If you’re like us, we’re currently in the season of family. Of course, we’ve always been in some variation of this season. From our childhood roots of time spent with our grandmothers to celebrating life’s important moments with relatives, family has always been a central theme in our lives. Right now, however, we’re in a very specific variation of this season: raising a family. If you’re in this season of life right now, as well, fancy restaurants and Galentine’s Day brunches might not speak to you the way they once did. You might be yearning for a way to incorporate the tiniest people who live in your home. That’s why we’re bringing you three easy ideas for enjoying a simple family Valentine’s Day, meant to be spent with the people closest to you.
3 Easy Ideas to Celebrate a Family Valentine’s Day This Weekend
1. Themed Breakfast Buffet
Creating a special breakfast with your family is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. Keep it kid friendly by going buffet-style and offering fun toppings that might be considered a treat. We love going with batter-based breakfasts items, such as pancakes and waffles, as these provide the perfect foundation for delicious toppings (and for those picky eaters, can be eaten plain!). Get inspired with our Chicken & Waffle Melt Bar and easily adjust decor and food to fit the holiday.
Make Your Special Breakfast Valentine’s Day Themed:
1. Use a large, heart-shaped cookie cutter to create festive pancakes or waffles.
2. Incorporate red or pink food coloring to your batter.
3. Decorate your space with florals in white and blush hues.
2. A Stroll & Picnic Lunch in the Park
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your family by packing up an easy lunch and heading out to the park. Find a local trail to explore and create an easy scavenger hunt for little ones by seeking out simple natural features: a fallen log, an insect, a flower, and more. Then, find a picnic table or spread out a blanket to enjoy a meal together.
Tie in the holiday: Drop a simple Valentine’s Day card into each family member’s lunch for a little surprise at meal time.
#HostfulHack: Grab sandwiches from your local sub shop on your way to the park for an easy, mess-free lunch. Bonus: make it even easier by putting in a to-go order ahead of time.
A bit cold where you live?
Turn your living room into a picnic. Spread a throw blanket down on your floor and enjoy a meal with your family in an unconventional (kid speak: special!) way. Have your favorite streaming device play nature sounds and shut off any screens to make this time with your loved ones meaningful and memorable, despite the cold outside.
3. A Heart-Shaped Pizza Dinner and a Movie
The Pizza: A pizza night at home is practically a sure-fire hit at any home with littles! This option not only boasts one of the most beloved meals for the whole family, it also creates an opportunity to get cooking in the kitchen, which engages everyone in a communal experience that deepens connections to one another.
Halfway Homemade pizza is easy to put together. Grab 3 basic ingredients at your local grocery store: premade dough, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Make it Valentine’s Day themed by carefully stretching the dough into a heart shape. (Tip: Be sure to let the dough sit on a countertop for about 30 minutes before stretching. It’ll make the dough stretch much easier without tearing.)
Want to elevate your pizza? Check out our Halfway Homemade Pizza recipe below!
A Family Valentine’s Day
Halfway Homemade Italian Flatbread Pizza Recipe
The movie: Choosing a movie depends largely on your family dynamics and the ages of all participants; however, here are some movies that we love to watch that celebrate love in a kid-friendly way – perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Family Movies that Celebrate Love:
Lady and the Tramp
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
The Princess and the Frog
The Buzzworthy Takeaway for a Memorable Family Valentine’s Day
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there is a variety of ways you can celebrate love. If you’re like us, in the season of raising a family, you might be drawn to celebrating this holiday with not only your significant other or your best gal pals, but with your children. Regardless of how you spend it with your family, being present is an easy way to show your love to others. Put down the screens. Shut off other distractions. And just be with the ones you love.
Allow this Valentine’s Day to be an opportunity to model what true love is all about to the smallest people in your family: celebrating those who mean the most.
Hap-Bee Valentine’s Day, friend!
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