Make your at-home Valentine’s Day celebration special with these sweet ideas.

Make a Charcuterie Board

Technically a charcuterie board means a board of prepared meats, but these days anything goes! Cut cheese or salami into heart shapes to make a beautiful food presentation.

Send Valentines in Many Ways

By Email
Sites such as Blue Mountain Cards, American Greetings, or Punchbowl allow you to email fun cards for free.

For a small charge the Touchnote app lets you send postcards and add a picture. They do the printing and mailing for you.

Go the Old Fashioned Route
Some post offices will have more selection than others, but children love picking out their own stamps and mailing out valentines.

Decorate in Hearts

Heart-shaped balloons or simple pink and red balloons for Valentine’s Day will make your child’s day!

Have a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot

Cut hearts and other props from construction paper. Dress the kids in red and snap a pic!

Get Baking

Of course, there’s the old standby. Pink frosted cupcakes or sugar cookies are sure to be a big hit.

Make a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Put clues around the house and let your kids search high and low for a box of candy hearts or treats.

Put Up a Valentine’s Day Tree

Haven’t taken down that Christmas tree yet? Don’t despair! Just switch the décor from ornaments to hearts!

Make Pink Smoothies or Milkshakes

Recipes for strawberry smoothies or milk shakes are plentiful online.

Break a Heart-Shaped Piñata

Kids love a piñata! Heart-shaped piñatas are available on Amazon if you can’t find one locally.

Play Tic-Tac-Toe

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like the Xs and Os in this game that kids already love. Winner gets the number of kisses and hugs on the board!

Surprise Your Kids with Love Notes

Leave sticky notes of love or encouragement for your kids on the fridge or other places around the house. For extra fun, use pink ones for Valentine’s Day or put them together into the shape of a heart.

Make Heart-Shaped Food

Kids will love having their own personal-sized heart shaped pizza, whether you make the dough yourself or buy prepared dough. Sandwiches can be cut into hearts with a knife or cookie cutter.

Read a Valentine’s Day-Themed Picture Book

There are many great picture books that complement Valentine’s Day. Try “Mama Do You Love Me” by Barbara M. Joose or “Henry In Love” by Peter McCarty.

Enjoy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Dip strawberries in melted chocolate chip sand then place on wax paper. They’re beautiful, delectable and very easy!

–Jill Morgenstern

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