Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day For Busy Families

Valentine’s Day is filled with romance, but when you take the time to think about it, isn’t it just like any other day of the year? Sure, we all love to be pampered and enjoy that extra little bit of love on February 14th, but for those of us with hectic family life it’s not always easy. There are a few ways that we can celebrate that involve the whole family and still create a fun and loving atmosphere. Here are a couple of ideas below for those of you who, like me, don’t always have the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day in its more traditional form.

A picnic dinner with balloons and bunting

Get the whole family involved in a fun picnic style dinner. Either use outdoor seating areas or if the weather is too cold then why not pitch up your picnic spot indoors? Find a red and white checked blanket and create a party for the whole family that s filled with Valentine’s Day themed food and treats. You could bake a heart-shaped cake using a cool cake tin. You could bake red velvet cupcakes with bright red edible hearts placed on top! Make up a batch of bright red frosting and go wild with it! Valentine’s Day should be fun as well as filled with love. Give the kids some sparkling pink lemonade or a red fruit juice in plastic champagne glasses if they are old enough and cut up some sandwiches into heart shapes. Visit a candy wholesaler and make a big bowl of candy for everyone to dip in to. You can even buy heart shaped cheeses and savoury treats these days from most grocery stores around Valentine’s Day. Place everything in cute heart shaped plates and platters, and you’ll be good to go! Red napkins would also finish the whole look off. Later in the evening when the kids are in bed, you and your other half can spend some quality time alone and snuggle up with a good movie after what has probably been another hectic day.


Valentine’s Day Family Restaurant Meal

There’s nothing to say that you can’t bring the whole family with you when you go out for a meal on Valentine’s Day is there? For those of us who have kids, we don’t always want to leave them with a sitter. It can often be nice to take a break and get some time out alone with your partner, but just because it is Valentine’s Day, we shouldn’t feel pressured to go out without them. Bring the kids out with you for a fun-filled Valentine’s Day meal at your local restaurant. Go and see a family movie afterwards. Then when you get home, the kids will be tired out, and you can both enjoy some time to wind down and relax for the entire evening together. Run your partner a hot bubble bath and pamper them for some extra cute couples time reserved for just the two of you.

However you choose to ‘do’ Valentine’s Day I would wholeheartedly suggest that you do it your way rather than bowing down to the pressure of what society tells us we should do. You can make the day your own and get the most out of this highly celebrated special occasion.

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