Ideas for Valentine’s Day Celebrations

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Engagement parties, weddings and anniversaries are even more romantic if they fall around Valentine’s Day.  You can really go to town with the hearts and flowers.  At the Party Company we have some lovely contemporary Valentines Day products that are romantic yet fresh and modern.

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We also have a full range of pink and red party supplies, including balloons, tissue pom poms, napkins and tablecovers, ideal  if you are styling a party room or venue.

Even if you don’t have a  Valentine’s event to organise, it’s always nice to have a romantic meal with your partner – even just a woodland walk and a glass of bubbly afterwards.  Maybe you’d like to bake a cake for your loved one?  We absolutely loved this red velvet hidden heart cake when we saw it – you can find the recipe on the Biscuiteers website here.

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Red velvet cupcakes are great for a party and we have the perfect  red heart cupcake cases in our shop.  Below is a super simple recipe so you can bake a batch of these delicious and gorgeous looking cakes.  Topped with cream cheese frosting, they are easy to do and look so tempting!  This recipe makes 20.

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Ingredients

  • 120g butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 5 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 125g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 75g (3oz) icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • Red sugar sprinkles, optional
  • You’ll also need 12 paper muffin cases

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease two 12 cup muffin tins or line with 20 paper cases.

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, red food colouring and vanilla. Stir in the bicarb and vinegar. Combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt; stir into the mixture just until blended. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, dividing evenly.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the tin set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter ready to ice.
  3. For the icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until smooth, then add the cream cheese and sift over icing sugar. Mix until combined. Quickly beat in the vanilla. Pipe or smooth icing over the cooled cupcakes and scatter over some sprinkles, if using. 

And Valentine’s day isn’t necessarily just an occasion for couples, it is a nice time to give token gifts of love and appreciation to those special relatives, such as grandparents.  These salt dough heart footprints make a personal gift that would melt any grandma or grandad’s heart – you can see how to make one here at Red Ted Art.

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For much more Valentine’s day inspiration, such as card-making, decorations, food etc. why not head over to our Valentine’s pinterest board, or view our Valentine’s range in the shop here.

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Elizabeth

 

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