Spread love with a Valentine's Day party for your family
February 1st is officially here and many stores already feature a little cherub with a bow and arrow that mark the beloved holiday, Valentine's Day. We've all seen cupid shooting love arrows at everyone in sight, but do you know how Cupid actually came about? This little lover was originally known as Eros, the Greek god of love, and has evolved into the cute baby angel we recognize today. Cupid's arrows and the Valentine's holiday aren't just for lovers, though. This Valentine's Day, why not celebrate all the love by getting together with all your loved ones? Gather the family and try these Valentine's themed activities with your entire family:
Host your own valentine exchange
One of the best parts of Valentine's Day is telling the people you care about that you love them. What better way to do so than by making your own custom valentine's cards? Store-bought versions aren't nearly as cute and touching as the ones you create yourself. Set up a card making station at the table on your custom patio or artificial turf. Include colored construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, markers, glitter glue and even pipe cleaners to add a 3-D effect. Then, encourage your relatives to stop by the table to make cards for one another. You can even use the same supplies to craft little Valentine's mailboxes! That way every card will be a surprise as family members drop their fun designs into the mailboxes when recipients aren't looking.
Tell love stories
For some families, Valentine's Day is a little sad if special loved ones are no longer around to celebrate. If you have a relative who has passed away, this is a great time to share treasured memories about them with one another. Spreading love through telling stories of grandma and grandpa, for example, is a wonderful way to keep them in your thoughts. It'll also help your little ones appreciate their missed wonderfulness on this holiday of love and joy.
Talk about family love stories while celebrating together.
Make and decorate cookies
Themed cookies are another fun part of this sweet holiday. Bake sugar cookies in the shape of hearts, cupids and arrows. Once they are cooled, move them to your BBQ island and use your ample counter space to create a cookie-decorating station. Place red, pink and white frosting next to the cookies along with decorating tools. Then, set containers of sprinkles, chocolate chips and other edible toppings at the other end of the counter. This will encourage a flow from grabbing and frosting a cookies to adding on extra special decor. Your relatives may make just one each and eat it or create a handful to give to other Valentine's Day party attendees. It's a great tradition to start, especially with little ones.
Create a buffet of treats
Valentine's Day is all about the love and also, the candy! Do you know your partner, cousin and mom's favorites? Create a candy bar featuring all the tasty treats your loved ones enjoy! Don't forget to add Valentine's classics like Sweethearts, heart-shaped chocolate variety boxes and red lollipops. Let everyone create their own grab bags to bring home and snack on later.