As I was out running errands yesterday, I had a couple different people randomly tell me that they don't celebrate "Hallmark holidays." But the way I see it, why not take advantage of a day like Valentine's Day to make your family feel special and loved??
It really doesn't take much money or time to make memories and to make the day special for your husband and children! You don't even have to set foot in a Hallmark store or buy any mass-produced Valentine's cards (unless you want to)!
Look how my friend, Natalie, decorated her table for Valentine's Day! Her menu? Bagels and Strawberries! I think even the busiest mom can pull that off! :)
How would it make you feel to sit down to a plate like this??
I got up a bit earlier in order to make breakfast for my work-bound and school-bound family members. It was not elaborate -- just some buttermilk pancakes and heart-shaped eggs. (Although, I must confess that my eggs did not look nearly as pretty as these!)
Decorating for Valentine's Day is easy. This is my buffet table in the foyer, which I like to decorate for special occasions.
Note that I didn't buy anything special. I just moved some items there from other locations in my house -- my wedding picture, a picture of my hubby and me, the goblets from our wedding day, some appropriate Willow Tree collectibles, and a red heart-shaped candy bowl that I did pick up half-price after Valentine's Day last year for a dollar. The red heart garland came from The Dollar Tree several years ago.
You can always delegate the decorating if you don't have the time and have older kids. Hannah was the one who transformed our dining table into a thing of beauty!
Really, all this took was some M&Ms and heart-shaped candies which I bought (on sale). I already had the candles and the red place mats and the red heart-shaped garland, which came from The Dollar Tree. Just a few simple touches created a feeling of specialness for my family!
Of course, any table looks better with good food on it! :)
So, I adorned mine with a special meal of Chicken Parmesan, Creamy Fettuccine, and Tossed Salad. (Recipes coming soon!)
Those who had red shirts or heart-shaped jewelry or accessories put them on for dinner. Some (like Amber!) even decorated a shirt for the occasion (by pinning on red hearts)! :)
The children made homemade Valentines for Alan and me!
Matthew came to the table with some verses on true love from John chapter 3 to share with us!! He impressed us all with his reading!! It was a very sweet moment! :)
I appreciated Tiffany for assembling the cake I had baked! She made it look good!
And then Hannah decorated it with M&Ms!
It was a 3-layer masterpiece that delighted the chocolate lovers in our house!
I hope your Valentine's Day was as much fun as ours was!