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 Guide

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.

Valentine's Day Party Guide

Behind your bar or food table, hang a silver fringe curtain for a simple yet sparkly party backdrop.

Valentine's Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day Party Activities 

Looking for a little friendly competition? Try your hand at a game of Hearts or Cards Against Humanity.

Valentine's Day Party Guide

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).

Valentine's Day Party Guide

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 Guide

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.

Valentine's Day Party Guide

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 Guide

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.

Valentine's Day Party Guide

Feeling old-fashioned? Shake it up with the Matchmaker, a blend of bourbon, ginger ale and lemon.

Match Maker Cocktail

Or try our recipe for In the Pom of Your Hand, a ruby-red mix of pomegranate juice, vodka, lime and tonic.

Pomegranete Cocktail

Spread the love by inviting friends to a Valentine’s Day party with the free Evite Invitation below or another one of our Valentine’s Day invitations.

Evite Valentine's Day Invitation


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