Celebrating Valentine's Day

Can Charlie Brown ever win the attention of his beloved Little Red-Haired Girl? Indeed he did on Saturday, January 31, when the Little Red-Haired Girl herself—aka Francesca Capaldi, the 10-year-old actress who plays the character in the upcoming Peanuts feature film—co-hosted a Peanuts-themed Valentine’s party with Snoopy and his sister Belle at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Carlsbad. Capaldi, known to TV viewers as Chloe James on Disney’s Dog With a Blog, hosted dozens of her friends, including Skai Jackson (Jessie), Merit Leighton (A Tiger’s Tale), Marlow Peyton (Candybar), and Aubrey Miller (Spare Parts).

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Sweets for a Sweetie: 10-year-old actress Francesca Capaldi was sweet on the beautiful Snoopy and Belle Valentine’s cakes at her pre-Valentine’s party. You can make this same cake or delicious chocolate cupcakes using the Park Hyatt’s recipe, and if you win my giveaway, one of the delicious DecoPac Snoopy or Belle toppings will be included!

Guests tried on the latest Snoopy and his Sister Belle fashions from Target, danced to DJ-provided tunes, and decorated cupcakes with DecoPac decorations. Of course, they also enjoyed watching the classic Peanuts special, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, set to air on ABC alongside A Charlie Brown Valentine on February 13th at 8pmEST/7pmCT.

“I was really excited to host this early Valentine’s party with Snoopy and his adorable sister Belle —it’s pretty much the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, ever!” says Capaldi. “My friends and I had a great time trying on clothes and making Valentine’s…and eating chocolate, of course!” After the party fun, the happy guests went home with goodie bags filled with Peanuts treats, including Snoopy and Belle apparel from Target, DVDs of the movies from Warner Home Video, Be Awesome books from Running Press, Nestlé’s candy, and valentines from Galerie.

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE Cake/CUPCAKES (Yields one 9”cake or 16-18 Cupcakes)

INGREDIENTS:

Flour 3 Cups
Sugar 3 Cups
Salt 1 Tbsp
Baking Soda 1 Tbsp & 1 Tsp
Water (Boiling) ½ Cup
Cocoa Powder ½ Cup
Buttermilk ½ cups
Vegetable Oil 1 Cup
Eggs 3
Vanilla 1 Tbsp

Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla together with a whisk. Place the flour, sugar, salt, and soda together in a mixing bowl. Using the whip attachment on an electric mixer, add the liquid ingredients that were previously whisked, mix only until smooth. Boil the water and add it to the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to the previous batter. Let the batter sit 10 minutes before filling pans. Fill 2-8″ cake pans that have been greased and floured. Fill pans half full. Bake in oven at 350o for approximately 45 minutes. A knife inserted in the center will come out clean. Cool cakes before using.

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On November 6th, 2015, Capaldi co-stars as the voice of The Little Red-Haired Girl in The Peanuts Movie, as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

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Prepare yourself to fall in love with Peanuts all over again as we await The Peanuts Movie. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the cherished “Peanuts” gang make their long-awaited big-screen debut in stunning state-of-the-art 3D animation from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than with Peanuts—where Sally loves Linus, Charlie Brown loves his Little Red-Haired Girl, and everyone loves Snoopy! So I’ve got a great Peanuts Valentine’s Day giveaway for you. Now you can re-create the party with your own kids thanks to this fabulous Peanuts Party in a Box. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Valentine cake and cupcake decorations from DecoPac
  • Peanuts Valentines and additional blank cards, foamies and jewels to use to create custom Valentines of your own
  • A $25 Visa card for purchasing the cake/cupcake ingredients and/or card materials
  • A copy of the TV special for free from iTunes
  • A cute and cuddly Belle plush
  • Three adorable Peanuts books
  • Nestle’s Valentine candy
  • An autographed card from Francesca Capaldi!

Just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll pick one lucky winner at random. Good luck—and lots of love!

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