Valentine’s Day isn't just about the budding love of couples but it's also about the love of family. There are loads of ideas out there with great ways to spend the holiday as a couple, but what are some ideas for families?
In todays post, you find some fun ideas to make it a memorable day for everyone in the family! 🙂
11 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day as a Family
1. Make homemade Valentines for each other
Get out some card stock, construction paper, glitter, paint or any other craft material you think would be appropriate for making homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Let the kids use their imagination in making the cards and let their creativity shine. Each person should try to make a card for each person in the family.
The cards can be simple or as creative as you like! Homemade cards can be absolutely beautiful and it really doesn’t matter if you’re the most creative person or not! Parents make cards for each other too! Consider keeping the homemade cards in a safe place like a binder with sheet protectors so you can look back at them years later.
2. Put a special note in your kid's lunch – or even in your husband's lunch or pocket!
On Valentine’s Day hide a little love note somewhere where your kids/husband will find it as they go about their day. This can be as simple as saying “Hope you have a great day! Love you!” or even “I love you because…”.
I remember when I was a little girl every now and then (not just Valentine’s Day) my mother would slip a cute note or joke into my lunch box for me to find when I was at school – I always looked forward to finding them!
3. Make a special Valentines dinner together
If the kids are old enough it might be a good idea to let them help cook dinner. Everyone can have their own special part in making the meal.
For example, when my son was about 2 years old and wasn't quite old enough to do much in the kitchen yet, he would love gathering the potatoes from the bag and bring them to me one by one as I prepared them to go with supper! I’m not saying to make your child cook a five course meal – just make them feel included in some way. 🙂
Now that my son is much older (can't believe he's almost 7!) he can help a lot more in the kitchen by measuring ingredients, etc. We really enjoy making a heart shaped pizza together on Valentine's Day! ❤️
4. Make homemade chocolates!
Most people really enjoy having chocolates for Valentine’s Day – or really any day… or everyday if you're like me! 😂 A great tradition for Valentine’s Day would be to make your own chocolates as a family and then devour them!
If you’ve never made homemade chocolates it’s a lot easier than you think. You don’t have to have any special molds to make something nice – you could even use an ice cube tray.
There are loads of tutorials online on chocolate making so if you do a search I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration. I found a great little tutorial on Wikihow about chocolate making.
5. Family Date night
If you don’t mind spending a little cash consider having a family date night. You could go out to a restaurant together as a family and it would be nice if everyone dresses up like they’re on a “real” date.
You could even do this at home if you’d rather not go to a restaurant. After dinner you could watch movies or play board games as part of family date night. What’s important here is that you enjoy your time together and make memories as a family. 😊
6. Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
Create your own scavenger hunt for the family by gathering some inexpensive (Valentine's themed) items from the dollar store or you can use things you already have. Hide the items around the house and provide a list of clues to help find them. ex. Something red with white hearts, etc. Whoever finds the items first wins a prize.
7. Family Movie Night
Having a movie night is a great way to spend time with the people you love. The movies chosen don't have to be Valentine's themed – what's important here is that everyone enjoys spending time together as a family. Don't forget to have plenty of snacks!
8. Valentine's Day Breakfast
If time allows, it might be a nice idea to plan a special Valentine's Day breakfast for the family. I know mornings can be hectic and time won't always allow this, so you could schedule this in for any day that works best. You could serve foods that are red and white themed! 😊
9. Heart Shaped Food for Dinner
Try serving a nice family meal with some of your family's favorite foods… but get a little creative and make them heart shaped if you can! We've actually done a breakfast for dinner on Valentine's day with pancakes shaped like hearts. You could also use a cookie cutter to make heart shaped pepperoni for a heart shaped pizza! 🙂
10. Chocolate Fudge Sundae Bar
Ok, so this is one of my favorites! After dinner, set up an ice cream sundae bar with all the fixings! If you can find some Valentine's Day themed sprinkles to add to the sundaes, even better! 😀
11: Visit and spend time with a family member who might be alone on Valentine's Day
If you have a loved one in the family who may be alone on Valentine’s Day it's important to remind them that they're loved and not forgotten on this day. Even if all you can do is give them a call to say Happy Valentine's day, please do it.
It will mean a lot to them to know that someone's thinking of them. Spending time with our extended family, our elders and loved ones is important any day of the year – let them know they are loved and appreciated.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas and that they give you some inspiration for your family Valentine’s Day!