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The Go-To guide for throwing an amazingly adorable Valentine’s Day Party

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s a chance for you to get your friends and family together to celebrate. Whether you’re single, partnered up, or somewhere in-between, this holiday can be so much fun when you invite your friends over to your house to celebrate. Start a new tradition in your circle that will warm everyone’s heart by having a party celebrating Valentine’s Day.

INVITATIONS:

You can be like everybody else and send out a group email inviting your guests to your party, or you can get your creative juices flowing. Sending a card in the mail is a perfect way to invite your guests. Not sure where to begin? Try searching Samantha Hahn’s page on flickr for free, printable Valentine’s Day cards.

To be more original get a box of candy hearts and writing the invite on the box and sending them out. Imagine getting such a sweet invitation on a box of Valentine’s Day candy. Talk about a flashback to grade school card exchanges. It’s almost too perfect.

DRINKS:

What’s a party without a signature drink? Choosing an on-theme crowd pleaser is sometimes difficult, but we’re here to help. Don’t feel obligated to have all your beverages be pink or red (though it’s a charming touch) but do feel obligated to have a delicious drink your guests will love. The full recipes for all of these drinks are on Popsugar.com.

POMEGRANATE MIMOSA

We love mimosas just as much as anybody. The color is perfect for a red-and-pink party. You can also use cranberry juice for a bolder red! The best part about mimosas – they are so easy and delicious. Win-win.

THE BEE’S KNEES

What this cocktail lacks in Valentine’s themed color, it makes up for with its adorably affectionate name: The Bee’s Knees, honey, gin, with a squeeze of both lemon and lime juice. Make it up in advance, and this sweet, simple cocktail is sure to win over your guests!

GINGER SALTY DOG

Want your cocktail to compliment all of your delicious, sugary snacks? Then this salty drink is what you’re looking for. Grapefruit, ginger simple syrup, vodka, and coarse salt to rim the glass.

NEGRONI COCKTAIL

This classic Italian cocktail is deliciously boozy and perfect for a cold-weather holiday like Valentine’s Day. Its reddish hue is a bonus for your V-Day aesthetic. Mix gin, Campari, vermouth, and a twist of orange for garnish.

MOVIES:

Everybody loves a good romantic movie. Play one of our favorite romantic movies in the background at your soiree.

-The Holiday

-Titanic

-Love Actually

-Pretty Woman

-When Harry Met Sally

-You’ve Got Mail

-Notting Hill

-10 Things I Hate About You

APPETIZERS:

One of the most important things a great host knows: feed the people. Food is such an important (and fun) element of a party. Deciding what type of food is sometimes difficult. Dinner? Apps? Treats? Finger food? Plated food? Sit-down dinner? Once you’ve got that decided, you’re golden.

HEART SHAPED PIZZA

Heart-shaped pizzas are not only tasty and on-theme, but they’re also fun at a party and are easy to eat. Prepare in advance the heart-shaped pizza dough using a cardboard cut-out as your guide, and when guests arrive set out a selection of toppings for your guests to DIY. If you are thinking of doing pot-luck style, invite your guests to bring toppings to share, and you provide the crust and sauce. Your guests will have fun making their pizzas, and everyone loves to hang out in the kitchen anyway.

HEART SANDWICHES

This may be the easiest Valentine’s Day recipe ever. All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter, bread, and any sandwich toppings you want! Make bite-size sandwiches your guests will love.

SWEET TREATS:

Here are a few of our favorite Valentine’s themed sweet treats your guests will enjoy while mingling, drinking, and playing party games.

CHOCOLATE DIPPED CARAMELS

Make these delicious chewy nuggets for your party guests by dropping store-bought (or homemade, if you’re a superhero) in chocolate and any cute valentine’s colored toppings. Pink sprinkles are our favorite, but adding some nuts will please the healthy eaters in your group.

RED VELVET POPCORN

Everybody loves popcorn. You may have noticed a surge in popcorn brands in your grocery store aisles, and we’re here to help your party include the hottest trends in snacking. This flavored popcorn is to die for, and getting small carriers for people to dish their popcorn into will add a super cute flair to this treat.

Ingredients

2 oz cream cheese, softened
1 Tbs corn syrup
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Bag popcorn, popped
4 Red velvet cupcakes, unfrosted

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, corn syrup, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Use a stand or hand mixer to blend into a creamy glaze.
  2. Fold one bag of popcorn into the cream cheese glaze.
  3. Use your hands to crumble four unfrosted red velvet cupcakes into the mixing bowl. Use a spatula to gently fold the cupcake pieces into the popcorn mixture.
  4. Spread mixture out on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or wax paper and allow it to harden for about 10 minutes.

ACTIVITIES:

Nothing gets the ball rolling at a party like games.

WHO’S WHO

This game is perfect for a Valentine party because you can choose characters that are on-theme! For a Valentine’s Day edition of this game, you’ll write down the name of 20 (or however many guests you’re expecting) characters from popular romance films on sticky-notes and put one on each guest’s back. During the party, they can ask other guests questions in a quest to figure out which character is on their back! Intentionally steering your friends off course is encouraged. This game is hilarious and super low-key, allowing your guests to chit-chat and enjoy themselves while still participating.

THE NEWLYWED GAME

This is perfect for a party with lots of couples. The host will ask questions to each group, and they have to guess the answer that their partner would say. Be prepared to laugh at your friend’s hilarious answers to questions about their spouse, and be sure to soak up some knowledge on your own before the party starts!