Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to spend time together as a family and show your appreciation for each other. There are many ways to celebrate this holiday, some as simple as staying home and making a meal together! Whether your family is small or large, everyone can help create a fun family mealtime celebration. Here are some ideas for how to make that happen, including the perfect family recipes. And if you want to go out to celebrate the holiday, check out these free family events happening around Valentine’s Day.
How the kids can help
Getting the kids to help with dinnertime is a great way to get them excited about family mealtime. Here are some ideas for dinnertime tasks that are appropriate for different ages.
- Help find items at the grocery store
- Wash fruits and vegetables
- Carry unbreakable dishes, utensils, or napkins to the table
- Add items to the grocery list
- Set and clear the table
- Begin cooking simple items like rice or pasta
- Help plan meals and write grocery lists
- Prep foods like cutting vegetables or meats
- Learn to cook more difficult items like casseroles
Eating together as a family benefits the mental and physical health of all family members. It is a great time to relax and catch up with family members. Here are some ideas for getting the conversation started at dinner this Valentine’s Day.
- If you could be a character from any book, who would you be and why?
- Talk about two things you felt thankful for today.
- What is your favorite thing to do as a family?
For more conversation starters, visit: https://thefamilydinnerproject.org/conversation/
Homemade Margherita Pizza is a delicious and fun recipe to make as a family! The best part is kneading and rolling out the dough. You can always swap out veggies for your family’s favorites.
Letting everyone create their own Mini Pizzas is another great option for a Valentine’s Day family dinner!
For dessert, try a DIY Healthy Dessert Platter with your choice of fruit, cheese, nuts and dips. Serving a colorful platter of fruit in the middle of the table is a great way to keep the conversation going after dinner ends. For more platter ideas, check out this post all about making it your own: onieproject.org/diy-healthy-dessert-platter.
There are lots of fun and FREE events happening around Valentine’s Day at your local library! Check out upcoming events on your library’s website.
Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie Counties
Custer, Dewey, Roger Mills and Washita Counties
Harmon and Jackson Counties
Atoka, Carter, Johnston, Love and Murray Counties