We never have a babysitter on Valentine’s Day night and it saves us from having to deal with the over-crowded restaurants on this very busy night. Instead of having a romantic evening out just the two of us, we make all of Valentine’s Day a celebration of love for our entire family. We have three young children who love getting involved in the festivities along with us. Today, I would love to share some of our favorite Valentine’s Day traditions to inspire you this Saturday.
1. Enjoy a Themed Breakfast
This year Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday which means we get to spend the entire day together. Start that day off right with a delicious themed breakfast. A couple drops of red or pink food coloring in your pancake batter will transform your standard pancakes or waffles into a Valentine’s Day treat. If you want to take it one step farther, try pouring your pancakes out in the shape of a heart.
2. Bake Sweet Treats Together
Kids love getting in the kitchen and trying their hands at baking. Gather them up to bake some sweet treats for after dinner. Cupcakes, brownies, and cookies are all great options. Some heart-shaped sprinkles and colored icing will get them incredibly excited about decorating the finished sweets.
3. Go On an Outing
Spend a little bit of time outside the house doing something the whole family can enjoy. One of our favorites is a round of miniature golf. It is something all our kids enjoy and sparks up some friendly competition between my husband and myself.
4. Make Heart-Shaped Sandwiches
When lunch time roles around we like to have fun playing with our food a little. I whip up some grilled cheese for the kids and sandwiches for the adults. Once I am done I take a large heart cookie cutter and use it to trim off the crusts and create some adorable heart-shaped sandwiches.
5. Plan a Movie Night
Finish off your whole I-Love-My-Family day with a wonderful movie night. This year, our movie of choice will be 101 Dalmatians, which was just re-released by Disney this week. Pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, curl up under blankets, and finish off your Valentine’s Day the right way.
Our children are still young so we send them off to bed as soon as the movie is over. Once they have gone to bed we throw a couple of steaks on the grill, open a bottle of wine, and have a romantic dinner for two.
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