Tissue paper heart card
Giving a card is a Valentine's Day tradition but, rather than simply scribbling in a shop-bought card, why not get a little more creative?
Fold a piece of card in half, then draw a heart shape in pencil on the front.
Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Beat 125g butter and 55g sugar until light and fluffy, then stir in a drop of vanilla essence and 180g flour until you have a smooth paste.
Roll out to 1cm thick, cut into 20-24 rounds (or hearts if you have a heart-shaped cutter), chill for 20 minutes, then bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and cool on a wire rack.
Once cold, mix icing with red food colouring and cover the biscuits, then let the kids loose to decorate the sweet treats. Add pink and red sprinkles and decorations in pretty patterns. Leave to set, then present them in a pretty box with some red tissue paper – what Valentine could resist?
Wrap it with love
If you've already bought your partner the perfect gift, homemade wrapping paper will make it even more special.
Take a big piece of craft paper and get the kids to paint or draw on it with crayons or pens - designs such as hearts, flowers,
Help your kids put a selection of fresh flowers face down in a heavy book lined with baking paper. Close the book and weigh it down by piling on a few more books, and leave for a week to 10 days - no peeking!
When the time is up, open the bo
Pink peppermint creams
Separate an egg white and lightly beat it in a clean, dry bowl until it foams. Add a drop of lemon juice and mix, then sift in 400g of icing sugar. Add Â½tsp peppermint extract and Â½tsp red food colouring.
Bring it together with a wo