Valentine’s Day is such a cool holiday. I love the pinks, reds, and purples…frilly homemade valentines, candy hearts with quotes and boxes of chocolates. It’s the perfect holiday to show your sweetie you care. But it’s not just a holiday for lovers. Involve the whole family in celebrating Valentine’s Day with the following fun ideas.
Valentine’s Day Crafts
Grab up the crafts box and make a host of adorable homemade valentines. Scissors, glue, markers, maybe some googly eyes and ribbons are all that’s needed to make cute things.
The accordion style hearts remind me of that old fashioned way of making a string of paper dolls. Print letters T E A C H E R, or perhaps your Sweetie’s name on the hearts for a simple really cute inexpensive alternative to a card.
See how cute the mouse is! It’s a valentine shape folded in half to resemble a mouse with a smaller folded valentine for ears. His tail is a tucked-in lollipop! Draw on eyes and nose (or use googly eyes and a tiny pom pom.) Help the kids make a couple dozen for sharing with classmates.
Valentine’s Dinner and a Movie
Watch LADY AND THE TRAMP and Eat Spaghetti
What Lady doesn’t fall for a Rogue at least once in her life? Celebrate this fact of nature with Disney’s Lady and The Tramp. Plan dinner and a movie with puppy love, spaghetti and meatballs. You and your honey may want to recreate the scene where Lady and the Tramp share their spaghetti. How romantic is that!
Easiest and Tastiest Spaghetti with Meatballs Recipe
1 and 1/2 to 2 lbs lean ground beef
1cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 large jar of prepared sauce, such as Ragu
Combine ingredients and form into balls. Bring the pasta sauce to a boil and toss in the meatballs. Reduce heat and simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes.
Watch Sleepless in Seattle with Popcorn
Watch the movie Sleepless In Seattle. If you’ve never seen this Valentine’s Day classic, run don’t walk to get the DVD for this totally heart warming tale. It’s the story of a little boy whose mother died, and through a radio talk show host, he connects his lonely father to a girl that is close to marrying her boring best friend. He ghost writes letters back and forth arranging for the two to meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day night as in the classic movie An Affair To Remember- which BTW is another great Valentine’s Day tear jerker.Follow up one movie with the other.
Don’t forget the popcorn and cokes. Make it a little special in with cute glasses and containers.
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in Sleepless and Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant are the stars in Affair. Sleepless is rated PG. An Affair to Remember is rated G.
DIY Valentine Candy Containers
Mason Jar Idea
Save a pretty jar. Clean it up and pack it with candy hearts. Toss in a few foil covered chocolate treats and add a pretty bow. This makes a great teacher gift. A few bags of inexpensive conversational hearts and chocolates will allow you to make one for favorite aunts, grandmothers, and neighbors. It is a good way to recycle a glass jar too!
Mason jars are excellent for this project. Simply fill a Mason jar with your Valentine treats of choice. Sweeten the life of a loved one with this sweet and thoughtful gift. Mason jars have an innocent look that goes well with homemade gifts.
Re-use Valentine Candy Boxes
If you have saved heart-shaped candy boxes, the ones that the assorted chocolates come in, redecorate them for this.
Or transform a new box that you buy this year into a personalized candy box.
Use scrapbooking materials, old gift bags, art tissue, anything you can find to transform your empty candy boxes and personalize them.
If you use a recycled candy box here is a recipe for really easy chocolates to refill your box. It is basically as easy as melting chocolate morsels in the microwave.
Use candy molds for forming the melted chocolates. Directions are included for various ways to decorate the chocolates.
Tasty Homemade Valentine Treats
Tea Sandwiches with Cream Cheese and Raspberry Jam
Have a cozy afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day. A four o’clock tea is perfect for after-school when Valentine’s Day is on a school day. Make it for just the family or invite a few friends. Decorate the table and serve Valentine cookies. Or try these tasty tea sandwiches:
Cut shapes from white wheat bread with a Valentine cookie cutter. Spread with cream cheese and raspberry jam for making sandwiches. Brown lightly on a buttered griddle and dust with confectioner sugar.
Cute Valentine’s Day Cupcakes
You can find cute Valentine’s Day cupcakes galore to make. Try valentine sweetheart cupcakes. using red velvet cake mix, this idea calls for the heart-shaped pink marshmallows especially sold around Valentine’s Day for the bear’s ears. The nose is a Maraschino cherry. Eyes are chocolate chips. A tasty combination!