Valentine’s day is most often associated with a romantic type of love. But it can also be the perfect time to celebrate the love you share with your family. If you are planning on spending Valentine’s Day as a family this year, there are lots of ways to shower everyone with plenty of love and affection.
Whether you choose to keep it a low-key day to spend together, or you go all out in an elaborate display of affection, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and make it an extraordinary event. Check out these fun ideas – the Valentine’s Day box of lovely thoughts about each other is my favorite!
Great Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Family
Decorate Your House
Valentine’s day must be one of the easiest holidays to create your own decorations for. Have everyone in your family cut out heart shapes and decorate them, attach ribbon to them and hang them on the wall. You can put some in your windows and hang them from the ceiling too!
Make Valentine’s Day Cards
While your children may have already handed out Valentine’s Day cards to their classmates, you can create some for each other. Get out the glue, scissors and any other crafting materials you have and create beautiful Valentine’s day cards to hand to each other at dinner. The dollar store is a great (and inexpensive) resource for paper doilies, construction paper, and more!
You could make each other some of these fun Victorian puzzle purses – they’re a unique Valentine idea that allows for lots of creativity! Or preserve each other’s hand prints with these adorable hand print Valentines.
Get Dressed Up
Valentine’s day offers up a fantastic opportunity to get dressed up in your fanciest clothing. It doesn’t matter if you are planning on staying in or going out, dress to the nines.
Have Heart-Shaped Meals All Day Long
Every Valentine’s Day when my daughter was little, I made her pink heart-shaped pancakes (one of her favorite foods!) for breakfast. For lunch, sandwiches cut out with heart-shaped cookie cutters. For dinner, we might do something a little bit fancier, but there was always sure to be a heart-shaped dessert at the end!
Make a Special Meal
Get in the kitchen together and create a fancy dinner. Spending time together in the kitchen creating a masterpiece as a family has so many benefits. From education to bonding time, not only will you get a delicious meal, but your children will feel a sense of accomplishment for helping. If you don’t want to make a whole meal, how about baking heart-shaped cookies together?
Dine out at Home
If you don’t want to brave the Valentine’s Day crowds at your favourite restaurant, create the same environment at home. Choose a nice table cloth and decorate the table with a beautiful centerpiece. You can even light some candles and put on some music. Enjoy your meal together as a family.
Family Movie Night
Doing something out of the ordinary, like a family movie night or game night, always adds fun and excitement to an evening together.
Express Your Love
While this should be done every day, Valentine’s Day is wonderful time to tell your family how much they mean to you. Gather around the table and take turns honoring each member of the family. Tell them something you love about them, something you are grateful to them for and why you think they are special. This will not only create a strong bond, but will make each person feel the love.
You could even write these down. It can be so uplifting to post these in each person’s bedrooms. They’ll serve as daily reminders of just how special they are. Or, perhaps you want to put them into a lovely, decorated box (decorate it together!) to save them for the future. Tie the box up with a ribbon and put it away until next Valentine’s Day. Your new tradition could be reading what was said in previous years while adding to it every February 14th.
Work as a Family to Shower Love on Others
Maybe you will make a video call to the grandparents to tell them how much they are loved. You could do something special for your pets. Write letters to community members like employees at your children’s school, or the local police or fire department for example. Or perhaps you will surprise a neighbor with a delivery of goodies.
There are so many ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. Just spend some quality time together having fun and showing your love and gratitude for each other. Spending Valentine’s Day as a family is a great opportunity to show everyone how much you care.