shaped pancakes and used a cookie cutter in the pan. The one Valentine treat I’ve made since I was a kid are rice krispie treats in the shape of a heart with just a tad of Natural Food Coloring (I prefer to not use Red#40).
Here are a few unique and special ideas from both readers and sites I found around the internet:
Heart-shaped Pepperoni Pizza:
Momma said, “For valentine’s day, we have all our food heart-shaped. Pancakes, toast, and eggs for breakfast (i have molds for all of that) sandwiches for lunch and pizza for supper. One year i was even cut the pepperonis into little heart shapes!”
Sadie said, “I cut their sandwiches into heart shaped crudites, and pack fruit kabobs with some heart-shaped pieces of fruit too (kiwis make great hearts).”
Sweet Fortune Cookies:
I found this idea at Family Fun (now Spoonful) and thought this would be a great idea, not only for children but for adults too. Instead of fortunes in the cookie, you could write little love notes.
Angie said, “I make everything heart shaped!! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!! Then for dinner,we dress up and get out the good china and have a fancy dinner with the kiddos.”
I have to say I love this idea because how many of us really use the good china – what are we waiting for?
Cake Ball Petit Four Combobulations:
I have to rave about Melinda’s creation. You must check out her blog and just look at the photos. If this doesn’t scream the perfect Valentine’s dessert, I don’t know what does. Check them out here .
What sweet things do you like to create?