We have both made it our tradition to spend Valentine’s Day at home (luckily this works so well with the current trend LOL), and take this as our opportunity to set the table beautifully while making a special meal for our hubbys. We have had fun in the past coming up with a menu consisting of food items that we do not regularly serve and fun themes that will keep things exciting. As moms, we have continued this tradition in a more kid-friendly fashion, and this year will once again plan something special for our husbands and all of our girls. Here’s a look back on how we each celebrated Valentine’s Day last year. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something special for this fun holiday (at home)!

T Side: With all that has gone on since, it truly feels like a lifetime since last February … and don’t even get me started on the “if I would have knowns”! If I would have known we would have gone into lockdown a few weeks later, maybe I would have planned this dinner out LOL! Well, hindsight is 2020 hahaha. Ok, enough with the jokes. Last year at this time, we had a brand new baby (only one month old) and an almost two year old. To say my hands were full is a complete understatement, but you all know I live for a chance to decorate in pink hearts and such! So that’s what I did! 

In my personal holiday decor, I usually will take the challenge of using all kinds of scraps and materials I have lying around to create a gorgeous set up. In this case, this rose gold runner is actually a roll of wrapping paper I had on hand, and I cut up tissue paper into cute little hearts and sprinkled them everywhere. You better believe this is why they pay me the big bucks to plan big fancy parties (wink). 

I did purchase a brand new pack of Valentine’s themed paper plates and napkins for this occasion, and my husband Phil brought home this beautiful bouquet of pink roses to finish our table off right. I wanted our set up to feel super girly and sweet (just like my two girls). My oldest is a bit obsessed with “ballerines” (as she calls them), so I used this as my overall feel for our decor and the way I dressed Joie and Sadie for our meal. 

One of our traditions is to give cards. In the past, I have created my own, but ‘aint nobody got time for that! 
A couple years ago, Phil took over cooking and planning our Valentine’s Day meal. Halleluyah! There’s a reason they call him @grillmasterphil (cuz his steaks are always on point), and he made us homemade lobster tails too! Yum!

What’s for dessert? Chocolate chip cookies, of course!

I am honestly looking at this picture right now trying to figure out how an entire year has passed! My little Sadie is now a walker, starting to communicate, and has so much personality! I am excited to include her in our plans this year for Valentine’s Day and to continue this tradition for many years to come! 

L Side: All of my girls (Ava – 6, Cara – 3, Sienna – 3) were really into Valentine’s Day last year, and even wanted to help with the planning. So I decided to go with a concept that revolved around them. There were a few different set ups each with a different activity involved.

First, I set up a card making station. We all picked a name and made a card for that person with some fun stickers, markers, and other things we had on hand. 

Here are my girls dressed in their matching Valentine’s dresses enjoying an art project as always!

Next, I set up the table for pizza making complete with sauce, cheese, and fun toppings. 

Everyone made their own crusts (Ava attempted a cute heart shape) and topped their pizzas as they wished.

A little sparkling juice makes a holiday extra special (some bubbly for mom and dad), and they loved their homemade pizzas too.

Last set up was for chocolate fondue. Ava decided on this one and even came up with different items to dip. Can’t say I was mad about it …

… Even when I had to throw these dresses out after! I love this little tradition that our family has created. We have already started planning for this year and getting the girls involved planning means they enjoy it even more! 

We each plan to have an equally special Valentine’s Day this year (at home), and promise to take lots of photos! Make sure to check out our IG stories to get in on the fun! Whatever you plan to do with your Valentine this year, remember that what is really important is that you make the day special and show them how much you really love them! Happy Valentine’s Day from Side by Side Design!

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