6 Ways to Show Your Squad Love This Valentine's Day

Because they've been there through thick (crust) and thin (crust).

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People typically fall in one of two Valentine’s Day camps — they totally love it or totally hate it. I see both sides, but I’d like to propose we completely shift our view of this love-ly holiday. Instead of only focusing on your S.O. and expensive, store-bought gifts, focus on the very simple, general idea of love — love for your friends, love for your family and love for humanity. We can externalize this love in thoughtful gestures that spend more of our time than they do our money. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to show your squad love. 

Host a Galentine’s Day Party

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Mark your calendar for Feb. 13, and plan a party that would make Leslie Knope proud. Your gal pals will appreciate a girls' night. Not exactly sure how to pull it off? We’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions.

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Celebrate the Holiday

February 14 is as much about handmade valentine cards as it is a celebration of love. This year, invite a group of close friends over for an afternoon of delectable treats and creative crafting.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

There's no question that Valentine's Day is all about sweets. Guests will love the chance to indulge in a stunning display of desserts; when displayed down the middle of the table, they double as a striking centerpiece. French macarons, chocolate fudge cakes and rosemary panna cotta are all fittingly indulgent, while a delicious cheese plate adds a savory touch to the menu.


Nothing gets creative juices flowing quite like a little festive bubbly. Kick off the evening in celebratory style by offering pink cans of champagne. Festive and delicious, they're the perfect complement to a sweet dessert spread and fit seamlessly with the party's decor.

Think Pink

When else can you get away with setting an entirely pink table? Punch up the color with horizontal runners, bright glasses and vases wrapped in crepe paper. When placed on top of butcher paper, the table can easily be cleared after dessert, revealing a perfect workspace for crafting.

Crystal Clear

Doilies not only make perfect supplies for crafting, they also make eye-catching place cards. Simply write the name of each guest onto a circular doily, seal it with a kiss and place beneath a clear glass plate. The result is a girly and unique place setting that can be repeated time and time again.

Set the Scene

Set up a well-stocked craft display with enough supplies to go around. Be sure to include crafting staples such as glitter, watercolors and assorted paper, while also incorporating unique options like Scrabble tiles and pipe cleaners. Don't forget to supply enough scissors and small glue bottles for each guest to have her own.

Craft Your Heart Out

Once all sugar cravings have been satisfied, clear the table and let the real fun begin. Print out various templates and stencils for guests to use, and provide examples of completed cards for inspiration. Everyone will be amazed at how quickly the time flies when they lose themselves in creating little loving works of art.

On the Line

Transform a blank wall into a drying rack with red and white kitchen twine, origami hearts and clothespins. Write the name of each guest onto heart-shaped pieces of card stock, and hang on the line to identify everyone's work. Completed valentine cards display beautifully and create a playful backdrop as they dry.

Yummy Party Favors

Top off a fabulous afternoon by sending guests home with handmade granola. Toast your favorite nuts, dried fruit and spices and scoop into adorable paper bags. There's no better way to share the love with your friends and thank them for coming over.

Make Home Decor for Your Besties

I don’t know about you, but nothing makes my heart skip a beat quite like a new throw pillow. Surprise friends with handmade decor for their homes. Consider each friend’s home and personality before choosing a project and color scheme. 

Handmade Heart Pillow

Handmade Heart Pillow



Gift Them Pretty (DIY) Stemware

Who doesn’t love a new set of stemware? Spruce it up with etched hearts or glitter. Tip: Make this craft inexpensive by purchasing your stemware at a dollar store.



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Set Them Up...for a Spa Day

Do your besties spend a lot of time solo? Make their me time more enjoyable with a thoughtful spa kit. You'll be surprised at how many items you can DIY!

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Bake Them Something Sweet

Let’s be honest here. Your single friend would much rather you make her some bomb sugar cookies than set her up on a blind date — again.

Decadent Valentine's Day Recipes

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Chocolate Brownie Pudding

This super chocolatey treat is sure to satisfy your sweetie's sweetest tooth. Is it a brownie? Is it pudding? We're not sure. All we know is that it's sinfully delicious. Get the recipe.

Pink Champagne Truffles

Toast to love and another year of happiness with these bite-sized truffles that pair perfectly with a chute of champagne. Get the recipe.

Cupid's Arrow Hot Chocolate

Kids and adults alike will love this fun twist on a classic winter treat. Dress up hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows and a paper straw "arrow" for the finishing touch. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie Truffles

You're probably familiar with classic chocolate truffles. But these beauties mix chocolate sandwich cookies, cream cheese and fresh strawberries for a treat that's seriously irresistible. Plus, you can use a heart cookie cutter and hot-pink sprinkles to make them even more delightful. Get the recipe.

Conversation Heart Cookies

This year, swap those traditional candy conversation hearts for something homemade and customized. Make vanilla sandwich cookies and use a custom stamp-setting kit and food-safe decorating pen to create personalized and scrumptious messages right on top. Get the recipe.

Heritage Red Velvet Cake

You don't need any special supplies to make this sweet, heart-shaped cake. Just create a hand-drawn template and cut out the heart with a knife. If you can resist eating the cake scraps, crumble them and coat the cake for a soft, crumb layering. Get the recipe.

Pie Crust Designs

Spell out "love" on your significant other's favorite pie, then mail it, or hand-deliver for a true reaction. Get the instructions.

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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing goes together quite like chocolate and strawberries, but here's a combination you probably haven't seen. Chocolate shortcakes give this traditional dessert an unexpected twist. Get the recipe.

Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Bake the perfect batch of sugar cookies to decorate for Valentine's Day. Get the recipe and four decorating how-tos.

White-Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies

Surprise your valentine with a special delivery in the form of white-chocolate-dipped fortune cookies packaged in a personalized Chinese takeout box. Get the recipe and how-to.

Chocolate Chai Cups

Who puts dessert in a porcelain bowl? Not us! Not only can you eat the cinnamon-sprinkled chai cream, but the chocolate cup is edible, too. Get the recipe.

Neapolitan Cupcakes With Bonbon Toppings

These cupcakes are rich and decadent from their bonbon tops to their chocolate cake bottoms. Get the recipe.

Fluffy Waffles

Wake up your loved one with fluffy, heart-shaped homemade waffles covered in sweet maple syrup. Get the recipe at DIYNetwork.com.

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Raspberry Muffins

Make your favorite muffin recipe extra-special for Valentine's Day by using heart-shaped muffin tins. The sweet results will surely surprise your significant other. Get the recipe at DIYNetwork.com.

Coffee Shortbread

Get a taste of coffee in the form of shortbread squares topped with powdered sugar. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Mint Dessert Smoothie

You can still be naughty while remaining health conscious. Ingredients like pear and avocado make this healthy, but add in the cacao powder and dairy-free chocolate chip ice cream for a perfect after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.

Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts

Does your sweetheart prefer something a little less rich? These fruit tarts feature a mix of fresh fruits on mini tart shells with mascarpone cheese. The champagne-apricot glaze is the perfect mouthwatering finish. Get the recipe.

Cupid's Crispie Treats

Spice up classic crispie treats by adding cinnamon imperials and inserting Cupid's arrow as a sweet embellishment. It's the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Get the recipe.

Red Wine Lollipops

Lollipops always bring back a bit of nostalgia, but these are purely for adults. Top off your romantic meal with a red wine lollipop that offers a bit of a kick. Get the recipe.

Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Instead of going out for ice cream, why not treat your valentine to a night in with a homemade recipe? It's easier than you think, and you only need six ingredients. Get the recipe.

Ganache-Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves a good ole' chocolate chip cookie. But if you dip it into chocolate ganache, you have a tasty chocolate explosion. Get the recipe.

Rose Swirl Vanilla Bean Cookies

Nibble on these delightful frosted sugar cookies all weekend long as you celebrate being a couple. Get the recipe.

Pina Colada Baked Doughnuts

Doughnuts may feel like a naughty breakfast food, but try baking the dough instead of frying it. You and your sweetie will feel less guilty. Get the recipe.

Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies

These colorful whoopie pies might be too pretty to eat! Strawberry milk gives these pink sandwich cookies their sweet color and flavor, while vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles embellish the exterior. Get the recipe.

Better Than Heaven Cakelette

Give your love something they can eat (guilt-free) in one sitting. This cake-in-a-jar serves one, but can easily fit two spoons. Get the recipe.

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Heart Mints

You'll be ready for that goodnight kiss with these homemade candy heart mints. For an extra-special touch, incorporate your sweetheart's favorite color or flavoring. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Imagine a dessert with brownies, cheesecake and a variety of chocolate chips all mixed together. This dream treat does exist, and your sweetheart won't be able to resist. Get the recipe.

Tiffany-Blue Macarons

Anyone can buy delicious macarons, but impress your love with these handmade sandwich cookies embellished with sugar pearls for an extra-special touch. Get the recipe.

Pink Raspberry Macarons

Or, whip up these pink raspberry macarons with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. Yum! Get the recipe.

Fondant Glitter Hearts

Make your sweetheart's favorite cupcake, then top them off with a sparkling fondant heart (your own special touch). Get the recipe at DIYNetwork.com.

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Chocolate Soup

Thick and creamy chocolate soup with a soft, whipped topping that serves only two — need I say more? Get the recipe.

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Three types of chocolate — bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa powder — combine to create the most swoon-worthy brownies you've ever tried. Get the recipe.

M&M Sugar Cookies

No one can resist soft, chewy and delectable sugar cookies, especially when they're filled with melt-in-your-mouth M&Ms in traditional Valentine's Day hues. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Make your beau this royal-inspired chocolate cake made from tea biscuits, lots of chocolate and cinnamon. FYI, it was Prince William's groom cake, and it's simple to make, too. Get the recipe.

Petite Apple Pie

There's no need to feel guilty about eating a whole pie; these petite pies are baked and wrapped-up with one recipient in mind. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are the perfect bite-size treat to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings. Plus, they're easier to make than you think. Customize the fillings with extracts or flavorings, cookie pieces, dried fruit and other add-ins. Your sweetheart will love the thoughtful, homemade mix. Get the recipe.

Creme Brulee

You don't have to be a professional chef to whip up a beautiful and delicious creme brulee. Surprise your sweetheart with this creamy culinary classic. Get the recipe.

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Chocolate Mousse Crepes

Jazz up breakfast in bed with handmade crepes filled with chocolate mousse and garnished with fresh raspberries and white chocolate shavings. Get the recipe.

Salted Caramel Bars

Looking for something to satisfy both sweet and salty taste buds? Bake these rich and gooey caramel bars with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes on top. Get the recipe.

Orange and Cranberry Bread Pudding

Oranges, cranberries, cinnamon and cloves combine to form a sweet bread pudding that's perfect for a mouthwatering breakfast or as an after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.

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If baking isn't your forte, give this simple yet elegant dessert a try. Pair Italian espresso with ice cream, chocolate sauce and crispy biscotti. Get the recipe.

S'mores for Two

Bundle up and head outdoors with a cooler packed full of just enough marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate to make s'mores for two. Pull out all the ingredients once the fire's crackling. See more at DIYNetwork.com.

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Mail Them Your Love

Don’t forget your long-distance friends. A handmade card delivered via snail mail goes a long way in our digital age.

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Sweet Turtle Shell

Muster up the courage to let your crush know just how you feel with this bold card that reads, "You really bring me out of my shell." Get the instructions.

Candy Necklaces

Kids will love making these fun and easy edible valentines for their friends using licorice laces and gummy ring candy. Get the instructions.

Cupid's Arrow

Send off your tasty homemade treats with a trendy Cupid's arrow card tucked inside.

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Made From Scratch

Host a Valentine's Day card-making party with a group of your dearest friends, and use a variety of craft supplies to create one-of-a-kind cards for loved ones.

Covered in Glitter

Made + Remade blogger Emily Fazio says, "while an unofficial poll of six year olds tells me that store-bought packs of cards are the way to go in the public school system, I still think our friends and family really appreciate and adore our DIY efforts." We love them, too!

Get Creative

Use Scrabble tiles, Bingo boards, postcards and sparkling gems to decorate card stock, creating unique homemade cards they'll cherish for years to come.

Biggest Fan

Send a loving and heartwarming message to your sweetheart with a homemade card from their "biggest fan." Get the instructions.

Play Dough Hearts

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to turn homemade play dough into adorable valentines for kids to hand out to friends and classmates. Get the instructions.

Be Mine

Craft up a handmade gift, then attach one of these stylish "be mine" cards for a sweet finishing touch.

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Bejeweled Hearts

Download and print this elegant valentine for that special someone, then embellish with ribbon and rhinestones.

Love Birds

This darling card is perfect for your other half. Simply download and print onto card stock, then embellish with ribbon and a button.

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