A Valentine’s Day family dinner is a fun way to include your kids in this day of love. Including edible table decorations is easy and inexpensive.
First, I have to ask. Am I the only one that doesn’t like getting flowers for Valentine’s Day? For those that do love to receive flowers on Valentine’s Day, I get it, I really do. I want to want flowers. It’s the classic romantic gesture. But I just don’t have enough of an appreciation for them to be okay with the high price tag that goes along with it. I would much rather have a vanilla caramel latte and maple doughnut show up unexpectedly. Hopefully my husband reads this post in time 🙂
When the kids were toddlers and went to bed at 8:00 (ah, those were the days), my husband and I used to have a candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner at home after they went to sleep. When they got a little older, and their bed time got to be a little later, we decided to start having a Valentine’s Day dinner for the whole family. It quickly became a fun tradition and everyone participated in getting ready for our big dinner.
At some point I got out an old recipe book that had a section in the back on various place settings and instructions on how to fold a napkin in various shapes. I gave this to my girls to study and then gave them free reign on getting the table ready. After much thought and planning they neatly wrapped sets of silverware in a paper napkin and then secured them with a rubber band. I’m pretty sure neither a paper napkin nor a rubber band were mentioned anywhere in the book I gave them for reference. I had to try hard to keep my amusement hidden because they were really proud of their creation!
We like to try different table decorations each year, but I don’t want to spend money on one time decorations so we try to get creative. Recently I came across a picture of sugar cookies decorated for Valentine’s Day and a lightbulb went off. Sugar cookies would be the perfect decoration that not only looks festive but that we can pick up and eat at the end of the meal. In addition to the cookies I thought we could scattered some pink, red, and white candies all over the table.
We decided to bake a few dozen sugar cookies ahead of time to lighten the load the day of our dinner. We froze half to decorate later and used the other half for a trial run. A trial run may possibly have been unnecessary, and may possibly have just been an excuse to eat half of them right away.
This is our test run of the table decorations. I can’t wait to fill the rest of the table next week with lasagna, homemade garlic breadsticks and the people that I love most. Was that over the top cheesy? Okay, sorry, I couldn’t resist. But I am looking forward to the big event. Happy Valentine’s Day!