Being the tradition junkie that I am, it was not surprising when my third born child Savannah said to me ” Mom, I think that as soon as one holiday is over you begin thinking and planning new ideas to celebrate the next holiday”. She is right , I do. I am a firm believer in making every moment count as a mom . Celebrating with my family is just one more way to do that. So, ready or not the next holiday is about to arrive Valentines Day and here are my 21 FUN celebration ideas for families.
Teaching my children to love, respect, honor and admire their siblings is one of those top mommy things I strive to do.
One way I encourage this in my Children’s relationships with one another is that each year during the month of February I cut out big pink and red hearts from construction/craft paper. I then write on each heart with a marker “ I Love You Because ___________.” I cut out enough hearts for each child to write a note for each member of the family on. They are given these hearts a few days prior to Valentines day to fill out with their amazing kind words (hopefully), and then during our family Valentine’s celebration we share these with one another.
Purchase a box of inexpensive classmate exchange Valentine cards and get ready to attack.
1. On the night of February 13th sneak out to your husband’s car and place these Valentine cards all over the interior of his car. You may want to use tape to secure them. Won’t he be surprised to find his car has been attacked with Valentine cards.
2. After your children have fallen asleep on February 13th sneak into their bedrooms and/or bathrooms and place Valentine cards all over these rooms. What a surprise when they wake up to a Heart Attacked room filled with Valentines.
An in-expensive and simple way to celebrate Valentines day with your family is to create a fun movie night by watching a Love themed movie such as Lady and the Tramp, The Princess Bride, Cinderella, Parent Trap, Beauty and the Beast, you get the idea fun and romantic family style that is.
Everyone loves a treasure hunt. So, each valentines day I create a valentine treasure hunt for my family by hiding their Valentine baskets of goodies. I place written clues around the house in which they work as a team to discover where their hidden Valentine treasure is. We begin the hunt by giving them their first clue at the dinner table after we have eaten our meal and off they go to discover their Valentine treasure.
Write messages to your family members so when they awake they will be surprised with your words of love. You can also write on your husband and teenagers car windows.
Create a YUMMY Hot chocolate buffet for your family in the AM or PM
Serve a variety of Hot Chocolate flavors that are instant such as those from land O lakes. Then have a variety of toppings and stirrers for a do it your self Hot Cocoa experience.
- Crumbled Heathbar candy
- M& M’s
- Crushed peppermints or candy canes
- Marshmallows – mini or flavored
- Peanut brittle bits
- Mini chocolate chips/peanut butter chips/white chocolate chips
- Whip Cream
- Chopped thin crème de mint candies, like Andes
- Ice Cream syrups – Carmel, Strawberry, Chocolate
- Chocolate dipped spoons
- Cinnamon sticks
- Sees Suckers
- Candy canes
- Rock candy sticks
Decorate a jar and cut out 365 heart shaped papers. Write on each heart a word of encouragement , love note, a thank you, a scripture verse, an inspiring quote, or even good for 1 desert, good for 1 movie night etc. Place them in the jar and the receiver of the jar gets to read a note each day. This also makes a great dinner time conversation starter if you include fun questions on your 365 cut out hearts.
Countdown the days until valentines day by wrapping 14 books up and allowing you kids to unwrap one each day that you will read to the,
Collect 14 new books or unread books that have been sitting on your children’s book shelves and wrap each on up individually. Garage sales, Goodwill and Thrift stores are also great places to pick up inexpensive books.
Create a festive Valentine’s table to celebrate this day of love with your family.
On Valentine’s Day decorate your table with a red or pink tablecloth decorated with Valentine themed items, candles, rose petal confetti, flowers, Valentine plates, and don’t forget the Valentine napkins.
Then, serve a special meal with several red and pink food items such as red jell-o, pink mashed potatoes, red pasta sauce, a heart shaped pizza, etc. For fun drinks try strawberry milk or Shirley Temples to drink. For breakfast try pink heart pancakes, pink grapefruit, fresh red strawberries, pink yogurt, pink smoothies, etc. And, of course, don’t forget a Valentine dessert like a heart shaped brownie, pink frosted cupcakes or yummy strawberry shortcake.
Another fun addition to your table can be placing simple gifts at each seat – Valentine chocolates or other fun treats.
Plan a “Sweet Swap!” Similar to a cookie exchange, invite friends over and ask them to bring a plate of goodies (homemade or store bought). Watch a Chick flick or just have fun girl chat. Serve appetizers. At the end of your time together set out everyone’s goodies and go down the “buffet,” packing up sweets to take home. Everyone goes home with cookies, brownies, and candy.
A Card Game of Valentine Hearts – Click here for directions http://www.about.com/
Click here for our list of Valentines Countdown activities.
Click here for simple DIY advent calenders you can create.
Love on your neighbors this Valentines day with a childhood game of ding dong doorbell ditch.
Deliver Bags filled with Hershey’s hugs and kisses with a note that says “You’ve been Hugged and Kissed “ Or Deliver Cans of Soda pop labeled ” We are SODA glad you are our Neighbors”
#14 Basket Of Fun
Kids love getting a basket filled with goodies on Valentine’s Day, just like they do on Easter. Purchase heart shaped baskets at your local dollar store or drugstore. Then fill with treats such as candy, small toys, schoool supplies, beauty products, socks etc.
#15 The 12 days Of Valentines
I Use the 12 days of Christmas as our theme and begin our official countdown on February 3rd with simple treats, activities, gifts, notes and fun. Each day I will create a card that has the following opening statement on it.
“On the (number) day of Valentines day ………………………..”
Ideas for Day one :
1. Give ONE balloon that says I Love You
2. Give ONE single rose
3. Give ONE Valentine card
4. Serve ONE scoop of ice cream
5. Play a board game for ONE hour
6. Read ONE new book ( bought or borrowed from the library)
7. Serve ONE pear ( goes with 12 days of Christmas song) or give ONE pear scented lotion, bath product.
Mail Valentine s Day cards to each of your children . Telling them positive encouragements, how much you love them. Etc. Maybe even include a gift card. This is also a great tradition with college age kids who are away at school.
A few years ago we began in the Novotny home the tradition of having a chocolate fondue for our Valentines Celebration dessert . Yes, I am training my kids to be chocoholics like their mother, more excuses to feed my addiction.
So, pull out that buried fondue pot you received as a wedding gift or purchase an in-expensive one at your local variety store (a well worth purchase) and get ready to create a YUMMY Valentine dessert for your family.
Step 1 – Decide what you will use for your chocolate dipping sauce. I use Sephra chocolate which I purchase online at http://www.sephrafountains.com/. You can also use a variety of different recipes ( see below) or buy the already packaged chocolate dipping sauce, usually found in your chocolate baking section of the grocery store.
Step 2 – Choose your items for dipping. We use a mix of fruits and sweets from the list I have listed out here.
Fruits- Strawberries, Sliced bananas, apples, pears, dried fruit, pineapple, raspberries.
Cakes, Cookies and sweets – Marshmallows, pound cake in cubes, bite sized brownies, lady fingers, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, angel food cake, spritz cookies, biscotti.
Step 3 – Gather needed serving items: Dipping sticks ( bamboo kabob stick work great), bowls for the various dipping items, plates for each person and lots of napkins.
A Tradition your entire family will enjoy this Valentines day.
Countdown the days till Valentines day with daily Bible scripture verse on LOVE.. Type them up and place each one in a Countdown calendar, in little bags, boxes or seperat eenvelopes for your kids to open each night at dinner time.
Krispy Kreme offers heart shaped doughnuts ( place your order early)
Papa Murphy’s creates heart shaped pizzas on Valentines day (order ahead).
Make PINK Rice Krispie treats with Pink Marshmallows or use food coloring
# 21 Secret Acts Of Lovliness
Do secret acts of kindness to one family – On February 1st have place all family members name in a hat have each family members draw one name . The name they choose is who they will do secret acts of Lovliness for during the 2 weeks leading up to Valentines day. Such as do a chore for that person, leave a note, give them a small gift or treat they have made. During you family valentines Day celebration reveal to each other who you have been showering with lovliness.