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Valentine's parties for little ones

Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day
Jennifer Streit 2010

February is the month of hearts, flowers, chocolate and, hopefully, jewelry. With Valentine's Day coming up, everyone is looking for ways to show their appreciation for those they love. While this is traditionally viewed as a romantic holiday, kids want to get in on the fun too.

While kids in school get to have parties with their classes, little ones are usually left out of the card making, candy eating fun. Not this year! Throw a Valentine's Day party for your toddler or preschooler and her friends! With just a little bit of prep work, they can make their own Valentine's while big brothers and sisters are celebrating at school.

Decorating is tons of fun for this age group because they get to help! Cut hearts out of paper that they have painted in reds, pinks and purples. Attach the hearts to string and hang from the ceiling or just put them up all over the walls. A simple red tablecloth makes an instant decoration as well.

For food, make sandwiches and cut them into heart shapes with a heart cookie cutter and offer strawberries, red grapes and bananas for some healthy fruit. Of course, it isn't a Valentine's Day Party without some sugar! You can make your own or get some fantastic ones at Lovely Confections on the corner of Colfax and Steele in Denver. They use a lot of organic and local ingredients in the cupcakes that are made throughout the day in small batches to ensure freshness. Best of all they now make GLUTEN FREE cupcakes too!!

Leave out some Valentine's colored construction paper and any art supplies for the little ones to make cards to give their friends. Make a few treats to put in goody bags to send home and most importantly, HAVE FUN!