Valentine’s Day is all about the sweets in our lives: the sweet treats, the sweet words and the sweet people. It’s not just about celebrating the romance, but rather anyone and everyone who we love. 

Athens Sweet Arts Bakery & Desserts, 817 W. Union St., will host an event for children and their mothers. The bakery will host Mommy and Me baking classes Saturday and Sunday for parents and kids to come in and make some sweets to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

Originally, there was only one class scheduled, but it filled up so quickly the owners knew they needed more availability. There is now a class available Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

If You Go:

What: Mommy and Me Valentines Class

When: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sat.; 1 p.m., Sun.

Where: Athens Sweet Arts Bakery & Desserts, 817 W. Union St.

Admission: $50

Jennifer McClain Eskey is the proud owner of the Sweet Arts Bakery, and she is assisted by none other than her mom. 

“My dream was always to start a bakery with my mom,” McClain Eskey said. “After years in the military and law enforcement, I still kept that in my mind and did it.” 

The class is offered for only $50, and that is for everyone that the family registers and all of the supplies are provided. Clean up will not be not required. 

“We only call it ‘Mommy and Me’ because it falls off the tongue well,” McClain Eskey said. “It’s not exclusive to moms and daughters only. It’s open to anyone who wants to have a fun time making and eating sweet treats. 

This isn’t the first time the bakery has hosted a cooking class for families to take together.

“This is our fourth class, but it’s the first Valentine’s edition,” McClain Eskey said. 

Near Valentine’s Day may be the perfect time to host a baking class. The holiday is all about sweets, and that allows families to make them together.

The importance of parents spending quality time with their children is sometimes overlooked. People are busy with work, friends and keeping up with their kids’ extracurriculars, and it may be  difficult to get in that time together. 

That is just what Sweet Arts Bakery’s event is about. The bakery is providing a creative event to not only get kids out of the house, but also to promote family time together, well-spent. All people interested have to do is show up, create delicious foods and walk out eating their creations.

The bakery is also willing and able to accommodate special diet necessities or requests. Whether it’s a preference to avoid certain products or a dietary requirement, the bakery can make it accessible to everyone. Those products are used at the bakery, but the organizers are still able to make the event possible for people who are vegan or gluten-free. 

McClain Eskey said daddy-daughter dances are often popularized, and those events are wonderful, but moms often lack similar opportunities. The baking event will be a great opportunity for both mothers and fathers to spend time with their children of all ages. It’s also a great activity to get kids away from their screen by doing an interactive activity with their families. 

“With the increase in technology these days and winter months, it is great to have a hands-on indoor activity we can go to,” said Katie Saner, a mother to a 4-year-old and a new baby. “This will be a great time for my 4-year-old and I to have together just us.”

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