In addition to having to bring cake on the birthday, I had foolishly signed up to bring in treats for my son's Valentine's Party the next day. My final 'What the Heck?' moment came when I received notes from both the kids' teachers casually requesting that they bring in a Valentine for each member of the class - ie 29 cards altogether!
I had decided that we would make our own cards, having been inspired (and put to shame) by our lovely Martha's Valentines extravaganza and so set off for Michaels (where would I be without you?). Well I got a bit carried away with card, glitter, stickers, markers and glue, thinking it would be a fun activity for the kids. And it was- Up to card number nine. And then they lost interest...and guess who took over as chief card maker??
All that creativity got me thinking a little creatively in the kitchen. I had deliberated over the choice of 'healthy snacks' to bring in for the party, given that it had to be low in sugar and salt, nut free and allergy free. I went for the safe and simple option of Traffic Light fruit kebabs and pretzels (click for super easy recipe). With a little chocolate and sprinkles, after all it was a 'holiday'. These were all of course done on the afternoon of daughter's birthday (thank God I hadn't planned a party - though a dear friend came to the rescue with a cake and candles later that night - Thanks Cath - you are an angel xx).
Check out the finished product. Not sure, but I think the owl may be being burned at the stake...subliminal anti-Valentine's message perhaps?