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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

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I know that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but I couldn’t resist posting some last-minute inspiration from ’round the web… especially since pretty much all of these ideas can be re-purposed for other occasions too!

Starting from the top: Adorable Valentine-themed cupcakes from Jeanne Benedict
*I’m especially loving the top version for any sort of “pretty in pink” party for your favorite fashionista friend or princess-loving girl. It would even be cute to use lots of different patterns, colors, and “buckle” styles & create an entire “runway” of cupcakes!

Next up: Tired of heart-shaped chocolates and candy? Try whipping up a batch of Homemade Coffee Marshmallows for your sweetie instead. Find the step-by-step DIY tutorial here, courtesy of Prudent Baby.


And while presentation might not be everything, it certainly accounts for a LOT! For example…


…these adorable treats from BHG look so much more tempting with the little “extras” that are involved.

In the image on the left, a band of thin red licorice & a heart-shaped sprinkle transform a simple cookie into an adorable “gift”. (Pictured here with a Lemon Rose Cookie, but you could really use any square shaped store-bought or homemade cookie for this idea.)

And on the right… the tiered layers in the Flower Cookies with Cardamom do a great job of demonstrating what most of us already know… 3 cookies is better than 1!


Last but not least, if you feel like getting crafty OUTSIDE the kitchen, check out these fun homemade ideas from – a sweet Valentine’s Day Matchbook Scrapbook, and Valentine’s Day Candy Matchboxes.

(Once again… so easy to modify both of these ideas to work for other occasions too… the candy matchboxes in particular would make for super cute party favors or place setting embellishments!)


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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

7 responses to “Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas”

  1. kim says:

    Yum! never have seen coffee marshmallows before! I am totally trying this!

    Kim @

  2. Mrs.T says:

    Those cupcakes are so cute!!

  3. Morgan says:

    Love all of these ideas – but I’m definitely going to try the coffee marshmallows sometime soon!

  4. Amy says:

    This looks delicious! I wish I could have some right now! Love sweets!

  5. I love these cupcakes! So inventive. The top cupcake would even be adorable for upcoming academy award parties! Darling!

  6. Vicky says:

    I love all of these ideas. I completely agree that the matchbook covers would be cute for many different ideas. In fact, inspired by that very post I recently created invitations to a party we have held.

  7. simple says:

    This post reminds me of my wedding anniversary.Me and my husband got married on February 14, 2009 so every Valentines we celebrate our anniversary, this year will be celebrating our 2 years of getting married and of course everyone will be celebrating with us because it is also the valentines day.
    “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
    — Cardinal Mermillod