By Stacey Pfeffer
Writing out Valentine’s Day cards to classmates is practically a rite of passage amongst the elementary school set. In fact, both my school-aged kids actually have this as a school assignment. But why not kick it up a notch though and host a Valentine’s day-themed party for your little one’s best pals?
Inspiring Ideas for Valentine’s Day Parties
Activities can range from creating your own chocolate Valentine-themed treat to jewelry making. Many of the vendors on Booked Parties have all you need to make your Valentine’s Day party a big hit. Mamaroneck-based business Chocolations is just one example of a perfect venue for a Valentine’s Day-themed bash. Kids get a chance to be junior chocolatiers and make their own custom chocolate bars. And if that wasn’t enough sweetness for your little ones, they also get to design their own cupcakes. Pure decadence!
The Art Truck is a great choice if you have a mini Picasso on your hands. They have many different party packages available, and you can tailor their themed art projects to your fit your party needs. The Art Truck comes to your house with all their supplies. Guests can take their treasures home and best of all no clean-up for the host.
If you have a budding fashionista, a party with Beadz is guaranteed fun. Children get a chance to make their own bracelets, earrings, necklaces or keychains. They bring all the supplies to you and the Bead Squad is on hand to help so you can sit back and enjoy watching your kids get creative. Don’t forget parties booked through the Booked Parties website get a 5% discount.
If you don’t have the time to arrange a party, there is a multitude of ways to make your child’s Valentine’s Day unforgettable with one-of-a kind gifts available on Booked Marketplace. In fact, consumer spending on Valentine’s Day has risen in the past few years with almost $20 billion spent last year and parents spent on average $28 on Valentine’s Day gifts for their children. One-third of parents also chose to do their shopping online and most of them do it only two weeks before the holiday so if you are a procrastinator, Booked Marketplace is your one-stop resource for unique gifts that support local business.
Bedazzling Jewels for Your Loved Ones
Jewelry is still one of the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day gifts. Last year 4.5 billion dollars was spent on jewelry for Valentine’s Day. Forget expensive jewels for the younger set -your little one will go gaga over the Pave heart necklace by 100percentbeads or the LittleLux: Chalkboard Heart Pendant from Hip Kid where you can write a different love note to your child everyday. Snap’t also offers many Valentine’s Day options such as the Rad bracelet, the Fab Necklace or the Cool Choker Party Pack. If you are looking to add a philanthropic twist to your gift giving, the Auburn Jewelry Red “Love Each Other” Necklace is your go-to gift. This Shop for the Cause item donates 20 percent of the proceeds to charities such as The Birthday Box, Birthday Wishes, The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation or the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.
If you’ve got a ‘tween at home that loves to beautify, the Do Naturals Just Berry Travel Set from Expect Natural featuring pomegranate and organic berry extract-infused shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturizer fits the bill. To me nothing says rest and relaxation like a luxurious bath and the Valentine’s Bath Bomb Cupcake in Mint Cocoa from Hall of Scoops adds a fun element.
Glamming It Up With Valentine’s Day Accessories
Clothing and accessories are also one of the top five popular gifts for Valentine’s Day with more than $2 billion spent on it last year. Babiator sunglasses from Expect Natural in pink will make your little one look like a mini rock star. Another fashion-forward item is the Subway Heart Purse from NYC Subway Line. And what glitter-loving girl wouldn’t love the Rhinestone Flower Daisy or the Peace Love Cupcakes Top by Popular by Lauren and Jen?
Speaking of cupcakes, sweets still reign supreme on Valentine’s Day with 1 in 2 Americans purchasing candy and 58 million pounds of chocolate purchased the week of Valentine’s Day. Chocolations owner Maria Valente has seen a steady stream of customers to her shop this month and many are looking for something extra special that will last beyond Valentine’s Day. Right now she’s making a chocolate tea set for a customer going to a Valentine’s Day tea party. Her shop also features some beautiful boxes that once the chocolate is consumed, the lucky recipient is left with a lovely jewelry box, or one that fits a wine or a champagne bottle with a dozen truffles.
If you are looking for affordable gifts to give out to classmates (or teachers too!), the Chocolate Triple Heart from Hall of Scoops or Custom Crayon Hearts by Masha Dasha Designs are a great accompaniment to those obligatory Valentine’s Day cards. Because who couldn’t use a little more love?
Stacey Pfeffer lives with her three young children and husband in Chappaqua. All of them will get Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Her articles have been featured in NY Family Magazine, Westchester Parent, Inside Chappaqua and Westchester Family Magazine.