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.
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.
Her Valentine’s Cards Are on the Table: Francesca puts her heart into her Peanuts Galerie Valentine’s cards, which are included in my giveaway along with extra foam hearts and jewels to enhance your card.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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.
You Take the Cake: Francesca and Skai Jackson from Disney’s Jessie had a sweet time decorating cupcakes. Now you can create your own “cupcake couture,” following the recipe from the Park Hyatt and using the DecoPac decorations in my giveaway.
Nicole’s take: You all know I love Snoopy and this event is just too much fun, I wish I could have been there! But I did get the next best thing which was a Peanuts Valentine’s Party in a Box – love it! How delicious does this cake recipe sound? Yum! I am excited to make the recipe and watch Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown!
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 using the Park Hyatt’s recipe, and if you win my giveaway, one of the delicious DecoPac Snoopy or Belle toppings will be included!
Recipes from Chef Franck Riffaud of the Park Hyatt Aviara
OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE or CUPCAKES
Yields one 9”cake or 16-18 Cupcakes
- Flour 3 Cups
- Sugar 3 Cups
- Salt 1 Tbsp
- Baking Soda 1 Tbsp & 1 Tsp
- Water (Boiling) ½ Cups
- 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.
Yields 5 cups, enough to fill and cover one 9”cake or 16-18 cupcakes
Very easy to make, basic buttercream is ideal for icing a cupcakes and for piping decorations and borders. It will stay fresh at room temp for 2 days and can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
- 1 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- ½ cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or other desired flavoring
- 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix at slow speed until smooth. If stiffer icing is needed, or if the weather is very warm, add a little more confectioners’ sugar.
Add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa and 2 tablespoons of cold strong, coffee to Basic Buttercream, above.
Yields 2 cups, enough to fill and cover one 9” cake or 16-18 cupcakes
For chocolate lovers, this is the most delicious icing for the filling and covering cupcakes. You can use it as a glaze when it is freshly made or beat it until it becomes thick and spreadable. Because ganache is very stable, it’s perfect for crumb coating cupcakes that will later be covered with rolled fondant, though it will soften in very hot weather. It can be stored at room temperature for 2 days or refrigerated for up to a week.
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate (uses chips, or cut blocks into small pieces)
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons flavoring or liqueur (optional)
Place the chocolate in a large metal or glass bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan just to the boiling point. Pour the cream over the chocolate, making sure that all of the chocolate is covered. Cover the bowl and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk the chocolate until it is dark and shiny, then cool it to room temperature. To thicken, beat the cooled icing with a hand mixer for a few minutes.
Peanuts Party in a Box contains:
- The cupcake recipe from the Park Hyatt’s own Pastry Chef, Frank Riffaud
- Valentine cupcake decorations from DecoPac
- Peanuts Valentines and easy directions for using them to create custom Valentines of your own
- A $25 Visa card for purchasing the cupcake ingredients and or Valentine card supplies
- A copy of the TV special for free from iTunes.
- A cute and cuddly Belle plush
- Two adorable Peanuts books: Be Loving and Be Awesome, featuring Charles Schulz’s unique wit and wisdom
- Nestle’s Valentine candy