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Valentine's Day Grade School Parties Were So Much Fun!
Remember ‘back in the day’ celebrating Valentine’s Day in Grade School? For me, it was in the mid-60s and this was one of those school holiday parties that made you so excited in anticipation! It ranked right up there with all the fun we had a couple of month’s before at Christmas time.
In this article, I shall be reminiscing down memory lane. I look forward to explaining in detail all the fun I had as a grade school student. You’ll get a glimpse of what it was like preparing for this grand day with homemade crafts, treats to make and share, and of course, the party itself!
Art Class With Mrs. Roy
Fun Fun Fun in Art!
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The first week of February always marked the first stage of getting ready for the annual Valentine’s Day celebration. I would be amiss if I didn’t give a shout out to my grade school Art Teacher, Mrs. Roy of Clarence Elementary in rural Northeast Missouri.
She was one of those teachers that every grade school student remembers who were just simply full of joy and whom cared for each and everyone one of her students! What made her so incredible was her ability to get everyone involved in taking their creative imagination to the next level and have fun fun fun in the process!
First things first! Who remembers getting all the colorful construction paper out and selecting red and pink colors? Then, as we were all instructed, we would carefully fold the construction paper in half vertically. Then the magic begins! You must cut half of the shape of the heart just so… and if you did it correctly, you end up with this beautiful image of a heart! (For me, it usually ended up looking like a cartoon-type of heart, but it was a heart nevertheless!) LOL
With Elmer’s Glue in hand, some festive valentine stickers and more cut-outs, we began our DIY project of creating some of the most engaging homemade Valentine’s cards. These were reserved for our Mother and special Teachers. Did I mention that glitter was
The Valentine Shoebox
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also a major component? And the more the better! Who recalls wiping off the excess Elmer’s Glue with their fingernail? Come on now, fess up! I know you did.
The second most important thing a grade schooler could not go without, was the infamous shoebox each of use had to bring from home to use. This was to be our own unique and special Valentine’s Box to collect all the special valentine’s cards from each of our classmates. A lot of us kids made it at home as part of our art homework. And, if you didn’t listen to your mom to wait for her… you might have ended up with one of the boxes with a ‘zig-zagged or crooked’ slit or hole for the cards to go thru.
But it was all good. While some classmates ended up with crammed in, folded and sometimes ‘wrinkled’ valentine’s cards, it was still fun to receive all those cards.
Selecting That One Special Valentine Card!
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Okay, picture this… it’s the day before the school party. You have your package of 36 individual valentines to select for each classmate putting their name on it and that it is from you. Here’s the dilemma… you have a special ‘someone’ you want to give the best card to!
But you don’t want him/her to think you’re too pushy, but… you also want him/her to know you ‘like them’! What to do! Isn’t this so much fun to figure out! I fretted and fretted when I wanted to give my ‘classmate crush’ a special card!
Valentine's Day Arrives and the Party Begins!
Valentine sugar Cookies
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Forget about doing any meaningful work in any of the morning classes! All of us kids are waiting with such exuberance that we can’t even sit still for five minutes waiting for the party to begin! And its not just about the Valentine
card exchange but it’s also about the ‘refreshments’!
You could always count on the ‘stay at home’ mothers to bring the most delicious Valentine sugar cookies and cupcakes to the party! And let’ not forget the pink lemonade to go along with it!
After we had filled our tummies and wiped off the excess powdered sugar from our lips, our teacher would announce the card exchange. One by one we each marched up to the table with our own decorated valentine shoe box.
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Each one prominently displayed our handwritten names. When everyone was finished putting all the cards in, the teacher distributed our decorated boxes back to us. Then the fun got even more intense!
This is where you find out who likes you the most and who just gives you a plain vanilla ‘cat valentine’! Yes, hearts are made and some are broken with our delicate naive emotions we display all over our sleeve. If you were lucky enough to find ‘candy sweethearts’ inside the envelope with the card, then you got that little extra wave of ‘happiness’!
And don’t forget the actual message imprinted on the candy heart! I remember being so jealous of a couple girl friends! Why I swear, Mernell, Gayla and Gayle always got the most candy hearts! (I think it was the colored ribbons in their hair that made them so pretty!)
What did you do that was special in your Grade School years to make Valentine’s Day special?
Remember 'Back In The Day' Seeing Your Mother Get A Special Box of Chocolates?
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One thing I could count on. Every Valentine’s Day my Dad would always bring my Mother a box of chocolates. Back in the day, these heart boxes of goodies were always decorated festively with bows and flowers and what not. And us kids were allowed to take just one piece to indulge in. I would have to hurry to get the chocolate coconut piece before all my other brothers and sisters got to it before me!
I can still hear my Mother gently shouting to us all, ‘and make sure you take that crumbled piece of candy paper and put it in the trash!’ Oh yes, what fond memories I have of those days!
Don't Forget About Treating Yourself Special!
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One thing I want to remind all my readers. Everyone deserves ‘TLC’ on Valentine’s Day! Yes, we all know the stereotype tradition of celebrating this day of love and romance. But you don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy this special day!
Don’t forget. Let me remind you. You yourself have a ‘special relationship’ with YOU! So make plans to celebrate your uniqueness and spread the ‘love’ to yourself and your fellow mankind!
What are you waiting for! Go out and have the best day ever!
Now It's Your turn! Share your special childhood memories of celebrating Valentine's Day in the comment section below!
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