Red & Pink Themed Foods for Valentine’s Day

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I have fond memories of Valentine’s Days when my Mom would pull out her metal jello molds and make us individual heart shaped red jello. We didn’t eat jello much, but having it in a heart shaped mold made it even more special. I look forward to planning heart themed and colored Valentine’s meals for my children someday!

As I was planning my preschool party for school, I started thinking of what foods I wanted to serve my preschoolers. I decided to follow a red and pink theme with heart shaped foods thrown in for good measure. After pondering this for over a week, here is a list of themed possibilities for Valentine’s Day. I’m sharing the list with you so you don’t have to think as hard as I did!

  • Cherries
  • Cranberries (or Craisins)
  • Radishes
  • Red Apples
  • Red Peppers
  • Red Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Salsa
  • Cherry or Strawberry Yogurt
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese on Heart Shaped Toast
  • Spaghetti with Red Marinara Sauce
  • Ravioli with Red Marinara Sauce
  • Mini Heart Shaped Pizzas with Heart Shaped Pepperoni
  • Red Jello (Strawberry, Cherry or Mixed Berry)
  • Pink Marshmallows (Strawberry Flavored)
  • Hi-C or Red Kool-Aid
  • Strawberry Milk
  • Strawberry Smoothie
  • Shirley Temples
  • Cherry Limeade
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Pink Wafer Cookies

You can make lots of foods into Valentine themed foods just by using cookie cutters of various sizes. You could make heart shaped toast or heart shaped pancakes for breakfast. You could even fry an egg in that heart shaped hole in your toast. You can cut sandwiches into hearts for lunch and cut cheese into mini hearts for a snack. You can make heart shaped cookies for dessert. You can frost the cookies with red or pink icing and add red or pink sprinkles to really fit your color theme.

Remember that for young children, it doesn’t need to be elaborate! You can easily add red (or pink) food coloring to a variety of foods. You can stir in Valentine colored M&Ms to different desserts. You can cut raw fruits and vegetables into heart shapes. Mix and match from the list above to create a themed meal (or day of meals!) for Valentine’s Day that is sure to delight. Do you have any other red and pink themed foods that I missed in my list?

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  1. Thanks for this list of red foods and ideas for family traditions! As a full-time mother of a 3 year old, things like this are helpful. It’s also helpful when thinking of inexpensive and creative ways to let my husband know he still is and always will be the man who has my heart. Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

    1. You are welcome, Beth! It is true that the little things can mean a big deal. And I know how wonderful simple things are with a toddler! 🙂 It doesn’t need to be fancy to be special. You keep up the good work you are doing at home, too!

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