Sweet Treat Table
Covid keeping you in for Valentine’s Day? Surprise your kids with a buffet brimming with sweet treats. Keep it simple with a few favorite snacks and candies; for a more extravagant display, use fresh flowers and create a handmade centerpiece. Get the look by placing the largest greenery on the bottom layer in a circle around the table. Next, layer varying types of greenery on top of the first layer in shorter widths to achieve the final look.
Finish the table off with an assortment of Valentine’s Day confections like mini cupcakes and chocolate-dipped Oreos. Gather the kids for a DIY cookie- or cupcake-decorating project. Or let the pros handle the yummy stuff — pick up a Doughnut Bouquet or hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries from the newly relocated Bakehouse46 in Birmingham (also in Rochester and Ann Arbor; bakehouse46.com). Find a mini Valentine cake similar to ours at Love & Buttercream in Birmingham (loveandbuttercream.com).
To create this easy and eye-catching centerpiece, collect fallen branches (or visit your local Michael’s) and paint them white. We used a thrifted, repurposed white ceramic jar to assemble the branches. For a sturdy base, insert branches into a floral foam and place moss at the top of the jar. You can use this homemade tree for any occasion — just about anything can be hung on it.
Valentine’s Day Ornaments
Let the kids help create heart ornaments to hang on your Valentine’s Tree Centerpiece. Or use these ornaments as clue cards for a kids’ Valentine's Day scavenger hunt. Instruct children to find their picture on the tree and hunt for the hidden treasure in the house. We used recycled shipping boxes to create the heart base and painted them red. We then used a hole punch to create a lace-like edge to complete the look.