The first night of the party began with dinner, a heart cutouts house decorating activity, reading storybooks, a quick bath, tooth brushing, pillow fight and then an early bedtime to insure they would be well rested on Party Day. To decorate the house, we were able to get a lot of Valentine decorations on sale at 75% off because of the post Valentine's Day sales. We also cut and colored small hearts, stapled them to straws to use as pokes and hung a few from strings to make ornaments. Red Christmas lights and bows also came in handy to decorate chairs and tabletops.
- Color wooden hearts with small markers they can use for decorating.
- Make festive little crowns out of color foam for kids to wear.
- Make a "Pin the Nose on the Heart" game. Use white butcher paper attached to the wall and let them color it. Noses are made from pom-poms and double backed tape. They can either close their eyes or use eye masks to stick the nose on the Happy Heart!
- Make a Tic-Tac-Toe game from cardboard sectioned off into squares with color tape. We used kid size packs of gummies in lieu of bean bags and spent the next 20 minutes giggling and tossing them about! We then added a mini bucket to each square and doubled the fun.
- For party food, we had mini party pizzas, veggie straws, a cup of fresh raspberries, sugar free fruit flavored marshmallows, mini frosted bites and heart cupcakes. I let the kids choose and serve the food so they would feel as though they were the hostesses.
- Take a digital photo, print it out and add it to a frame to give to each child to remember the day.
Wrap up the Festival of Hearts Party with a Magical Bubble Bath, a fun movie and a bowl of popcorn! Simply fill the bathtub with lots of bubbles, colored lights and plenty of pink balloons for a magical bath they'll always remember. When followed up with warm white fluffy towels, hugs and favorite jammies, kids will happily follow you to the couch to snuggle up with a bowl of popcorn and a fun movie to wrap up the day.
I certainly do love spending time with the girls, but most of all, I want them to remember our times together as something very special that we'll always cherish. Hopefully you'll be able to use some of these fun ideas or add a few of your own to turn long winter weekends in memorable events!