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Valentine’s Day Family Style

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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.

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

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Jamie

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

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..

Raquel

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

Post it notes are so fun. Honestly, how did we live without them. Sounds like you have a fun Valentine's Day planned.

maria @ close tohome

Thursday 16th of January 2014

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

Raquel

Thursday 16th of January 2014

Oh I love fondue parties! I agree Maria, it is all about spending the time together!

Brandy Myers

Saturday 11th of January 2014

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.

Raquel

Monday 13th of January 2014

Thanks Brandy! I love dinner at home and it gets harder as the kids get older.