Valentine's Day for Kids
Valentine's Day is a special day for many people, but who appreciates it more than children who are unspoiled by the genuine exchange of candy and paper hearts? For this reason alone, planning a Valentine's Day party for children, whether at school, at home or at another location, is fun and entertainment in and of itself. We all remember the days of decorated shoeboxes and the feeling of anxiously anticipating the collection of those cards!
A kids' party can really take place just about anywhere - at home, the local pizza shop, school, the library (kids love books), a park (if you live in a warm climate), wherever the kids are comfortable.
- Tie an invitation to small stuffed animal and hand-deliver them to guests' houses.
- You can deliver chocolate kisses or conversation hearts in a personalized Valentine's Day favor bag with an invitation tied to it. Have fun and be creative with it!
- Make your life easier and use a personalized Valentine's Day invitation.
Valentine's Day Kids Party Decorations
Use white or pink napkins and roll each so that you can wrap heart-shaped beads around as a napkin ring. For a great centerpiece, set a plush animal on each table with balloons tied off its hand or neck. Scatter heart-shaped erasers, foil heart-shaped chocolates or Valentine's confetti on the table top.
- A Valentine's Day cake - you can get them at any grocery store.
- Cupcakes - they're "hot" right now! Get them with hot pink frosting and heart rings.
- A candy buffet - everyone will be talking about your party if you set up a candy buffet with an assortment of red, white, and pink Valentine's candy.
- Ice cream buffet - if you're giving candy as favors, then maybe an ice cream buffet (complete with Valentine's day sprinkles) would be a perfect alternative.
Most kids are already familiar with a "Valentine's Day Card Exchange." This is when each child decorates a box/bag in which they can receive and carry Valentines to and from school, and either buys or creates Valentines to give to each member of their class. (Make sure children create a card for each member of the class, so no one feels left out.) Kids can get very creative with their decorations, using candy conversation hearts as well as everyday household items like tin foil, cotton balls and anything red that they can get their hands on (or you can buy an inexpensive craft kit for each with more than 50 items). Have a contest to see who can be the most creative with both their "Valentines Mailbox" and their Valentines. You can also bake plain heart shaped sugar cookies, which the children can decorate with frosting as well as red, white, and pink sprinkles, Red Hots and other festive red candy decorations!
Heart Ring Toss:
Play ring toss with a heart ring toss game. You can make or buy one. If you plan to make one, go to the craft or art store and ask a salesperson to assist you with selecting the right materials. Basically, cut a large heart shaped figure. It can be as large as you wish, but 24-30 inches will do. Draw a face on it or decorate the heart with your choice of craft items or let the kids do it. Fasten arms or arrows to the back of the heart so that they are sticking out and make it tossing easy for the kids. Make toss rings out of pipe cleaners or rubber tubing and viola! You will need to make a stand for your heart or hang it on the wall. Let the kids win small prizes if they can toss three rings in a row (or even toss one ring on the target).
Hide small Valentine's Day inspired items all over your venue for the kids to find. Divide them into teams, and give them clues about where to find each item. (Make sure the number of each item corresponds with the number of teams). The first team to find every item wins a bag of Valentine's Day stickers.