If you mention how important it is to be kind around Valentine’s Day, someone always immediately follows up with, “but you really should be all year!” When did it become such a touchy subject to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a holiday? When you mention being giving around Christmas time, it doesn’t take away from how giving you should be year round. The same is true for Valentine’s Day, and that’s why I enjoy making this a special time of year for my children. 

Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

Although I’m not the mom with the best crafting abilities or the strongest baking skills, I still enjoy making the holiday fun for my children. In the past when I did Valentine’s Day gift guides, my daughters loved waking up to some special gifts. Gifts are never expected, and this year, since we have so many toys in our home, each girl will get a small box of chocolate. Instead of the focus being on gifts, I enjoy focusing on quality family time.

1. Dress In Pink Day

Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, we took the weekend before to dedicate an entire day to celebrating. One of the first ways we celebrated was by having everyone dress in pink. Each of my daughters enjoyed picking out special hair bows and bracelets. They enjoyed seeing me in my most vibrant pink shirt, and they begged their father to find his pink shirt too.

2. Have A Fun Photo Shoot

We did a fun photo shoot to commemorate the occasion. With a new light kit, some red heart lights, and adorable pink outfits, it was easy to pull off a simple and festive photo shoot. To make it more fun for my daughters, I put on music in the background. They loved turning a white wall in our kitchen into their own stage.

3. Make Something Chocolatey

On the night before our celebration, I promised we would have a chocolate chip party the next day. My daughters didn’t know what to expect. Mid-day, I ran to the store to get parchment paper, white chocolate, some red sprinkles, and pretzel sticks. With a double boiler, I melted the two bags of chocolate, and I drizzled it over the pretzels. Before the chocolate dried, my daughters added sprinkles. This was the best chocolate party ever. We ended up with plenty of treats left over for several days. These are going to be perfect for adding to school lunches for a special treat, and will remind everyone to celebrate this special holiday with a bit of extra kindness and love.

Your Thoughts

Do you do something special with your children for Valentine’s Day? Do you have an opinion about whether to buy them gifts? Share your ideas in the comments section.

Fun Celebration Photos

I hope you’ll check out the fun photos we took. Our Valentine’s Day family celebration was quite an exciting and memorable day for everyone.

Our Valentine's Day family celebration was quite an exciting and memorable day for everyone. by Theresa's Reviews

Having a photo shoot with my new light set was a good reason to dress from head to toe in pink.

Our Valentine's Day family celebration was quite an exciting and memorable day for everyone. by Theresa's Reviews

Valentine’s Day is an excellent time to put on all your pink jewelry. ūüėĄ

Our Valentine's Day family celebration was quite an exciting and memorable day for everyone. by Theresa's Reviews

Having a chocolate party will make everyone happy.

Our Valentine's Day family celebration was quite an exciting and memorable day for everyone. by Theresa's Reviews

This simple chocolate pretzel dessert was simple to make. Melt the chocolate, pour it on the pretzels, add sprinkles, and enjoy.

Our Valentine's Day family celebration was quite an exciting and memorable day for everyone. by Theresa's Reviews

Everyone loved the delicious desserts. Best chocolate party ever!

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7 Responses

  1. jiselle

    I lovveee this! I love the fact that you are creating memories, sometimes we spend so much time being busy that all our children remember are their parents being busy! congrats to you and your husband for creating family time that will always be remembered!

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  2. Kate

    We’ve been looking for great ways to celebrate, and we looove Valentine’s day. Great list!

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  3. Teri

    You have beautiful girls! I have one 10 year old and wish I hadn’t found this post sooner! He would have loved the make something chocolatey idea!

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