Traditionally, Valentine’s Day has been a holiday for celebrating romantic love between sweethearts. Today, more and more people are choosing family celebrations to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This is especially popular for people who are single, or for couples who wish to include their children in the festivities.
Family Celebrations for Valentine’s Day
There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day that can include the entire family:
Many couples set aside Valentine’s evening for a date night, leaving children with sitters or grandparents. Instead, the day can be used for a family date. Choose a destination that is agreeable to everyone. Include as many family members as would like to go. Places such as museums, aquariums, and theatres can be enjoyed even if the weather is cold.
Afterwards, a family dinner or lunch can be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion. Over the meal, all the adults can tell stories about falling in love with their partners, or stories about their first loves. If a family date day is scheduled early enough, it still leaves enough time for couples to enjoy a romantic dinner later in the evening.
Part of the joy of Valentine’s Day is choosing the right card for every special person. Hallmark Canada offers assorted Valentine’s Day Kids, Signature and Paper Wonder cards! They are certain to brighten someone’s day! The Hallmark Canada Paper Wonder cards can be found in Hallmark stores, but they are now also available at Walmart stores across Canada. Hallmark cards have been made available for over 100 years! They first offered Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916.
Did you know that Approximately 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry-wide (not including packaged kids’ valentines for classroom exchanges), making Valentine’s Day the second-largest holiday for giving greetings cards!
Today’s families are constantly on the go. Therefore, spending a day at home with just family may be more enjoyable. Decorate the living area with hearts, balloons, flowers and other Valentine’s Day decor. Set up a table with sweet treats and snacks in a Hallmark Ceramic Heart Treat Dish with a Valentine’s theme.
Throughout the day, everyone can treat themselves to candy and cupcakes. You can also make your own Salted Peanut Toffee Popcorn found in the Hallmark Date Night In cookbook. This can be made even more fun if messages are written out ahead of time and hidden in or under the desserts. A mix of love songs (both romantic and upbeat) can be played in the background while family members play games or talk.
Family movie marathon
Another fun “at-home” way to celebrate Valentine’s is by watching, renting, or buying a selection of romantic films. Choose films that are appropriate for all members of the family. Even younger children will enjoy watching Disney movies with a romantic theme. Hallmark Channel also offers a variety of Valentine’s Day movies with more mature themes that can be saved for after younger children are in bed. The Story of Us Card Keeper will be showcased in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, The Story of Us, that can be viewed on the W Network! Check your local listings!
Sometimes the holiday falls on a work or school day. This doesn’t have to limit the fun. Surprises, such as a balloons, boxes of candy or stuffed animals including Hallmark Canada Pet Husky Techno Plush Dog that moves its head, barks, yips, pants, howls and moves around to fun music, the adorable Pink Snoopy Stuffed Animal, the so-soft Caticorn Stuffed Plush, and the itty bittys Valentine Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse ; can be left where children can find them first thing in the morning.
For older children or teens, a piece of jewelry or a gift card would make a nice surprise. Make heart-shaped pancakes with strawberry syrup for breakfast and include a Valentine’s Day card in each lunchbox.
A Valentine Day party for kids can be a great way to share the day with extended family. The event should be planned a few days in advance. Send homemade or store brought invitations to nearby relatives. The party can be sophisticated or as simple as desired, with decorations, snacks, treats, hot cocoa, desserts, and balloons. The atmosphere should be kept light and enjoyable for all.
For families with grown children, a Valentine’s tea party might make a better party theme. Rather than balloons and Cupids, heart-shaped pastries and tea can be the main attraction. Adults might enjoy Valentine’s Day place cards, soft music, and card games. Tarot, and other forms of love divination can be part of the events.
There are many way to organize family celebrations for Valentine’s Day! How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family?
This post is sponsored by Hallmark Canada. Opinions are my own.