Valentine’s Day Decorating Tips, Crafts, and Must-Try Bonus Recipe

We are in the countdown to Valentine’s Day, the day that celebrates loving, caring, and all the things that make our hearts skip a beat. Get inspired for this romantic holiday with lots of ideas, including decorations, fun facts, trivia about St. Valentine, resources for crafts, and recipes from Chef to the Stars Ryan Rondeno.

Make these fun handmade Valentine’s Day decorations. Whether you make our heart decorations or pretty Valentine craft ideas, these DIYs and projects will be loved by recipients all year round. For a fun, non-traditional take on your Valentine’s Day social media posts, try a giant heart made of balloons and faux flowers.

What’s a Valentine’s Day party without covering your home from end to end with hearts? These straw toppers are a great addition to your table decor and the kids can make them as a fun Valentine’s Day craft. Straw Topper Instructions

● Print the heart printables out on cardstock.

● Cut out the hearts ahead of time if you’re making this with younger kids.

● Avoid using glitter if you plan to use these with food or drinks.

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

Valentines officially became a holiday associated with love in the 1300s

● St. Valentine is more than one person.

● Valentine’s was first commercialized in the 1840s.

● The first Valentine was sent during the 15th century.

● Americans spent more than $20 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts in 2019.

● The first Valentine’s Day celebration happened in Paris.

● Originally, candy hearts were medical lozenges.

● Most Americans consider pink and red to be the colors of love.

● Valentine’s Day is a popular time to get engaged.

● Roses dominate Valentine’s Day florals

Valentine’s Day Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes

Pairing blueberries with a fluffy pancake is always a sure win. Of course, spices must be added to the dish. Star anise, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves add a nice bite to the syrup. In addition, the aroma of toasted pecans fills the kitchen. It adds a nice texture to the pecans in the making of a great breakfast. Time to cook: 00:25:00 and Serves- 4


● 1 c. all-purpose flour

● 1 c. pastry flour

● 1/4 c. butter, melted

● 4 tsp. baking powder

● 1 tsp. baking soda

● 2 1/4 c. buttermilk

● 4 eggs

● 1/3 c. granulated sugar

● Pinch of salt

● 2 star anise

● 1 pint of blueberries

● 1 cup of maple syrup

● 2 bay leaves

● 1 cinnamon stick

● 1 cup chopped pecans

● Toasted cooking pan spray

In a stainless steel bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add eggs and buttermilk. Whisk until combined. Melt butter and add to mixture. In a small pan, add maple syrup, cinnamon, blueberries, bay leaves, and star anise. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the blueberries pop in the syrup. Toast pecans for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees. Add to the blueberry mixture. Set aside. Heat pan or griddle at medium-high heat. Spray with pan spray. Cook until small bubbles appear and edges allow the pancakes to flip easily. Once flipped, cook for another 2 minutes or until done. Serve the pancakes with the blueberry-pecan syrup.

About Chef Ryan Rondeno

Private Chef to the Stars, Ryan Rondeno, is a true master of his trade and is ready to shake up the restaurant industry by bringing elegant dishes, bold flavor, and simple technique to the home front. His masterful cuisine has been relished at large-scale culinary events, gala dinners, and as a personal chef to some of the most notable names in the industry such as:

* Diddy * Will Smith * Common * Tyrese Gibson * Robert Smith * * Xhibit *Mercedes-Benz * Lamborghini * Will McGinest 

Chef Ryan is making his lavish recipes available to people across the U.S. as he offers some trade secrets, training through simple techniques, tips, and tricks, and revealing signature recipes for all ages. With a passion for French, Italian, and Regional American Cuisine, his focus remains on local, sustainable cuisine with a strong emphasis on bold flavors—not to mention the love of New Orleans cuisine and fresh California flavors. Most notably, Chef Ryan has also appeared on the following segments and placed in food competition for the following: World Food Championships (top 10 finish), The JamTV Show, Atl & Co, Good Day Charlotte, Good Day San Diego, NY food & Wine Fest etc.

FoodCulture App

Chef Rondeno offers simple recipes that will bring unique and tasty experiences to the kitchen table with his FoodCulture App. “FoodCulture was created to embody a personal and unique approach of food and flavor in the kitchen. We wanted to create cost-effective and flavorful scratch recipes that didn’t break the bank. The App was also designed to have a one-on-one feel, as if  I am  cooking with you every step of the way,” says Chef Rondeno. Find a sweet and savory collection of recipes, such as: brunch, salads, healthy dinners, easy snacks, comfort food, cocktails, plus many more added every month!

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