As a parent, Valentine’s Day has become much more about celebrating with the kids and much less about celebrating as a couple. We focus on how Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate friendship and love and the kids enjoy the colors, festivities, and of course, treats! They really get into the holiday! Because they love Valentine’s Day so much, I like to indulge them a bit with occasional surprises, treats, or small gifts. It’s easy to do so too, when there’s such a wide variety of inexpensive Valentine’s Day goodies at Walmart to choose from!
I usually pick out a few items from the Valentine’s Day section at my local Walmart to put together a simple Valentine’s Day gift bag or basket for the kids. This year, I’m doing the same, but combining that with an after-school Valentine’s Day surprise party for a little afternoon fun! In addition to candy and plush toys for my gift bag, I snagged some Valentine’s Day decorations to complete our kitchen table before they came home from school. Check out how you can easily put together a small Valentine’s Day after-school party for your kids too!
Simple Valentine’s Day After-School Party for Kids
Our after-school Valentine’s Day party wasn’t huge. In fact, it was really only for my two kids – but, that’s perfectly fine! They love at-home parties that are just for them! Truthfully, all they need is some snacks and a few decorations to call it a party; I’m sure your kids are similar, right? Keeping that in mind, you can pick up some basic party essentials, such as Valentine’s Day paper plates, cups, and napkins (I found some for only 98 cents per pack!), plus banners, hanging swirl decorations, confetti, and more! After decorating your space in red, white, and pink, you’ll want to provide your little ones with some snacks and treats.
Popcorn, chips, and crackers are always popular with kids. If you want, you can also have a few healthier options on-hand for your after-school Valentine’s party, such as applesauce, yogurt, fruit, and cheese. I set out some animal crackers and applesauce, mixed-in with fudge brownie hearts and chocolate candy. After all, it’s a special occasion and they don’t get these kinds of treats every day!
My kids walked in after school to a fun Valentine’s Day surprise. Even though they had homework and other responsibilities to attend to, they at least got a chance to relax a bit and enjoy some snacks and treats before getting down to schoolwork. Plus, it’s always nice to receive an unexpected mid-week gift and celebration! If you want even more Valentine’s Day party ideas, check out what these moms came up with!
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How does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids?
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