Looking for some Valentine party ideas to jump start a fun and romantic celebration this February? Here are our favorite suggestions for a party sure to be a hit with your friends and loved ones!
Valentine Party Ideas for Invitations
Your invitations are the calling card to your event, so whether you make or buy them, they should set the tone for your party and make your guests feel special. Here are some ideas for making your own unique Valentine invitations, as well as some great options available for purchase.
Box of Chocolates Invitations — Let your friends know how sweet your party will be by sending your party invitation attached to a heart shaped box of chocolates. Either hand write or use your computer to print your party information, glue it to a box of chocolates, and hand deliver or mail this yummy invitation in a padded mailing envelope.
Silk Flower Invitations — Everyone likes to get flowers on Valentine’s Day! Why not send your party invitation written out on a pretty decorative tag attached to a red silk rose.
Traditional Valentine Party Invitations — Remember how special it felt as a kid to get a homemade valentine cut from construction paper and doilies? A traditional homemade invitation is a super way to announce a party with old fashioned charm.
Here are a sampling of some invitations that we love, available from our friends at Tiny Prints. You can visit their site for even more options.
Painted Heart Invitations
Endless Affection Invitations
Love Struck Invitations
Valentine Party Ideas for Decorations
Whether you want the atmosphere to be sweet and whimsical or romantic and smoldering, here are some Valentine party ideas for decorations to make everything feel special.
Twinkle Lights — Hanging tiny white lights can really set a romantic tone for your party. A fun way to make this lighting decoration look even better is to wind the lights into red garland.
Candy! — Candy is a traditional component of Valentine’s Day and it can be a great party decoration. Partially fill glass apothecary jars, vases, or candle votives with conversation hearts, red hots, and Hershey kisses to create a stunning Valentine’s Day centerpiece. You can also use these containers to anchor candles or flower arrangements for an extra special touch. Setting out small bowls of candy around your party is another way to both add dashes of color and provide yummy snacks.
Candles — Candles work really well for creating a romantic atmosphere at an adult valentine party (be sure they are set in safe places). Tying red ribbon around glass votives is an easy and beautiful way to accent your party decoration. You can also make an elegant centerpiece by floating candles and red flowers in a large crystal bowl.
Flowers — Using roses and other flowers is a time-honored tradition in decorating for a Valentine’s Day party. Setting out one or two arrangements of your favorite flowers that go with your party’s color scheme is an easy way to add style to your party decoration.
The Party Table — A festive way to set the table for a Valentine’s Day party is to start with a red or pink tablecloth, anchor it with a great centerpiece (see some ideas above) and sprinkle some heart confetti for a finishing touch.
Other Ideas for a Creating Great Atmosphere:
- Use clusters of heart shaped balloons.
- Put heart shaped cutouts on the walls or scatter them on tables.
- Play soft music as a background to your event.
- Hang pretty heart ribbon garland.
- Use coordinating tableware to tie all your decorations together.
Here are some party supplies that would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration:
Valentine Decorating Kit
Candy Sweets Party Supplies
Valentine Paper Lanterns
Valentine Party Ideas for Activities
Having a few planned activities can be the difference between a good party and a great party. Games can be good ice breakers, help guests get to know one another better, and give your event a focus. Here are a few Valentine party ideas for activities you might try:
Who am I? (the famous couples version) — The game Who am I? is played by placing a sticker with the name of a famous person on each guest’s back. They then have to figure out who they are by circulating and asking yes or no questions about themselves. For a Valentine’s Day party, you can adapt this game by putting the names of a famous couple on everyone’s back. (Some ideas might include Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Samson and Delilah, Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara, Mike and Carol Brady, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, etc.)
The “How Well Do You Know Your Partner” Game — Play this game like the old show, The Newlywed Game, by sending one partner out of the room and asking the other questions about them, then having the first partner return and answer the same questions to see how many answers match.
Here are some questions you might include:
Where was your first date with your partner?
What food would your partner never order in a restaurant?
Of the two of you, who would your partner say is the best driver?
What one piece of your partner’s clothing would you most like to throw out?
What would your partner say is your best feature?
What would your partner say is your worst habit?
What color is your partner’s toothbrush?
As a couple, what is YOUR song?
What is your partner’s favorite movie?
What would your partner describe as the most romantic thing about you?
The Newlywed Game is also available as a DVD board game which offers over 600 different questions and can be a truly hilarious addition to your party.
A Blind Tasting — Take turns being blindfolded and trying to guess what different types of foods your partner (or a handsome stranger) feeds you.
Pass he Orange — Divide your group into two teams and have them line up in boy-girl order with their hands behind their backs. The object of this game is to see which team can pass an orange from the first person to the last using only their chins and necks. If the orange falls during a pass, it must go back to the first person to try again.
Board Games — If this is a couples party, or your event is relatively small, playing board games can be a great valentine party idea. There are lots of fun games out there that can get everyone involved. Here are a few of our favorites:
Music and Dancing — If you are having a couples Valentine party, consider setting up an area for dancing. This can be very romantic, especially later in the evening. You might also make up a Valentine’s Day playlist of your favorite romantic songs. Here are a few well-known love songs to get you started:
Wonderful Tonight — Eric Clapton
Your Song — Elton John
Unforgettable — Nat King Cole
All You Need Is Love — The Beatles
Valentine Party Foods
Traditionally, the foods served at an adult Valentine party are often those considered to be aphrodisiacs. Luckily, there are lots of great options out there, as well as some fun cocktails to spice up the party!
Here are some foods thought to be aphrodisiacs:
Chocolate Fondue is a great menu option for a Valentine’s Day party that allows you to use lots of different fruits and chocolate all at once. You might also set out marshmallows and cubed pound cake for dipping.
Finger Foods such as oysters on the half shell, heart-shaped sandwiches, crackers with cream cheese and caviar, and bowls of almonds are also good choices.
Champagne and Wine are both good drink options for your party. You might also check out the huge list of Valentine’s Day inspired cocktails at www.idrink.com .
Valentine Party Favors
Sending your guests home with a small remembrance is a nice way to end your party.
Here are some ideas:
- Small organza bags filled with Valentine candies
- A rose for each female guest
- Bubble bath
- Sexy dice
- Valentine rubber ducks
- Love Coupons
***Looking for some more last minute ideas? Check out our Creative Party Themes Blog for some fun and easy Valentine treats!
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