Celebrating Valentine's Day when it is just the two of you is a no-brainer. Candles, chocolate, red wine -- anything seems romantic when love is new. After the kids arrive, however, you may choose to celebrate Valentine's Day a bit differently--especially if your babysitter has a date too! Jazz up a typical family date night with some fun ideas for Valentine's Day.
Bake up a family date night with special Valentine's baking mixes complete with an assortment of frostings, colored sprinkles or candies like Red Hots. Buy heart-themed cupcake liners or try the pink and red foil liners.
Hand out disposable cameras, one for each kid. Your child can capture a ton of great memories during this memorable family date night. After the holiday, take a trip together to your local pharmacy or grocery store, and have the pictures developed.
Surprise each member of the family with a fuzzy pink or red blanket for Valentine's Day. While you hunker together on the couch, enjoying your baked goods and watching Charlie Brown pine for a Valentine, snuggle up and share a laugh.
Ditch the blankets and the movie if you prefer to make it a gaming night. Buy a set of playing cards for some wholesome fun. For a real surprise, visit CVS before Valentine's Day and order a pack of personalized playing cards. Your children and spouse will love this inexpensive gift. You can even get the pets in on this holiday idea.
Set up the blender and break out the wine glasses for this family date night idea. It's time for pink and red mocktails like a virgin daiquiris or frozen cherry Kool-Aid. Kids love drinking from the grown up glasses.
Place a decorated "mailbox" on the kitchen table and invite kids to put their homemade Valentine's Day cards in the box. You can open the box together during your family date night.
With a little pre-planning you can make Valentine's Day an exciting day for everyone in your family. Reclaim Valentine's and make it a family celebration. What better way to show and share love with the ones you love the most?