Valentine’s Day may be the most divisive holiday of the year. Some of us love the excuse to honor the special people in our lives, while others roll our eyes every time we pass the big red heart-shaped boxes in the grocery store. Still, everyone can appreciate February 14 if they celebrate with the right Valentine's Day party ideas. Read on to make sure your Valentine’s Day bash is one to remember, whether it's big or small, whether you're single or coupled up.
If you're having a bunch of friends over to your house, organize a game that helps conversation flow without putting people on the spot. A classic card game can do the trick, or you can try something new. A personal favorite is this deck of cards called Designed to help you and your friends "identify a good enough love match," it's funny and fun to play while also being really insightful.
Learning something new is a surefire way to make sure everyone is preoccupied and productive. You could try calligraphy, ceramics, cooking, or even floral arranging—all of which would leave participants with a finished product to take home at the end.
Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to gush about how much you love all your friends and family members—consider this as an activity at a dinner party. If it's a small group, you can write each other notes of appreciation. If there are too many people to write a note to everyone, have everyone pick a name out of a hat, or write about the person next to them.
If you’re throwing the party at home, set up an arts and crafts table. This way, everyone will have something to do with their hands and have a goodie to take home with them. Here are plenty of ideas to help you get started.
Now's the time to embrace all the cheese, both of the cinematography and edible variety. Translation: Host a movie marathon of all your favorite romantic films and don't forget to put out a cheese plate. I'm sure no one will mind if you keep the wine flowing.
It's no secret that Valentine's Day can dredge up some pretty emotional memories. So why not bring in some energy instead, and give your Valentine's Day party a wellness theme? Learn how to do crystal readings, bring in a fortune teller and/or chakra healer, or do a group meditation. Think of it as a way of practicing self-love together.
If you're lucky enough to live somewhere warm enough where it's possible to sit outside for longer than five minutes in February, make it a bonfire. A fire pit is the perfect place to cozy up with blankets and mulled wine. This cuddly vibe will set the scene for a Valentine's Day get-together while also ensuring that your party feels unique.
For a smaller, low-key Valentine's Day party that requires minimal planning on your end, book mani/pedi appointments for yourself and a group of friends. Or go all out and treat yourselves to a full day at the spa with your nearest and dearest.
Here's one way to make a special occasion feel, well, special. Depending on how formal a party you'd like, you could bring in a chef to teach you a group of friends how to whip up a seasonal dish, or you could simply let go and have the dinner catered. What better way to spend a loving day than with food and friends?
If you can't get everyone together for after work drinks or a dinner party, consider throwing a boozy brunch over the weekend instead. You can go all out with the Valentine's Day theme, or just use it as an excuse to gather all your loved ones to eat good food and drink mimosas.