Super-Fun Ways to Spend Valentine's Day with Your Family
Valentine's Day is the most romantic date on the calendar—however, what was once filled with wining and dining, or massive bouquets and morning lie-ins, has, as parents...changed slightly. Where we might have gone for cocktails and a sunset cruise pre-kids, Valentine's Day now looks more like paying babysitters, ordering all your dishes at the restaurant at once so you can eat and get home by curfew, and nodding off in the taxi home.
Still fun? You bet! But if heading out childless isn't on the books for you this year, allow us to suggest some sweet ways to celebrate with the family you've made together. Breakfast in bed optional (but strongly encouraged!).
1. Brunch In Bed At Home
Not a fan of crumbs in the bed? Let's make romantic breakfasts a family affair!
Set the table with all your pink, red and white crockery, pick some blooms from the garden to dot about the place in jars and set out a family feast. Do toad in the hole (where the hole is cut out with a heart-shaped biscuit cutter), flaky croissants with good berry jam, coffee mandatory, of course, and a profusion of fresh fruit. Bonus points for ruby-red coloured cranberry or pomegranate drinks for the kids and perhaps a Bloody Mary for the grownups. Cheers!
2. Get The Board Games Out
You may not be heading out for a romantic one-on-one date with your partner, but new memories are being made over the family table anyway. Get out all the board games you have—yes, even Connect 4—and set up a couple of round robins to determine who will be the Valentine's Day board game champion. It's a fun way of spending time together (unless the kids (or the grown-ups!) are sore losers...) in a situation just a little way out from the everyday.
3. Family Crafts
For all of the glitter and glue enthusiasts out there—grab the craft box and set the kids to work, making cards and Valentine's crafts for their favourite people.
Brush up on your skills with these tips from Mister Maker himself, make some incredible creations from everyday household objects, or adapt these simple paper crafts to more love-themed art.
4. Recreate Your First Date
Hot air balloon? Seedy nightclub? Local cafe? A chance meeting on a train platform? Go back to where it all started with your mini-mes and tell them your very own love story, or recreate a kid-friendly environment at home where you can all get in on the fun. Nightclubs can be a fancy drink with a pumping lounge-room playlist, fancy restaurants can be right inside your kitchen with your best linen, or take a picnic on the foreshore where you took your first stroll.
5. Family Film Night
Going out to the movies with your crew can be an expensive exercise (though OF COURSE, we have tips on how to do it on the cheap here), so why not make your own theatre? Buy or borrow a projector or set your TV up just like the big screen. Grab all your cushions and bean bags, pop some popcorn, make your own choc-tops or chocolate brownie pops.
6. Picnic Dinner At Home
Head out into our favourite Melbourne picnic spots or turn your lounge or back yard into the ultimate outdoor venue. There's no table manners to care about, no dropping food on the floor, annoying other patrons, steep dinner bills, or sub-par kids menus to contend with - just good food, a comfy blanket, and each other.
7. Turn Your House Into A Restaurant
Want to turn up the fancy? Get out all the best china and cutlery, the real crystal glasses you drank out of every night before the kids arrived, and light some candles. Have the kids decorate place names and learn to fold napkins. Order out and plate it for presentation at the table or rope the children into creating culinary wonders in the kitchen. Dispatch older kids to design and take menu orders, serve good champagne (for the adults, obviously), and showcase your best etiquette as you celebrate the holiday of love with the ones you love.
8. Family Baking Session
You should absolutely get everyone in the kitchen for a baking session at some point during the day and eat the proceeds like a party. We've got a fantastic recipe for Valentine's Day chocolates that are actually good for you, a super-simple choc chip cookie recipe (you can swap the choc chips for red M&Ms), or bake your best and favourite goodies with the ruby-bean pink chocolate now available.
Go forth and romance!
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