2012- My mom always threw Valentine parties for me and my 3 sisters!! I remember how much joy it brought each of us and how happy it made my mother to see the smiles on all our faces! She always had the table decorated up perfectly with a festive table cloth and a vase of roses in the middle (probably sent to her for Valentine’s Day from my dad)! She always had a special place setting for each of us girls with a cute little gift all wrapped up sitting in front of our special spot! She made sure our dinner consisted of something red like spaghetti, pizza, lasagna etc! My mom has passed on and my goal is to keep her tradition going for my kids, my grand kids and my great grand kids for as long as possible!
Here is a few pictures and some inspiration from our Valentine’s Parties and craft projects I have done with the kiddos…I am currently planning this years party and can’t wait to see the smiles on my kids faces as they come home from school and see our table all decorated just like I remember my mommy did for me!
Last year we made pizza on Naans (Indian Flat bread) and I used a mini heart cookie cutter to cut the turkey pepperoni’s out into little hearts! We made sugar cookies in heart shapes and used food coloring to die the dough red! Chocolate covered strawberries, of course! And I love doing themed lunches for my kiddos…on Valentine’s Day last year they took a heart shaped sandwich, chocolate covered heart pretzels, some applesauce with a heart sticker attached and of course I included a Valentine’s joke on the lid!
For our party I bought a candy necklace kit and the kiddos had a blast making their own candy necklaces!
Below are some fun crafts and a few fun treat ideas the kiddos and I made this year!
My kids had a blast playing Valentine Bingo with Hershey kisses…and loved eating them when the game was over! Find tons a free Valentine Bingo printables here!
Heart and Arrows Treat – Super easy! I bought a package of cinnamon hearts in the Valentine section! Attach one of the hearts to one end of a pretzel stick (gently as the pretzel breaks pretty easy), take a pair of scissors and cut another cinnamon heart just a little to resemble and arrow and attach it to the other end of the pretzel stick (you have my permission to eat the pieces you cut off)! My 4 year old assembled all of these…I just did the scissor part!
PB&A Sandwiches – Move over PB&J! For these apple sandwiches just cut and apple into slices, spread peanut butter on with a knife, take another apple slice and sandwich them together, then take a mini cookie cutter of choice and cut out the middle to create a shape (I used a heart for Vday but you could use any shape, the inital of your kiddo would be adorable too! So cute and super yummy! I also used fruit fresh so they didn’t turn brown too fast!
Valentine Treat Pouch - Find the complete tutorial here! We made ours to give as teachers gifts this year!
Pom Monsters – There are lots of ways you can make these but how I made mine was pretty easy. I took yarn and wrapped it around 3 of my fingers until I had quite a bit (maybe 40-50 wraps), when I was finished wrapping I slide it gently off my 3 fingers to keep the oval shape, I cut a new piece of yarn and wrapped it around the middle of the yarn I had wrapped and tied it tight in a knot. I then took scissors and cut the loops of yarn on each side to make a fluffy ball, I stuck on some antenna with sparkly pipe cleaner and attached some foam hearts (I had on hand) with glue, I also attached a bigger foam heart on the bottom to resemble feet. Stick on a googly eye or two and there you go! Cute little pom monsters! You can get all these supplies at the dollar store or local craft store.
These are the trading cards I created for my kiddos to take to school this year for their friends. Riley – 2nd grade say’s “I’ve been shot by cupid”, Brook – Kindergarten is a super hero theme (that is a lip whistle attached) and Avery – 4 year old preschool picked a super hero (girl them) with a princess background (heart shaped straw attached)!!! I loved school Valentine parties when I was a kid, I can’t wait to hear all about my kids parties!
I hope I helped inspire a few of you out there to have a little (or big) Valentine party for your kiddos…you can even invite some neighborhood friends if you like! It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money (especially if you make this an annual tradition), almost all of my decorations I use from year to year! You can also get tons of adorable decorations and party goods at your local dollar store!
Have fun and be creative!!!!!
Gotta start the day right on Valentine’s Day!!! I used a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shaped pancakes and a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the heart in the middle. I shaped the strawberries into hearts and added some chocolate milk to a champaign glass…topped with a straw and heart (of course)! Look at my happy little man!
Another version of a Valentine Lunch! I used a cookie cutter to cut a heart out of a piece whole wheat bread and used the same cutter to cut a heart out of the white bread, stuck the whole wheat heart down in the white heart spot and there you have a 2 shaded heart pb & jelly sandwich! For the yummy Valentine Trail Mix…get my recipe here!
A simple way to make Valentine brownies look gourmet!! I do have a Pampered Chef square tin that makes individual square brownies (or whatever else you decide to bake) which I love! If you don’t own this…just make your brownies and cut into squares like normal. I found heart shaped marshmallows at the store, stuck one on top after it cooled just a little (so it wouldn’t melt into a pile of pink), melted some white candy melts in the microwave and drizzled on top! That’s it!!! Everyone will think you were slaving over them for hours!
For these conversation heart cakes I used individual heart shaped cake pans and a box of your favorite cake mix! Frosted each of them a pastel color and piped on the lovey dovey words with red food coloring! I am not a conversation heart candy lover but I do think they are super cute and these are both…super cute & super good!
Valentine Pudding Cups – I made a batch of chocolate instant pudding and put them in these plastic cups (from the $ store)…topped with cool whip, mini chocolate chips and a strawberry on the side! For the candy heart shapes…I just melted Wilton Candy Melts and pipped them onto a piece of wax paper. Once they dried I carefully lifted them off the paper and placed them into the pudding cups!
Valentine Cheese & Crackers – Cookie Cutters!
For Valentine this year I made a couple batches of Baked Cavatelli …get my recipe here! I served it with some garlic bread sticks and a big batch of salad. To Valentine it up a bit I used a knife and cut my red pepper into heart shapes!!
Valentine Minute to Win it! This was SO fun…for the little kids all the way to the adults!!! I found a free printable on Pinterest and everything was already planned and written out step by step of what to do! How easy is that!!! There are tons of printables online…but I got mine here! Here are some more I found on Pinterest and tons of great classroom Valentine party ideas!
Here is what it looks like close up!
Here’s what they have to do, in 60 seconds or less:
1. Bite the ends off the Red Vine
2. Open the Pixy Stix and dump the powder into the circle
3. Use their Red Vine straw to blow the powder out of the circle
4. Open the Hershey’s Kiss with one hand and eat it
5. Arrange their M&Ms in the circles
6. Complete the “M&Ms Math” problem!
HOW MUCH FUN DOES THAT LOOK!
Another fun game we played was a Q-tip game! Get two bowls…I just happen to have 2 heart shaped bowls!! A bunch of Q-tips and some straws! Break into 2 teams…have the kids stand in two lines at one end of a room and place the bowls at the other end (not too far away…the point is to get the Q-tips into the bowls). Give each kid a straw and a Q-tip. Have each team stand in a single file line, have them put a Q-tip in the end of the straw, set a timer and see how many Q-tips each team can get in the bowls before the time is up! Each kid goes once and then goes to the back of the line…they can grab a new Q-tip just in case they get to go again before the time is up! I just made this game up so you can set your own rules…
We also played a game that didn’t turn out to work all too well…Have 2 people form 2 teams. Put Vaseline on the end of the noses of 2 brave souls, have those 2 people stand at one end of the room and have the teams stand at end of the room and see how many craft pom poms you can get to stick to their nose! lol Which ever team has the most pom poms stick when the time is up…wins! They didn’t stick well so we ended up just going up and sticking them on their noses for fun!
Well…now to see what’s in store for 2014 (COMING SOON)!!