- Bake heart-shaped cookies together. The girls and I roll out simple sugar cookie dough and use our heart-shaped cookie cutters to make various-sized cookies. We decorate them with sprinkles, icing or other small pink, red and white candies.
- My husband gives each girl a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine's Day morning. The girls' school sells Valentine balloons each year, so we also order one of those for each of our daughters and have it delivered to their classroom.
- A Kisses treasure hunt. This is a new one for us, but I read this idea in my February issue of Family Fun magazine. The night before Valentine's Day, I'll hide ten Hershey's Kisses for each child in various places around the house. Each one will be assigned a different color wrapping (red or silver) and will set out to find their kisses when they wake up the next morning.
- Dinner out. My husband takes all three of his "girls" out to dinner. Since restaurants tend to be quite crowded on Valentine's Day, we'll often go out the night before. If that's the case, I try to serve a nice dinner with candlelight on the actual Valentine's day.
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