You don’t have to spend lots of money to make Valentine’s Day special. Simple paper plates, napkins and a Sharpie™ can make a bit of magic happen at mealtime. Here is a list of simple, quick and cost effective ways to make memories on Valentine’s Day.
1. Make the breakfast setting special. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant display of opulence. Just a few leftover streamers from a birthday or a couple of balloons with a card on their plate will set the mood and make them feel special. Maybe a paper plate where you draw hearts on the rim with a red Sharpie™. A small chocolate is the cherry on top. It doesn’t take much.
2. Give them more than one card. Where is it written that you only give one card? Of course, if you have seven children like my friend Lucinda, perhaps that is not an option. But downloading some fun (copyright free) visuals of their favorite characters and printing them out at home is a custom card that costs pennies.
3. Write a list about why you think they are great. Not, “I love you because you do____” which communicates conditional love, but a list of why you just enjoy who they are. “I love that you enjoy karate so much.” And, “It delights me to hear your giggle.” This shows them that you take notice of who they are and what they enjoy. You are celebrating them.
4. Serve something outrageous for breakfast. Heart-shaped waffles and pancakes are sweet, but if you want make a lasting memory, or convince them you’re the crazy-cool mom on the block, serve a root beer float. (Hey, the ice cream is protein!) Yes it’s ridiculous and horrible nutrition-wise, but it will certainly make a memory. Years later you won’t remember what nutritious food pyramid meal you served. But the kids will forever talk about a root beer float breakfast.
5. Say “yes” when you usually say no. We are so comfortable with the knee-jerk no. We know what makes our homes run smoothly. We know the slippery slope of too much lenience. Maybe it’s more computer time, maybe it’s that you’ll clean the cat box for them. Try a few surprising responses of, “Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ll say yes!” and watch their eyes light up.
This handful of ideas doesn’t cost much—if anything—but the memories and smiles will be priceless.