Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which is a great time to show your family members how much you love them! While it’s often portrayed as a romantic holiday, it’s also fun to do special little things for your children. Here are some fun ways that you can incorporate the holiday into tomorrow’s meals. This shouldn’t take too much time, and you might be able to do some of the prep-work tonight, since Valentine’s Day falls on a school day (and night) this year:
- Breakfast Heart-shaped pancakes would be a huge hit, especially if they’re made with something special, like chocolate chips or sliced strawberries. Since pancakes take a while to make, consider whipping up a batch tonight. You can stick the in the fridge overnight and just reheat in the oven or microwave in the morning. If you have heart-shaped metal cookie cutters, you can use them to shape the pancakes as you pour out the batter. Add a bowl of fruit salad to make the meal a bit more healthy!
- Lunch When packing your kids’ lunches, add a little love note! Also, use your cookie cutter to cut sandwiches into the shape of hearts. If you don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, how about cutting the napkin into the shape of a heart, instead? Or cut slices of cheese into hearts with a knife and put them in a separate ziplock bag for your child to put on his sandwich or simply eat out of the bag. A small box of conversation hearts is a special treat, if your child’s school allows you to send in candy. Also, consider sending in red or pink foods: an apple, grape or cherry tomatoes, red fruit leather or Valentine’s Day Oreos would be a nice touch.
- Dinner Serve a family favorite for dinner! Make dinnertime special by lighting candles and putting a vase of roses on the table if you can. Take off your regular tablecloth and use a red flat sheet if you have one, or maybe pick up a plastic heart-theme tablecloth at the dollar store on your way home. While you’re there, buy a heart-shaped balloon for each family member and tie them to each chair. If your family’s favorite meal is time-consuming, think about whether you can start the process tonight after the kids go to bed.
- Dessert You might want to stop and buy a box of chocolates to share with the kids after dinner. Or you could make your own special treat, like cookies (even the break-and-bake kind is popular with little ones!) or chocolate-covered strawberries. You could also all get into pajamas and enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate in the living room while playing a game or watching a favorite television show together.
What are you planning to do for Valentine’s Day with your children?