We just love LOVE, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re obsessed with red, pink and heart-shaped everything! It’s one of our very favorite holidays and the perfect opportunity to show some extra love to your little ones by throwing them a sweet celebration. We’re sharing some simple Valentine’s Day ideas to make your heart day extra special.
Start the day of love off right with a special Valentine’s Day breakfast! It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. Just take your kids’ favorite breakfast items and add a Valentine’s Day twist!
We kept our menu simple by making heart-shaped waffles using this waffle iron. We also served red-colored fruit (watermelon, raspberries and strawberries) and added a red, heart sparkler candle. This will definitely set your kids hearts on fire! Finally, we had hot chocolate with whipped cream and pink sprinkles on top.
We kept the decor simple by stringing from the ceiling a couple of pink tissue bunting garlands and some gold foil “XO” balloons. We also filled up a giant pink balloon with hearts, along with some heart-shaped balloons and tied a tissue tassel garland to the ribbons. And you definitely can’t have a Valentine’s Day celebration without fresh roses!
We set the table with these adorable “hello” melamine plates from our friend’s shop, The Butler’s Pantry. They’re super kid-friendly and feature different sayings that are sure to make your child feel special! Aren’t the red heart ceramic plates sweet? They’re from the “Dollar Spot” at Target. We also added some pink ombre napkins and wooden forks for easy clean up.
Have you discovered your love language? Do you know your partner or your children’s love language? We find it so fascinating and super helpful to know just how each important person in your life gives and receives love. There’s an adult and child version of a quiz you can take to identify your language.
These are the five different love languages:
- PHYSICAL TOUCH: To this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch.
- WORDS OF AFFIRMATION: This language uses words to affirm other people.
- QUALITY TIME: This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention.
- GIFTS: For some people, what makes them feel most loved is to receive a gift.
- ACTS OF SERVICE: For these people, actions speak louder than words.
They recommend the quiz for children age nine and older, but Betsey gave it to her six-year-old daughter and it was fine. She was surprised to learn her language was split between “Words of Affirmation” and “Quality Time.” Thought “Gifts” would definitely be in the mix!
Once you determine your child’s language, we’ve come up with some fun ideas that will fill their hearts and make them feel extra special.
Make sure cuddle time is a priority. It’s easy to smother babies and toddlers with kisses and snuggles, but sometimes with older kids, days get so busy and hectic with school and sports and homework, we forget about the physical affection. Our favorite time for snuggles is at night before bedtime or on lazy weekend mornings.
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
We came across this “I Love You Because Countdown Calendar” and thought it would be perfect for kids with “Words of Affirmation” as their love language. You can fill each pocket with notes and sweet treats for each day leading to Valentine’s. Another option would be to fill a jar with notes they can pull out and read each day or stick love notes in their lunch box.
Make a coupon book and fill with activities and ways to spend time together. These can be customized to each child’s interests but some ideas include going to the movies, taking a walk to the park or grabbing an ice cream cone.
Of course, all kids love gifts! We came up with this fun Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt with clues to locations around the house. Hide little gifts and treats with each new clue, and your kids will love you forever!
ACTS OF SERVICE
Let’s be honest, our entire lives consist of “Acts of Service” for our children! Think of some ways to go above and beyond normal life that speaks to their love language. Offer to help them package up their class Valentines or work on a school project together.
Our sweet little crew definitely felt the love during our celebration!
We wish you all a special Valentine’s Day with your little love muffins!
Photography by Tammy Hughes Photography
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