Happy Valentines Day! 💘 Can you believe we are already halfway through February? I feel like we just finished our Christmas shopping!
At our house I make a big deal about the holidays. It really sets the tone for the home and family, and the kids love it so much! I always get so many ideas of all the things I want to do, but then end up running out of time, so I try to squeeze in as many things as I can leading up to the holiday itself.
We have been having a fun time celebrating & learning about Valentines Day over here! Turns out, the holiday is much deeper than the made-up “Hallmark Holiday” I always saw it as.
Now that we know more about what and where Valentines Day came from, let’s get on with the festivities!
To be honest, I never pictured myself being a mom that decorates for Valentines Day. Romance has never been a big interest or fantasy of mine. However I have one little girl, Mia, whose very favorite holiday is Valentines Day, so I like to decorate for her because it is something small I can do that makes her very happy.
I found this adorable table runner at Target this year for $10. Ever since getting this storage cabinet for our living room, I have been obsessed with incorporating table runners into my seasonal decor. They are an inexpensive & subtle way to minimally decorate and don’t take up extra space for storing.
I am a firm believer of “less is more,” especially when it comes to decorating for “minor” holidays.
I made this heart garland last Valentines Day using yarn to hang across my changing table turned hutch.
The plates I found at the thrift store for Mia’s tea party over the summer which worked perfectly here!
I always see people with these beautifully crafted tiered trays, and I just can’t seem to get it down. I gave it a shot though and added these cute little wooden valentines signs and a small heart potted piece.
I also got 2 cake stands in the Target (mostly not actually a) “dollar” spot. The large size I used as a stand for my Desert Mist diffuser, the small one I got for my tiered tray, but still haven’t found anything that fits well on top of it.
I’m not sure I can exactly count this one under “decor,” but I painted this heart mug a few years ago at The Mad Potter that I’ve been using as my go-to nightly tea mug to keep the theme going all the way up to bed.
❤ Our first Valentine-themed treat this year was Snow Ice Cream.
Growing up this was a favorite winter time tradition. As soon as the first big snow hit, I would rush outside with a bowl and measuring cup carefully scraping off the top layer of snow knowing pretty soon I would have a big, giant bowl of homemade “ice cream” for breakfast. I loved this so much that I couldn’t wait to pass it on to my own children.
How to Make Snow Ice Cream:
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together:
- 1 cup Milk (regular or non-dairy) of choice
- 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- Pinch of Sea Salt
Put aside in freezer while you collect a medium to large bowl full of snow. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of snow and gently stir together. Add more snow if needed to form an ice cream consistency. Enjoy!
❤ Easy Valentines Waffles
Eggo Waffles are a staple in our house, mostly because they are a total steal at Costco- a 72 count box can be purchased for only $6.99! It’s a quick & easy breakfast that is versatile for serving.
I tried my best to cut each waffle into a heart shape, then drizzled homemade vanilla sauce on top, and added some heart sprinkles to be extra festive. The kids definitely gobbled them up!
❤ Cupid’s Choice donuts from Dunkin Donuts
Saw an ad for these adorable heart-shaped donuts and decided to swing by the drive-thru and pick up a box for the kids.
❤ Mini Valentines Cupcakes
Mia picked these mini vanilla cupcakes out for her sisters & her to share from the grocery store. These were a very cute & inexpensive treat to go along with our Valentines theme.
❤ Valentines Cookie Decorating
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this should go under “Treats” or “Activities,” so I decided to put it as the last treat before activities.
Sasha picked out this cookie decorating kit while we ran into the grocery store for a few things.
Everyone got to decorate 2 cookies each.
❤ Chocolate Strawberries
❤ We had a great time coloring & cutting our own Valentines Puzzles.
We found these heart-shaped puzzles online and printed them out to color.
Once they were colored, I laminated them then we followed the lines and cut them out into individual pieces so that they were able to put their puzzles back together without them getting destroyed.
❤ Mia was the only one who was allowed to bring Valentines to school this year. Ella’s 1st grade class will be making everything in class.
I wrote her classmates names in fancy heart-lettering on these pink goody bags that we already had at home. Mia wrote her name on each Scooby-Doo Valentine card and filled it with goodies for each of her friends.
I think that they turned out really, really cute & we had a very nice time working on them together.
Mia went to her class party decked out in all her heart attire. Her Grandma Colleen got her the cute kitty shirt which is her “most favorite shirt ever” because she kitties are her favorite animal and valentines day is her favorite holiday.
❤ At her class party, she made this adorable Valentines Day Hat using paper, stickers, pipe cleaners, and markers.
❤ We made Valentines Day Windsocks using toilet paper rolls, markers, heart stickers, hole punch, and yarn- all materials that we already had on hand.
After we finished them, we hung them from our porch. Sasha & Athena were a little too small for this activity, but they had fun working beside us on their own toilet paper rolls even if they didn’t complete them.
❤ We made some cute Valentines Bookmarks.
We printed the template out and colored them.
My flowers from The Flower Lady OTR were so beautiful! I adore fresh flowers from small flower farmers.
Small shops always offer way more beautiful selections than large corporations. Plus it supports a person or family rather than a CEO. Always choose people over profits.
The girls were so excited for their gifts! Sasha thought that Santa had brought them.
I found these manly valentines by Jack Links which were perfect for Niko. Both the cup and the furry box were filled with beef Jerky 🤢 and I got a box of his favorite chocolates as well.
We made this adorable photo for my parents. I loved that it was an activity that we could all do together. I wrote; Sasha and Athena tore the paper; Ella, Mia, and I glued and mod podged the pieces in the heart. I think it turned out really cute!
On holidays we bring out our “fancy” salad bowls which I think makes it extra special.
Even when I am not pregnant I don’t drink alcohol, so I always love to add a bottle or two of sparkling juice to our holiday meals for the girls and I to have our own special tradition together.
These heart ravioli from Costco were SO cute!
Well that puts an end to our valentines celebration! I hope you enjoyed seeing how our family celebrated this year! Happy Valentines Day! ❤