How to Host a Special Valentines Day Poetry Teatime

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February is the month of LOVE and it is the perfect time for a special Valentine’s Poetry Teatime. Afterall, this themed teatime combines a few of my favorite things:

I love tea.  I love poetry.  I love snacks.  And of course, I love my kids.

And all of this adds up to a unique and memorable: 

A Valentines Poetry Teatime

Valentine's Day Poetry Teatime

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Celebrate with a Valentines Day Teatime

Holidays are the perfect time to make memories with a themed teatime and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Enjoy this day of love and shower your kids with delightful books and treats at this themed teatime.

New to teatime?

Here’s what you need for a delightful teatime with your family:

  • a space to gather – around the table at home or even at a local coffeehouse
  • poetry books – though sometimes we take a break from reading poetry
  • treats or snacks – these can be store-bought, homemade, sugary, or healthy
  • drinks – yes, typically teatime is when you serve tea, but change it up if your kids don’t like tea

Gather together and enjoy a few great books or individual poems while snacking on a plate of treats.

There are no rules about how many poems to read or who must read one. Find a flow that works for your family and feel free to change it.

Valentines Day Poetry Teatime Treats

Grabbing a few candy melts in pink, white, and red will help with several of these yummy treats.  And some Valentine themed sprinkles will also come in handy.

1. Valentines Day Rice Krispie Treats. Rice Krispie Treats are so very simple and a heart-shaped cookie cutter makes them just a little extra special. You could modify this and use a little coloring to make pink treats or dip them in candy melts as suggested.

2. Red Velvet Cookies. I am totally making these on Valentines Day. I love Red Velvet and I don’t mind baking. I’ll find a lazy afternoon and recruit one of my teens to help me out.

3. Valentine Sugar Wafer Cookies. We made these and they were a huge hit. Simple and yummy. It’s worth a look just at the site because this blogging grandma appears to be a fantastic grandparent. I’d love to meet her.

4. Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Valentines Day Style.  Whether you like the pretzel rods or the pretzel twists, you can be sure that chocolate and pretzels are a great combination.

Valentines Day Poetry Teatime Books

I Haiku You by Betsy E. Snyder

We added this delightful little book to our poetry book collection this month and I don’t regret it.  The illustrations are delightful and the poems are lovely.

noodles so yummy,love letters for your tummy –warm alphabet soup

What is not to love about that poem? And the play on words with “letters”? I love it!

Haiku poetry is perfect for my kids.  It is written in a creative form that is accessible to them.  My youngest reader isn’t intimidated at all to read these out loud because they are brief.   Everyone is typically inspired to try to write a few themselves because it seems “easy” and it is when you are writing a simple haiku.

Additional Valentines Poetry Books:

It’s Valentines Day (I Can Read Level 3) by Jack Prelutzky and illustrated by Marylin Hafner

Roses are Pink, You’re Feet Really Stink (Gilbert the Opposum) by Diane DeGroat. How can Gilbert write Valentines Poems to his classmates, including the ones that tease him? 

Love You When… by Linda Krantz. Inspiring and beautiful rock paintings accompany these poetic reminders of how you love your children.

Poetry Books for Older Kids:

Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love by Pat Mora. This book is a collection of 50 original poems told through the eyes of teenagers. I grabbed it for the older kids in the house.

No Fear Shakespeare: Shakespeare Sonnets by Sparknotes and William Shakespeare. I love this series because there is a modern English version on one side of the page and the original Shakespeare on the other.

Valentines Day Poetry Teatime Decorations

I am all about simple.

In fact, I keep 1.5 yards of various fabrics rolled up in my cabinet to pull out for teatime. For our Valentines Teatime, I grabbed the pink heart fabric.  These pieces of fabric are not sewn and the edges are raw, but they work perfectly to bring a themed feeling to our teatime table.

Of course, we often include candles. Definitely go with the candles, especially in the winter.

LED candles work just as well and we have been known to use tiny battery operated string lights to make our teatime table glow.

Whether you go big or small, there is something wonderful about a special treat and a good poetry book.

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