About a month ago, our little home school group noticed that we all had been hibernating for the winter and had not gotten together in quite a while. It was mentioned that maybe we needed a get together. It was also mentioned that St. Valentine's Day was not too far off. In a moment of I don't even know what, I did something totally out of my comfort zone. I volunteered to host a party at my house!
As an introvert who is not a planner but a very good procrastinator, this was big. So what did I do? Nothing! For quite a while, I did nothing. When panic mode set in, I sat in front of the computer and googled "Catholic Valentine's Day ideas". I will give you links to all the wonderful sites I found and used.
First is Catholic Icing. She had the most ideas and also links to other people's ideas. I cannot recommend her site enough! It is full of fun ideas to celebrate almost any occasion. With Lent arriving in just a few short days, this would be a great place to get ideas on how to make Lent more meaningful for your whole family.
Here is the link for her Valentine's Day ideas. We made the paper bag puppets, the strawberry milk, and the scripture wreath from this post. The scripture wreath is actually found here. I read this book to them out loud while they colored a picture of St. Valentine from Waltzing Matilda. There was supposed to be a mosaic craft to go along with the story I read, but we ran out of time to do all the crafts I had prepared. I have a huge bowl of cut up colored paper. I think I know what Therese will be doing for school this week! I also made some white chocolate dipped pretzels with some red sprinkles on them. I found them on pinterest, I think, but cannot find the link now. Basically, I melted a bag of white chocolate chips and dipped the tops of the pretzels in that and then dipped it in the red sugar sprinkles. The last craft we did was to make a secret decoder Valentine's message for their parents. Scroll down the list of this link to see the picture. I could not find red cellophane anywhere until I went to the commissary and noticed that all the big red boxes of candy were wrapped in it! I put two boxes into the cart. Tony threw in one more "just to make sure we have enough".
I think everyone had a great time. See what you think...
|I promise I did not place them in the corner! Some people got tired of crafting.|
|One should NOT leave chocolate unattended with a toddler about!|
|It was hard not to sample these.|