The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of chocolate hearts danced in their heads.
And I in my PJs, popped off ‘nother paint cap,
had just settled down for a long evening’s craft…
Okay, the last line doesn’t quite rhyme, but you get the picture. There always seems to be some prep work before holidays, even Valentine’s Day. Overall, I tend to keep things pretty simple for this holiday, since my head is usually still reeling from all the excitement of Christmas. But keeping with the theme of “not forgetting your first priorities”, what better way to express your love to your family than through Valentine’s Day.
This year I decided we'd do a prep night on V-Day Eve. We got cards supplies out for tomorrow, stampers, paint, and a big roll of drawing paper ready to decorate for our special tablecloth. The kids loved the idea of getting to paint and decorate the night before the fun. Plus they were so excited that our homeschool day was going to be totally taken over by “all things Valentine's Day.”
What better way to get through our school subjects than with this love-themed day. Writing, penmanship, & spelling take the shape of card making, math is covered as we bake and cut out heart shapes, science happens as we add red food dye to everything (and try to figure out what takes red food dye out of things–like our clothes), & lots of arts & crafts. Everybody's love tanks get filled as we create a fun homeschool day out of this “love” holiday.
So as we prep for the next day, I thought it'd be fun to share some of the fun activities we have planned for our Valentine's Day!
We had a lot of fun making our Valentine's Day Tablecloth using toilet paper rolls squished to make a heart & a head of chopped celery to make rose imprints. We also used paint and ink stamps to finish the details of our masterpiece. Really you can use whatever you have. I don’t expect the paper tablecloth to last much past the 14th, but it will serve its purpose for the day.
Valentine's Day morning we will to start our day off with our traditional Love Muffins. If I do nothing else on Valentine’s Day, I usually make “love muffins”. It’s pretty easy. You simply add red food coloring to your favorite recipe to make pink muffins. Once they cool, stick cut out hearts in each one. I use a heart punch-out and write little “love phrases” on them. This kind of makes them look like the traditional heart candies –Love You!, Hug Me!, Kiss Me!, Be Mine!, etc. We also make hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream and pink sprinkles on top.
Typically, meals are my favorite way of expressing the theme for this special “love” holiday. I don't even have dinner planned for tomorrow, but dessert is already prepared — Heart-Shaped Brownies with pink sprinkles. For lunch we will have heart-shaped sandwiches and cucumbers. Yummy!
Our Love Rock usually makes a few special appearances on Valentine's Day. We love our Love Rock. I painted a rock a few years ago and used puffy paints to write out “I love you!” along with a few Bible verses referencing love. Then I hide the rock around the house, in the kids’ rooms, or in their stuff for them to find. My favorite hiding places are under sheets, pillows, pockets, drawers, and shoes. Once found, the kids hide it for me to discover. It’s fun to catch giggles of delight when they find their love rock.
No Valentine's Day is complete without card making. I supply a ton of card stock paper, scissors, fun stamps, colored pens and pencils…the stamps are the favorite. After our masterpieces are complete, we take time to write out our personal messages in each one. I let the littles dictate to me what they want expressed.
Two “Savings” Tips for Valentine's Day
#1 = Celebrate your date night on a different day! My hubby and I go out to dinner at some point during the week of Valentine’s Day. Don’t laugh, but going to dinner on any night other than Feb. 14th actually saves you money. Many restaurants have pre-set menus that tend to get pricey.
#2 = Make your own plates & napkins! We use our stampers to create Valentine's themed plates and napkins. Instead of going out and buying fancy red and pink plates, we just use white ones and add our own color and flare. This tip works for all holidays and fun days.
So, there you have it. Our Valentine's Day! All ready to go for the morning! Hope you have a fun day, too!! With that I'll say…
…Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and to all a good night.
Looking to add some “Spark” to your Valentine's Day with your sweetie? Check out my post on
10 Ways to Re-Ignite the Spark This Valentine's Day!