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I love Valentine's Day. What's better than an entire day dedicated to love? And since I love any excuse to host a party, this year I am planning a Valentine's Day party to celebrate all the special someones in my life.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love a bargain. And that is exactly why I love shopping at the 99 Cents Only Store, especially when it comes to stocking up on fun and festive party supplies. I know I can totally rely on them for most all of my Valentine's Day party needs.
Did you know that the 99 now sells flowers? Nothing says Valentine's Day like roses, and picking up some gorgeous blooms like these so inexpensively is pretty amazing, right? Buying the very same roses at my local supermarket would cost ten times more. But thanks to shopping the 99, I am able to host a party that looks lavish while staying well within my budget. I was able to create this heart balloon wall, also for next to nothing, that will be the perfect backdrop for fun photos once we are done eating.
In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, my party menu will be comprised entirely of red foods. Since the 99 is the best stop for seasonal fresh produce, I'm making a beautiful fresh fruit salad starring strawberries, raspberries and cherries. I'll also be serving up individual pizzas (cut into heart shapes, of course) that I found at the 99. Fun and yum!
And since I think the very best gifts are the ones made with love, I am giving homemade edible valentines to all of my party guests. I was able to find a few different sprinkles colors at the 99 to make my own custom Valentine's Day sprinkle mix. I think the combination of these purple, blue and pink Bakersfield sugar pearls is so bright and cheery.
Making these edible valentines is so incredibly easy! Here's how:
- Bake mini heart-shape cakes and allow to cool.
- Cover the cakes with pink-tinted white chocolate ganache.
- Decorate the top of the cakes with custom sprinkle mixture.
- Form several XO's using the white chocolate ganache and let them dry.
- Place one XO on top of each of the mini cakes.
The 99 really is the one-stop shop for all your Valentine's Day needs on a budget. Just look at all of these fabulous decorations and party supplies I was able to find there. We're talking balloons, plates, napkins, candy, and even these cute glass jars that I made into vases for my bouquets. You never know what you will find when you "do the 99" (shop at 99 Cents Only Stores, that is)!
Make sure to check out the 99 for all your Valentine's Day, and everyday, shopping needs. I promise you will start seeing the savings immediately. Click this link to find a 99 Cents Only Store near you!
- 1 box strawberry cake mix batter made according to the box's directions
- 24 ounces white chocolate coarsely chopped
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ⅓ cup light corn syrup
- 3-5 drops red food coloring
- ½ cup sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray two 6-cup mini heart silicone mold with non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare cake batter according to the box's instructions.
Fill each heart cavity ⅔ full with cake batter.
Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan.
Once cooled slightly, gently push out cake from heart cavity.
Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, cut off top dome portion of the cakes using a serrated knife.
To make the white chocolate ganache, combine white chocolate, heavy whipping cream corn syrup and food dye in a microwave safe bowl.
Heat in microwave on high for 1 minute.
Let sit for 5 minutes then stir until melted and smooth. If not quite smooth, reheat bowl for 15 second increments, stirring after, until smooth.
Pour glaze over cakes, the tap the rack slightly so that the glaze will even out.
Sprinkle with sprinkles.
Carefully transfer cakes to a lined baking sheet using a spatula. Let sit for 2-4 hours at room temperature or refrigerate for 1 hour until glaze is dry to the touch.
Place remaining glaze in a plastic bag and snip the edge.
Write out XO onto parchment or wax paper. Let sit for 2-4 hours or refrigerate until firm.
Carefully transfer letters to cakes when dry and serve.