Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last-Minute Valentine's Day For Your School-Age Kids

I realize I'm a food hosting site, but I just couldn't let Valentine's Day pass without a heartsy-fartsy post. So, here's what I've cooked up.

For whatever reason, you're not on the ball with Valentine's Day this year, but you don't want your kids to miss out. I'll tell you what I would do.

While Kate's at school, I would go out and get her a pair of shoes that she'll already be needing in upcoming months anyway (so I'm not spending a ton of extra money.) I'd choose something like these rain boots from Gap, for a girl, or these froggy ones from DSW, for a boy:

And then I would stuff them with things like Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts, Conversation Hearts, little earrings for a girl or a cool little watch for a boy, a Valentine card like these adorable ones from Mer Mag,
...but if I were short on time, I'd just glue the hearts on.

...and these pocket-sized books:
...which you can get at Barnes & Noble
 I'd set them in front of their bedroom doors, or somewhere they could see them as soon as they walk in from school.

Then I'd do this to the front lawn, per the brilliant Brittany Jepsen over at The House That Lars Built:

Or, if you're lucky enough to have snow, I'd try my hand at food coloring, or food-coloring spray, or just use cocoa powder or something like that.

If I'm still feeling like I have time to spare, I'd buy some dough (too much hassle to make it!) and make heart-shaped pizza for dinner. OR, just as easy, I'd just punch out some heart-shaped pepperonis and slap 'em on there, like these from One Charming Party

OR, you could always just make my Personalized Valentine's Day whoopie pies, give them a card, and have a special movie night. :)


  1. I am on my way outside to heart attack my grass. AND...we will be having heart pizza tonight. Thanks for the ideas!

    1. So glad you were inspired! Come back and tell us how the lawn and pizza turned out!

  2. So needed this! Thanks Tiffani for the link and thanks for the ideas blog author!!

    1. SB, Thanks for stopping by! Being a parent means having a constant list of to-do's, so I'm sure you weren't the only one needing some last-minute ideas. Hope everything turned out as you anticipated!