Valentine’s Day is next week! It is a fun holiday that we like to celebrate together as a family. Since the kids were little, I made it a tradition to have dessert for dinner on Valentine’s Day. It is a fun way to celebrate the holiday and something we all look forward to all year. Now that the kids are older, they like to have appetizers and finger foods along with the desserts. Still fun and a change from the regular dinners we have every night and for every other holiday for that matter. This Valentine’s Day Party For The Family is simple, festive and easy to set up.
One of my biggest tips for shopping for Valentine’s Day is making sure to shop Christmas clearance. They are so many red items at Christmas that you can use for Valentine’s Day and you can get them at such a deep discount after Christmas. The other great thing about it is since Valentine’s Day is right after Christmas, you don’t have to store the items all year round. I was able to pick up red paper plates, a red burlap table runner, pennant garlands and napkins for the Valentine’s Day Party at 90% off. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and they will work for the summer months and 4th of July too! I also pick up things in the seasonal clearance that I can use all year. The galvanized napkin rings and square appetizer plates were all Thanksgiving clearance.
Since I don’t have a lot of Valentine decorations I pull out anything red, white and pink that will work for the Valentine’s Day Party. The trays were a yard sale find and the Mason jar mugs were a TJ Maxx clearance find years ago. I also grab what little decorations I have for the holiday to bring it all together.
I always set up a hot cocoa bar for Valentine’s Day (and many other winter days in between). They are super simple to put together and the kids always have fun with them.
I made a fun little banner sign with letter pennants we had and pulled together my favorite Rae Dunn mugs for the hot cocoa bar. (Rae Dunn is so hard to find around here!!)
I put a few hot cocoa toppings in apothecary jars and filled the Keurig so it was all ready to go.
I stacked hot cocoa pods on a small cake stand and made little notes on paper and stuck them in place card holders.
This hot cocoa bar is ready to go!
On Valentine’s Day, I write my kids a valentine note. I put them inside big, felt envelopes I picked up in the Target Hot Spot years ago.
This Valentine’s Day Party is such a huge hit every year. It is a great way to come together and celebrate in a different way.
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