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17 Valentine Ideas

by Jennifer McLaughlin on Feb 14th, 2015

Here are 17 Valentine Ideas! Check it out - everything from treats to crafts and activities!

1. Goldfish: “You’re Quite a Catch”

The already prepackaged container Goldfishes are an easy, hassle-free way to gift in bulk. All we did was attach a square label on top.

Goldfish Valentine

2. Fruit Squeeze:  “You’re My Main Squeeze”

Both moms and kids will love this healthy treat.  The adorable message, “You’re my main squeeze,” is sure to return a bear hug. 

Valentine Treat
 3. Popcorn: “My Heart Pops for You”

Fill popcorn in an open box, attach a label with our special message, enclose in a cellophane bag and tie with a string at the top.  And pop! You have a Valentine’s Day treat.

Valentine Popcorn

4. S’mores: “You Melt My Heart”

The already appropriate Valentine’s Day treat with its chocolate ingredient becomes even more delectable with this sweet message.

Valentine S'mores 

5. Gummy Worms: “Happy Valentine’s Day Love Bug”

Squish these gummy worms into a jar and these treats also become a term of endearment when you address your Valentine as “Love Bug.”

Valentine Gummy Worms 

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6. Take your family on a tailor-made date.

Invite every member of your family to dress in shades of red and pink— the more colorful, the better. Then, head out for an evening dedicated to celebrating one thing that makes you unique. Are your kids big on trying new things? Broaden their palates at a just-opened ethnic restaurant. Do you enjoy a little friendly competition? Head to the bowling alley for a winner-take-all tournament. If service is your family’s passion, invite an older relative out for ice cream sundaes.

7. Make a super-sized family valentine.

Trace and cut a heart from a large piece of red or pink poster board. Write at the top in large letters, “I love my family because…” and then hand out crayons, pens, stickers, and markers, and have each member of your family write or draw a picture of a thing or two that they cherish about their family. Hang up the finished work as month-long reminder of the gift of family.

8. Watch a love story together.

This holiday is tailor-made for snuggling! Cozy up on the couch with plenty of pillows and blankets and turn on your favorite family-friendly romantic movie. “A Charlie Brown Valentine,” “Shrek,” or “Lady and the Tramp” are perennial favorites; or introduce older children to a timeless classic such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or “The Princess Bride.” Afterward, tell your kids the story of how you and your partner met.

9. Put on a Valentine’s Day Egg Hunt.

Who says egg hunting’s only for Easter? Purchase a few packages of plastic eggs and fill them with Valentine’s Day kit like chocolate, coins, and small toys. Then, hide the eggs all over the house and set everybody loose to hunt them down with sacks or baskets in tow. You might even hide an extra special Love Egg somewhere in the house. Inside, tuck an invitation to a fun Valentine’s Day activity such as a trip to the movie theater or an indoor playground.

10. Let the Kids Play Chef for a Night.

Want to unlock a level-three parental achievement? Start a new tradition by inviting your children to cook you and your partner a special holiday meal. Help them plan a simple menu and purchase the ingredients ahead of time, then sit back and let older kids guide the action while younger ones assist with simpler tasks such as setting the table and pouring drinks. Bonus: you’ll steal a few minutes of quiet with your honey while the kids get cooking. 

Heart Cupcakes  

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11. Make a Fruit Pizza.

Kids will love prepping this festive after-dinner treat. All you’ll need are a few basic ingredients and your favorite fruity toppings. Click over to this easy fruit pizza recipe from the Kansas State University’s Family Nutrition Program and get baking. (Shape the dough into a heart for an extra loving touch.)

12. Mix Up a Berry-licious Smoothie.

Smoothies are a fun, healthy alternative to a milkshake, and every bit as creamy. Blend 1 cup of vanilla yogurt with 1 cup of your favorite berries and 1 cup of low-fat cow, almond, or soy milk. For extra flair, serve with a fruit garnish and a fun straw.

Valentines Treats 

13. Roll Out Some Fruit Leather.

Homemade fruit rollups are easy to make, and they pack less of a sugar punch than their highly processed counterparts.

You’ll need:

•  4-and-a-half cups of hulled strawberries

• Half-a-cup of granulated sugar

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method:

• Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

• Blend ingredients in a bowl until smooth.

• Using a spatula, divide mixture between pans.

• Bake for three hours, rotating pans halfway through.

• Let cool, then cut into desired shapes and wrap up. (Don’t remove wax paper.)

(Adapted from: www.bakedbyrachel.com.)

14. Serve Up a Foofy Dinner Drink.

A sweet sipper is a great way to sate sugar cravings, and punch is surprisingly easy to prepare. Mix 2 cups each of unsweetened apple juice and pineapple juice, plus 2 cups of lemon-lime soda. Add half-a-cup each of finely chopped strawberries, oranges, and pineapples. For extra pizazz, serve the drinks in plastic champagne flutes.

15. Put a New Spin on the Same Old Fruits.

If you’re short on time or inspiration, work with what you’ve already got in the fruit bowl. The key is to think creatively: freeze grapes and berries or grill bananas and pineapples for a novel take on an ordinary snack. Or sprinkle coconut, lime, or chili powder over sliced fruit for a surprise flavor boost.

16. Make Valentine’s Day Dippers.

For a slightly decadent treat, dip pretzels fruit slices in melted dark chocolate and let dry on a piece of wax paper.

Valentine Ideas 

17. Toast to Love.

Savory stuff can be just as fun —It’s all about presentation. Jazz up Valentine’s Day breakfast by using a small, heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the middles out of bread slices. Place them in an oiled pan, fill the hole with a cracked egg and cook it up, flipping once. You can even turn the leftover heart shapes into mini toast-and-jam sandwiches.

Also try this Valentine's Day Tea Party!

Jennifer is a former special education teacher and mentor. She obtained her bachelor's degree at Kent State University in Ohio. She enjoys dancing, reading and spending time training her dog, BrunoMars. 

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