Valentine’s Day 2011 (Our Family Celebration)
Krispy Kreme heart shaped donuts. Does it get any better than this?
It was Faith’s idea to have a Pink, Purple, and Red meal.
This meal was only mildly successful. I had a really hard time finding purple food. The only things I could think of were purple cabbage and egg plant; both of which I knew they wouldn’t eat. So I settled on purple sodas. I got blueberries because regardless of their name they have always looked purple to me, but I was severely corrected! I most certainly won’t be making that mistake again. In addition I served heart shaped open face peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, triple berry apple sauce and pink cookies. The big thrill however was the fact that they got to eat the M&Ms and Kisses that decorated the table.
Supper: Five Course Dinner
I just made this recipe up with tomato, herbs and balsamic vinegar topped with Parmesan.
For the kids appetizer I served a garlic bread topped with cheese since I knew they wouldn’t eat the tomato.
2nd course: Mixed Berry Soup
I’ve always loved the idea of cold soup. I’ve only had in once while vacationing in Mexico. This time however I decided to freeze it so it was more the consistency of sorbet. Either way it was a hit!
3rd course: Strawberry Feta Salad
The kids alternative was sliced strawberries with whipped cream. I’ve never seen my little guy eat so much!
4th course: Pork tenderloin, Sliced Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, and Heart Shaped Dinner Rolls
5th course: Creme Brulee with Raspberries
This was the only thing that my little boy didn’t eat. Maybe he was just so full by then!
Finally. What the kids had all been waiting for! Am I setting these kids up for all manner of failed expectations later? I told them that not all families celebrate Valentines Day like we do. They thought that was rather sad! 🙂 This mama fell into bed and never slept better. Yes, it was a grand Valentine’s Day!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday, and Raising Homemakers.
What a fun day! I love your ideas. You have a beautiful family too! I’m a new follower from the Seeds of Faith Women blog hop! Have a wonderful day!
Musings From a SAHM
Wow! Now that is a Valentine’s Day celebration. The food looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Oooooh! Please can I visit for Valentine’s Day? I think I could get over my anti-traditional tendencies with food like this! All my favourites. And the creme brulee looks amazing…
I am in awe. Truly, I am! wow, you went all out, even a valentine tree and valentine dishes. Amazing. Great job and great memories you made.
Elizabeth Grimes says
Hmmm, next year, Valentine’s party at your house! That tradition will be a great memory for your family. 🙂
Wow, Esther, this sounds like an AWESOME Valentine’s Day! So much fun, so pretty and so festive!
If my family finds out about your family, I’ll be in BIG trouble…what an awesome Valentine celebration! You’ve inspired me to kick it up a bit for the next holiday. I’m so glad to have “met” you through iFellowship. Have a great day.
Ken Barnes says
Girl , you never cease to amaze me!
We started with a krispy kreme breakfast too, but it ended there. I love how you celebrated Valentine’s day! As my kids leave toddlerhood I keep wondering if I need to get better about celebrating the little things. I feel inspired!
Stephanie @ MomKaboodle says
Okay, even though Valentine’s Day has passed, what day are you free this week? You can stop by with your food anytime and we’ll gladly help you eat it. =D
We did the gifts this year, too. My 2-year-old’s arrived on time, but hubby’s and the 5-year-old’s didn’t arrive until the day after….so they all received their gifts a day late. Ahhh well, they didn’t seem to mind too much (haha!).
Visiting you today from iFellowship – thanks so much for linking up!
Warren Baldwin says
Nancy @ A Rural Journal says
So, what did the kids get for Valentine’s day — that’s what I want to know! 🙂
I went to Raising homemakers today and clicked on the first link up. I was suprised to see my highschool friends blog. 🙂 I love all your traditions. We decided to make Valentine’s day a week long this year. The kids are having fun doing somthing simple each day. This year we are memorizing Galations 5:22 and this month our focus is LOVE.
I bet you’re sad that Valentine’s Day is over. Such an event in your house. I say next year at this time I might find myself in Texas 🙂
I still want to be adopted by your family! What was in the gift boxes, that is what I want to know. Your children will have amazing memories thanks to you. Oh and you don’t listen to music?? How do you live 🙂
Just kidding, you are probably to busy making amazing memories with your babies!
JDaniel4's Mom says
I am so impressed. It sounds like gourmet meal.
You’re amazing! A whole two weeks of Valentine’s Day celebration? I wish I was a kid in your house! I’ve really been drooling over all the cute, special foods you’ve been making. What a special time you’ve ceated for your kids!
What’s in them? Presents!!! 🙂 It’s a mystery! They are all around $25 dollar toys that I found after Christmas and paid between $3 and $10 each. No big dollar items here!
Oh and before you think too highly of me, I just now finished the dishes from that day and I am right now in the process of putting away the laundry that graced my living room since Monday. One just can’t do it all I’ve found so why not choose the fun things? Ha!
This is so extremely awesome! I am collecting ideas for next year. I totally was with you on the blueberry idea…my daughter would probably have reprimanded me too! Nice work!
What wonderful memories and traditions you’re making for your family!!
Wow–you’re amazing to plan that for your family–what a fun day! I’m thinking I need to incorporate more donuts into my holidays–yum:)
Jacqueline Vaca says
I just love everything that you did! I hope to include some of your ideas into our family traditions next year. Your children are very lucky to have such a wonderful mother!
Lindsey van Niekerk says
Just lovely AND fun AND stupendous! Wow! I am SURE you WERE tired! What great ideas that you are instilling into your children! Imagine what fun things that they will do for their friends and families as they get older! FUN!
And thanks for letting us know you are not the complete supermom housekeeper. I don’t imagine your kids will even remember the dishes weren’t washed for two days or the laundry folded, and they will remember all the fun stuff.
Kay (e-learninglinks.com) says
I hope that I can find this post again before Valentine’s Day next year! What a fun celebration! 🙂