Valentine's Day is a fabulous time to teach your little ones about focusing on others and the importance of friendship. With a bit of planning, you can throw a wonderful Valentine's Day party that your kids (and their friends) will love.
Preschoolers and other young kids will love to get together for a pint-sized party. You don't need to do anything elaborate to put together a fabulous party.
Decorate in cool colors
Sure, pink and red are traditional Valentine's Day colors but if you have boys at the party, you don't have to overdo all the pink. Red partnered with black and white or pink teamed up with chocolate brown are more gender-neutral color combinations. If you are looking for decorations for your party, turn to Etsy where you can find printables for everything from invitations to banners to cupcake toppers. We love these owl Valentine's Day party printables (Amy Mattes Etsy shop, $16) as well as this affordable DIY Valentine's Day package (Zolee's Boutique, $10) in the candy heart theme.
Set up a crafting station
Give the kids something to do at the party by setting up a crafting station. It can be something as simple as construction paper, kid-safe scissors, glue, markers and glitter. The children can create valentines for each other or to take home to their moms. They can cut out traditional heart shapes for their valentines or trace their hands to create adorable valentine cards. Another great idea is to encourage the kids to make valentines for sick or needy children. You can deliver them to a local children's hospital or shelter. Valentine's Day is the ideal time to teach children about helping the less fortunate and spreading love and happiness to everyone.
Serve more than candy
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about candy, cookies and other sugary treats. You can serve some healthier options too. Make sandwiches with whole grain bread and then cut them into heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Also consider a homemade heart-shaped pizza with plenty of veggies. All kids love pizza, and it's easy to cut into a festive heart shape. You can even form ground turkey into hearts to create yummy (and nutritious) valentine burgers. Create some of these other heart-shaped foods, too.
Watch movies about love and friendship
Pop a movie into the DVD player. Choose classic kids movies about love — such as Lady and the Tramp or Beauty and the Beast. Movies about friendship like The Fox and the Hound and Toy Story are terrific, too. During the movies, serve popcorn and other crunchy munchies along with pink lemonade.
Offer valentine favors
When it's time for your little guests to leave, offer a little something for them to take home. It can be something as simple as three valentine cookies wrapped in cellophane with a ribbon or a heart-shaped balloon. Check out these other Valentine's Day party favor ideas.
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