February 11, 2013

Easy Valentine Ideas to Spread the Love!

Happy Monday friends! Today I'm joining those fabulous folks over at Knoxville's WTNZ Fox43 for a segment I think you'll l-o-v-e, love! Okay, excuse the cheesy puns...but love is in the air with St. Valentine's Day coming up later this week. Maybe you've already got your Valentines in order, but if not this post might give you that extra inspiration to finish the task.

Anybody can go the expected route with roses, expensive chocolates and those little hearts with messages on them. I'm sharing some fun, easy Valentine's Day treats that you can make without spending a lot of money. 

First, some sweets for your sweetie. All of these candies/treats can be found at most grocery stores and I've included links to the printables as well. Easy, breezy, huh?

1. I've got a Crush on you
Grab a couple bottles or cans of your favorite flavor of Crush soda and add these adorable printables for a unique liquid Valentine treat. 

2. I'm Bananas for you, Valentine!

I had originally seen the idea of the cute paper monkey faces attached to small bags of banana Runts candy, but does anybody really like those? While perusing the aisles of the grocery store, my southern beau and I simultaneously looked at each other and shouted "banana MoonPies!" I'm sure the other shoppers thought we were nuts, but I'm so glad we thought of this. Add the cute monkey faces and tags that say "I'm bananas for you Valentine!" 

3. Valentine, we were 'mint' to be!

After dinner mints aren't necessarily Valentine candy, but they sure are good! I stashed a few in a small jar and added this cute printed tag to the lid. This idea would also work for a wedding favor.

4. Valentine, You Are My Lucky Charm
Ahh, Lucky Charms...my favorite childhood cereal. I thought this was a cute idea and for nostalgia's sake, I included it. I put a cup of the cereal in a clear plastic container and attached the tag to the lid, but you could always just wrap up the whole box. 

5. Happy Valentine's Day Love Bug!
Sour gummy worms are a well-loved candy treat, but only do this one if you can get away with calling your sweetheart a bug. Probably would work better for the younger folks...since it's not the most romantic of Valentine sentiments. 

While candy and sweet treats are the most obvious choice for Valentine's Day, I wanted to share some savory options as well! Again, these are just items I picked up at the grocery store so don't feel like you have to go all out to do something a little unexpected!

6. We Go Together Like Peas & Carrots
Forrest Gump said it best when he referenced peas and carrots as they relate to love. I wanted to capture the sentiment with a savory treat. Carrot chips and dried peas mixed together in a baggie and tied up with the above message make a fun Valentine snack. 

7. The Only Fish in The Sea for Me
Another snack favorite is goldfish crackers. I found the above artwork and turned it into a small card, which I attached to a bag of goldfish. Simple and to the point works best with some folks, especially where emotions are concerned. 

8. Heart Shaped Tomatoes 
Finally, I took some grape tomatoes and sliced them at a certain angle to make a cute heart. This would also be great on longer skewers with mozzarella bites in between. Yum! 

If you'd rather create some non-edible Valentine's Day treats, I've got a couple ideas for you as well. There's a great site that allows you to create your own personalized puzzles and games. What better way to show your Valentine how much you care than with a fun interactive game to get their creative juices flowing! 


I hope some of these ideas inspired you to think outside the box this Valentine's Day! We put so much pressure on ourselves to buy the perfect gift and make the most romantic gesture, but love has more to do with what you feel in your heart than how much money you spend! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Southern Belle Simple is brought to you by Kate Spears