Got little ones? For kids, Valentine's Day parties can be a minefield of nut allergies, candy rationing, and safe treats for class. Homemade sweet treats are outlawed in most schools and professionally-made options usually require an official list of ingredients. But don't worry, just because you've got an assignment from the class party leader to juggle with your busy work schedule, here are some ideas to keep you from losing that loving feeling.
Party favor-size popcorn bags from Just Pop In!
This home-grown popcorn shop offers bags of flavored crunch in several sizes, but the party favor size is perfect from kid-sized snacks. Popcorn flavors range from cheddar (and cheddar-caramel, brilliant!) to fruit flavors like cherry and blueberry. Call ahead or check the retail locations of this pop-ular shop in Broad Ripple and downtown at the Omni Severin to see what's in stock. For larger orders call ahead since they make their popped treats fresh. Ingredient lists available on request.
Just Pop In!, www.justpopinonline.com, $3 for a party-favor sized bag
Cupcake Pushpops from Vanilla Bean Bakery
Looking for a cupcake that's a step above the grocery store version? Try a mini-cupcake or a cake pop from Vanilla Bean Bakery, voted the People's Choice Award winner at 2013 Zoobiliation. These treats will make you the star mom or dad without having to reveal that your Pinterest credentials are lacking. Ingredients list available on request. Call ahead for large orders.
Vanilla Bean Bakery, 337-9470, 2342 W. 86th St.
Make-our-own Treat Bags
Walking that line between wanting to be creative and having a real life and job? A few handy shortcuts can help you when it comes to prepping Valentine's goody bags full of sweet treats or party favors. Look for the bags at Michael's or Target and don't forget the twist-ties for closing them up. What to fill them with? Try Japanese or Mexican candy from Saraga. Need to go with some non-edible options? Don't forget the tiny party-favor toys and puzzles from Cost Plus World Market. Tie a pink ribbon around the top and you just won at the Pinterest game without cutting into your own bedtime.