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Cheryl Hines deserves a Mom of the Year award.

The actress, who directs Kristen Bell, Justin Long and Meg Ryan in Serious Moonlight, is gearing up for a Valentine’s Day party for five-year-old daughter Catherine and her closest pals. Bonus: There will be wedding cake!

But first, it’s time for mommy-and-me manicures.

“I like to get my nails done with my daughter,” the Curb Your Enthusiasm star, 44, tells me. “It’s cute. Usually she sits in my lap and we get our fingernails done together. It’s a real fun time for us. For Catherine, the brighter and the sparklier, the better. It is fun. If I’m not shooting, I’ll let her pick out my color. I’ve had some really nice, green fingernails before.”

And then, a clique of kids will head out to their Sweetheart Soirée to be held in the Los Angeles area.

“We’re going to order a wedding cake, and have a Valentine’s Day party for her friends,” she says. “My daughter and I keep wanting to buy a wedding cake because we decided that wedding cake shouldn’t be just for when you get married because that’s not very fair. What if you never get married?”

Ooh, imagine the red-and-pink décor, party games, candy conversation hearts and decadent chocolates the youngsters will enjoy!

Including her child in Valentine’s Day is nothing new.

“Last year, my husband, my daughter and I went to Color Me Mine, and we painted pottery for a few hours and really had a fun time together,” she says. “I like that one.”

For Cheryl, finding alone time with her hubby Paul Young is a necessary challenge – even on Valentine’s Day.

“That’s really not easy,” she says. “It’s not. You just have to get a babysitter, and schedule it. You really have to schedule it because it doesn’t come naturally. You have to bite the bullet and get a babysitter, and convince yourself that it’s important.”

Lucky for Cheryl, she married her opposite when she tied the knot in 2002.

“My husband and I balance each other out,” she says. “I’m a bit more spontaneous and quick-on-the-draw. I like to make decisions quickly, and he’s more methodical and thinks things through more. He’s a little more right brain, and I’m more left brain, I think.”

Catherine is fortunate to have cool parents who choose to host a kids’ party on their special day.

Cheryl’s Serious Moonlight is available on DVD now.


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