How to Throw a Fun Valentine's Day Party for Kids
Valentine's Day is not just for adults in love. It is also for kids to celebrate love towards mom, dad, and their friends.
I remember being a kid and taking 'sweetheart's' and cards for my entire class. It was kind of a 'share the love' type thing, but if I'm honest I also remember focusing on a certain boy on that day as well...so I must have had Valentine's Day eyes for him. Anywase...
Valentine's Day is a day that we can teach our kids to love one another and feel connected, something that we should all be doing with our kids, and a party focused around the day can be an excellent way to really make the day of love stand out in their minds.
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The Invitations: Party Favors BEFORE The Party?
Start with the invitations! A great idea is to pick a core activity and include party favors that they will need to bring to participate in that activity.
For instance, if the kids are going to paint clay hearts, then send them their clay heart along with the invitation or some paintbrushes that they can bring to the party. This will help them get excited for what they are going to do and allow them to really get into the mood before they show up.
If you are going to bake Valentine's Day cookies, and have the kids mold and decorate them, then you can send their invitation on a recipe card and include a chef’s hat along with the invitation.
Whatever core activity you choose for your party, there will be some small party favor that you can include in the invitation for them to bring (and even to take back home with them after the party).
Valentine's Day Décor
No need to go out of the box; stick with the symbols of love that we all know! The great thing about kids is that they really appreciate the decorations and notice the little things that adults sometimes miss. This means that you can decorate lightly, but still keep the Valentine's Day mood in the air.
The Theme Color Should Be Red and Pink With Some White and Purple
Most party supply stores will carry some pretty cool Valentine's Day decoration. Hearts, streamers, paper plates, cups, red/pink/white/purple decorations...they are all there.
You can also buy balloons filled with helium for the party and give them as a party favor to the kids as they leave your party. These can be tied to a table where the kids are going to sit (have the kids untie the one they want as they leave), or they can be left on the ceiling for the duration of the party. This is a great idea because it allows the kids to take a part of the party home with them.
If you are only decorating one room will the party will be held, then a great idea is to create a door curtain made of hearts that the kids have to walk through. It creates a 'magical' feeling of entering a new land! You don't have to use hearts though...pink and red banners can create the same effect - they just may not last long as kids hold onto them as they walk through the door! :)
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Valentine's Day Games
After the kids finish their core activity (painting hearts or baking cookies) there has to be games. Kids love games, and by keeping the theme of Valentine's Day, you will be likely introducing them to games they have never played before which will keep their attention.
You can decorate cookies or cards or even the kids! For example, you can have pink boas and funny hats for the kids and they can dress themselves up and then participate in a fashion show. Just make sure you have plenty of unique options for the kids to choose from so that they can create a unique decoration that stands out from the friends. (A fashion show contest will require a lot of options!)
This won't be so much of a contest, because all the kids decorations will be awesome - but you can give out a prize to every kid for various things such as: most decorated, most colorful, most unique. Every kid will be excited about receiving a prize for their decorating skills, and the fact that they got a 'most' prize will be extra rewarding.
Valentine's Day Bingo
You may need a few adults to help kids understand this one, but it can be really fun once the kids get into it! Create some bingo cards that have fun things like hearts, cupid, or words. There are many online resources to create bingo cards. For example, if you want to create a card that just has words, then you can go to https://bingobaker.com which allows you to easily generate as many unique bingo cards as you want.
Use sweethearts, or another Valentine's Day candy, for kids to place over the word or pictures as they are called. The first kid to get a line wins a prize!
Create large hearts or shapes from construction paper with unique words or pictures on them. Make them big enough so that kids can easily stand on them. Put matching words or pictures on smaller pieces of paper that you can put in a hat or box to draw from during the game.
Place the large hearts or shapes in a circle on the floor and have kids walk around the circle, on top of the cutouts, to music (kind of like musical chairs) and stop when the music stops. All kids should be standing on a heart or shape when the music stops. Then, draw a word or picture from hat or box and the kid standing on the corresponding word or picture wins a prize!
Valentine's Day Cupcakes - *Drool*
Other Food Ideas
- Heart shaped pizza
- Heart shaped cookies
- Heart shaped rice Rice Krispies
When it comes to food, as long as it is heart shaped the kids will enjoy it. You can even stick to the color theme and make strawberries and cream.
Make sure you have a Valentine's Day bag with party favors. This should include anything that they made at the party, but it can also include bits of decoration that you had at the party such as balloons.
You will find tons of other fun favors at your local party store, or even the dollar store, such as candy, stickers, heart-shaped sunglasses (I've seen these...too cute) and much more.
One unique party favor that you may want to put in their bag is a card dedicated to their mom or dad or loved one on Valentine's Day. Have them sign the card when they enter the party, and put it in their party favor bag so that they can take it home and give someone else a gift from your party. If you can instantly print of pictures, you can even take a picture of the kids at the party and include the picture inside the card so that their parents have an extra special keepsake.
After The Kids Party: For The Adults on Valentine's Day
- Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas
Valentine's Day dinner is like a special occasion for you and your lover to go out for dinner and celebrate your love (even though there are 364 other days a year you could do it), but somehow, on Valentine's Day, it just feels more special.
- 12 Romantic Gift ideas for Wife or Girlfriend on Valentine's Day
If you are married or engaged then make sure you make the Valentine's Day a memorable one to your Wife or Girlfriend with gifts, love and romance. Women often complain that their men are unromantic and on this day the least you could do is prove that
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