Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

In our family, we love celebrating love the whole week of Valentine’s Day! But with little ones and busy schedules, it’s not always easy to plan for the special day in advance. Looking for some last-minute ideas for your loved ones? From crafts with the kids to festive recipes, there are lots of ways to get creative as a family around this February holiday!

Cook a Cute Valentine’s Day Meal

Photo via Martha Stewart

My boys are breakfast people, and what better way to start off the day than with a Valentine’s themed breakfast for the whole family?! Add a little extra “love” to the first meal of the day by trying out one of the fun recipes below:

Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Toast

Love Toast

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Photo by Over the Big Moon

Forgot to make a dinner reservation or your babysitter fell through at the last minute? With a simple heart-shaped cookie cutter or tableware, you can create #intentionalmemories by turning some of the simplest meals into Valentine’s Day hits! Here are some cute recipes you can make at home with your kitchen kids:

Heart-shaped Calzones

Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

Mini Heart Pizzas

5 Recipes to Make with Kids  

Lolli’s Tex-Mex Chili

Shop last-minute Valentine’s Day cooking essentials below:

Create a Valentine’s Day Bouquet

Photo by Smart Schoolhouse

No need to purchase an expensive bouquet from the florist – gather some blooms from the grocery store or market and create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s bouquet! Create a few to give to your child’s teachers on Valentine’s Day, or one large arrangement to add to your Valentine’s decor! To style your own florals, start with the largest flowers and fill in the gaps with greenery and smaller, more delicate stems; and don’t worry about making it look too “structured.” The flowers themselves do most of the work! If you’re in need of inspiration, we’ve gathered a few festive bouquet ideas below:

February Florals

Pink and White Floral Arrangements

Candy Heart Valentine’s Bouquet

Mini Valentine’s Bouquets

Photo via Say It With Beef

And bouquets aren’t just for the girls – I bought my husband a beef jerky bouquet that was a hit with all the boys in the family. Create a unique bouquet for a loved one with anything from candy to donuts or even pickles! VOILA, Y’ALL!™ 

Bake a Sweet Treat

Photo by Liv For Cake

Anything is sweeter in a heart shape! Celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking festive treats to keep or to share – we love the idea of passing out these Valentine’s Heart Macarons to girlfriends as a “Gal-entine’s” gift! We’ve linked a few other fun sweet treats below for inspiration:

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Marble Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

Valentine’s M&M Cookie Bars

Get Crafty as a Family

Photo by MomDot

While those Valentine’s day cards you find on Etsy are super adorable, homemade-cards can be just as precious. With just some paper and markers, you can create personalized Valentine’s cards for Grandma and Dad that they are sure to cherish. Peruse through the links below for Valentine’s day card inspiration:

Valentine’s Hedgehog

Valentine’s Day Butterfly Craft

Bouquet of Hearts Valentine’s Card

Flower Heart Valentine’s Card

3D Hot Air Balloon Card

Or shop printable Valentine’s day cards below:

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Let us know how you’re spending the holiday over on Instagram or Facebook! Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

Featured photo by Smart Schoolhouse
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