Valentine’s Day Activities to Bring Your Family Together
Often, we get caught up in the mundane of our daily lives. We jump from one activity to the next. Then, one day bleeds into another, and our lives speed by. We forget how important it is to connect.
Valentine’s Day activities with our family are a way to solve this. Annual holidays give us a chance to slow down, enjoy our loved ones, and remember what truly matters.
Plus, it’s another essential tool in the handy mom toolbox to help us live intentional lives. As parents, we can choose traditions that best match our family personality and help show their values.
Check out some of our family favorites and other great Valentine’s Day activities to add to the mix!
Traditions Your Family Will Love
1. Hearts on the Door
Every February 1st, mom (or dad) starts the month off with a heart on kids’ doors saying one thing she/he loves about them. Every morning until Valentine’s Day, the kids wake up to a new heart. This heartwarming tradition is a favorite in our household.
Or, turn this around and do “love you hearts” for a parent each day. Instead of putting them on his or her door, collect them for a special Valentine’s gift on February 14th.
2. Candlelight Meal
Next, prepare a simple but fancy candlelight Valentine’s Day dinner as a family. Bring out the fancy china, candlesticks, and cheap decorations if you have them. Then, splurge on a few indulgent food choices.
When I was a kid, we had lobster every Valentine’s Day. My mom’s birthday is also then, and it was the one day of the year we knew it would be a special lobster dinner. It created fond memories!
Finally, you could finish the meal with a simple card or gift for the kids.
3. An Interesting Dinner Guest
We have a unique Valentine’s Day tradition in our home. You see, “Mr. Mustache” appears at dinner every year. Essentially, mom puts on a pink mustache and pretends to be a “very important person.” Uncontrollable giggling ensues.
This was not a planned tradition, but sometimes the spontaneous ones are the best! As a bonus, they see mom being playful which is not always my strongest trait.
Related Post: How to Become a More Playful Mom
4. A Special Date
This one is for the grown-ups!
Hubby and I love to do a variation of this Splurge Date around Valentine’s Day. It gives us a fun framework for some special ideas whether we’re able to get out or not.
Basically, we splurge a little on a treat and a few activities we don’t normally spend money on. You could splurge on new books, an outfit for the evening, special ice cream, an at-home bath, silky sheets, a fun bedroom game, etc. These are all small indulgences that make the night feel special but don’t break the bank.
5. The Love Journal
For this idea, say or write down in a “love” journal one thing you love about each person in the family. Typically, the journal gets passed around at dinner. Keep it from year to year to look at, and it’s sure to make every person in the family feel like a million bucks.
6. Heart Pizza
Need a super simple Valentine’s Day activity for your family? Have no fear! Almost every pizza place offers heart pizzas, or you make your own! If you’re short on time or energy, this is one simple thing to make the day feel special.
7. Red Food
I’m not an advocate of adding food coloring to everything, but I love the idea of celebrating with colored food. So, enjoy pancakes with strawberries, raspberries, pasta sauce, grapes, beets, or a strawberry smoothie on February 14th.
8. Love Counting
Who wouldn’t love a book telling all the ways you love them? Create a book or sign that says “10 things I love about…” and hang it on your kids’ or spouse’s doors. It’s a very simple, free way to spread love and kindness!
9. Nature Cards
Save the earth and make a card out of nature. Turn twigs and pinecones into a big heart and take a picture for a Valentine’s card your recipients won’t forget.
10. Late Christmas Cards
Send your Christmas cards out for Valentine’s Day instead! A friend of mine skips the Christmas card tradition in favor of a family card that goes out on Valentine’s day. It seems more relaxing, right?!
11. Special Valentine’s School Lunch
Finally, a friend loves to pack her kids a special Valentine’s Day lunch. She prepares a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a heart cut out of one bread so the red jelly shows through. Then, she follows this up with heart-shaped cheese, heart strawberries, and red (beet) crackers. It’s simple, but brilliant!
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Now, Pick a FEW
Sometimes, I have a bad tendency to add more and more activities (because they’re fun-loving and cool!). But really, a few key traditions for each holiday are plenty. We want the kids to remember the special ones later on. Not more, but better. We have enough stress in our lives, and this should not add to it.
Something to Consider with Vday Activities
Finally, it’s worth it to reflect on our traditions and activities.
A few years ago, I tried a tradition that we found fun. But afterward, I realized that it didn’t really match up with our values or our family personality. So, I let it go and found something more in alignment. Our families evolve and then so do our traditions. So, it’s ok to change a tradition that doesn’t work anymore.
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day activities with your family? I would love to hear what works for you!
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