Does your family have any Valentine’s Day traditions? While Valentine’s Day is marketed as being for couples, I think that spending Valentine’s Day as a family is my favorite way to spend it.
Meaningful Valentine’s Day Traditions
Since creating meaningful Valentine’s Day traditions for your family can take time, I want to try to make it easier for you by giving you some ideas for some fun family things to do on Valentine’s Day.
Let’s start by talking about some things you can do in the morning to start Valentine’s Day off on the right foot:
- Leave a special note for them to find at breakfast. I like to leave love notes for my husband and my kids on the dining table.
- Buy special treats for breakfast. We are not a Pop-tart family, so it has become a Valentine’s Day tradition for our family to have them for breakfast on that one special day each year. (If I remember, we have them on Christmas morning, too.)
- Spread hearts all around. I love to cut hearts out of red construction paper, write things I love about each kid on them, and tape them to their bedroom door. For my husband, I write his on sticky notes and leave them on his bathroom mirror.
Creative Valentine Family Dinner
I have been wanting to add even more traditions for our family, but it can be difficult to balance new traditions with the time needed to make them happen. As a busy mom, finding time to create new Valentine’s traditions for the family can be tricky. I need any new Valentine’s Day family traditions to be super simple and quick to pull together.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you going on some new family traditions for Valentine’s Day:
- Family Valentine Dinner – This dinner includes any heart-shaped food you can come up with. Think heart-shaped pizzas; a lasagna with a heart on top, created by cutting out a heart-shaped piece of aluminum foil and placing it on top of the lasagna before adding the cheese on top and baking; meatloaf baked in a heart-shaped cake pan, or heart-shaped muffins created by placing a little ball of aluminum foil on the outside of each muffin paper in the muffin tin.
- Valentine Breakfast for Dinner – For an even easier dinner, you can make heart-shaped pancakes and serve whipped cream and sprinkles. Mix up some red punch or just use grape juice or Kool-aid for a red drink.
Family Valentine’s Movie Night –
Some of our best family memories are created right at home. Our family loves the movie The Princess Bride and can recite many of the lines for no reason at all. We like to do silly things like that and it creates connections and memories that will last a lifetime. I know the phrase, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die“, probably doesn’t seem special for Valentine’s Day but our family gets a kick out of it.
Here are a few other ideas for family movie night:
- Lady & the Tramp
- Beauty & The Beast
- The Princess Bride
- Gnomeo & Juliet
- Meet Me in St. Louis
- The Parent Trap
- Summer Magic
Sharing Valentine’s Day with Others
In addition to spending time together enjoying older traditions or creating new ones, you can also take the opportunity to do things to show kindness to others. Creating meaningful Valentine’s Day traditions that give to those who may not have a family or to those you may not know personally is a great way to get the whole family involved.
Here are 2 ideas for ways to show love to others:
- Random Acts of Kindness. Create a family RAK that you can do together. Bake cookies or Valentine treats for neighbors, read books to dogs at the library (pets need love, too), write a note to a friend telling them you appreciate them, do a chore for a neighbor, or ask your teacher if they need help with anything.
- Make Valentine’s for Seniors. Do you have a senior center or nursing care facility near you? If so, your family could make valentines for them and deliver them together. They always love having visitors and Valentine’s Day is lonely if you have no family or loved ones around.
- Making crafts together is another way to spend a fun Valentine’s evening together as a family. Pull out the construction paper, doilies, glue, scissors, and use our easy printable to have some fun around the table after your Valentine’s Day family dinner.
Whatever you choose to do, make this Valentine’s Day one that your whole family will remember and treasure for years to come.