- 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?