By Joyce Reyes-Aguila
Spending Valentine’s Day at home with the entire family? This year, the day when romantic love is celebrated worldwide falls on “hump day” Wednesday – a work day, a school day, and on the eve of payday for a lot of the working class.The combination of these factors has understandably made it a no-brainer for some couples to stay at home with their children.
For parents, cooking, washing dishes, and helping with homework will be part of the agenda for February 14. It could even mean collapsing into bed after being so fatigued from a day’s work. Well, we hope to change your mind if you plan to surrender to your daily routine and forego Valentine’s altogether. Yes, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day at home – with the kids! Yes, you can make it memorable without being in a fancy restaurant or buying lavish gifts. The love we feel from our families is incomparable – so should the way we love them back.
Surprise everyone with a simple treat at dinner. You could have heart-shaped cheese for starters or serve rice in this shape as well. While ice cream is always a great option, the occasion truly does deserve a toast. So while the grown-ups enjoy their wine, serve sparkling juices to young ones in wine glasses, too. You can go all out with your table setting by having some red or pink pieces for your dinnerware or table napkins. And yes, have some candles lit by all means!
This will be more special if one of you can play a musical instrument. While enjoying dessert, sing some of your favorite songs. Don’t forget you and your husband’s song or the song that was played when you walked down the aisle on your wedding day.
You can find a new movie to stream for the night. Why not find love stories from years past such as Serendipity, While You Were Sleeping, or American Sweethearts? If you have Disney fans at home, go for Beauty and the Beast or The Princess and the Frog. Or why not let your kids watch the video of your wedding day? From there, you can tell them about your love story and how having them only gave more reasons to make Valentine’s Day more special for your family.
Time for games.
We are aware it’s a school night but a 30-minute game of charades won’t hurt!Prepare 10 things related to Valentine’s that anyone can do. Or instead of acting, have your family guess your word or words in a minute. Whoever wins gets a special V-Day treat!
Take a cue from Easter! Make it a lively night by hiding a few simple gifts for everyone to find after dinner! These could be cookies, chocolates, or coffee-shop gift certificates, if you have more grown-up children. Do not forget to show some love to your house help. Give them small presents. The simple gesture of giving them a slice of cake or glass of sparkling juice will go a long way.