Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Ever thought about doing something for your parents?
Recently I went to the C’s house to help create a special, just-the-two-of-them time for their parents. The goal? To thank them for their lasting love with a gorgeous, candlelit dinner prepared by their children! Here’s how I helped my friends pull off a Valentine’s dinner without going bankrupt.
First things first– invite your parents! I suggest telling your parents about their awesome evening in high style! Make a classic, heart and lace valentine for each that tells what time to show up. Then start planning!
Keep it simple! I enlisted my brother to be awesome and help make the delicious meal so that I could concentrate on everything else for the evening. He and the older boys made Lo Mein (fried noodles) which ended up being a huge hit!
It is also rather inexpensive!
Spoon of peanut butter
(Optional embellishments: chopped green onions, shelled peanuts, diced ham)
Grab a carton of vanilla ice cream and add some strawberries for a carefree dessert!
We set a small table for just the two of them. If you don’t already own a nice tablecloth you can use a lace curtain or a white sheet!
A table cloth
2 Matching napkins (learn to fold them into hearts here)
2 Nice plates
2 Sets of silverware
We chose to make it elegant yet simple. We used vintage sheet music, assorted candle holders, and a heart shaped wreath.
For a pop of color I bought some very inexpensive flowers at a craft store and tied a single rose to each set of silverware. And guess what? The whole table turned out gorgeous!
Just before dinner time we dimmed the lights and lit all the candles. Beautiful! You really can decorate wonderfully on a budget!
Make a gift that your parents will love and keep forever! DIY is often much more affordable and special than if you just purchased a gift!
There are all sorts of ideas on Pinterest or you can make this Treasure Chest!
Small treasure chest
Wooden heart cut-outs
Washable red ink pad
Cardstock cut into note-sized pieces or index cards
Valentine’s Day stickers
Each child wrote sweet notes to their parents and decorated them with stickers!
Then they each grabbed a wooden heart shape and signed the back with a Sharpie. After it dried I showed them how to press their inky thumbs flat against the wood one way and then the other to form a red fingerprint heart!
We put the notes and the fingerprint hearts into the treasure chest. Behold, an inexpensive gift now priceless because of the love put into it! <3
The C kids were sooo excited to wait on their parents! The oldest boy refilled their water glasses, a crisp white napkin over one arm for spills. With a cheerful grin, the second oldest brought out the serving platters of food. Then we all snuck out and played a game in another room to let the parents have a nice, quiet dinner.
The two youngest were so adorable when they presented the treasure chest near the end of the meal, and they all crowded around to see the notes read. So special!
I had a blast creating such a memorable time with the C kids and considering how much their parents loved it, I am sure yours will too! Your wallet will thank you too. 😉
Now go plan a Valentine’s dinner for your parents that is unique and special but won’t kill your budget–just like we did! Please tell me about it in the comments if you do!