Let the Valentine’s Day Fun Begin


Punxsutawney Phil is back in his hole, the NFL crowns its champ tonight, and 15-day celebration to usher in the Year of the Dragon wraps up at midnight. That can only mean one thing: Let the Love Day games begin.

Valentine’s Day is just about a week away, and even though Wal-Mart and Target have been selling Love Day merchandise since December 27th, now is the time to really solidify plans for the heart-shaped holiday.

If you are planning a Valentine’s Day party you’ll want to get your shopping list set. Think: pink, red and silver confetti to sprinkle on tables, Valentine’s pinatas, glow-in-the-dark roses, origami flowers, scented candles, and heart-shaped treats, such as cakes, cookies, and candy.

As for Valentine’s Day party favors, keep it sweet and simple. The ever-popular “Hugs and Kisses Jar” is a cinch to make and won’t blow your party budget. All you need are a few empty glass jars, a couple bags of Hershey’s Chocolate Hugs and Kisses, some pink or red ribbon and small tags. Fill the jars with the candy, attach the lid, and then add a note on the tag to read: “To (party guest), Hugs and Kisses from (your name).”

If you are hosting a family-friendly Valentine’s Day party, then get the kids involved with the prep. Have your children cut-out heart shapes from construction paper. Next, have them overlap the paper hearts to form a wreath. Glue the hearts in place, allow the wreath to dry completely, and then finish with a pretty pink or red bow. You could also get your pint-sized helpers to lend a hand in making another love-themed party decoration. Instead of cutting out heart shapes, have your kiddos trace their hands on construction paper, and then form a heart-shaped wreath from the handprints. Once the glue dries you can hang the wreath on your front door to welcome your Valentine’s Day party guests.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.