Forgo the requisite romantic dinner out and instead throw a Valentine's bash and invite all of your friends. From the music to the food, we've got tips for turning your Valentine's Day party into a fun, memorable, and romantic night for everyone.
Introduce all of your Valentine's Day party guests at the beginning and get them to engage in an ice breaker. This can be as simple as getting each couple to introduce and share something about themselves. If most of your guests are unfamiliar with one another, setup an ice breaker where each couple has to learn at least one thing about each other couple and then shares that with the group. By getting everyone involved in the beginning, you'll encourage mingling and the Valentine's Day party with run more smoothly.
Plan a few clever Valentine's Day party games to entertain your guests. These can be as innocent and cheesy as 'Pin the Wings on Cupid' or as risqué as a kissing game. You could create a few unique Valentine's Day party games such as coming up with the most romantic proposal, a Valentine's Day trivia quiz, and so on. Whatever games you plan, make sure to have romantic prizes on hand for the winner!
Keep the decorations in line with the romance of Valentine's Day. Keep the overall decor light and romantic by turning down the lights, putting candles around the house, and adding fresh flowers, especially roses, in various locations. If you want to add additional decorations, go with the color red (or at least shades of red) and heart shapes.
Finger foods tend to work best for casual, fun parties. Try adding a bit of romance to your finger foods by using red food coloring or heart shaped molds. If you want a more intimate atmosphere, go with a dinner party and invite everyone over for a candlelit, gourmet meal. No matter which you choose, go with romantic desserts such as a heart shaped cake or chocolate fondue.
Create little Valentine's Day party gift bags for each couple to take home with them. Fill them with romantic tokens such as a sensual scented candle, a heart shaped cookie cutter, two chocolate dipped strawberries, and fun candy conversation hearts. You could even take photos of each couple as they arrive and put their pictures on the backs of the King and Queen of Hearts playing cards.
Keep the music soft while eating so that you can easily engage in conversation. As the party continues, encourage dancing. Of course you want the requisite romantic slow songs, but try adding a few faster paced songs in the mix as well. End the night with Martina McBride's 'Valentine'.
If you want a really unique Valentine's Day party, tell everyone to come dressed up as a famous couple from history, such as Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, or even more recent couple such as Britney and Kevin, or Tom and Katie.