Valentine’s Day Family Style

Over the years my family and I have celebrated Valentine’s Day in many ways.  Although I love to dine out, typically  a Valentine’s evening dinner can mean a special menu with a special price.  Which is fine, if that is what you want, but with the kids around there are many ways to celebrate at home with your family.

Valentine's food ideas

I wanted to share some of the things my family has done over the years to make Valentine’s day special and many of these do not cost a lot, (some are free):

  • Cook dinner together – have the family help pick out the menu and prepare the meal.  Add pink items to the menu to make it interesting using food coloring.  The photo above is pink oatmeal.
  • Play games – make it a family game night or a family movie night.  Buy a puzzle and work together as a family to complete it.
  • Showtime – have your kids put on a show for you.  My kids loved this and would plan the show together while I prepared dinner.  Seriously, give them the stage and they will enjoy showcasing their talent.  Be sure to record it for future memories.
  • Potluck or Party – Invite another family or some friends over and avoid the crowded restaurants by eating in.

Valentines dessert

  • Love Note Scavenger Hunt – leave little clues around the house and send your kids on an indoor scavenger hunt to find a fun treat.  Include tasks such as – write a valentine’s to a family member or call a friend and wish them a Happy Valentine’s day so they can share the love.
  • Crafts – Have the kids decorate a shoebox or bag to put in all the Valentine’s cards they received from their friends.
  • Photo Fun – Bring out the photo albums and videos of you and your husband when you were kids and before you had children of your own. Sharing these memories is a great way to show your love.

Valentine's party, Valentine's ideas

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Does your family have any Valentine’s Day traditions?



  1. What a sweet idea for such a sweet day! I love the idea of inviting another family for a potluck and the scavenger hunt. Lucky family to have such a loving mom!

    Have a great day! Linda

  2. I am planning some heart shaped mini meatloafs for my gang! They love them that way!!

  3. Well I plan to do fun things for the kids school but lol I’m sad to say I never really do anything at home. I really should put a little effort into it.

    I love all your items!

  4. These are some wonderful ideas! I especially love the love note scavenger hunt! Stopping in from SITS!

  5. What lovely ideas for a special evening! I especially like the idea of the kiddos creating a show! Thank you for hopping on board The Great Blog Train! -Marci, Helen and Angie

  6. Oh my Gosh, I am DEFINITELY doing the Valentine’s scavenger hunt for my girls…they will LOVE it!! 🙂

  7. Love the vases with hearts! Cute centerpiece.

  8. Very nice! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  9. Thanks for the tips. I like the idea of having dinner together as it’s to hard to find a sitter and I want to enjoy the special day with my kids as well.

  10. we have a fondue party each valentines day, just our family but we stopped gifts and just spend the evening together.

  11. These are really great ideas =) Way to make it fun… this just reminded me to put post it notes up on V-day for my other half.. even though we’ll be in a hotel… you got me thinking..


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