6 Ways to Show Your Squad Love This Valentine's Day
Because they've been there through thick (crust) and thin (crust).
People typically fall in one of two Valentine’s Day camps — they totally love it or totally hate it. I see both sides, but I’d like to propose we completely shift our view of this love-ly holiday. Instead of only focusing on your S.O. and expensive, store-bought gifts, focus on the very simple, general idea of love — love for your friends, love for your family and love for humanity. We can externalize this love in thoughtful gestures that spend more of our time than they do our money. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to show your squad love.
Host a Galentine’s Day Party
Mark your calendar for Feb. 13, and plan a party that would make Leslie Knope proud. Your gal pals will appreciate a girls' night. Not exactly sure how to pull it off? We’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions.
Celebrate the Holiday
February 14 is as much about handmade valentine cards as it is a celebration of love. This year, invite a group of close friends over for an .
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
There's no question that Valentine's Day is all about sweets. Guests will love the chance to indulge in a stunning display of desserts; when displayed down the middle of the table, they double as a striking centerpiece. French macarons, chocolate fudge cakes and rosemary panna cotta are all fittingly indulgent, while a delicious cheese plate adds a savory touch to the menu.
Nothing gets creative juices flowing quite like a little festive bubbly. Kick off the evening in celebratory style by offering pink cans of champagne. Festive and delicious, they're the perfect complement to a sweet dessert spread and fit seamlessly with the party's decor.
When else can you get away with setting an entirely pink table? Punch up the color with horizontal runners, bright glasses and vases wrapped in crepe paper. When placed on top of butcher paper, the table can easily be cleared after dessert, revealing a perfect workspace for crafting.
Doilies not only make perfect supplies for crafting, they also make eye-catching place cards. Simply write the name of each guest onto a circular doily, seal it with a kiss and place beneath a clear glass plate. The result is a girly and unique place setting that can be repeated time and time again.
Set the Scene
Set up a well-stocked craft display with enough supplies to go around. Be sure to include crafting staples such as glitter, watercolors and assorted paper, while also incorporating unique options like Scrabble tiles and pipe cleaners. Don't forget to supply enough scissors and small glue bottles for each guest to have her own.
Craft Your Heart Out
Once all sugar cravings have been satisfied, clear the table and let the real fun begin. Print out various templates and stencils for guests to use, and provide examples of completed cards for inspiration. Everyone will be amazed at how quickly the time flies when they lose themselves in creating little loving works of art.
On the Line
Transform a blank wall into a drying rack with red and white kitchen twine, origami hearts and clothespins. Write the name of each guest onto heart-shaped pieces of card stock, and hang on the line to identify everyone's work. Completed valentine cards display beautifully and create a playful backdrop as they dry.
Yummy Party Favors
Top off a fabulous afternoon by sending guests home with handmade granola. Toast your favorite nuts, dried fruit and spices and scoop into adorable paper bags. There's no better way to share the love with your friends and thank them for coming over.
Make Home Decor for Your Besties
I don’t know about you, but nothing makes my heart skip a beat quite like a new throw pillow. Surprise friends with handmade decor for their homes. Consider each friend’s home and personality before choosing a project and color scheme.
Make This: Valentine’s Day Pillow
Make This: Heart-Shaped String Art
Gift Them Pretty (DIY) Stemware
Make This: Etched Heart Wine Glasses
Make This: Glitter Champagne Flutes
Set Them Up...for a Spa Day
Do your besties spend a lot of time solo? Make their me time more enjoyable with a thoughtful spa kit. You'll be surprised at how many items you can DIY!
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Craft your very own spa kit. (Fill yours with handmade items and inexpensive extras!)
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Gift a long soak in the tub with these easy all-natural bath bombs.
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These three DIY sugar scrubs boast tons of remedial qualities.
Bake Them Something Sweet
Let’s be honest here. Your single friend would much rather you make her some bomb sugar cookies than set her up on a blind date — again.
Chocolate Brownie Pudding
This super chocolatey treat is sure to satisfy your sweetie's sweetest tooth. Is it a brownie? Is it pudding? We're not sure. All we know is that it's sinfully delicious. Get the recipe.
Cupid's Arrow Hot Chocolate
Kids and adults alike will love this fun twist on a classic winter treat. Dress up hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows and a paper straw "arrow" for the finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie Truffles
You're probably familiar with classic chocolate truffles. But these beauties mix chocolate sandwich cookies, cream cheese and fresh strawberries for a treat that's seriously irresistible. Plus, you can use a heart cookie cutter and hot-pink sprinkles to make them even more delightful. Get the recipe.
Conversation Heart Cookies
This year, swap those traditional candy conversation hearts for something homemade and customized. Make vanilla sandwich cookies and use a custom stamp-setting kit and food-safe decorating pen to create personalized and scrumptious messages right on top. Get the recipe.
Heritage Red Velvet Cake
You don't need any special supplies to make this sweet, heart-shaped cake. Just create a hand-drawn template and cut out the heart with a knife. If you can resist eating the cake scraps, crumble them and coat the cake for a soft, crumb layering. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes
Nothing goes together quite like chocolate and strawberries, but here's a combination you probably haven't seen. Chocolate shortcakes give this traditional dessert an unexpected twist. Get the recipe.
White-Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies
Surprise your valentine with a special delivery in the form of white-chocolate-dipped fortune cookies packaged in a personalized Chinese takeout box. Get the recipe and how-to.
Wake up your loved one with fluffy, heart-shaped homemade waffles covered in sweet maple syrup. .
Make your favorite muffin recipe extra-special for Valentine's Day by using heart-shaped muffin tins. The sweet results will surely surprise your significant other. .
Chocolate Mint Dessert Smoothie
You can still be naughty while remaining health conscious. Ingredients like pear and avocado make this healthy, but add in the cacao powder and dairy-free chocolate chip ice cream for a perfect after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.
Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts
Does your sweetheart prefer something a little less rich? These fruit tarts feature a mix of fresh fruits on mini tart shells with mascarpone cheese. The champagne-apricot glaze is the perfect mouthwatering finish. Get the recipe.
Cupid's Crispie Treats
Spice up classic crispie treats by adding cinnamon imperials and inserting Cupid's arrow as a sweet embellishment. It's the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Get the recipe.
Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Instead of going out for ice cream, why not treat your valentine to a night in with a homemade recipe? It's easier than you think, and you only need six ingredients. Get the recipe.
Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies
These colorful whoopie pies might be too pretty to eat! Strawberry milk gives these pink sandwich cookies their sweet color and flavor, while vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles embellish the exterior. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
Imagine a dessert with brownies, cheesecake and a variety of chocolate chips all mixed together. This dream treat does exist, and your sweetheart won't be able to resist. Get the recipe.
Fondant Glitter Hearts
Make your sweetheart's favorite cupcake, then top them off with a sparkling fondant heart (your own special touch). .
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Make your beau this royal-inspired chocolate cake made from tea biscuits, lots of chocolate and cinnamon. FYI, it was Prince William's groom cake, and it's simple to make, too. Get the recipe.
Chocolate truffles are the perfect bite-size treat to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings. Plus, they're easier to make than you think. Customize the fillings with extracts or flavorings, cookie pieces, dried fruit and other add-ins. Your sweetheart will love the thoughtful, homemade mix. Get the recipe.
Orange and Cranberry Bread Pudding
Oranges, cranberries, cinnamon and cloves combine to form a sweet bread pudding that's perfect for a mouthwatering breakfast or as an after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.
S'mores for Two
Bundle up and head outdoors with a cooler packed full of just enough marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate to make s'mores for two. Pull out all the ingredients once the fire's crackling. .
Mail Them Your Love
Don’t forget your long-distance friends. A handmade card delivered via snail mail goes a long way in our digital age.
Covered in Glitter
Made + Remade blogger says, "while an unofficial poll of six year olds tells me that store-bought packs of cards are the way to go in the public school system, I still think our friends and family really appreciate and adore our DIY efforts." We love them, too!
Use Scrabble tiles, Bingo boards, postcards and sparkling gems to decorate card stock, creating unique homemade cards they'll cherish for years to come.
this elegant valentine for that special someone, then embellish with ribbon and rhinestones.
This darling card is perfect for your other half. Simply onto card stock, then embellish with ribbon and a button.