Today’s post is from Chastity Rodriguez-Hise who writes about all the domestic arts that she is passionate about on her blog, Domestic as Hell. She shares with us how her family celebrates Valentine’s Day with kids and why it’s been more fun for her to celebrate alongside them than in years past when it was just she and the hubs.
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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids is so much more fun than in years past. I’ve never really cared about getting a gift or flowers (ok, except in high school) but now with kids, it brings back all the excitement I felt as a child myself when we got to pass out Valentines in school. I loved writing out cards for my classmates, picking the exact sentiment to go to each one. I loved the ones that came with a sucker stuck through the middle, or the ones with stickers or erasers. Those candy conversation hearts??!! LOVE. So now, I get to have fun and do crafty cards and bake yummy treats with my own children. “Hallmark Holiday” or not, I totally enjoy the fun and innocence of my kids celebrating and sharing thoughtful cards with their peers. After all, the world can always use more love.
So now, I get to have fun and do crafty cards and bake yummy treats with my own children. “Hallmark Holiday” or not, I totally enjoy the fun and innocence of my kids celebrating and sharing thoughtful cards with their peers. After all, the world can always use more love. Here are our favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids.
Baking and decorating!
I am the first one to find any excuse to bake. I love to mix it up and use fun shapes and designs for the kids. And, since I have tons of different cake pans in a million different shapes, we can be super creative. We’re also fans of keeping the treats bite-sized so we don’t go *too* overboard. This year, we’re keeping it simple and making chocolate cake pops and mini bundt cakes.
You can use any cake recipe you like. This one is devil’s food cake, which happens to be my favorite.
I normally make icing from scratch, but this time I cheated a little and got store bought icing for decorating. Shhhh. I recommend getting each kid get their own tube or filling their own pastry bag of icing so they can get as creative as they want. These turned out so cute, just by adding a little swirl of icing and a few sprinkles.
Family Love Notes!
Along with our baked treats, the four of us are exchanging cards. To add a little twist, we are each writing two things that we really admire about each family member on their cards. So each love note will be filled with sweet things FROM each family member, TO each family member. I also got the kids these cute little mailboxes (Target dollar section, where else?) to put their cards in. Miniature everything!
Semi-homemade Valentine cards!
The kids usually prefer to at least partially make their Valentines for their classmates, so this year I bought a bunch of stickers and blank notecards so they can be personalized for each friend. Yes, it takes a longer time, but my kids really dig it. We usually break it up over a couple of nights. (I also make them hand write thank you notes, so they’ve had plenty of practice. I know, I’m mean.)
Valentine’s Day is about love, and what better love is there than the love we have for our kids?! I think it is the perfect opportunity for some family time and a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Spending time making cards for friends is a good chance to help them think about gratitude and love. Writing notes to each family member really gets them thinking about the importance of family and how each member is unique. Sure, flowers and chocolates are great, but I think this day is best when celebrated family style.
Thanks, Chastity for some great ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids! Here are a couple of ways that we’ve celebrated in the past and are looking forward to doing this year, as well.
Give the kids a book about love.
Since the kids were little, we’ve opted against giving a ton of toys and candy on Valentine’s Day. What we HAVE given that I’ve LOVED picking out is a special little book, all about love. Some of our favorites have been Elmo Loves Hugs, Guess How Much I Love You, and I Love Your More.
Make a LOVELY breakfast.
I’m a sucker for creating fun breakfasts to celebrate holidays and Valentine’s Day is a no-brainer. Heart-shaped pancakes are ALWAYS on the menu on February 14th in our home. You can certainly use heart-shaped cookie cutters or even specially designed egg + pancake rings, but I’ve had the simplest success by just pouring the mix into a storage bag, snipping a corner and ‘drawing’ a heart on hot skillet.
OK…what did we miss? What’s your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids? Please comment below and let us hear it!
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