Spread the Love : Low Prep & Maximum Impact Treats

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I love this month, when the internet is awash with crazy, sweet, sugary and silly Valentines ideas. For years now my Valentines weekend has been less about couples stuff and more about spreading the love with baking, decorating my home in hearts and just having a playful cosy time.

This year we have an almost two year old who makes us laugh constantly and delights in anything new, knows the word for ‘heart! heart! heart!’ and is happiest when life is unpredictable and offbeat – what could be better than celebrating this loveable occasion with her?

As with most of my entertaining ideas – i’m the kind of hostess who enjoys less prep, more impact so here are some really great, low prep, maximum impact Valentines Day ideas that will turn your weekend around.

LACE HEART PANCAKES

How pretty is this Lace Heart Pancake? Simply made by filling a plastic squeezy bottle with pancake batter (a washed up ketchup bottle would work) then artfully drawing a squiggly heart or a design of your choice onto a hot pan!

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TINY MESSAGE GARLAND

Who wouldn’t love to receive this pretty and sweet Valentine’s garland in the mail or just found by your bed? String together letters cut out in coloured card spelling out your message and stud with anything you have in your craft pile like pom-poms, bits of fabric and shards of metallic paper for a crafty and cute ‘message in a bottle’.

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SHOWSTOPPING TOPPERS

The low-prepper in me is inspired by this cake topped with a mountain of colourful macarons, meringues and marshmallows because if you were feeling lazy you could make a basic cake look spectacular by adding a handful of luxurious toppings. Or if you are more confident in your baking skills than I am, you could actually make this delicious Vanilla Bean Cake.

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VELVETY HOT CHOCOLATE

When was the last time you had a hot chocolate? For me a hot chocolate is a super luxury drink that I never indulge in – the one that sticks out in my mind was a hot chocolate I drank in a small cafe in Venice when I was nine on the coldest, cosiest day in the world. It was literally pure molten chocolate. The nine year old me was in heaven. This Cacao Hot Chocolate recipe with maple syrup will make you feel the same way. Served in a great mug of course.

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HUGS AND KISSES IN A BOX

How about a box of hugs and kisses wrapped up and packaged for giving? Get the template for the XO’s here

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DOWNLOADABLE LOVE NOTES

I love these downloadable love notes on Design Sponge and Design Love Fest that you can send or sneak install onto the phones of your friends, family and loved ones.

HEART SHAPED EGGS AND TOAST

Eggs, toast, hearts, what’s not to love! Once you’ve mastered this way to make a simple breakfast infinitely more special, I guarantee you will be doing it every weekend. Only tool needed is a heart shaped metal cookie cutter. DIY courtesy of Martha of course!

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PARTY IN A BOX

How exciting does that sound? A simple surprise that has a big impact that can even be assembled on Valentines morning. Tape helium balloons to the bottom of a box, tape the box shut and leave on one lucky lover or friend’s doorstep – voila – Party in a Box!

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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