Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fancy Family Valentine Dinner 2014

This is our fourth year having our Fancy Family Valentine Dinner.   My husband asked me how we started this tradition and I honestly could not remember.  It may have been our inability to find a babysitter one year, but we are both glad we did.  We save going out as a couple of another less crowded night and have a wonderful dinner for the family.
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The table decor is almost all from the Dollar Store.  I am all about making it easy too, with disposable plates, as who wants to spend time on lots of dishes?
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This year I gave each child a light up rose (also from Dollar store) and a little notebook for a present. Alex almost immediately began writing in hers and now seems like she will be keeping a regular journal thanks to it.
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For dinner we had heart shaped ravioli (Costco), mini Quiches (Costco), little sausages (Costco), mixed vegetables and peaches.
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We of course had to have sparkly drinks in our fancy cups too (dollar store).

We ate by candle light, as that just makes everything more fancy.
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The kids loved it and I ate way too much, those darn quiches are so addicting!
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It was the perfect night.

Come back tomorrow and I will tell you about the funny way Alex ensured she would get some flowers for Valentines.

How did you celebrate Valentines day?

26 comments:

  1. Looks like a fabulous night. Wish you were in the picture too!

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    1. I know! I should have given Eric the camera for a few shots!

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  2. I love the heart shaped ravioli! So cute! Your decorations are adorable and it looks like the the kids had a great time! I agree about the quiches. I'm not even a big quiche fan but I can eat my weight in the minis. I think it's the crust. We stayed home too and had a nice time! The Tornado picked the menu so it was macaroni and cheese with chocolate milkshakes. Not the healthiest but pretty good!

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    1. Yes, these minis are so dangerous to me as I could just eat them and eat them and they are not the least bit healthy.

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  3. This is so super fun! Your family will look back on this and remember it fondly. Well done, mama!

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    1. Yep, I think we will be doing this for a long time

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  4. We all started the fancy family valentine's dinners thanks to Raelynn. She decided that is what she wanted to do with her family a few years back and I loved the idea so she shared it with all of us and we all decided to copy her. So you can thank her. ;) Your dinner looks wonderful and tons of fun.

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    1. That is right!! I totally forgot that, it was Raelynn that started it.

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  5. How fun! I love that ravioli! We celebrate by dropping off the kids and going on a date. This year we just went to Steak N Shake to avoid the crowds.

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    1. That is definitely a good way to celebrate too.. we celebrate that way just on a different date, though we have to pay a babysitter no family close enough to drop off the kids with

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  6. I like your idea much better! We went out for pizza. I am not a huge V-day person (well, besides the gifts...!)

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    1. Pizza is good, it is our usual Saturday dinner :)

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  7. I love the table decorations and the fun finger foods. Valentines Day was our anniversary. This year we spent it with the kids and took a mini vacation to a town not far away. I love your idea of candle light dinner and the little gifts for the kids and the flower petals.

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    1. Yep and the gifts and flowers petals (they are fake) are all just things from the dollar store so so inexpensive too. Happy Anniversary!

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  8. That's soooo awesome! I'd soooo let you throw that party at my house :)

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  9. What a great idea! It looks like so much fun. I'm not big on Valentines Day, but I spent this year moping around because my hubby didn't even get so much as a card for me. I wish we could have done something like this :)

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    1. Oh shoot, sorry :( Yes next year you should do this fun for everyone! Make it a simple dinner and simple things to clean up too so it doesn't just become a ton of work for you

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  10. Bought Valentine's day stuff for next year on clearance after. Can't wait to have our own fancy dinner!

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    1. Yes, that is when I will often stock up for the following years dinner :)

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    1. Thank you! The kids really do love it

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  12. Happy Valentine's Day...a little late! I love your tradition - I remember seeing it in past years, too. I like seeing less mainstream ways of celebrating holidays! I made dinner at home, but went with Lexie earlier in the day to a bakery to pick out sweets to have for dessert. We hardly ever have sweets, so that's a BIG deal here. :o)

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    1. Yes, definitely have to have sweets on valentines day! :)

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  13. I made some really fun, easy cherry cupcakes for the family. You might like them.
    http://adventuresintheballpark.blogspot.com/2014/02/cherry-heart-cupcakes-ballpark-version.html
    A pinterest idea simplified. I'm all about simple!

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    1. I just saw your post, those are so cute! Love that you used a box mix too, so much simpler.

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