Happy Friday, everyone! Any fun plans this weekend? I myself am going to have a total girl day on Saturday with my roommate Cassie, but the introverted party animal in me is thinking that a V Day party wouldn't be a bad idea, either. Hence...this guest post I have lined up for ya today. Pro writer Amber Brubaker has some awesome tips for you to try on hosting an awesome Valentine's Day party this year. So without further ado...
Though Valentine’s Day is often spent alone with your significant other, there’s no reason you can’t have a fabulous party on that day, whether you’re in a relationship or single. This party can be romantic for couples, or serve as a great mixer for singles. Your party could be the talk of the town that night, if you have the right things going for you.
A couples party is going to be a little different than a singles party. You’ll want the mood of this party to be a little more intimate and romantic. Consider these ideas as you plan your party for multiple couples.
Keep the guest list short and limited to your most intimate friends. A Valentine’s Day couples party is no time to make new friends or invite casual acquaintances. The theme and mood should still be charming and comfortable. Inviting only your closest friends will enable you to have a romantic, fun night with your sweetheart, even though others are present.
With other couples at the party, you’ll want to keep the decorations classy—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just a little bit sensual. Stick to plain, unscented candlesticks for the tables, and deep red, cloth napkins. Feel free to sprinkle the table with rose petals, and leave a sexy party favor by each plate, such as a small bottle of luxury bubble bath or massage cream.
All the food at your party should be reminiscent of romance. Finger foods are always a great option, since nothing screams romance like food you can hand-feed to your partner. Gourmet pizza and breadsticks would be a great option, followed by chocolate covered strawberries or fondue.
When the feasting ends (or when you decide to move the party to the living room), you’ll want to have some entertainment planned. You could pull out an interactive board game such as Cranium, Apples to Apples, or the Newlywed Game. Or, put on a romantic movie and bring out some throws and bean bags so the couples can cuddle.
If you’ve got the space, clear the floor, throw on some music, and invite your guests to dance. Create a continuous playlist on your iPod so that no one has to play DJ. Include a combination of upbeat music and slow songs to encourage all types of dancing.
Just because you aren’t in a relationship doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Get the word out that you’re throwing a great party, find the venue, and start planning.
The number of guests you invite should depend on the type of party you want to throw. If you want to keep it small, only invite the people you know. If you want it to be big and wild, tell everyone you know to spread the word. Just make sure there’s a relatively equal amount of guys to girls, since this party should be an opportunity for your guests to meet new people.
If it’s small, consider having a dinner, but if it’s a big party, you better stick with the buffet style food, and you might want to have it catered. Think finger foods like pizza bites, breads, chips, cheese and crackers, and cookies. Fill the tables with food people can eat while mingling and enjoying the party.
For small parties, plan fun, interactive games. You might have party games like Smurf, Fruits, or Psychiatrist. These kinds of games will be a hit among your guests, and make small parties fun and interactive.
For larger parties, think entertainment on a bigger scale. It might be cool to have a live band playing, if possible. No matter what, you’ll want music and dancing. Regardless of the kind of music you play, you’ll need good speakers. Nothing ruins a party like having your speakers blow out because they can’t handle the volume. If you need some good speakers, try some from a company like this one.
If you plan to have music and a lot of guests, your house or apartment is not a good venue for the party. You’ll need to find another location. Look around town for places that will rent out their building for such a party. If it’s a little ways out of town or has soundproofing, that’s even better.
With these tips in mind, your party is sure to be a hit, and this could very well be the best Valentine’s Day yet ;)