3 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Family

Last revised: 13/02/2019


Are you big on celebrations?

I wasn’t, and I’m not a big holidays decorator. But since having kids it brings me great joy to see their delight during festivities.

And Valentine’s Day is one of the best holidays, a sweet day to celebrate love.

It doesn’t have to be with a lover only, it can be nice to celebrate this special day with anyone we enjoy. In fact, when I was in college it was a reason to hang out with friends. I remember putting on a weird costume to go play bowling…

But that’s another story.

I loved that my mom made my sisters and me sweet attentions on this day. I now repeat the tradition with my children.

So what to do to celebrate this day putting love first?


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1. Prepare decorations and “the mood” for Valentine’s Day


  1. Atmosphere. Nothing gets us more in the mood than when the atmosphere is set. You may have your children prepare decorations the week before, along with candles, or heart-shaped goodies. Or you may do it all on Valentine’s Day, it makes for fun activities together too {see more below}
  2. Lovely porcelain. A blogger friend of mine had this great idea to decorate cups, or dishes, with oil-based sharpies. Regular sharpies would work as well, but not as well.
  3. Your tunes. Create a mp3 list of love songs {or special songs you all love}.
  4. Repurpose recycled items in Valentine’s Day crafts. Create beauties such as people and hearts banderoles, heart drawings, or hand prints decorations.
  5. Togetherness. Or [make sure you’re not the only one who decorates and ] have your children pick their favorite crafts.


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2. Fun activities for Valentine’s Day


  1. Movies. Go to the movies or have an evening together at home. You could then follow-up with time for your couple only when your children sleep (other movies, rose petals or bubble bath, candles, and the rest to your imagination).
  2. Games. Good old board games, or video games all of you together.
  3. Fresh air activities. A walk in the woods, a day at the beach, or your favorite sport together… Here we may go snowshoeing and have a maple snow cone (paper in shape of a cone, snow, maple syrup) as a snack.
  4. Write valentines to one another, or to people you care about. You may also send a valentine online. A sweet attention: include in your valentines X reasons why you love them.
  5. Heart-shaped meals. Use your creative talents to make hearts with your food at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And if you feel inclined to, to give some to someone. Don’t forget heart-shaped fruits for a chocolate fondue!
  6. Create loving art. Create an artistic piece together like a painting to add to your home as a reminder of your love. You may also create together knitted or sewed items, friendship bracelets, scrapbooks, drawings, poems, entry journals, and songs.
  7. Scavenger hunt. Littles ones love to hunt for treats or surprises. Their cheerful energy is worth it!
  8. Your own tradition. Let your people pick a favorite activity as a VDay tradition.



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3. Gifts


On this special day, gifts aren’t mandatory.

We can think about experiences, undivided attention, and togetherness as the best gifts we can offer our family…

And cherishing a special and unique evening of love with your partner, if you have one.


Wishing you a lovely Valentine’s Day!


Marie-Eve Boudreault