Friday, February 17, 2012

Fancy Family Valentines Dinner

Last year we began a tradition which will probably be around for a while, our fancy family Valentines dinner.
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Eric and I went out last Friday- helping avoid the crowds, and saving Valentine's Day for something special for our family.

We got the table all ready-- with supplies from the Dollar Store
Decor:
-Table Cloth
-Heart plates, red plastic silverware, napkins
-Fancy heart plastic cups
-Tissue paper folder in square in center
-candle holders, candles
-heart tinsel/garland
-Heart dollies (under plates)
-Mailbox- that I made (instructions here) (only thing not from $ store)
-Gift Boxes- filled with little treats/toys from dollar store


Menu:
-Heart Shaped tortellini
-Garlic Bread
-Mixed Vegetables
-Root-beer
-Chocolate covered strawberries
-Sushi- for Eric and I
-Heart shaped cake for dessert

My daughter begged for the chocolate covered strawberries, as she loves strawberries (they keep her hair red you know- just ask her)-- she even helped me dip them all- but in the end she did not like them and just wanted plain strawberries! Silly girl

And yes we even ate by candle lightIt was a wonderful night that we all fully enjoyed and we will definitely be doing it again next year.

Do you have any fun family traditions?

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35 comments:

  1. everything looks so great! I'm sure the kids loved it!

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  2. This is one heck of a dinner! What a cool tradition to have! I bet the kids will always remember ya'll were thoughtful enough to spend Valentine's Day with them!

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  3. They keep her hair red...ha! Love her!

    Such a cute tradition, I bet they'll carry it on when they are grown with their own families.

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  4. Looks like you had a blast! Fancy, plus two. Good for you! Great to give your kids such experiences. A wonderful night!

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  5. LOVE the heart shaped tortellis. those would be a HUGE hit at the gibson home.

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  6. It looks like it was a fun night!

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  7. What a cool thing to do with your family. Looks like a wonderful night.

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  8. What a fabulous tradtion!! Making Valenitnes special for the entire family is important to me to:)

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  9. That is just so neat!!! And the candlelight made it even more special. They'll definitely look for a repeat next year. :)

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  10. I love this idea! I think it's so important to have traditions. My parents were always really good about that and now me and my siblings are still really close!

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  11. I love your tradition! Did you make the tortellini--that's so cute! We always do a daddy daughter date for Valentine's. Though next year I'll have to find a way to include the boys more.

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  12. We do the family valentine dinner too w/the dollar store decorations - but your pics and FOOD look way better than mine! :) Chocolate covered strawberries - yum! We also did a Mom/Daughter and Dad/Son movie date on the Sat. before. The boys went to Star Wars and we went to Beauty and the Beast. :) Still need to do a Mom/Dad date though...

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  13. What an awesome tradition to have!! I love it :)
    And everything does look fancy!

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  14. Oh my goodness! That is amazing! I am totally going to Pin this. Maybe I'll try this next year to make up for my V-Day pancake dinner failure!

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  15. I love how you do this and make it so special. I actually thought about you this year and wondered what wonderful crafty thing you were going to do. :)

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  16. Cute Cute! Everything was done so well. :)

    I love the strawberry/red hair story. I must have eaten a lot of them when I was younger too. :)

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  17. Your fancy dinner turned out great! Awesome raviolis! And I also love the strawberry red hair story. haha, so fun!!

    We will be doing this for years to come too!

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  18. This is a great idea. I like the idea of going out before the 14th and then saving the actual day to spend with the kids. I may do something like this next year!

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  19. This is so cool! And looks so awesome!

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  20. Look at that spread!! How fun, I love traditions. We had chocolate covered strawberries too :)

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  21. Looks like a wonderful time!

    I did this the all the years my kids were growing up and all home - such great memories are made when you go the extra mile as a mom!!

    We have lots of traditions, some that have been around for awhile and some that change and evolve - I truly believe that traditions help give kids a wonderful family foundation!

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  22. What a sweet tradition! I would love to do something like that. We don't have any valentines traditions, so maybe we need to start making some!

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  23. Oh I so love this! And I'll eat her Chocolate covered strawberries :)

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  24. That all looks so festive! And I quite adore the heart shaped pasta! I'm a huge fan of chocolate covered strawberries - perhaps that's where my red highlights come from ;0)

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  25. I love this idea! We had a family Valentine's Day last year and it was a blast. My husband and I went out to dinner alone this year, but in the future I'd like to incorporate a second family celebration like the one you planned. The table looks fabulous! I'm sure your kids had a blast!

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  26. You are such a good mom!
    That looks like such a fun time!

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  27. What a cute and fun idea! I love that you did the sushi for you two. YUM.

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  28. OMG. All of that sounds so yummy! That slice of strawberry cake is my absolute favorite. And YES to the chocolate covered strawberries!!! What a great idea! We were one of the crazies eating out on Valentines Day. It was all kinds of crazy in Fort Worth!!

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  29. Hahaha! The strawberries keep her hair red! That is funny. Man she just doesn't know what she is missing...chocolate dipped is awesome. Oh well. The meal looks yummy. I didn't go that far out. But I have started a new tradition in that we have nice setting for Valentine's Day. So at least I have started something! I owe that to you. :)

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  30. I love this tradition!

    Unfortunately, music lessons, sports practice and scouts generally impose on our week nights, so it would have been hard to pull something awesome like this off this year.

    But I bet if I tried hard I could make it happen!!

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  31. Wow, that is quite the spread! Will you adopt me at Valentine's every year? ;)

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