We don’t really make a big deal of Valentine’s Day and we never have done really. I think I remember maybe 1 Valentine’s Day where we did something special but that was the first one after John and I first got together. Now that we have Erin, and she’s at an age where she realises that some days are celebrated she asks what we’re doing and I feel terrible if I say nothing. So, with that in mind I wanted to come up with a list of things you can do as a family for Valentine’s Day.
Homemade Valentine’s cards
Erin loves doing crafts and while I’m sure she will do some at nursery, I think it would be nice to do some at home with her as well. Instead of buying Valentine’s Day cards you could make them for each other with your child’s help. Obviously, if your children are older than Erin is then they might even want to make one for someone else themselves!
Have a fun photo shoot
The camera is always out in our house, whether than be on my phone or my Canon G7X Mark II. One of them is always close by and I love to capture the crazy things we get up to as a family. A really fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family could be to put together a themed photo shoot. Find as many pink, white and red clothes and props as you can and see what magic you can make. I’m sure you’ll love looking back on the photos in years to come.
Have a picnic lunch
Erin’s favourite meal of the day is lunch… probably because she might actually eat it! I think making a big deal of lunch on Valentine’s Day would really work for us as we could do lots of heart shaped foods. We could have heart sandwiches, fruits, waffles, pizza and cookies! Of course, it’s pretty cold in February and you won’t find us having a picnic at the park but there’s nothing wrong with having one in your living room instead!
Cook a special dinner
Sometimes life can get in the way and we can all get stuck in a rut of having the same meals over and over again. I know this is what happens in our house. For Valentine’s Day, why not make a bit of an effort to cook something you will all really enjoy and something that you don’t have very often. I think for us that would be something like steak. Erin doesn’t care for dinner very much so I don’t think she’d care what we made. If you have older children, be sure to involve them in the decision of what to have!
Spend the day together
I think the most important thing to remember, rather than gifts, is that Valentine’s Day is about the people you love. I can’t think of anything better than to just spend the day with my 2 favourite people in the whole world. I wouldn’t care what we did or if we went out anywhere for the day. For me, a day at home with John and Erin would be a pretty perfect Valentine’s Day for me and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.