Valentine’s Day is coming up! Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day party at home or for your child’s classroom? You probably need some party activities and snack ideas, right? I’m here to help with some fun and easy ideas.
Valentine’s Day kid parties are tough because you need to come up with games and activities that boys will like also. But I think I found some that will appeal to both boys and girls.
Get ready to be Mom or Room Mom of the year.
Decorate Valentine’s Day Brownies
I’ve been to a lot of kids parties where they have the kids decorate cookies as an activity and treat combined, but Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate. So, bring in a sheet pan of chocolate brownies and let the kids cut out a heart-shaped piece of brownie to frost and decorate instead. Here’s how easy it is to make Valentine’s Day brownies and the supplies you’ll need for the party.
Mustache and Lip Sucker Valentines Party Favors
Erin from the Strawberry Mommycakes blog created the cutest Mustache and Lip Sucker Valentines for Iheartnaptime.com that are fun party favors but also make for some adorable party photos, as well. Download the printables for free and grab some suckers. The kids could help make these at the party too.
Valentine’s Day Word Scramble
Here’s an activity perfect for a class room party, write Valentine’s Day on the board and have the kids try to create as many new words as they can from the letters.
Using edible markers and extra large marshmallows kids can make a tasty Valentine for a friend or Mom. Kids can draw hearts, flowers, and loving sentiments on their marshmallow then gift it to their Valentine. You can buy edible markers at craft stores or online at http://www.foodoodler.com/. You can see a sample where the kids and I used the decorated marshmallows to top off a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Mousse for Dad. You can make Chocolate Pudding for the kids and decorate the pudding cups with the decorated marshmallows.
Make a Super Hero Valentine Pop
Head over to the Zakka Life blog and use the free templates to print capes and masks to make this super duper cute Valentine that boys will love.
Valentine’s Day Heart Stacking Game
Here’s a super fun idea from TinyTiaraParties. Have the kids grab chopsticks and see how many candy hearts they can pick up and stack in 60 seconds.
Download the free template to make these Valentine’s Day popcorn boxes for a non-sweet party snack.
Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot
Get crazy and creative taking photos of the kids using these Valentine’s Day photo props courtesy of MomitForward.com. Grab some extra hats, boas, gloves, and anything else you think would add to a funny photo shoot of the kids at the party.
Have a wonderful party!
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Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter Heart Cookies
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My husband and kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Peanut Butter Kiss cookies. I make them for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions to show my family that I love them. And these cookies truly are an act of love because I hate peanut butter! So, I don’t even get to engage in my favorite cookie baking activity – licking the batter. What’s the point of baking cookies if you don’t get to lick the spoon, right? But that’s OK. It’s their favorite cookie and it’s an easy way to make them lip-smacking happy.
For Valentine’s Day this year though, I tried to shake it up a little. I wanted the cookies to fit in with the theme of the Holiday. So I made them pink and used Dove chocolate hearts instead of Hershey kisses.
I love baking these cookies with the kids because they can help out at almost any age. When they are little they can unwrap the chocolates and roll the dough balls in sugar. As they get a little older than can roll the balls themselves. Finally, now that my kids are tweens and teens, they know how to make them all by themselves and don’t need my help at all. How awesome is that!
Here’s the recipe:
Valentine’s Day Pink Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
1/2 c. butter (or we use Smart Balance spread and it works fine)
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Pink food coloring paste
Dove Chocolate Hearts (milk or dark)
1. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, peanut butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed butter mixture. Add pink food coloring paste. I start with about a 1/4 tsp. of the paste and keep adding until I get the color I want.
3. Shape dough into balls the size of a quarter or walnut. (My husband likes a less cookie, more chocolate ratio so we make our cookies small.)
4. Roll balls in sugar.
5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. While they are cooking, unwrap the chocolate hearts.
6. Top each cookie with one chocolate heart, pressing firmly into the center of the cookie. The cookies will crack and that is fine.
7. Bake for 2 to 5 minutes longer to soften the chocolate.
Makes about 36 cookies.
For more easy Valentine’s Day Treats that you and the kids can make for Dad, check out:
Cooking with the Kids: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Mousse
Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Brownies
Chocolate Strawberry Pound Cake Hearts
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Valentine’s Day has been hijacked! Moms, remember when Valentine’s Day was a ROMANTIC holiday? You know, before you had kids? You’d get flowers, you’d dress up to look super hot (in my case maybe semi-hot), and enjoy a candlelit dinner. Now that we have kids, Valentine’s Day has become a Family Holiday. It’s more about which character to choose for the tiny little Valentine’s for everyone in the kids’ class, throwing love notes in my daughter’s school lunch box, watching the cats eat the flowers, and begging my son to leave some chocolate for the rest of us.
But, you know what? That’s fine with me. After all, our kids are the result of our hot romance and proof of our love. So instead of getting a babysitter and going out to dinner, we like to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family and we have fun doing little things for each other all week that say “I Love You.” I hope these ideas inspire you to do the same today and throughout the rest of the year. Why should all the fun be just on Valentine’s Day, right?
1. Have a heart. You can have so much fun with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. I surprised my daughter by cutting out heart into her peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich for her school lunch. I cut a small heart shape into one slice of the bread so you could see the red jelly. You can also make French Toast and cut the bread into heart shapes and throw some cut strawberries on top for color. Or, spread a thick layer of whipped cream out on a cookie sheet, freeze it and then cut heart shapes out while frozen. Drop that creamy heart in a mug of hot chocolate for some fun! Here are some other things you can do with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
2. Turn dinner upside down. Let the kids eat dessert first on Valentine’s Day. Anything that breaks routine is big fun for kids.
3. The Power of a Flower. My daughter gets 1 rose from her Dad, which puts the biggest smile on her face. Read my post about the Power of a Flower for your little girl.
4. A Night Out, at Home. Can’t find a babysitter for Valentine’s Day this year? No problem. Read about how you can still have a special night at home with the kids by cooking together dinner and having the kids serve you as waiters with a romantic, candle lit feast. Read how to make it happen.
5. A Sweet Treat. We like to try out a new dessert recipe every Valentine’s Day since my family seems to be obsessed with sweets. This year we made Valentine’s Day Brownies, Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Strawberry Pound Cake Hearts.
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In general, we don’t decorate the house a lot for Valentine’s Day. We usually focus our energy on baking treats instead. But this year, I wanted to put something up as another small way to say “I Love You” to the family. So, the kids and I made hanging Valentine’s Day hearts. It was super easy! We hung the Valentine’s from clothes pins in our family room to add some V-Day flair to the house for the past two weeks. But the best part is, on the back of each heart, we wrote a little love note to Grandma and Grandpa and we’re sending them out as Valentines today.
Here’s what you need:
- Foam Hearts (we bought these at Target but you can buy foam sheets in Valentine’s Day colors and cut out your own.)
- Heart Shaped Doilies – I think ours were from Wilton and we got them at Michael’s
- Ribbon – we used 1/2 inch wide ribbon in sheer pink, red, and purple as well as a solid bright green for contrast
- Glue Stick
- Decorations – We used small red and pink roses that we found in the bridal section at Michael’s. You can use foam shapes, glitter, or sequins to dress up your hearts
Assembly is easy. Use your gluestick to glue the doily down onto the foam heart. Then glue the photo of the kids or the whole family on top of the doily. Now add the decorations.
To finish it and add more color, we cut three pieces of different colored ribbon and tied them through one of the holes on the outside of the heart. By putting the three together you get a nice color burst. I like cutting the ribbon to different lengths for more interest, so I cut them anywhere from 8″ to 12″ long. Then we threaded a single ribbon through the top two holes on the heart to make the hanger.
If you want to turn it into a Valentine’s Day card or gift, just write a love note on the back with a sharpie or even a ball point pen. Have fun crafting with the kids!
Here’s a round-up of our top Valentine’s Day posts for more fun ideas.
Chocolate Strawberry Pound cake Heart Treats
Chocolate Mousse for Valentine’s Day Dinner
Valentine’s Day Brownies
5 Super Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Boys
Cool Valentine’s Day Kids Crafts
No Babysitter for Valentine’s Day? No Problem!
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The kids and I were experimenting in the kitchen again and came up with an easy Valentine’s Day dessert idea. Believe it or not, the inspiration for this dessert came from my son’s science project. We needed to puree Strawberries for an experiment he is doing to see how fast mold grows. Yum! We had leftover Strawberry puree that looked and smelled too good to throw out so we ad libbed, using what we already had in the house, and came up with a fun Valentine’s Day dessert.
1/2 pint of strawberries
Pre-made pound cake (your choice)
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heart cookie cutters
1. Put strawberries in food processor and puree until smooth. No chunks, please.
2. Cover the bottom of a dessert plate with the strawberry puree.
3. Cut a 1/2 inch slice of pound cake and use the cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. I used a large and small cookie cutter to put both on the plate. You may need to cut the pound cake lengthwise to have enough surface area for your cookie cutter depending on the size of the cutter.
4. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, according to the directions on the package. Once melted, frost the top of the pound cake with the chocolate.
5. Add sprinkles, sprinkles, and more sprinkles, then serve. You can also add whipped cream or sprinkle powdered sugar over the top to make it look even more finished.
It was quite yummy and super easy.
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