Sweet Appreciation

February 1st, 2010 by Kristie Sarmiento

Ahhh…. The New Year passes, and another February 14th approaches. In kindergarten, Valentine’s Day means you bring valentines for everyone in the class. Well, those kindergartners have it right! Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show your appreciation for EVERYONE in your life!

Sweet Appreciation CardI always like to give something special to my co-workers, just to let them know that I notice and appreciate all the hard work that they do. I make handmade cards and prettily package candy or baked treats, because sweet treats just make gifts a little sweeter. Then I come in early and leave it on their desks as a fun surprise. This year, my cards will say “Sweet Appreciation.”

Valentine Pix CupcakeA great idea is to add fun and flair to your treat with Wilton’s Red and Pink Striped Icing and new Micro Hearts Sprinkles. Our new Valentine Cupcake Wraps ‘n Pix are also a gorgeous way to dress up individual sweet treats for the occasion. To make these fun picks, I rolled balls of fondant, coated them with gum paste adhesive, then rolled them in my favorite sprinkles before inserting it into my cupcake with a toothpick.

My mom always ensured to make my V-Day a little extra special. My most memorable V-Day gift was when she called our university’s bakery and asked them to hand deliver a strawberry cheesecake to my dorm room! I like to make V-Day an exciting occasion for the kids in my life as well.

Since my family is going on vacation in February, my nephews and I are having a pre-Valentine’s Day bash, and it’s Wii-themed! Not only will we make cards that say “Wii Love You,” we are going to decorate Wilton Gingerbread Cookie Pops to look like our Wii Mii characters. And Wilton’s Jumbo Hearts Sprinkles are perfect for adding a little bit of love to our Wii Mii’s. Perfect for the little ones in my life who are all about the digital age!

Wii Love You Card

On a different note, my unattached friends and I think that Feb. 14th is just S.A.D. (Singles’ Awareness Day). Yes, only Bridget Jones (pre-Darcy) and other “Singletons” understand the stigma of being the only “one” in a group of “twos.” This is a day where we like to poke a little extra fun at Cupid, complete with the perfect card and the perfect treats. I have previously made cards that said “Love is for Suckers” (I gave out lollipops), and last year’s card said “Because Love Makes You Do Stupid Things” (I gave out Dum-Dums).

Love Bites CardThis year, for my fellow die-hard Twilight fans, I’m making cards that say “Love Bites” and giving out bite-sized treats! Red velvet mini cupcakes in red baking cups, complete with Wilton Large Pre-made Red Icing Roses. For a little extra sparkle: Use a paint brush to coat the petal tips of the icing decoration in clear vanilla, then dip the petal tips into a bowl of Wilton Pearl Dust™ before using it to top your treat!

Dusting Roses

Need more ideas?  Our Valentine’s Day section provides plenty of inspiration.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember to celebrate all the special people in your life. Making a small gesture of appreciation will help them smile just a little bit brighter all day long!

Kristie Sarmiento Kristie is the Associate Product Manager for Party. An artist at heart, she enjoys anything that allows her to express her creativity: sketching, scrapbooking, planning themed kids’ parties, decorating tasty treats and – her personal favorite – making tutus. Part of a very large and close-knit family, she loves to celebrate any occasion, which makes working at Wilton a perfect fit.

24 Replies

  1. Diana Viera says:

    I love your ideas above with the Valentine cards! Beautiful job!

  2. charlene H. says:

    Great card idea, very appropriate for today’s Wii family.

  3. Wilma Radyn says:

    The cupcakes with the red roses looks great!
    Thanks for the idea.

    Wilma Radyn

  4. Gretchen says:

    your last bit about ‘suckers’ & ‘dumdums’ is great! i will have to ‘borrow’ that idea from you! 🙂

  5. Vinneys says:

    I think those cup cakes with the toothpicks and fondant is beautiful I also like the roses on top of the cup cakes!!! I will have to take those ideas for my friends. Thank You!!!!!

  6. Lourdes says:

    Thanks a ton for the great ideas lov’em, will try them out soon.Cup cake with a red rose is beautiful. THANKS

  7. These are great ideas,very good for showing our love to others. will try them.

  8. egbe obianuju says:

    Good ideas will try them

  9. Bolaji Koleosho says:

    You have a great skill,keep it up

  10. KC says:

    Where did you find the “Love Bites” card?

    • Kristie Sarmiento says:

      Thanks to everyone for your “sweet” compliments!

      KC, for the “Love Bites” card, I edited an existing image with photo editing software so that it would feature my treat. For the bite marks, I used a small hole puncher, then added drips with red glitter. For a similar effect, but without the editing work, you can take a photo of the treat you want to use and print it at your desired size. Cut it out, then add it to the right area. Use double-sided foam adhesive to add some fun dimension!

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  12. Frances says:

    Liked the fonant on a toothpick on top of the red velvet cup cake. Red rose beautiful!

  13. Frances says:

    I liked the fondant ball on a toothpick to top the cupckae.

  14. MattFam says:

    I love what you did with the Wii Mii’s! I would like to do something similar. HOW did you do it?

    • Kristie Sarmiento says:

      Hi MattFam, thanks for the compliment! For the Wii Mii cards, I actually turned on the console, went to the “Edit Mii” screen for each character, and took a photo of the Mii on the TV! Then all I had to do was print, cut and paste. For the treats, it was just a matter of using the Wilton Gingerbread Cookie Pops, and looking at our Mii pictures as decorating guides. Hope this helps with your Wii Mii projects!

  15. Melissa Oniarah says:

    I really love those cupcakes i wish i could do something like that.I hope Christie will help me someday.

  16. Melissa Oniarah says:

    I really love those cupcakes and fondant sweets.i’ll try them myself.

  17. Melissa Oniarah says:

    I luv d cupcake with red rose, how did u do it.

    • Kristie Sarmiento says:

      Hi Mellissa! The cupcake with the red rose was very easy to do! After icing a cooled mini cupcake, all it took was a paintbrush, clear vanilla, Wilton (pre-made) Icing Roses, and Wilton Pearl Dust. Since the Icing Roses are pre-made, I didn’t have to worry about my lack of skill in making my own roses. 🙂 I just painted clear vanilla onto the rose, then dipped it into the pearl dust. After tapping off the excess, I placed it onto the iced cupcake. Beautiful result!

  18. Lupita says:

    I LOVE the fang bites. You have the best ideas, Kristie!

  19. doyin says:

    love ur new ‘ valentine cupcake wrap n pix,its gorgeous.i’ll try it .

  20. Oseni jane says:

    I luv d cupcakes, i ll try ’em

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