Busy Moms! Simple Valentine Traditions to Get Started This Year! - 2024 update


 Do you have family Valentine traditions?  At our house, Valentine's Day is a chance to celebrate our family's love for each other, rather than just a couple’s holiday.  I honestly find Valentine's too cheesy when I think of it as a couple's day... sorry romantics!  I love it as a chance for spreading family love and creating memories though!

Here are some of our favorite ideas!



We like to have an uncomplicated, but special Valentine meal as one of our main events.  It starts with a Valentine table. Decorating your table...




If you want a cute table and an activity all in one, don't forget to grab our Valentine's Day Coloring Runner in the Shop!   It's filled with fun coloring, a maze and so many hearts (Fill them with love notes and they make good heart counting practice for the kiddos!) and seasonal words.   You can start breakfast with it as the cutest runner and color on it all day long!  Just unroll!


A napkin folded as a love note envelope is also a fun touch! Click to watch a quick video to see how we did it!


We also love this heart napkin fold we did on our Instagram!  Click to see how easy it is!  Wouldn't this be the cutest on your table?!


Valentine Food!...

Typically it's a dinner meal we focus on at our house, but there are lots of fun food ideas for every meal. Everyone enjoys heart shaped and red and pink colored foods.  your family can be together, make each one special!  Check out our Instagram highlight below for a bunch of fun food ideas for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner!  (Click through the first few slides to get to the food). Food is a fun and tasty way to celebrate together!



One thing I am excited for at this year's dinner is our conversation.  Some of my best family memories are meaningful conversations we've had together.  I've helped create a set of funny, reflective and sweet, Valentine conversation starters. I can't wait to share them with my family!   Grab them in the Shoppe, download and print at home.  Just add food and your special Valentine tradition is ready for years to come!  




What about a  tradition of LOVE NOTES?!  The week or two before Valentine's Day, create a special way for family members to share love notes with one another.  Cut a heart and use it as a note or It could be as simple as leaving sticky note messages on the mirror or the door.  

Here's a few other great Valentine ideas... 

4.  Leave a Valentine at your kids' bedroom doors so when they wake up in the morning they have a fun surprise.  I love doing this.  It's generally just a small treat and a heart with a note.  My kids, now teens, still love it!

5.  Plan a family date night.  Be sure to teach and practice date manners!  (gentlemen open the doors, table manners etc!)

6.  Present under the plate... I saw this idea at moreexcelletme.com and thought it sounded so fun.  Hide a Valentine gift under their dinner plate (make sure it's in a flat box) at your Valentine dinner.  They aren't allowed to open it until the meal is finished. What fun anticipation!

7.  Valentine Fairy... This great idea is said to come from Bree at Creative Mom, but I can't find a post to link.  Sorry! The idea is fun though...  Have a "Valentine fairy" leave Hershey kisses all over the house and a note assigning each child a color of kiss to search for. What kid doesn't love a treasure hunt?!

8.  Heart Attack!   This is one of our favorite memories!  One year we heart attacked the grandparents' house!  Don't worry, this is a heart attack they will enjoy!  Cut hearts out of paper.  Write sweet notes and compliments on all or a few and cover their door  in them!  Knock on the door and then run and hide to watch their faces when they see the all the love on their door!  This is great for friends, family or anyone who just needs a boost!


Hope you have been inspired to add some simple but special family tradition to your family's Valentine's Day !

Remember to check out our Valentine's Coloring Runner & Conversation Starters in the shoppe!  Come and get your LOVE!


♥️ Candace


PS:  Want 10 FREE Valentine Lunchbox Jokes to add to your kids' lunches or even just tuck in their pockets?  

Click HERE to grab your printable! 







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