Valentine’s Breakfast

February 12, 2007

At our house, the main Valentine’s Day celebration happens at breakfast. I get up early and set a table the kids will think is elegant (read: I use linen and goblets). I light some tealights and sprinkle heart confetti.

The menu varies and can contain pretty much anything we might normally eat for breakfast, but with a romantic/heart/pink spin. The milk is blended with razzberries and something sweet. The waffles are topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. The toast is heart shaped. The pancakes have a few drops of red food-coloring added to the batter. Oatmeal is served with brown sugar sprinkled to form a heart. And I’ve yet to try it, but the egg-in-a-cookie-cutter idea would be perfect.

I also leave a small valentine/gift on each child’s plate — and I mean small. A tiny box with some new lip balm/gloss for their coat pocket. Or a new beaded bracelet. One year it was a box of band-aids for each child. This breakfast is no stress for me and has turned into a perfect tradition for our family.

Other ideas I am loving:
In a conversation with some fellow mothers a couple of weeks ago, we exchanged Valentine’s traditions from the homes we grew up in.

-One family would wake to find a Valentine surprise under their pillows.
-Another family gave a book (in lieu of candy or trinkets) to each child on Valentine’s Day.
-In a third family, the father would bring flowers to each of the daughters — Mom would get a big arrangment and the girls might get a single stem. The mother would give something traditional, say chocolate, to the sons.

The flower idea was also something my own father did and I loved it. In junior high and high school, when it seemed like it would be wonderful to have a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, it was reassuring to know there would be flowers waiting for me at home.

egg photo and flower photo from Getty Images

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ben and Laura February 12, 2007 at 10:14 am

I love these ideas and traditions Gabby! Thanks for sharing!


2 Melissa R. Garrett February 12, 2007 at 10:20 am

I don’t know why, but this post has me feeling a bit weepy! It’s so sweet and simple and inspiring. My kids and I have been hard at work making homemade Valentine’s for all their school chums (I have the free template available for me readers on my site). But I really like the idea of having a special breakfast- the sentiment is sure to start the day off right!


3 Paige February 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm

I love the idea of having the father write a note to his little girl. I think it would be sweet for my little one to grow up with a yearly sweet note from her Dad.


4 Namona February 12, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for the breakfast ideas! I love it! I’m definitely trying the heart shaped eggs and pink milk! Target has heart shaped ice cube trays in the dollar spot ($2.50 section). It would be cute to add them to strawberry lemonade.


5 Sara February 12, 2007 at 3:19 pm

Valentines day was always fun as a kid, we made cards with my mom and then she did the fancy table/little gift at breakfast in the morning, it was fun to read your post and remember that!


6 love.boxes February 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Love your beautiful ideas! :)


7 chloe's mom February 12, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Sounds magical – i’ll be there at 7.


8 Miriam February 12, 2007 at 7:57 pm

I honestly wouldn’t have thought of breakfast- excellent! Thanks.


9 citymama1 February 12, 2007 at 8:00 pm

I honestly have never been a huge Valentines day fan, but I love the breakfast idea! I think I might try it out on Wednesday. Thanks!


10 Queso February 12, 2007 at 8:45 pm

I love the Valentine’s breakfast idea. Love it. I’m going to do heart pancakes for the Hurricane’s class party. Because no parent in the class really wants their 12 month old loaded up on sugar. Pancakes seem relatively tame.


11 Tara January 27, 2009 at 11:02 pm

This is an awesome post!!! i’m going to link it in from my blog….i was just posting about Valentine’s Day Family Breakfast traditions!!! ♥


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