It's Valentine's Day, you can't find a babysitter and all your relatives are busy. You can still have a romantic evening -- even with the kids at home. If your children are young, you can wait to have your romantic dinner after they go to bed. If they are older than elementary school age, involve them in the holiday. Create a romantic restaurant where your children are the servers. During the day, prepare for the feast while still focusing on the romance of the holiday.
Fold red and pink construction paper in half and teach your children how to cut out hearts. Cut out half the heart shape, similar to a backwards "C," with safety scissors. Start this craft during the day to decorate the house for your romantic dinner.
Tape up the hearts on the walls in the dining room with double-sided tape. Use markers to turn some of the paper hearts into homemade Valentine's Day cards. Write your own special cards for your spouse and children.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Roll out sugar cookie dough with your children. This will be part of your romantic dinner that your children will help you with. Press a heart-shaped cookie cutter into the rolled dough once it is about 1/4-inch thick. Place the raw cookies onto a baking sheet.
Sprinkle the cookies with red sugar sprinkles. Bake for about 12 minutes or until just golden. Let them cool before removing from the baking sheet. Place the cooled cookies into a small basket with a white cloth napkin. You will serve these after dinner.
Set the dining room table with a tablecloth. Older children can help set the table with special plates and silverware. Use the porcelain and silver that you save for company. Place a bottle of red wine with wine glasses on the set table. Place a vase with fresh flowers as your centerpiece.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Roll out pizza dough for your children's dinner. Shape it into a heart by rolling two oval pieces together. Your children can help with the pizza. Spoon on tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Add your children's favorite toppings.
Place the pizza onto a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly in the center. Set aside to serve at dinner. Burn a romantic CD with your favorite music or create a playlist on your computer.
Steam asparagus for the whole family in a large pot. Remove and set aside for dinner. Broil two steaks for you and your spouse. Depending on the thickness and preference, cook about 10 minutes for each side for medium-rare.
Dress in romantic clothing or something you would wear if you were going to a fancy restaurant. Dress the kids in clean clothes and aprons. They will be the servers for the night. Play your romantic CD or playlist.
Ask your children to bring the basket of bread and butter into the dinning room while you open the wine. Pour the wine into two glasses. Ask the children to bring in the asparagus and the steaks. Help your children slice the heart-shaped pizza, which they will eat in the kitchen.
Ask your children to serve the heart-shaped cookies they made after dinner. Exchange your homemade Valentine's Day cards as a family. Dance to your romantic music. Surprise your family with a chocolate fondue with strawberries, marshmallows and pound cake.
Thank your children for their help. Send the children to bed.
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- Make sure you tell everyone in the family you love them and their company.
- Ask your kids to sprinkle rose petals over the table.
- Start a Valentine's Day tradition with the home restaurant with the children helping. If they are older, they can help plan and cook the dinner.
- After the kids go to bed, enjoy a bubble bath with your spouse with lit candles.
- Use caution when using a hot stove around young children.
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