Punny Food Valentines!

Punny Food Valentines!

Hello! It has been too long! Are you on instagram? I rarely get to my computer for a full blog post these days (see sweet sleeping baby below), but I do post daily food inspiration and other fun ideas to my instagram feed (@mariesaba), so come join me over there if you’d like!


Now, let’s talk. I’ll be honest: Grocery-store Valentine’s cards kind of depress me. I think it’s the mass production that makes the cards seem to say, “Oh hi … I’m kind of sort of thinking of you today.”

So after leaving the Valentine’s aisle empty-handed the other day, I decided to have a little fun with some cards of my own.  And posted this “Food Valentine” to my instagram feed (@mariesaba):


Much to my surprise, later that day Bon Appétit Magazine published a write up about it, as well as a few others designs I made that day …




Then, a little while later, Design Taxi posted a similar piece, calling them “adorable, punny edible Valentine’s Day messages made with cookies, fruit, food.” Pretty sweet, right? (Pun intended, of course ;)

So I made a bunch more…


And now guess what!? I’m using these to make my own homemade Valentine’s Day cards, and you can, too!

Here’s what you do:

Go to this dropbox folder and download the pictures you want. The pictures are all free to use; I’m just glad to see people having fun with these and spreading the love!

Then upload the pictures to a photo printing service (I used the Walgreens app on my phone), print several copies of each (make sure to specify 4×4″ square prints), then go pick them up and you are ready to play!

You can add a little note on the back with a sharpie, and maybe even include a matching gift to go with each one? Maybe a box or bag of tea with the “Q-tea” card, or some mints or gum with the “mint to be” one, or fruit strips, real fruit or lollipops with the fruit-themed cards. The possibilities are endless!


I’ll be posting lots more gift ideas and new puns to my instagram feed (@mariesaba) over the next several days, so stop by for updates! As always, thanks for following along, commenting, sharing, liking etc. It truly makes my day to be able to cook and create with all of you, albeit remotely.





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6 Responses to Punny Food Valentines!

  1. M E Golden January 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    #Inspiration at its Finest

  2. Lydia Mills February 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Marie, these are fabulous! I have loved seeing these clever and so so cute creations of yours pop up on my Instagram feed each day. A much needed new and fresh perspective on Valentine’s Day amid all the junky commercial stuff. What’s best is that my 6th grade daughter follows you too and wants to give your Valentine’s cards and fun pairings (Mint to be with the chocolate mints) to her friends! Love it!!
    Thank you for all you do,

  3. Allegra February 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!b

  4. Ann De Lay February 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

    I LOVE these! I really think you could/should partner with some of the commodity groups on these. I could see Blue Diamond Almonds or California Almonds getting behind the nuts pun. Hunts or growers like Windset Farms might really dig the tomato pun.


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