February is here and Valentine’s day is around the corner. Valentine’s day is a special day where we can share our love and appreciation for the important people in our life. Here at Mommy Convos we mothers share the different ways we celebrate during love month. Ideas for classroom celebrations, delicious baked goods for the neighbors, fun décor for Valentines, and lastly showing our love and appreciation to our family ranging from silly cards, service, love notes and great traditions that can last a lifetime.
Ideas for the Classroom:
1.) Do your kids pass out Valentine cards to their school mates? One of the most creative and certainly adorable handmade Valentines card to pass out in school is created by Our Thrifty Ideas. Vanessa is seriously so creative and has an easy tutorial for ya- head here for details.
Jordyn and her husband are currently on a six-week clean eating kick before going on vacation so they want to incorporate this into her little girl’s valentine. Although they aren’t making the kids stop eating sugar, they know she will get a fair amount of sugar from school, so they want an alternate to candy:
Sugar Free Options
5.) I found a super cute idea on Pinterest from fabnfree that I want to use. My kids love the little cutie oranges. I’m just going to put cuties in some clear treat bags, tie a ribbon around the bag, and attach a note that says, “You’re a cutie! Happy Valentines Day!”
6.) Jordyn plans to take her kids to the store to pick out their favorite character valentines, this is one of her favorite traditions to do as a kid. So, she will let the kids choose their favorite character valentine and attach them to the orange cuties. Her daughter will most likely pick Trolls valentine, so she thought this was a great craft idea from Tough Cookie Mommy!
Baking and More Baking:
Valentines Day is not the same without baked goods, sweets and cookies gracing the kitchen table. Need some new ideas? Check these ones out:
9.) Our Thrifty Ideas has a fantastic compilation of mouth-watering cookies we just might need to try.
10.) And have you seen these delicious looking and simply easy cake/cookies from Todays Mama? Hmmm April from A Day in April has fantastic taste when it comes to baked goods. And she calls these “lazy” which hopefully means these cookies are quickly made, and quickly devoured. Score!
11.) One year I got adventurous and decided to follow the instructions for this tie-dye cookie-but also looks like this. Holy hana! The instructions forgot to mention when making these cookies- that it takes years, (okay just A LOT of time, try two hours worth) to get these cookies looking just right. Here’s my finished product: it was fun, but ya, probably never making these again.
12.) If you are on a health kick for the new years like Jordyn’s family, check out these super cute heart shaped fruit wands from Eats Amazing.
13.)What about these delicious looking fruit kabobs? I know any baby will love gumming these from 365ish Days of Pinterest and yes the baby can share with siblings too.
14.) Valentines Pictures! Really, I will use any excuse to take pictures of my children, but a themed photo shoot- even more fun! I’ve passed out these pictures and a plate of cookies for Valentines to neighbors before, but mostly to give to the Grandparents.
15.) We loved how simple and easy this is! Use whatever glue or tape you can find, and stick paper hearts to some branches! Stick in a vase: voila! Bring some nature and some extra love in your home.
Celebrating Valentines at Home:
17.) Mellie and Lou coined it well when Lou said, “finding a babysitter on Valentines Day is as easy as finding a four leaf clover in the middle of winter…” So Mellie and Lou suggest having date night at home involving the little ones instead. Brilliant idea ladies!
18.) Write a meaningful love letter to someone significant in your life.
There is a phenomenal books that teaches the five different ways people give and accept love in a relationship. If you haven’t read this book, you need too- it’s a total marriage and family game changer. My love language is simple: letters or words of affection, gifts, food, time and service… all five love languages work for me. I do, however have a soft spot in my heart for love letters.
When my parents were young, my father lived in Canada and my mother lived in Salt Lake City Utah. My parents met one summer in Canada and dated by writing love letters since a phone call across continent lines cost an arm and a leg, so their love language is letter writing. My first year of college my mother sent me a letter every month. I loved receiving letters from my mother, and seeing the time she spent creating the personalized letters just for me. Now that she is passed, I treasure these beautiful letters even more.
19.) Valentine’s Tea Party.
The year of my eighth birthday my mother decided to throw a Valentine’s Tea Party for a bunch of my girlfriends and our dollies. Us little girls and our dolls dressed up in fancy attire, white gloves and hats. During our tea party, a princess came to teach us about manners, which included lifting our pinkies up when we quietly sipped our tea. One of the highlight memories of my childhood is centered around Valentines Day and the many tea parties my mother threw.
Naturally, as I have grown the tea parties continued as I share those fun traditions with my daughter and her friends. For Lexie’s fifth birthday party she choose to have a princess tea party and everyone came dressed up for the occasion. We had a servant, (daddy) cucumber sandwiches, punch and sugar cookies. The display was elaborate with all of our fine china and tea pots were used. All the little girls were so cute learning their tea party manners, and dancing like princesses at the ball that day. We had a fantastic time at the tea party, and I took one picture… it was of the floor. So, if you choose to throw a tea party and go through all the trouble of inviting, entertaining and feeding twenty little girls don’t forget to pull out your camera!!