Valentine's Day Party Ideas

Invitations

Decorations

If you're planning a special Valentine's Day evening for you and your honey, all you need are some candles and a bouquet of red roses to set the mood. But if you're throwing a Valentine's Day bash for your friends and family, you'll want to spice things up in other ways.

Those little candy hearts with sayings like "Be Mine" make the perfect decorations for a Valentine's Day party. Fill candy bowls, champagne flutes and martini glasses with the colorful treats. If you're going to be serving a sit-down meal, sprinkle the candy hearts down the center of your table and place one or two on each napkin.

Vintage-style Valentine's Day cards add a classic touch to your Valentine's Day party decor. Stand them up across a fireplace mantle or on your dining table, or tape them to the bathroom mirror. And of course, no campy Valentine's Day party is complete without a statuette or cardboard cutout of a frolicking, arrow-toting Cupid.

Visit the Evite Party Store to get more ideas and buy supplies!

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Costumes

Red and pink are the traditional colors of Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean you have to dress in hearts and flowers from head to toe.

If you're hosting a Valentine's Day party for friends and family, take a tip from Halloween and make it a costume party. To tie the costume idea to this day, ask your guests to come as famous couples throughout history. The couples can be real or fictional, living or dead, splitsville or still madly in love.

Noteworthy couples to consider for your Valentine's Day Party costume:

  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Morticia and Gomez
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Mickey and Minnie
  • Sid and Nancy
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Yoko and John
  • Kermit and Miss Piggy
  • Johnny and Baby
  • Danny and Sandy
  • Bella and Edward

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Activities

Make your own valentines! Buy red and pink construction paper, brightly colored markers, glitter and confetti, and share the love.

Watching a romantic comedy is a fun Valentine's Day activity whether you're spending the holiday with a loved one or a whole slew of friends and family.

You can make the movie-watching experience more interactive by picking a musical you and your guests will want to sing along to, like West Side Story or Moulin Rouge.

Just keep tissues on hand if you go with a tear-jerker.

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Food

Love is on the menu for Valentine's Day, and you can easily incorporate rumored aphrodisiacs like oysters and champagne into your Valentine's Day party food ideas. Start with oysters Rockefeller followed by an entrée of chicken or fish in champagne sauce.

Looking for Valentine's Day dessert ideas too? Think chocolate, as in chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate truffles, chocolate fondue and chocolate heart-shaped cookies.

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Drinks

Love Potion #9 (serves several)

  • 20 oz cherry-flavored Kool-Aid
  • 8 oz vodka
  • 3 oz white rum
  • 1 pouch cherry-flavored Kool-Aid powder

Pour Kool-Aid into a punch bowl; then add vodka and rum. Add 1 additional pouch of cherry Kool-Aid mix and stir.

Non-Alcoholic — sparkling pear and apple cider

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