Can you believe it is almost time for Valentine’s Day already? This year I wanted to do something a little different for my kids and their friends to celebrate. I thought about a candy bar or making cupcakes. Then, boom! An idea formed. Why not combine the candy and cupcakes into a Decorate Your Own Valentine’s Cupcake Bar. This is a cute idea for a Valentine’s Party because everyone can chose the topping they like and be creative as they want. Plus, getting to eat the finished creation is always a treat. (Pun intended.)
How To Make A Decorate Your Own Valentine’s Cupcake Bar
We started out by covering our table with a fancy lace tablecloth and draping a sheet as a backdrop to focus on our candy bar. If you plan to create the bar with young children, I would substitute the lace tablecloth with a plain vinyl tablecloth. It might not look as festive, but is is much easier to clean. We wanted some pizzazz, so I added some cute pinwheel garland I found in the Oriental Trading Valentines selection .
For our table I added a silver tray to hold our cupcakes along with cute pink plastic containers and scoops to set the mood. I knew everyone might not want to eat their cupcakes immediately, so I set out “to go” cupcake boxes. This is also a sneaky solution to “cupcake wars” where someone else tries to claim a cupcake. Just write the name on the box immediately. Problem solved.
After arranging the Valentine’s Decorations and setting up the table, it was time for the real fun. I used different types of candy- all chosen because they were gluten free- to use for our valentine’s cupcake bar. You can use anything that strikes your fancy and fits on a cupcake, but here’s what we used:
*Heart Shaped Ring Pops
*Rose Shaped Ring Pops
*Chocolate Candy Balls in Red, White and Pink
*Valentine’s Day Bug Lollipops
*Red Hard Candy Hearts
*Valentine’s Day Blo-Pops (These were secretly for me to eat.)
To save time, I attached stickers with the names of the candies on front of each of the containers. It makes it easier than having people constantly ask, “Now, what are these again?”
Place the cupcakes on the tray and you’re all set for the fun to begin. (If you want to make it even easier on yourself, purchase some pre-made cupcakes. If you want to make them yourself, try our favorite Easy Valentine’s Day Hugs and Kisses Cupcakes or our Triple Chocolate Valentine’s Day Cupcakes Recipe. The cupcake bar was a hit with everyone, even the baby, who, while not getting to decorate, was able to enjoy a bite of frosting.
What is your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids or your family?