Valentine Days of the past are long gone, claimed by the pandemic. With lockdowns around the world and social distancing guidelines, holiday celebrations are continuing to look different this year. While we may not be able to go out and celebrate a carefree Valentine's Day like we did last February, I think it's important to plan a safe and fun day with your valentine, galentine, or yourself!
Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year so what better way to spend time with your loved one than enjoying a love themed brunch board? I wanted to share this simple, delicious, and fun brunch board inspired by all things love.
What I love about this brunch board is that it is completely customizable to what you and your significant other or family enjoy. My husband and I normally don't eat breakfast during the week and tend to have a smoothie or coffee instead, so we look forward to enjoying brunch food on special occasions.
The main attraction of my brunch board are these adorable heart shaped waffles I made using a mini waffle maker. You could also make or buy pancakes, scones, biscuits, or croissants to be the centerpiece of your board. The rest of the board consists of toppings to eat with the waffles including fresh fruit, yummy spreads, and of course some chocolate treats because it can't be a Valentine's day board without some chocolate, right?!
My tip to a beautiful and delicious board is to use a variety of different shapes, colors and textures when putting it together for both food and visual interest. Here are the steps I tend to follow when making a brunch board:
Wash and cut up all of your fruit.
Pick a board and fill your ramekins with your spreads. I added nutella to this board but you could add maple syrup, nut butter, whip cream, or even yogurt.
Next arrange your fresh fruit onto the board. Fresh berries pair really well with waffles but you can add any of your favorite fruits.
Arrange any additional toppings or proteins on the board. I added in some granola but some other yummy toppings would be nuts, chia seeds, boiled eggs, or cheese.
Add in your special Valentine Day treats. I picked up some chocolate covered sugar cookies, chocolate strawberries, Hershey kisses, and peanut M&M's.
Place waffles onto the board. This should be the last step because you want them to be enjoyed warm. I suggest making the waffles in advance and leaving them in a warm oven while you assemble the rest of the board.
Fill in any empty spaces on the board and spread out similar colors to create visual balance.
Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it is the perfect excuse to take a break and practice some self-love. Hoping you have the sweetest Valentine's Day ever!