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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the holiday honoring love. Whether it is the love for your spouse, your children or your family, every February 14th across the country candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. The history of Valentine's Day, and its patron saint, is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been the month to celebrate love.

Making Your Event Special

Decorations

Cover the table with a festive tablecloth and use red and white candles in your candleholders. Sprinkle the tablecloth with metallic red confetti, in Valentine shapes such as hearts, cupids, X's and O's.

Make your own invitations. Buy small, heart-shaped boxes and fill with Eagle Brand® Foolproof Chocolate Fudge. Write the party details on the lid and hand-deliver the invitations.

Fill a vase with red roses, or your loved one's favorite flowers, to set the tone at the dinner table.

Activities

Valentine's Day Bookmarks: Cut a 5"x2" strip from red construction paper. Cut white or pink heart shapes about 1/2" to just under 2" wide. Paste the hearts on the bookmark. Punch a hole in the center of the bookmark, about 1/2" from the top and string a red ribbon through the hole and tie.

Valentine's Day Guessing Game: Take a bunch of jars and fill them with assorted Valentine's Day candies (one kind of candy per jar). Be sure to count the number of candies as you put them in the jars. Leave a piece of paper and a pencil next to the jar and have the kids guess how many candies are in the jar. Be sure they write their name on the paper beside their guess. The one who's closest to the correct number wins the jar of candy.

Valentine's Day Heart Relay Race: Cut out different-colored hearts and write two identical sets of various actions on them (hop, clap, crawl, skip, etc.). Decorate two boxes and place a set of the hearts in each box. Divide the kids into 2 teams and have them form lines. The leader of each team runs to their box and pulls out a heart. Each child must return to their team, doing the action they chose. The next child in the line is given the heart and he/she must continue that action back to the heart box, where they pick a new action to return to the team. The game continues until every child has a turn. The first team to finish wins a prize.

Food Ideas

For your sweetheart, serve breakfast in bed. Try Raspberry Streusel Muffins, Apple Crepes or Blueberry Spiced Bread Pudding.

Avoid the crowded restaurants and make a memorable meal at home. Plan a complete meal from your loved one’s favorite foods, and make a decadent dessert for a perfect ending. You'll have all the romance, and it's easy on the pocketbook.

Gift Ideas

When in doubt...go for CHOCOLATE. Nothing says, "I love you" like chocolate! Purchase heart-shaped candy boxes at a bakery/candy supply company or craft store and fill with Chocolate Truffles. These delectable treats are sure to win the hearts of your loved ones.

Valentine's Day Helper: Volunteer to be your sweetheart's helper for the day. This can mean doing the laundry, washing dishes, babysitting, or washing the car.

Valentine's Day Love Coupons: Design coupons that the love of your life can redeem whenever they wish. Write each coupon on a separate page. Some ideas for romantic Valentine's Day Coupons are: "Wash and Wax the Car," "One Free Back Rub," and "Dinner and a Romantic Movie."

Hide a valentine card in a lunch box, briefcase or purse. Imagine the smile on their face when they find it during the day.

Take a special treat into the office to share with your co-workers. Eagle Brand® Foolproof Chocolate Fudge is easy to make, and will make a great impression! Let your co-workers know how much you appreciate them.