Today really isn't a "Top Three" but it's just a couple of my favorite ideas for making your upcoming Valentine's Day special for your entire family.
I went to a super small school. Think twelve people in my graduating class kind of small, but that place came ALIVE at Valentine's Day. The florists were dropping flowers off every fifteen minutes. I remember walking by the cafeteria and the tables were covered in goodies waiting to be delivered. Was every school like this?? Anyway, I'm not a flowers girl at ALL, but it was kind of a big deal to get flowers at school on Valentine's Day. So Erika pre-2001 was into flowers being delivered at school for Valentine's Day. haha!
Our school also sold candy grams. It was a way for BETA club to make a little money. The candy grams were just construction paper hearts with a white doily glued on top and then another construction paper heart layered on the doily. The prices ranged from 25 cents to $2.50 and they included a small piece of candy up to a stuffed animal. In elementary school, it was a BIG deal to get candy grams. You hoped for one from all your friends and maybe even a special someone. ha!
I'm guessing every school has some sort of "cany gram" thing they do. One friend who has a son in middle school was telling me last year that he panicked about possibly not getting a candy gram. So in order to not stick out in middle school (because that's the worst) he sent himself a candy gram addressed to himself from BEYONCE! Bless his heart. I'm sure that didn't make him stand out, right?
Enough with the Valentine's Day memories! Today I wanted to share a few ideas you could do with your entire family to make this little holiday special.
#1 Dinner at Home
Last year, my parents were in town so Marla hosted us all over at her house for dinner. She added the best little touches and we ate in the dining room because-FANCY! It doesn't have to be anything super crazy or over the top, but just making it a little special goes a long way. This year we're going to split up-guys and girls and cook for each other. We'll agree on who's cooking entree, sides, dessert and schedule times we can be in the kitchen. Our kids are getting old enough they like to help in the kitchen so we thought it'd be a fun little thing to try this year. I'll let you know how it goes. :)
#2 Eat Breakfast
Narci shared with me a couple years ago that her family always eats breakfast for dinner on Valentine's Day. Could be out at one of these places or a local dinner?? Or you could cook at home? Breakfast for dinner is loved by all here at my house, so it'd definitely be a special night for our family.
#3 Fondue Night
At this moment in our lives if we tried to eat fondue I'm pretty sure it'd turn into a small sword fight. This just isn't the season for fondue for the Slaughters. I've heard a lot of you guys have this tradition. Either you fondue at home or go out, but I love it either way! Maybe when our kids are older, we'll give this a shot.
If your family has a special tradition for Valentine's Day, please share. We'd all love to hear!