Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I Love You Day 2021


The Bates had their annual Valentine's Day party, which they call I Love You Day. There's always a theme for costumes, and this year's theme was animals. Here's a sneak peek at one of the couple's costumes. Do you recognize them?

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

55 comments:

  1. Carlin & Evan of course! :)

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  2. Hukuna Matata­čśé wow those are great costumes and face paintings. Izzy rue looks cute. Did they win the contest for best costumes for I love you day?
    ~Zoey

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  3. Oh my word! That makeup is amazing! Carlin and Layla look so cute! And of course we can't forget Even! He looks nothing like himself!

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  4. That is a fun theme. I hope they all had a great time!

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  5. Think this would probably be my least favorite theme, but I hope they had a fun time together!

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  6. No I dont recognize which family is
    Which but love the Lion King costumes. Time 4:18PM Tues 2/23/21

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  7. Does anyone else find that kind of disturbing? I hope the little kids weren't scared.

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    1. I found these costumes utterly creepy. And this has no connection to St. Valentine’s Day whatsoever. It might as well be a random costume party.

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    2. Agree I feel that way too

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    3. Isn’t Disney super mainstream for the Bates? How do they know about Disney characters? Can’t imagine they watched those videos growing up!

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  8. I'm guessing Carlin & Evan and their daughter. Love the costumes!

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  9. Evan, Carlin and baby Layla!

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  10. I love costume parties! We always had them with my family. So much fun and so creative!

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  11. At least they didn't mock old people this time.

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    1. That was definitely their worst theme so far.

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    2. Oh please! They didn’t mock them last time. We are all going to get old unless we die prematurely. I laugh about middle age. Why not? No one needs to be so serious!

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    3. Mick old people—I wonder how much they get for pushing AARP on their show? And Sensodyne toothpaste, too? Just want it to stay a family show and not sneak in commercial$.

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    4. Having your fun by pretending to need walkers and canes when you really don't need them is mockery. I watched two people I knew struggle to their deaths with MS and ALS. It's not a joke. Nobody should pretend to be old and frail, just as they should not pretend to be blind or deaf or have any other condition they do not have.

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  12. These themes are silly and I don't see any remote connection to "I Love You" They totally changed the direction of this family celebration to entertain viewers. I would much rather see the kids go to the drugstore with their $10 to purchase a sibling a gift and a home-cooked meal like they used to.

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    1. I have to agree. You can tell UPTV is providing all the costumes and likely the makeup, too. I found the more simple celebrations to be more genuine.

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    2. Well, they sure look like they are having fun with it, which is more important than what we think as outsiders.

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    3. I completely agree! What used to be a heartwarming get together has now turned into a costume party competition. Not to mention how uncomfortable the costumes would be. I don’t think they would feel very relaxed and able to enjoy each other’s company in those hot costumes.

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    4. They enjoy the dressing up so they should do it. No one makes anyone participate!

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    5. @1:19 I totally agree! I would love to see them go back to the early days. No frills, no competing for a best in show prize, no out doing everyone. Bring back the simplier days! Part of the charm of the early days of the show was how they were down to earth and simple now everything seems to be over the top and for the sake of the show. I see plenty of families like this on tv. I want something new...Bring back the old Bates.

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  13. I think the theme of animals is great. If they do do some thing strictly for entertainment purposes, well why not I have a TV show after all! I think they’re a wonderful family.

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  14. Layla must have been frightened from her Daddy's face.
    I do not get why they need a theme - just enjoy the "I Love You Day"
    meaning. . . . that by itself IS meaningful.

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  15. So fun! I would start something like this if I lived near my extended family members!

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  16. I think the extent of the costumes and themes are off-putting. What does that have to do with the love you have for one another. I, too, like the simpler, more personal version of I Love You Day where they chose thoughtful gifts for one another. By the time they spend the money on costuming and make up, they could choose a nice gift or donate to a charity that would have meaning to the receiver. I also am not a fan of the couple’s dinner the evening before. It’s way too exclusive. Your worth to the family should not be tied to the fact that you are married. They need to have an I Love You Day party and a Everyone Is Welcome dinner.

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    1. Everyone is welcome at the I Love You Day party. It's ok to let the married couples have a special event.

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    2. I have a vague recollection that they did have that once, when Lawson and Nathan, who are unmarried, (or maybe it was Lawson and Trace?) participated in the couples dinner.

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    3. I agree with you about the couple's dinner. I don't think a family should exclude anyone because they aren't married or in a relationship. I think it could be very hurtful to be left out of something special for that reason. I don't really understand why they need to have a separate dinner the night before the party. Maybe they do it because of the family who had to travel from out of town or out of state to be there. Either way, I feel that everyone should be included.

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    4. I think ALL the adult children, whether married or single, should be able to have a dinner together the evening before, without their parents. It's unfair to exclude anybody. I remember Jana Duggar mentioning that she's left out of sibling parties because she's not married, but she understands it. I would not be so understanding. They are your siblings having some sibling-bonding time, and no adult sibling should be excluded.

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    5. @12:41- you are correct; think it was Lawson and Trace that “crashed “ the couples dinner. Trace was dressed as a woman.

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    6. I think they do the couples dinner because they can do something more focused on the romantic part of Valentines while also making the main event about family.

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  17. Stewart family you are adorable!!! God bless.

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  18. That’s gotta be Evan, Carlin and Layla! I absolutely love the costumes and face paintings! It’s a good thing the family is getting together and enjoying fellowship with one another. Mental health is sometimes more important than physical health! On a side note... I wonder if we will be hearing a pregnancy announcement from the Stewarts anytime soon?

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    1. What’s wrong with Layla? Why do you want them to have another one soo bad?

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    2. @10:34 It’s not wanting them to have another soo bad; but just when will the inevitable happen!

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    3. 10:34, wondering is not the same as wanting something sooooo bad.

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  19. 1:19- I’m with you! This “I live you day” has gotten out of hand! It’s like a Broadway production with the level of costumes and showing off!

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  20. Looks nice Stewart Fam

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  21. I wonder if they do the costume parties so they can have fun. They exchange gifts which can become boring to watch and waiting for everyone to open, share a hug etc would be tedious. My family changed our gathering tradition as we all got married and had our own families.

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  22. This has absolutely nothing to do with Valentine's Day. Really bizarre behaviour from this family that does many other nice things. But this just makes no sense.

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  23. It is very hypocritical for the Bates to not celebrate Halloween and then dress up in costume for Valentine's Day

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    1. It's because the basis of Halloween is evil/mischievous spirits, but the basis of Valentine's day is love. But I agree with you. The original purpose of Halloween is not a part of the current cultural holiday, which is generally just to dress up for fun and eat candy. So if you're willing to dress up in costumes for fun and eat treats, why not do it on Halloween?

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    2. No. It's not. They don't have a problem with dressing up. They have a problem with celebrating a holiday with ties to the occult.

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    3. I totally agree. I do like the Bates, but this really annoys me.

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  24. No, I wouldn't have recognized them until I saw the "Photo Courtesty of.....", which gave it away, lol!

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  25. Made for TV showoffs. The ridiculous level of these 'parties' has nothing to do with the original premise of getting together for Valentine's Day. Where do these people continue to find professional level costumes? The cost is not realistic for these kids starting out in life. I believe it's all paid for by UP network. They need to quit the fakeness of this show. Didn't they just return from a ski trip out west? All this traveling and money-spending is not what these families are supposed to be about. I, for one, am tired of it.

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  26. Ugh. I hate Disney stuff.

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  27. Everyone saying that the Bates need to go back to how they were in the beginning-- the only way a show like that is going to happen again is with a DIFFERENT family. UP TV would need to find another family who has not yet become TV stars and changed their lifestyle accordingly. No family as far along the money/celebrity path as the Bates is going back-- it's time to get a new family to take that journey, if that's what you want to watch.

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  28. It sounds like most are in agreement that they’ve gone too far with this. I wish the show would realize what made this family popular in the first place, it was the love of the family being together that came through. They are taking this “recipe for success” and ruining it. Sometimes the old saying “less is more” really rings true, especially in this instance. Why do people think they need to change something that already worked?

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