Sunshine, happiness, being in love, and getting smothered with hugs and kisses from your kids and husband. Those are a few of the little things in life we can sometimes take for granted, but they’re the moments that sustain me. It may sound dorky, but I get such incredible joy and satisfaction from throwing a little Valentine’s Day party for our family every February 14th. Complete with balloons, special love notes, and tons of Valentine’s inspired food, I think I look forward to it as much as Christmas or my birthday. I fill up our table with a special dinner and some very special sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. Here are some things that have been inspiring me this year. Can we just forego dinner and have all these desserts instead?! What will you be serving your sweeties this year?
Raspberry Shortbread Hearts 1 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!
These Raspberry Shortbread Hearts are naturally colored by raspberry juice, which also gives them a slight raspberry flavor! Perfect for Valentine's Day snacks, school lunch boxes, or desserts!
Chocolate Truffle Hearts 2 of 14
Recipe and Photo by This Week for Dinner!
How adorable are these little hearts?! Even better, they're made of chocolate! Yes, Chocolate Heart Truffles combine Valentine's two favorite things: hearts and chocolates. Plus they're homemade so they're the most special chocolate your loved ones will receive this year.
Strawberry Brownie Parfaits 3 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Cravings of a Lunatic!
Well, folks, she's done it again! I wish I could reach into my computer screen and pull out one of these Strawberry Brownie Parfaits. How beautiful are they?! Wouldn't your kids be so excited to see these on the dessert table?
Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches 4 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Daisy at Home!
Mini Double Chocolate Cookies are the perfect size for little hands to hold. Add some semi-homemade cherry ice cream to make the most darling little ice cream sandwiches. Bonus! These cookies are sweetened without any refined sugar!
Cheesecake Cookie Bars 5 of 14
Recipe and Photo by What's Gaby Cooking!
This article is all about Sweet Treats, and these Cheesecake Cookie Bars totally fit the bill! Just look at that sweetness spilling from your screen! They're so cute and perfect for this Valentine's Day.
Chocolate Pistachio Wafer Wedge 6 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Aida Mollenkamp!
Quick, easy, affordable, beautiful, and quite yummy! What more could you ask for this Valentine's Day? Impress your loved ones with this Chocolate Pistachio Wafer Wedge!
Raspberry Meringue Parfaits 7 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Eat Live Run!
I get so excited when desserts are beautiful and all natural. Raspberry Meringue Parfaits contain nothing but goodness to bring you the colors of the season, and the sweetest treat you'll enjoy all month!
Raspberry Goat Cheese Bread Pudding 8 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Hola JalapeÃ±o!
If you're looking for something delicious and comforting this Valentine's Day, this one's for you! Raspberry Goat Cheese Bread Pudding. Just look at that photo. Do I even need to say more? How about, "Gimme Gimme Gimme!"
Strawberry Red Velvet Cake 9 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Heather Christo!
Wow, wow, wow! Look at that gorgeousness on a cake plate! I'll be back later, I'm off to make this Strawberry Red Velvet Cake before anyone gets home!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies 10 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Eat the Love!
If you know any one with gluten sensitivities, this is the perfect sweet treat for them this year! Gluten-Free Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Salted Butterscotch Filling. Okay that's a mouthful, but a mouthful I am happy to have!
Pink Cupcakes 11 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!
Red is obviously the color the holiday calls for but not wanting to use food coloring I worked hard on a natural substitute for this recipe. These Pink Cupcakes are made using the bright crimson juice of defrosted raspberries which render them a gorgeous shade of pink and add a hint of fresh raspberry flavor.
Heart Marshmallows 12 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Mom's Kitchen Handbook!
Homemade Marshmallows shaped like hearts! These are so darling I can barely stand it. My kids love marshmallows. I think homemade ones would be even more welcome and exciting.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries 13 of 14
Recipe and Photo by Diethood!
Get in the kitchen with your kids this year. Have them help you roll out the dough, spread the filling, and then roll up these cute little Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries!
Party Marshmallows 14 of 14
Recipe and Photo by She Wears Many Hats!
Like I said, my kids love marshmallows! They would absolutely LOVE to decorate their own Party Marshmallows, and then eat every. last. one!