The going rate in my neck of the woods is $2.50 a kid per hour for a babysitter. probably more on Valentine's weekend. I'm not forking over $15.00 an hour!
It's not legal to leave your kids with the 8 year old. or smart.
My kids think this day is about them and they want to celebrate it too. The Ultimate Family Guide to an ALL OUT Valentine's Day Celebration is an article that I wrote a few years ago. We pretty much follow the same game plan but with minor changes.
Pink milk will be with food coloring instead of strawberry syrup.
In addition to the hearts hanging from the ceiling, I also have Valentine's balloons in pink, white, and red with hearts that I bought for one dollar at Wal-Mart.
- cheeseball and crackers (make this cheeseball recipe)
- bubbly (Strawberry Fanta- it's red [for Valentine's Day] and it's bubbly but not overly bubbly thus taking away from the taste and atmosphere like Sparkling Apple Cider and FAR more responsible than alcohol [which goes without saying but I had to say it anyway])
- fluted glasses to pour the fancy bubbly drink into (that I received from my bridal shower 11 1/2 years ago)
- a couple of homemade cloth napkins to line the bottom, add to the look, and be a little green ;)
This post is linked at LifeAsMom.com.