Red roses, sweet taste of chocolate candy hearts, charming cards – yes, it’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s Day is near, but there are different ways to celebrate it. For young couples, this is the most romantic day of the year. However, after marriage and children, things tend to lose the romantic trait.
What’s important to remember is that Valentine’s Day isn’t just a celebration of romantic love, it’s an opportunity to share love all around you and show how you feel about your nearest and dearest. Valentine’s Day can also be an opportunity to rekindle the old flame.
If you’re tired of being a full-time parent, this day might be your chance for a romantic escape with your partner. Whether you choose to spend it with your kids or in some retreat for lovers, here’s how you can make this Valentine’s Day truly special.
Bring the spirit of the holiday by decorating
Holidays require appropriate decoration and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Get your kids into the holiday mood by decorating your home in Valentine’s Day colors. For your heart-themed decoration, you can use red construction paper, crayons, shiny ribbons, glitter, flowers… let your imagination run free.
Make your own cards
You can always find Valentine’s Day cards in stores, but it’s much more fun to make them yourself. Let your children express their creative side by playing with markers, stickers, construction paper, and glitter to create Valentine’s Day artwork. There are also plenty of online ideas for Valentine’s Day cards. Send them to your friends and family to make their day special.
Feast in the kitchen
Valentine’s Day is the right time for making and enjoying delicious treats. Cook and bake together with your kids and let them make a mess in the kitchen. You can make heart-shaped cookies and cover them with sprinkles. If you’re a chocolate lover, consider some easy-made chocolate truffles or a heart-shaped chocolate cake.
Let’s have a party
Once you’ve put up the decoration and prepared meals, the only thing that’s left to do is to host a party! Let your children invite a few of their closest friends and have a party to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. In addition to decorations you already made, ensure various kids party supplies, like balloons, plastic cups and plates. Keep the menu simple by serving heart-shaped sandwiches, some of the desserts mentioned above, and sparkling cider for toasting.
At the end of the day
After a successful party, it’s time for a bedtime story. Choose some of the most wonderful Valentine’s Day stories to read to your kids and teach them about the importance of sharing love. After your kids are asleep, you and your partner can cuddle under the blanket on the couch and enjoy your share of romantic movies. For a heart-warming feeling, we recommend an all-time favorite Sleepless in Seattle, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, While You Were Sleeping, with Sandra Bullock, or Somewhere in Time, a fantasy love story with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.
A holiday for two
Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to forget about your daily task list and indulge in some private time with your partner. You can send your kids to a pajama party at their friend’s house or leave them at their grandparents, while you and your partner go to a romantic dinner together. Alternatively, you can take some days off work and go on a romantic trip. Paris and New York are classic Valentine’s Day destinations, but you can try some less crowded destinations. Charleston in South Carolina is made for lovers, as it was the setting of Gone with the Wind. If you wish a winter wonderland romance, then dreamy Bruges is the place to go.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. It’s the time to teach your children about the importance of giving love and taking care of one another. Use these tips to have a memorable Valentine’s Day this year.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Tracey is also a writer for High Style Life.