Valentine's Day - a day of romance and intimate candlelit dinners yes?!? Well probably not this year!! Stuck at home in lockdown with all your kids traipsing around the house demanding snacks may not seem like the most romantic environment but it is what it is right and if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!! So with that in mind, I thought I come up with a few ways for you to enjoy the day this year at home with the kids!
Get the kids involved decorating the house! You're stuck indoors, you may as well get crafty with the kids and make the house look cute! Here's a few simple ideas:
Salt Dough Hearts - if the kids are partial to a bit of playdough then use this simple recipe to make some salt dough which you can then roll out and cut into hearts, cook in the oven then paint as artistically as you like!
You will need:-
250g Plain flour
125g Table salt
1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, roll it out and cut it into hearts. You could even make a hole in the top of the hearts so they can be hung up.
4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.
5. Leave to cool and then paint. You could even decorate with glitter too if you're feeling brave!!
Valentines Themed Colouring Sheets - Colouring-in can be such a calming activity for adults and children so why not colour pretty valentine's pictures which you can use to decorate the house when you've finished. There are so many lovely ones you can do, simply type Valentine's colouring pages into Google, print off your favourites and get colouring! I've even created my very own Happy Cat Kids colouring sheet which you can download for free here:
Table Centrepiece - The lovely Nikki Golding will be doing a live make-along on her Insta page on Friday 12th Feb showing you how to make a simple Valentine's centrepiece so I'll definitely be tuning in for that! Make sure you're following Nikki here so you can have a go at making one too!
2. If your kids are old enough - bribe them with a movie night/sleepover in one of their rooms, ply them with snacks and then have the downstairs of the house a kid-free zone for the evening!!
3. If you have younger kids and lucky enough to have ones that actually go to bed then lucky you - get them to bed and enjoy your civilised adult evening!
4. If, like me, you have kids that won't go to bed and will want to be involved with everything then why not let them be the waiters! They could create their own restaurant, design a menu, take your orders and maybe even cook/bake something for you to eat if you're brave enough to allow this! Perhaps there could be a dress code for the 'restaurant' to force you out of your PJs and maybe even slap on some make-up!
5. Get your kids to host a Valentine's quiz! Let's face it we've all become quiz experts over this last year so why not ask your kids to write a Mr & Mrs style quiz for you and partner to find out who knows who the most! They will love channelling their inner Alexander Armstrong!!
6. If all of the above just sounds like a little bit too much effort then just chuck on your PJs, grab the whole family under the duvet, order in a pizza and snuggle up with a movie!!
Happy Valentine's All!!