My daughter wanted to have a Valentine’s party with friends from kindergarten. We made the Cheese Crackers the weekend before (she has a turn first in rolling out the dough as it is rather crumbly with so much grated cheese, then I roll it as thin as I can without breaking it for the crackers to be crispy). I froze them (cut into heart shapes) to bake the day before.

Rather than frosting the Chocolate Zucchini Brownies, we dusted them with powdered sugar. It always makes me smile to get kids to eat vegetables in their chocolate!

One or Two Weeks Before

Purchase all game items

Make Cheddar Cheese cracker dough, punch out heart shapes and freeze (I place parchment paper between layers of cheese crackers)

Week Before

Prep all game items

Day Before

Make Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Bake Cheddar Crackers. When completely cool, place on serving platter and cover with plastic wrap

Wash purple grapes. Spread on clean dish towel and let dry thoroughly. Place grapes on skewers leaving room to add strawberry (or watermelon heart) on top.

Wash and hull strawberries, dry thoroughly.


If using watermelon, cut slices and using a small heart-shape cookie cutters punch out hearts.

Place strawberries or watermelon “heart” at top of fruit wands. Wrap with saran wrap and store in refrigerator.

Morning of

Use a large cookie cutter to punch out Chocolate Zucchini Brownies. Dust with powdered sugar and place on serving platter.

Place fruit wants in a vase, or lay on a serving platter



Purple Grapes

Strawberries OR watermelon



Shredded sharp cheddar Cheese




Chocolate chips