As pink and red hues start permeating through restaurants and malls, and the scent of freshly cut roses hangs in the air, we realize that it’s that time of year again. A time when a boy finally musters up the courage to ask a girl to be his for the day, a father buys bouquets for his daughter, and love triumphs. To be a part of this hallmark card celebration here are 10 fun things to do on Valentines Day:

1. Have a baking session:

One of the best things about Valentine’s Day is the mouth watering desserts that are created to fill everyone’s mouth (and hearts) with “sweetness” for the day. Here’s a recipe on how to bake the perfectly delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes:

Red Velvet Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup butter, softened
-2 cups sugar
-4 eggs
-1 cup sour cream
-1/2 cup milk
-1 (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Color
-2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

 

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

-1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
-1/4 cup butter, softened
-2 tablespoons sour cream
-2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
-1 (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla.

3. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

4. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

5. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (Procedure):

Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

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(Photograph from: http://f0o0od.tumblr.com/post/76456772571/red-velvet-cupcakes)

2. Enjoy a chick-flick movie marathon:

With dinner prices skyrocketing during Valentine’s day, one great alternative is to cuddle in front of the TV with a steaming mug of swiss miss hot chocolate and watch one chick-flick after another. The hot chocolate warms the body and the romantic movies warm the heart.

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3. Make a Valentines balloon bouquet:

A billion people give a bouquet of flowers during Valentine’s day. Who wants to be the same as everyone else? This Valentine’s, be unique and make a balloon bouquet instead! It’s bigger, cheaper and lasts much longer than real flowers!

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(Photograph from:

http://www.lushome.com/unique-valentines-ideas-gifts-decorations-fower-bouquet-balloons/65199)

4. Go ice skating / bowling:

If you want an active V-day, ice-skating and bowling can be fun and challenging! Whether you’re a couple or a group of friends, figure-skate your way through the night.

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5. Indulge in 24 hours of chocolate:

Today is the day everyone is allowed to eat their hearts out with chocolate! Whether it’s pancakes with lots of chocolate drizzle for breakfast, a choco cupcake for dessert after lunch,  a chocolate frappuccino as an afternoon delight, a chocolate sundae after dinner, a nice hot chocolate for a nightcap, or all the above, you know what they say- forget love, I’d rather fall in love with chocolate.

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6. Go on a food trip with a friend / friends:

Share heart-fluttering stories or heartaches over breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and midnight snack. Food always tastes better when shared with someone you love.

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(GIF from: http://personal-interest-in-you.tumblr.com/post/76346319819)

7. Make a stuffed animal in Animal Land:

Huggable stuffed animals are the best and its even better when its made just for you! Add that personal touch by choosing the toy’s clothes, props and most important of all, the special Birth Certificate!

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8. Make pottery:

Visit Color Me Mine or any pottery studio and let your creative juices flow! Pottery and painting does wonders and relaxes not only the mind but also the heart.

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http://mtvnews.tumblr.com/post/67902075855/lol-harry-styles-and-niall-horan-bond-over)

9. Initiate a random act of kindness:

Sharing is caring during this season of hearts! Do something good for someone or some people: its guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks!

Random Acts of Kindness (Option #1)
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10. Fill the night with music at BOB:

Buy yourself and your loved one a ticket to Battle of the Bands – the perfect musical atmosphere for love songs.

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