Valentine’s Day – A Family Alternative


Last year, for the first time, I tried an alternative Valentine’s Day idea….I made it more about family (well Dadda was still at work, but it included the children!), and we headed out to an island with an amazing view for a sunset picnic.  With sunset still occurring early enough during the winter, there is no danger of missing bedtimes 😉 !!  So what better way to celebrate Alla Hjärtans Dag (Valentine’s Day) than with a sunset picnic.  We lit a fire in the fire pit to keep us warm, we watched the sky change through a rainbow of colours, we listened to the bird song as they started to roost at dusk, we got to see a few murmurations, and we got to see the stars come out and spot a few constellations.  It was only -2°C, there was no wind, and this sunset picnic was a perfect end to the day 🙂

Some Simple Food Ideas For A Valentine’s Day Picnic:

The last thing you want to be doing for your Valentine’s Day picnic is going all out with the food so you can’t enjoy the experience and magic of the moment as well.  You need to keep it themed but simple.

  • For our sunset picnic I had made heart shaped sandwiches (using a biscuit/cookie cutter).
  • I served these with a side order of jam croissants.
  • They were accompanied by heart shaped Swedish biscuits (pepparkakor).
  • For drinks we had a flask of hot chocolate and a flask of hot squash.

I had also taken a table runner and a nice candle (that would stay lit outdoors!) to make it a really special cosy sunset picnic. I wouldn’t normally be quite so extravagant with extras outdoors, especially as I usually have to lug it up some hill!  I completely forgot their fruit (bad mummy moment!!) but I did totally remember the marshmallows 🙂

With the fire lit (we didn’t need it to cook for once, but it added warmth and awesomeness to the experience), we needed to put it to good use toasting some yummy marshmallows.  Always a favourite.  The stars were starting to come out by now and Venus was shining brightly.  The children were trying to get snowballs to reach the sea, and we were treated to huge murmurations of birds.  Eventually it was time to dampen the embers and head off, but everyone was very chilled and happy having had their sunset picnic outdoors, listening to and watching a natural spectacle or two 🙂  What better way to experience Valentine’s Day together?!

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  1. Aww what a fun idea and the sunset looks beautiful! I love the idea of making valentines day a family event 🙂
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  2. This looks like it was a great day! I like the idea of bringing the kids into your Valentine’s Day celebrations!
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  3. This looks perfect!! I know my girls would absoulately love this 🙂
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  4. That looks like a fantastic idea, especially in the snow. We will be in Lisbon for Valentines Day this year
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  5. Oh wow, I love this idea. Hubby and I are so bad at celebrating Valentines Day, mainly because we’re concentrating on our son. A sunset picnic might be ideal to help us focus again, although ours will have to be on our nearby beach x
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  6. What a lovely idea it looks all magical in the snow and a great way to involve children in Valentine’s day.

  7. That’s a lovely idea on how to spend Valentine’s day as a family 🙂 Will have to give it a try! Thank’s for sharing.

  8. This sounds like a lovely way to celebrate the day as a family. We don’t really celebrate valentines x
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    • I think it has got a little out of hand in the UK, but here it is very low key and we like that better. We had a lovely family time though

  9. What a fab idea for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Not sure what we are doing this year.

  10. What a lovely family activity. The sunset looks amazing and I love the idea of drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows with the kids on Valentine’s Day
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  11. Ah a lovely idea, I love that you remembered the marshmallows but not the fruit… knew what the kids would love most! The heart shaped sandwiches were pretty cute. Thanks for joining in with #GetMooreFromLife a perfect link up
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