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Valentine’s Day is going to be here before we know it, and I want to share all my best tips and ideas for making it extra special and memorable this year…while still keeping it super realistic and manageable for our busy schedules. I always feel like Valentine’s Day is one of those ones that sneak up on me. I’m finally getting over my holiday hangover, then I am totally stoked to start the year with new goals and dreams, and then…oops, Valentine’s Day. That means something special for the kids, their classroom parties and Valentines, my husband, my friends, etc. Not this year! This year we are all going to have a clear plan of what we want to do to celebrate, and we are all going to plan ahead so nothing is able to sneak up on us! These ideas are all very easy and affordable, but will be total hits, many of them resulting in family traditions you’ll do year after year!

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Download my free guide to celebrating Valentine’s Day below! This digital download outlines many of the ideas I discuss on today’s show, while giving you recipes, full tutorials, and links to purchase any supplies you may need! If you loved the ideas in today’s show, you’ll definitely want this guide as a bonus resource for making Valentine’s Day extra special this year!

On the show I discuss tips and ideas for Valentine themed dinner, treats, traditions, classroom activities, and my favorite party I host for my girlfriend’s each year. Below, I’ve added some more resources and visuals to help support the ideas shared on the show!

Valentine’s Day Family Dinner

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I love the idea of a Valentine’s Day themed family dinner! But the genius part of that? You have your dinner a couple days before the holiday rather than the actual day! I love this for many reasons, but the main being that holidays are always so exciting and busy. They have big days at school, the sugar rush is high, and you don’t have the time or motivation to put a lot of effort into a fun themed dinner. If you do it as a kick-off to the holiday, you can have a little more breathing room! Enjoy jazzing up the table a bit more, plan a fun menu, and surprise them with a treat…maybe one they even help make! It just makes the experience more fun and less stressful for all. 

Our favorite Valentine’s family dinner is a heart shaped pizza party. We roll out the dough, I help shape it, and the kids top it off however they want. Pizza is my kids’ favorite food and they LOVE making their own, so this is a no brainer dinner for us. I can turn the volume up by making the pizza into heart shapes, and if I’m really feeling crazy, I’ll use a mini heart cookie cutter on some pepperoni.

I also love the idea of a Valentine waffle bar for your special dinner! You can use a heart shaped waffle iron, or use a cookie cutter on regular waffles and then go crazy with the toppings. Berries, whipped cream, chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, etc. You can also go savory and do cheesy waffles and fried chicken!

Either way, if you’re going to do breakfast for dinner, you need this heart shaped bacon on the table. It is so easy to do and is a total hit when it gets to the table. I love when I can blow their mind with something so simple!

 

Valentine’s Traditions

I hope that many of the ideas from this episode become traditions for your family, but if you walk away with anything to try, I’d love it to be love notes. This is one of my favorite traditions I do during the year, and one my kids really look forward to also.

Starting February 1st and ending on Valentine’s Day (February 14), I leave a little love note (a note on a paper heart) for each kid on their bedroom doors. It’s something very simple like, “I love when you make me laugh” or “I love your kind heart” but it starts their day feeling loved and acknowledged. The best part? You’ll start to notice the little love notes they leave for you after receiving their first couple. It’s such a special one!

To get more info, examples, and even print off your own set of printable Love Notes (already done for you!) head on over to my Love Notes blog post! Everything you’ll need is right there for you!

Classroom Parties

I give lots of game and activity ideas in this week’s episode. All of the supplies, outlines, and tutorials for setting it up can be found in the Free Valentines Day Guide (download below!). 

One of my favorites is a Tissue Punch Board.

You’ll Need:

1 foam board

A sleeve of plastic cups

Hot glue

Colored tissue paper

Rubber bands

Prizes to go in the cups.

Outline a heart on your foam board. Hot glue the cups in the circle shape. Place a prize in each cup and cover the cup’s opening with tissue paper and secure with a rubber band. Now you have a punch board for kids to have fun with! For Hudson I’m going to do colors, so when the kids come up to punch for their prize, they need to find the color I ask them to punch. For Evie, I’m going to write sight words on the tissue and they need to punch the cup that matches the word. You can also do shapes or math problems! A fun way to practice some of the learning they are doing in class!

Galentine’s Day!

This is my FAVORITE traditions with my girlfriends! My girlfriends are incredibly important to me. They are always there for me, and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. As a thank you and a celebration for our friendship, I love to host a Galentine’s Day Brunch! It is a super easy and affordable to host (even better if you grab a friend and co-host!) and one that results in SO many memories!! It really is one of those parties that gets talked about all year long! I’ve got a party plan outlining the whole thing, with links to purchase everything you need to host, for you also! Download it here!

 

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2 Comments

    • Allison Carter

      Thank you so much for sharing, Joy! I appreciate that so much! This was such a fun episode and my family and I have been having so much fun celebrating Valentine’s Day this year!

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