Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every store is covered in pink and red; candy companies are churning out their holiday favorites; teddy bears are being sold in abundance. No matter your romantic status (happily single, not-so-happily single, in love, crushing, bitter over a breakup, etc.), we have the perfect Love Day cocktail for you. I mean, nothing will soothe your tears this Valentine’s Day like a “Bleeding Heart” cocktail, amiright?
3 tablespoons pomegranate vodka (or raspberry)
Polar Pomegranate Seltzer (or Cherry)
2 tablespoons frozen cranberry juice concentrate
Combine the vodka and cranberry concentrate in the bottom of a glass. Add fresh cranberries, then add Polar Seltzer and watch it bleed before drinking with abandon.
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In the mood for chocolate? Of course you are — it’s Valentine week! Eat (and drink!) your way through our most-decadent chocolate desserts and cocktails.
Chocolate Brownie Pudding
Hoppin’ Hot Scotch
Want to acknowledge someone on Valentine’s Day who you like but you’re not necessarily in love with? Erin from House of Earnest has a charming not-so-romantic idea for neighbors, coworkers, friends — “Bee Mine Valentines!”
Yes, yes — I get it, bugs are creepy. But love bugs? No way! Come on, there’s nothing scary about these little critters! Kelly Lanza from Studio DIY has offered up this kid-friendly Valentine idea that your little ones are certain to bug-out over.
What are you doing for your kids on Valentine’s Day? Tell me all that you have planned.
With just one week till V-Day, it’s time for some quick-and-easy printables to put the finishing touches on your celebrations. From valentines you can print then embellish, to lettered tags perfect for topping gifts or treats, we’ve got you covered.
These charming printable tags can be cut into any shape to top their favorite sweets:
If an old-school valentine is more your speed, print one of our cute valentines onto card stock then embellish them with self-adhesive rhinestones and ribbon:
When a coworker showed me this card from The Nosuch Disco Shop on Etsy (thanks Michele), I just began to grin. You can’t help but smile at this fat pussy cat!
What makes the Valentine even cuter is where Etsy shop owner Dave got his inspiration for “Lord Fatsington.” Dave begins his tale: “Across the road from me lives the fattest cat I’ve ever seen! Initially I thought it was pregnant, but I soon learned he was male and just a big ‘un…” Keep reading the story (scroll to the bottom).
Aren’t big cats just the best? Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
We’re no strangers to pompom wreaths here at Design Happens. In December, furry balls were flying everywhere when Marianne was creating a wreath for a holiday Crafternoon episode (folks went wild for that project).
When Haeley from Design Improvised highlighted a Valentine wreath she made using pompoms that had adorned her Christmas tree — I knew our readers would love this craft, too. I like that these hues aren’t traditional Valentine colors (aside from the red), and yet they work beautifully — anyone notice Haeley’s use of a familiar design blog’s February Color of the Month?
BONUS: D-HAPP’S KAYLA KITTS MAKES A CUPID’S ARROW WREATH >>
Valentine’s Day is just over a week away — don’t let the big day sneak up on you! You’ve been warned!
Have a little boy (or heck, little girl) who needs Valentines for school, but who isn’t into the syrupy “Be My Valentine” sentiment that usually adorns cards? Jessica Okui of Zakka Life has the perfect idea for your little one.
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What Valentine crafts do you have planned this year? Tell me in the Comments.
Just 2 more weeks till Valentine’s Day, can you believe it?
The stores are stocked full of tasty little bon-bons packed into pretty packages — which are all very tempting but so…well, mass-produced. If you’re looking for an easy way to surprise your valentine with an equally pretty box filled with homemade tasty bon-bons, then I’ve got you covered! This heart-and-arrow takeout box is a snap to craft and dipping fortune cookies into chocolate couldn’t be easier — even for a certified non-cook like me.
Kids will love making these to give to classmates, family friends or grandparents, and your wallet will appreciate that the materials can be picked up, inexpensively, at your local market and craft store.
Ready to get started? Get the complete step-by-step instructions.
As a variation to the heart-and-arrow box, I added square corners cut from paper doilies to each side, then surrounded the lace with self-adhesive rhinestones.
These crispie treats from Today’s Nest are spiced up just a bit with the addition of cinnamon imperials. We gave ours a sweet twist by inserting arrows straight from Cupid’s bow.
More Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas:
Homemade Valentine Mints Recipe
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookie Truffles
Giant M&M Cookies Recipe
Even More Sweets for Your Sweetie