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.

Valentine's Day Invitations
This can be a lot of fun. Have the hosting child or children make Valentine invitations using construction paper, stickers, glitter, doilies, lace, pipe cleaners or any other red, pink and white stuff that is bought or around the house.

You can tie balloons or an invitation to small stuffed animals and hand-deliver them to guests' houses. You can deliver chocolate kisses and hugs or conversation hearts in a goodie bag with an invitation tied to it. Have fun and be creative with it.

Or make your like easier and use a personalized Valentine's Day invitation! Whichever you choose, sprinkle a little heart confetti in the envelope for extra fun!

Valentine's Day Kids Party Decorations
Kids love to help decorate for holidays.  Gather a fun assortment of Valentine's day theme cutouts and decorations and let the kids have a ball hanging decorations.  Here are some fun, inexpensive decorations that can be used every year:
And, we all know kids love balloons. Create bouquets with latex balloons in reds, pinks and white.  (We've got a nice selection of Valentine's day balloons and a helium tank to make planning easy, or pre-order bouquets from a local party planning store.)

velantine's day kids party table decorations
Use Valentine's Day tableware to keep with the theme. Candy can be used as the take home favors, put in decorative cups, and can be put at each place setting.

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 in the center of the 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.

Your meal can be simple kids foods like pizza and pasta or chicken nuggets.  Really, they are mostly interested in dessert!  Think of all the possibilities for dessert:
  • A Valetine's Day cake - you can get them at any grocery store
  • Cupcakes - they're "hot" right now!
  • A candy buffet - everyone will be talking about your party if you set up a candy buffet with an assortment of 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.
 Valentine's Day Games
Decorating Contests:
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 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).

Valentine Hunt:
Hide small Valentine's Day inspired items all over the house/room for the kids to find. Divide the kids into teams, and give them clues 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.

valentine's day kids party favors

There are loads of fabulous plush Valentine bears, puppies and other animals plus Valentine heart and red lip magnets, yo-yos, paddleball games and other small items that can be used as door prizes, favors and more! What's the best gift for Valentine's day?  Candy, of course!  Start with a Personalized Valentine's Day favor bag and will it with some fun personalized candy:
Have fun this Valentine's Day from all of your friends at