What's that, you completely forgot (read: are in denial) that Valentine's Day is tomorrow? The good news is that the best gifts are kind gestures (read: free!), and the second best good news is that it's not too late to add a little thematic flourish to your loved ones' place settings tomorrow (read: phewf!).
The following fourteen ideas were featured in our Facebook Live video today with Darcy Miller, Martha Stewart's Editor-at-Large and the author of Celebrate Everything! Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life. They require little more than paper, scissors, and heart-shaped cookie cutters (if you have them!), and even just one—heart-shaped banana coins floating in your kids' cereal tomorrow, for example—will spread smiles.
All Hearts Breakfast
- Set a paper heart stencil atop a cappuccino, and let cinnamon rain down from above.
- Take a heart-shaped cookie cutter to a fried egg (or even use it to make heart-shaped egg-in-a-hole). Alternatively, you can fry the egg in the mold, the way Darcy does.
- While you're at the task of hulling strawberries, take a tiny extra divot with you and turn them into heart shapes.
- Use a tiny heart cookie cutter to cut out banana slices, for swimming in cereal and toppling over a stack of pancakes.
- Construction paper, heart-shaped of course, doubles as a place mat.
- Use simple paper stencils to make lots of cut-out cloud shapes on white paper, then tape them to the sides of a cake stand. Any baked goods atop it are suddenly heaven-sent.
- Top with pink macarons (or a favorite cupcake recipe with a few drops of red food coloring in the batter and icing).
- Turn toothpicks into Cupid's arrows by glueing paper arrowheads to some of them and feathery paper tails to others—one of each turns an ordinary [insert baked good here] into a lovestruck one. Full tutorial, here.
- Make napkin hearts by following an origami tutorial.
All the Heart-Shaped Snacks
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out the top slice of bread on a PB&J—jelly up, linzer-style. Or cut the whole sandwich into small heart sandwiches, if you need to pack them up.
- Or, use a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter to make happies from cucumber (or carrot, or bell pepper) coins.
- Love note required—and you can write it all over the outside of the bag, if you'd really like to embarrass your kid in the cafeteria.
- Use those same heart-shaped cutters on puff pastry dough, then pry the baked-off puffs in half and slather with hazelnut-chocolate spread.
- Forego the cookie cutter entirely and simply arrange any fruit (but especially raspberries) into a heart shape on a plate.
Bonus: Visit Darcy's website for a DIY Valentine's Day Coupon (you know, for free hugs and things), and a Valentine's Day Cootie Catcher (cooties not included). And if you're going to go for the complete look, here are some of the Food52 Shop products featured in our Facebook Live and the images above:
How do you decorate the table for Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comments below.
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