I love holidays that are low key, and you can put into it what you want and have time for. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas but it’s exhausting! Simple holidays are so fun to celebrate because there is no pressure. Valentine’s Day is so special for us to celebrate with the kids. We keep it simple and chill as a family, and we do not exchange gifts. This time of year with Christmas just ending and my birthday in January, having to get another gift sounds nice but exhausting for the purchaser. We like to keep it low key and celebrate in the simplest ways. The kids and I always make a Valentine’s Day dessert. My favorite was this giant saying cookie pictured below.
Every year, I let the kids help plan their class Valentine’s cards to hand out at school. Growing up this was by far my favorite thing to do when it came to school. I remember doing these with my mom and being super excited to hand them out and then collect my classmates. I think at school we would always make some sort of a “mailbox” usually out of a shoe box or paper bag but this was my favorite activity. Then bringing the cards home and reading and opening was the best part! The kids and I get really into making their cards. We do a photograph of them that goes with the theme they pick out, a cute appropriate saying and attach a little treat. I let the kids plan and style their photos so they can be apart of the whole vision. Sometimes the school says no candy so when that is the case we just do a super small toy of some sort. Here are the valentines I’ve done for each of the girls in the past. Last year the girls did puppies and donuts.
On Valentine’s Day morning, I like to do a cute morning surprise for the kids. They really look forward to it and with a mundane winter it’s something cute we can talk about and look forward to. I always do balloons, something sweet and a small gift bag usually filled with one small toy and some dollar bin finds. I also make a special heart theme breakfast.
This year Valentine’s Day is on a Friday Night, and we are going to do Valentine’s game night. I’ll make a giant charcuterie board snack style of food and yummy treats for dinner. Here is some inspiration I’m going to pull from for this.
I can’t wait to celebrate and see what my kids dream up this year for their classmates cards, I’ll make sure to share on my Instagram feed. What will you do to celebrate and do you have any Valentine traditions?
With Love xoxo,