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    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– here are some 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, why not turn your Valentine celebration into a family affair? Gather all your sweethearts around the dining table and enjoy a very special family supper.

    Tips For Spending Valentine’s Day with your Family

    • 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 place cards. Have them trace hearts out of Valentine’s gift bags or wrapping paper. Just 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. They can help serve, clear the plates, pour 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. This allows 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! 

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