This Valentine’s Day, celebrate everyone you love! Invite your best guy and gal pals over for an evening of fun and games. Get our top party planning tips and tricks below, from DIY decorations to drink recipes.
Valentine’s Day Party Decorations
Share the love with a pink-and-red tissue paper tassel garland, then create an “XOXO” banner out of cardstock and layer the banner on top of the tassel garland.
Cluster candles and fresh flowers (we chose white gerber daisies, red roses, pink carnations and hydrangeas) on your table for pretty yet inexpensive decorations. Keep it gender neutral with simple black-and-white striped paper napkins and black and white plastic plates. For the finishing touch, add sparkle to the evening with our easy-to-make DIY glitter and DIY confetti balloons.
Behind your bar or food table, hang a silver fringe curtain for a simple yet sparkly party backdrop.
Valentine’s Day Party Activities
Looking for a little friendly competition? Try your hand at a game of Hearts or Cards Against Humanity.
Or take a trip back in time with a kid-friendly classic like Jenga. Bonus points if you paint your set in Valentine’s colors (we used acrylic paint).
Ready to spice things up? Try a good ol’ fashioned game of spin the bottle. Give this traditional teen favorite an adult upgrade by painting a glass bottle with silver spray paint and attaching our free pink printable Valentine’s Day Spin the Bottle label … then get ready to pucker up!
Valentine’s Day Party Food
Set out a simple spread of cheese and crackers, berries and nuts. To prepare a crowd-pleasing cheese plate, go with a variety of textures and flavors. Include at least one hard cheese (like manchego), a soft cheese (like brie) and a blue cheese so there’s something for everyone, and serve with plain or rosemary water crackers. Set out a separate knife for each kind of cheese. Here, we topped a round of brie with pomegranate seeds and piled marcona almonds in the center of our cheese board.
Don’t forget the sweet treats. Stick to the theme with pink cupcakes (store-bought or homemade) on decorative cake stands to show them off.
Valentine’s Day Party Drinks
Set up a bar cart or separate table devoted to Valentine’s Day “love potions.” Display our free printable Valentine’s Day bar menu in a frame so guests know what they’re sipping.
Feeling old-fashioned? Shake it up with the Matchmaker, a blend of bourbon, ginger ale and lemon.
Or try our recipe for In the Pom of Your Hand, a ruby-red mix of pomegranate juice, vodka, lime and tonic.