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4 Tips for Celebrating Valentine's Day as a Family

Many people associate Valentine’s Day exclusively with romantic relationships, but there are all sorts of special relationships to celebrate on love’s biggest day. Valentine’s Day can be a chance to spread the love to your whole family with a family fun night filled with thematic decorations, fun activities, treats, and gifts. 

Want to throw a Valentine’s Day celebration worthy of your whole family’s love? These four tips will get you started!

1. Put Love on Display

Set a fun and festive mood with Valentine-themed décor. This DIY burlap and felt heart banner will cheer up any window, and is easy and inexpensive to make. Pretty petals are a nice, easy touch—and make the house smell great!—so place small vases with one or two roses in each around the house. I love to light candles—even during the day—and Valentine’s Day tea light holders will make the flames flicker with love. You need small mason jars, tea lights, and a printed design pasted on each jar. Finally, don’t forget the bedrooms! Place a lovely Valentine's Bear With Treats from Cheryl’s  on children’s beds as a surprise cuddly gift.

2. Plan a Sweet Activity

After the décor is done, it’s time to move on to a sweet family activity that’s fun for all ages: cookie decorating! If you have time to spare, you can make a batch of heart shaped sugar cookies (with help from the kiddos if they’re old enough), but if mama Cupid needs a hand, make decorating easy by ordering a Valentine's Day Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit from Cheryl's. Sit around the table with the whole family, and encourage the kids to be creative! Once the cookies are ready, the kids can recycle a cookie tin from a gift like the Heart Shaped Valentine Gift Tin from Cheryl's to make gifts for grandparents, neighbors, or friends.

3. Have an Indoor Picnic

Everybody loves a picnic, so bring the favorite summer activity to your winter party by stretching a tablecloth on the living room floor and laying out the food and drinks. These fruit kebabs are a fun starter—and a nice dose of healthy food amidst all the Valentine’s Day sweets. Give simple sandwiches a holiday makeover with a heart-shaped cookie cutter—PB&Js have never looked so cute! Have a pitcher of strawberry smoothies or pink lemonade at the ready for the kids, and mix up some themed cocktails for the grown ups. For your indoor picnic’s dessert, order heart shaped buttercream frosted cookies from Cheryl’s for the whole family to enjoy.

4. Host a Compliment Exchange

Give a unique twist to a gift exchange by making it a compliment exchange. Write the name of each family member on a strip of paper, and put the strips of paper in a jar. Then, have each family member draw a name, and write one nice thing about the person they drew on a I Love You Because printed card. If you have children who are too young to write, have them draw a picture and then describe it instead.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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