I LOVE Valentine’s Day so much, probably much more than the average bear. I wear hearts head to toe through the month of February and I get cards and gifts for almost every person I know and love. This will be my Husband’s and mine 11th Valentine’s together. Over the years, this holiday has evolved along with our relationship. It’s gone from romantic surprise dates with flowers and chocolate, to getaways, to sparkly jewelry, to scandalous “romantic” gifts, to sweet nights in the comfort of our own home. Kids put a whole new twist on this day of love, and while we love our little ones more than anything (even coffee…mostly), they certainly change this day of love and romance. Since, we cannot always get a sitter, or we don’t always want to actually go out, we have come up with some other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, I have focused on celebrating Valentine’s Day at home…with the whole family included!
5 great tips for having a happy Valentine’s Day at home:
Make special treats
Who doesn’t love pb&j, cookies and cheese shaped like hearts? Personally, I love making and serving lots of red and pink treats. It just feels fun and festive. Think, heart-shaped pancakes (heart-shaped everything!), raspberry smoothies, fresh strawberries and if someone can sneak out of the house for a special Valentine’s Frappacino, then by all means!
Keep the romance alive
You may not be able to go out on a date, but you can make a date at home! Order pizza and open some wine after the kids are in bed, Netflix a Rom-Com and turn off your phones. My Husband and I have a bad habit of checking emails and social media accounts during our alone time on regular nights. Valentine’s night is good time to remember to unplug and just enjoy each other’s company.
Dress the part
I’ve mentioned that I dress festively all month (who’s kidding…I’m festive year-round!), but it is fun to wear something with hearts, paint your nails red and maybe even throw some pink and red patterned socks on your feet. Live a little!
Include the kids
If you can’t get a sitter, might as well include them in the fun, right? Set up some finger paints and papers and let the card making begin! My daughter really enjoys making dots with cotton balls around heart shaped stencils. It’s also fun to let them help make the treats and get involved in dressing up too. You can make pipe cleaner jewelry, add some glitter to their nails make some adorable footprint hearts for the grandparents. When it’s time for bed, don’t forget your favorite Valentine’s children book! (We like Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli.)
Remember, it’s the little things
It’s easier to incorporate a little sweetness all month than you might think. Try leaving a heart on the door or mirror each day with a reason why you love your spouse, putting a special note somewhere they’ll find later or just making them a special treat. After all, it is the little things that mean the most.
Are any of you celebrating Valentine’s Day at home this year? We’d love to hear how you celebrate!