I’m a huge fan of Valentines Day. Save your eye rolling and snarky “its a Hallmark holiday” comments for someone else, Daria, because this girl doesn’t want to hear it.
I’ve loved Valentines Day ever since I was a little girl. I didn’t care about the mushy love business, (although I did notice that my mom would get the prettiest flowers from my dad). I was in it for the food and the parties (I still am). Every year, carrying a box tricked-out with glitter and construction paper as my “mailbox” under one arm, and a box of valentines in the other, I would rush into school, anxious to get the party started.
It was around this time that I also started hosting my own little Valentines Day parties in my bedroom. My mom would take me to the grocery stores where I would buy fancy adult party food, you know, like pop corn balls and fortune cookies, and then I would go home and set up my bedroom. I would pass out invitations that would cordially invite mom, dad and my brother to my room to enjoy what I felt like was the height of Valentines Day sophistication.
Now, I have kids of my own. And while we aren’t quite to the school day party stage quite yet, that hasn’t stopped me from celebrating. Valentines Day is a great opportunity to make fun crafts with my kids and to host other moms and kiddos for little parties of our own.
Two years ago, I gathered a few friends and their kids in our home to make a simple craft and have a nice lunch together. I’m planning on doing the same thing this year, except now that our kids are a little older, we are doing a Valentines exchange instead!
There are a lot of excuses through out the year to throw together a party, but none seem as fun as a holiday that celebrates all things loving, all things glittery and all things sweet.
For me and my husband, we have a tradition of staying in to celebrate the holiday. I cook a meal that includes our favorite splurge item, and we enjoy several courses, ending with a dessert and either espresso or a french press of something dark.
Valentines Day doesn’t have to be cheesy. I think it is only cliche if you are buying gifts, going out to dinner, or sending cards because you feel like you have to. I, for one, love it. I love this special day where I get to spend a little time, telling those closest to me that I love them. Usually through food. I think it’s my love language.
Anyways. Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy it.
Today we made heart shaped cut-out cookies with Theo’s “Honey” (aka grandma). Take a look!