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
• 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
• 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
• 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/.