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Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday, and I just love the idea of putting on a celebration for kids that is fun, but not too mushy. Don't you remember the agony of picking out Valentine's Day cards and then addressing them to the other kids in your class? Making sure to give the cutest card to the cutest boy, but also that balance of not giving the other boys the wrong impression. Oh the drama of elementary school Valentine's Day parties! Well, this party is all good fun, with zero jittery nerves. We set the scene with a forest of heart garland hanging from the ceilings and adorning the walls. I mean, hearts everywhere! Okay, okay, maybe that's a little mushy, but just look at how pretty those handmade heart garlands are!
Heart Melon Slices - Cut melons into 1/2 inch slices, then use 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut into hearts.
Sliced apples arranged in a heart pattern.
Sliced strawberries and cherries to fill in the apple heart.
Heart Tea Sandwiches - Totally stolen from Weelicious!
Love Potion Juice - Strawberry Lemonade
Love Bugs on a Log - Ants on a Log is such a classic snack for kids. To accompany the Valentine's theme I renamed them Love Bugs on a Log. These can be made out of celery, carrots, bell peppers, or cucumbers sliced in half or in quarters lengthwise, then into 1-inch logs. Spread with peanut butter, hummus, cream cheese, or cheese. Top with raisins or any other dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or even chocolate chips. Very cute and quite healthy, too!
Cut out different sizes of hearts, circles, triangles, squares, and strips of paper. The kids got a table full of materials and crayons and got to create their own love bugs! We ended up with some Love Bugs, some Heart People, and some creatively decorated papers! I found conversation heart stickers in the $1 bin at Target and spread those out on the table to be used for decorations.
Photo Booth Fun:
What better way to commemorate any party than with a photo booth? Used colored cardstock to cut out hats, bow ties, monocles, lips, and mustaches for party goers to pose with. Set up a purple backdrop against a wall with some more of the handmade heart garlands. Everyone gets to choose their own props to pose with. After the party, everyone will receive an email copy of their photo to keep!
I found little mailbox kits at a craft store. After assembling one of them, I realized how simple they are to make, and making them with cardstock that I already had at home was a much more affordable option. These mailboxes can be assembled ahead of the party and used as favors filled with goodies, or you could set out all the materials and turn it into a party craft that kids can decorate on their own.