I love to throw a good party and Valentines is one of the easiest themes to go with. If you like to entertain, then this year consider swapping your traditional Valentines date night for something more exciting. Plan a party with your favorite couples and your guests will be thrilled to come. Save that romantic date night for basically any other night of the year and enjoy some time with your friends and your sweetie together. Here’s some planning ideas to make your party easy breezy.
I like the “Evite” method because of the instant feedback and because I’m a computer person. The hand-made card is a classier, but more time consuming approach. Whichever one suits you best, will work. Then you can either use the standard “who, what, where and when” format, or go for something more interesting like a riddle or poem. Make it goofy or refined for whichever mood you want the party to take on. Here’s one I did from a few years back. It’s far from professional but it did get some laughs:
Come celebrate love and all that is Valentines day,
Grab your honey and don’t delay.
We’re having a couples party next Saturday night,
With Romance, and Poetry by candlelight.
There’ll be friends and fun and food galore,
And when the cheesey games start, don’t walk out the door.
We’ll have some chocolate to make your mouth happy
Bring something to dip in it, or your favorite appy (tizer)
And while all your kids are great and I love them tons
Leave them with a sitter for this party, except the itty bitty ones
(ie. nursing babies)
We’d love your company but we understand it
If this is your date night, then this party- just can it.
We hope you can join us for a LOVELY time
Don’t worry, I’m ending now, I’m all out of rhymes.
And if you are worried I was serious about poetry, I’m not
But there will be cheesey games- I like those a lot!
This is the easy part. Obviously it’s all about love so go for red and pink and hearts. Think simple unless you have endless hours to spend crafting in which case consult pinterest. You don’t need to go out and buy decorations. Pull out a red tablecloth (or white if that’s what you’ve got) and cut out some construction paper hearts to use as confetti. Light some candles you already have and turn on some fun music. Chances are you already have a Valentines decoration for your home, so you are set!
Years ago I purchased a couple of little chocolate fountains for like $15 each and I have definitely got my money’s worth. I like to have light and dark chocolate options. The fountains make any event fun and classy and when its Valentines, chocolate is especially appropriate. Another option is to use a small crock pot on low filled with some dipping chocolate. That’s always fun as well and a bit quieter if you have a smaller space. Provide lots of fun dipping options like fruit, and other small desserts. Have your guests bring an appetizer or dessert. People are always happy to contribute. You can also make a yummy punch. Here’s my favorite, that is always a hit.
- 1 9×13” pan of lemon ice (recipe below)
- 1 bag of frozen blueberries
- 2 bags of frozen raspberries
- 1 large can crushed pineapple
- 8 bananas cut up
- Mix and add ginger ale.
Lemon Ice: Dissolve 1 package Knox gelatin in ¼ cup cold water. Add 1 cup boiling water and 2 cups sugar. Add 3 cups cold water, ¾ cup lemon juice and grated rind of 3 elmonds. Stire and freeze in a 9×13” pan.
This is the big one. One option of course is just to mix and mingle. Eat, chat and laugh. If your looking for games though, here are a couple of fun ideas:
*Match Your Mate/ The Newlywed Game*
Separate the men and the women into two areas of the house. Give the women questions to answer and the men, and then come together to ask the opposite of each other. Couples get points for answering the same as their spouse. Here are some question ideas to get your game going:
For the Men
- If your spouse could change jobs, what would be his dream job be?
- If you could take your wife on a trip anywhere in the world where would she go
- If your wife could give up one chore to do around the house, what would it be?
- When was the first time you met your spouse
- What television show did you and your wife watch together last?
- At what specific sport or game will your wife say she is definitely better than you?
- If your wife won $1000. 00, what would she buy?
FOR THE WOMEN
- Who initiated your first kiss?
- What is the worst thing that happened on your wedding day, if anything?
- Who is better at handling money?
- If you asked your husband to cook dinner one evening, what dish would he prepare?
- What type blood does your husband have?
- What would he say is your favorite gift he ever gave you?
- How would your husband say you’d complete this sentence? This is you talking: “My husband loves (blank) so much he could make an infomercial about it. ”
This game takes some preparation but it is very worth it. Ahead of time contact your guests and have them submit to you in written form the story of their first date, their first kiss and the story of their proposal. You could add in a humorous story from their courtship or whatever you think will be fun. Then at the party, read aloud the “anonymous” stories and have your guests match the couple to the story. You can number the stories and then hand score sheets out to each couple to mark their guesses on. Expect laughter!
And there you have it- your Valentines Party made easy. Combine your greatest friends with some good food and fun games and you will have a fantastic night. Guaranteed.