Tips for spending Valentine’s Day with your family

Now that we’re parents sometimes it is harder to go out, and we love to share the LOVE with our babies too… right?  I myself love to celebrate Valentines with my honey and my three kiddos. I try to make it a family affair– thankfully Tracey Doull from Kitchen Moxie is here to help with tips for spending Valentine’s Day with your family, now you too can make it a fun family affair.

Tips for spending Valentine’s Day with your family

This Valentine’s Day, instead of stressing out trying to find a sitter and worrying about whether

or not you’ll get a reservation at your favorite restaurant; why not turn your Valentine celebration

into family affair? Gather all your sweethearts round the dining table and enjoy a very special

family supper.

• Get dressed up! Just because you are staying in doesn’t mean you can’t dress for the

occasion. Have the boys – big and small – wear a shirt and tie and have the girls don

their party dresses.

• Start off the evening with a bottle of bubbly. Try some Prosecco or Cava, great

substitutes for pricey champagne. And don’t forget a bottle of sparkling grape juice for

the little ones. Use champagne flutes and take turns making toasts throughout the

evening.

• For hors d’oeuvres, a simple cheese board with fresh strawberries and individual crudité

are sure to please the grown-ups and kids alike.

• Have everyone help set the table and get the children involved in making Valentine’s

Day placecards – trace hearts out of Valentine’s gift bags or wrapping paper and use a

marker to write each family member’s name.

• Ditch the red long stem red roses and instead, fill a vase with Sweetheart candies for a

fun and festive table centerpiece.

• Make the kids feel special by giving them each a specific job during the meal – helping to

serve, clearing the plates, pouring water or practicing their table manners and proper

eating etiquette.

• For a first course go with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato pizza. Super kid friendly,

but will make the adults happy too. Use Naan bread as a base, layer on the other

ingredients and bake until the cheese is melted.

• Pick a family favorite as your main course – a hearty lasagna or stew that can be made

ahead. The idea is to keep your kitchen time to a minimum, allowing you to enjoy the

evening spending time with the ones you love.

• For dessert use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut some puff pastry rounds. Top with

apple slices, melted butter, brown sugar and bake. This simple dessert will make the

whole family happy.

• Lastly, enjoy the precious family time and share your special love story with your

children. Growing up I loved to hear stories of my parent’s courtship and details of their

wedding. Your children will too.

Happy Valentine’s Day! For more tips, tricks, advice and recipes, visit www.kitchenmoxie.net/.