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Ideas for Valentine's Day Party - Decorations and Games

Updated on January 02, 2016
A single lovely rose for Valentine's Day.A rose is an excellent decoration, even when it dries out.
A single lovely rose for Valentine's Day.A rose is an excellent decoration, even when it dries out. | Source

Planning a Valentines Day Party

Having a Valentine’s Day party? Is it time to get organized and decide what supplies you need to purchase?

Are you going to have a theme party? A party for singles or for couples—or both?

Whatever type of party you have, there are some basic things to decide. You need at least a few Valentine’s Day decorations to set the tone. Fortunately, they don't have to be lavish or expensive.

What kind of food or snacks will you serve? What will you and your guests do all evening?

Is it enough to mingle or do you want to have some games or activities planned? Finally, party favors, however small, are a nice gesture for your guests.


Love birds Valentine Day cups
Love birds Valentine Day cups | Source

Valentine's Day Decorations

The simplest—and cheapest—items you can decorate with to make your place festive are streamers and balloons. Mix or match colors of red, white, and pink. You can even get heart-shaped balloons to go with the holiday.

Another easy decoration is cut-out hearts. To go really cheap, cut out your own using red or pink construction paper. To make it easy on yourself and perhaps get some more intricate decorations such as Cupid and his arrows, you can purchase these without spending too much.

Now that you’ve decked out the house, focus on the tableware. Think about what you’ll need to serve your snacks and drinks. You will need plates, cups, and napkins at the very least. If all your foods aren’t finger foods, you’ll also need to get some plastic forks or spoons.

For a festive table, start with a red or white tablecloth, adding your decorative tableware. You can also purchase a centerpiece of flowers to set it all off.


Valentine Party Favors

Party favors give your guests something to take with them. Favors can be as simple as a bag of candy. Going a step further, you can order personalized candy bars—or even lollipops for each guest. A simple silk rose is a nice gesture, too.

Valentine's Day Food

Now that you have your tableware, how are you going to fill it? You can always go with a basic party appetizer menu that will work for any gathering, or you might want to be more creative and go for some valentine-themed appetizers. With a heart-shaped baking pan, you can make anything you want in the shape of a heart.

At the least, you can set out a few heart-shaped foods, such as sugar cookies with red frosting or a heart-shaped cake. Just buy some sugar cookie dough, follow the directions, and after they cool from the oven, add red or pink frosting on top. You can do the same with a cake or brownie mix.

For some simple fun, fill clear bowls of conversation hearts for your guests to read and snack on.

Provide a simple punch with a combination of strawberry and ginger ale. Here are some additional punch ideas.


Valentine's Day Party Games for Adults

Valentine's Day Games and Activities

Depending on your guest list, you may or may not want to have some planned activities. Your particular group may be great at mixing and mingling. However, throwing in some fun activities could serve to get the party started off right or rev up a party when there’s a lull.

You can play silly games like Bingo and word searches where winners win small prizes. For ladies’ only parties, you might watch a sappy romantic movie to make fun of. For more themed party ideas for adults as well as kids, check out these Valentine party themes for ideas for singles only, couples, and even matchmaking.


Reminders for Valentine's Day Party

General Ideas
 
Decorations
streamers, balloons, cut-outs
Tableware
tablecloth, plates, cups, napkins, plasticware
Snacks
heart-shaped cookies, cake, appetizers (see menu)
Party Favors
candy, chocolate, silk rose
Games
Bingo, Pictionary, Adult Games (see video)
These are just some ideas. Be as creative as you desire!

Save on Valentine Party Supplies!

Valentine’s Day can be fun both for singles and couples. It doesn’t have to be a depressing day for singles, and a party is a great way to shoo away any feelings of loneliness. Online sites such as Stumps has great discounted prices on a huge assortment of Valentine’s Day decorations. Check out Stumps discounts for some fun Valentine’s Day games.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      sounds like it is going to be a festive valentine's day party. Lots of good suggestions here. Voting up and pinning.

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      alwaysamber 4 years ago

      I love idea for Valentine's Day games and activities. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love it! So glad I just hoped on and saw this...thanks Vicki! You gave me a PERFECT idea for a hub today!! Ill link you up when I'm done, ok? Starting: NOW! I have to go to a craft store real quick first...

      I really adore Valentines Day and every year I do something special for my whole family - like a dinner or candies:)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Carol! If I had more energy these days, I'd throw a valentine's party myself! Maybe next year. :-) Thanks for voting and pinning!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      These are creative ideas. I've only been to one Valentine's Day Party and that was in the 8th grade. Lol. I usually do dinner, but now you got me in the mood to plan one.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      alwaysamber--You're welcome! And thank YOU for reading. Yeah, parties can be very fun!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great tips and ideas here, voted up and useful!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      RealH--I'm glad this hub inspired you. I'll be looking for yours, too! I think that's neat that you do something for your whole family. That's cool!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Good party planning, Victoria Lynn! Creative! I really like the lovebirds decorated cups.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're the lovedoctor!! You SHOULD throw a Valentine's Day party!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great tips and ideas, you are certainly getting everyone in the mood for some Valentines fun. Makes me wish I was younger again Lol

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Pinkchic--Thanks! Glad you like!

      Monis Mas--I liked those cups, too. I thought they were really cute. Now if only I had the energy for a party! haha

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Right? After all of this writing!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I know, Monis Mas! There's just not enough time! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rosemay--I don't have the energy for parties as much as I used to, either! Happy Valentine's Day, whatever you do! :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas for a fun Valentine party! Voted up.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur--Thanks for the read, comment, and vote! Much appreciated!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee....You are slowly but surely, encouraging me to make a bit more of Valentine's Day than I normally do......What the heck....a little Romance never hurt anyone. My husband will send you a Thank you note, I'm sure. He's much more into Fun & Parties than me.

      From my heart to yours! Thanks...UP+++

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Haha, Effer. I'll be looking for the thank you note from your hubby. I'm trying to get myself in the mood to doing something, too! :-) Happy V-Day!

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Victoria. I like your hub. I am thinking that left over Christmas cookies could also be used since they look alike....lol Nice ideas. You have mentioned some frugal ways to have this party and that's great!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Victoria.I vote across,up and share all around.

      Eddy.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cardisa--You're right; the cookies could work! :-) Yes, I don't think it would cost too much to throw this type of party. Thanks for reading!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      My daughter's school party is right around the corner. Thanks for these tips! Pinned, useful and up.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub, especially for Valentines Day. You have wonderful ideas here. I am glad to follow you. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Eddy, for all the sharing. You're a doll!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Glimmer! Glad it's helpful. School parties are the most fun, I think. I've always remembered them!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      prasetio--Thanks so much. You are so kind. :-)

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I think this is really good, it can be a way for a group of friends who are unattached at this moment, to celebrate Valentine's Day if they mind it at all. Instead of scowling over not having a date or a relationship, why not create a great V-Day party? Invite your equally single friends... Fantastic idea. :)

      Up, useful and shared. :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      vibesites--I'm glad you think so! Party on! :-)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Fun ideas and I have to check out the "easy appetizer recipes" link - I'm always wondering what the heck to make when I have people over because, let's face it, I don't have people over very often - I live far, far away in the woods, through the mountains and over the hills. Haha.

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      A useful hub with fun and practical ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hooray for Valentine's Day!! Thanks for the great decorating ideas!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lots of fun activities here to make the celebration fun. The simplest decorations can add lots to the event. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cyndi--The appetizer recipes are some tried and true ones that I have made over the years. They are always popular. I think it would be fun to visit you way off in the woods! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jenn-Anne--you're welcome! Thanks for reading!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Rebecca! Happy VDay!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, teaches! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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