Looking for something fun to do with your kids in the month of February? One great, festive idea is to throw a fun V-Day party for your kids and all their friends. Decorations, costumes, and yummy treats are just a few things you and your kids can do to sweeten your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Kids Valentine’s Day Party Ideas:
VALENTINES DAY PARTY INVITATIONS
Get your party started with super festive Valentine’s Day invites! Have your kids make their own invites either by hand or on a computer. Use stamps, glitter, pink and red markers, and stickers to decorate the invitations. Mail the letters out, or let your kids pass them out at school to save on postage. Note: If not all of your kid’s classmates are invited to the party, avoid handing out invitations at school. This might cause hurt feelings. Another tip to save money would be to send e-vites to your kid’s friend’s parents.
VALENTINES DAY PARTY COSTUMES
Before sending out your invitations, decide whether or not you will be throwing a costume party. If dressing up is a go, recommend that kids wear colors like pink, red, and white, and to accessorize with hearts, cupids, and other love themed accessories. Here are a few super cute ideas for Valentine’s Day costumes and accessories to include in your invite:
- Queen of Hearts
- Heart-shaped sunglasses
- Fun tights and socks
VALENTINES DAY PARTY DECORATIONS
Once the date of the party is set, have your kids get started on decorations. The little artists could take a traditional approach to Valentine’s Day with red and pink hearts, or have a more modern approach with bolder colors, using the theme of love as an inspiration. If you are looking for more cost-effective decorations, try using items you already own, inexpensive craft materials construction paper, and dollar store finds.
Some examples of decorations to make are:
- Red, pink, and white streamers on door and window frames
- Cut-out construction paper hearts as nametags
- Mobiles to hang from the ceiling, made from tissue paper cut into heart shapes
- Personalized boxes to hold Valentines in, made from shoeboxes and poster paint
- Make it yourself heart garland
VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY SNACKS
For this party, cute and yummy snacks are key. The time of your party may affect your food choices, but you can never go wrong with finger foods and dessert. When planning finger foods, focus on color and shape. Choose foods that will pop against each other. For example, pinks and reds will pop against light and dark food, like bright pink frosting on a dark chocolate cupcake. Keep it classic by making heart shaped BLT sandwiches with white bread, red tomatoes, crispy bacon, and a cookie cutter. You can also use a heart cookie cutter on fruit for cute bite sized snacks! Otherwise, you can mix it up and challenge party-goers’ taste buds: try using unusual ingredients like jicama, red peppers, and rye bread instead of the BLT classics. If you opted to take a less traditional approach to your Valentine’s Day decorations, don’t forget to match your food choices accordingly! If needed, throw in a few main course options that will fill everyone’s bellies.
VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY DESSERTS
Valentine’s Day desserts might just be the most fun part of your party. The possibilities are endless, but treats like JELL-O, red velvet cupcakes, and sugar cookies are easy and fun options. Invest in heart-shaped cookie cutters and cupcake molds to make the dessert process a littler simpler. For the JELL-O, use cherry or strawberry flavors to get your desired color. Add strawberries or blueberries to the JELL-O for added texture. If red velvet is more your forte, use heart-shaped cupcake molds and make cream cheese frosting. Let kids add sprinkles, licorice, or sour cherry balls to the top of their cupcake for decoration. The same can be done for sugar cookies. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters and let the kids frost and decorate their own cookies. Or get festive with strawberry topping on yogurt or ice cream sundaes.
After all the cookies are eaten, let the kids dive into some festive games and activities. Here are some fun game ideas:
- Fill a container with chocolate kisses and let kids guess how many there are. At the end of the party, award the closest guesser with the container of kisses.
- For kids between the ages of 5-12 you could try a “match game,” where they will be given the name of one half of a famous couple and then try to figure out who they are by asking questions. Once they figure out who they are, they must locate the other half of their famous couple. You could use couples that are well-known to all, like Mickey and Minnie or Homer and Marge.
- There are many other V-Day games that could be added like love-themed word scrambles and Pin the Heart on Cupid.
Now, go and out and get started on your Valentine’s Day celebration!
Allison Heard is already breaking out the heart-shaped cookie cutters in anticipation for Valentine’s! While not planning her dessert menu, Allison writes for a company that also offers free holiday subway art printables, perfect for Valentine’s Day or your next party.