I wanted to share an idea created by a friend of mine who wanted to have a fun excuse to get together with her girlfriends. She hosted a Valentines Party at her house with a spread of great food. Here are her ideas that made the day fun:
1. She asked the guests to wear pink or red to the party. Even though that doesn’t seem like a big idea, it got everyone excited about what they would wear, and it was fun to see the colors everywhere during the party. I thought that added a lot of ambiance, and it didn’t cost the hostess anything.
2. Besides an amazing spread of food, she served champagne with a splash of cranberry juice for color. She added heart-shaped ice cubes that had a raspberry frozen in the middle. She also painted hearts on the glasses and that was our take away gift from the party. I still use it and think of her! NOTE: This would be an awesome cocktail at an engagement party as well.
3. All guests were asked to bring a pair of earrings wrapped as a present. Once we finished snacking and talking, we drew numbers, and starting with #1, each person got to choose a mystery present from the pile. The next number could get a new mystery present, or she could “steal” a pair of earrings that had already been opened. In that case, the person stolen from could steal from someone else or pick a new mystery present. Once a pair of earrings was stolen the third time, it was no longer eligible. This created a great source of entertainment for us all, and we got to take away a great pair of earrings. I still remember the party every time I wear them. NOTE: This became an annual event, and each year the mystery item changed. One year, we brought scarves, and you should have seen how creative some people were.
I put together this collage of some of the Valentine Party ideas I have mentioned:
This cheesecake was fantastic and was made by a baker in the Emerald Isle/Swansboro area. She makes all types of gourmet cheesecakes. Comment below or email me (email@example.com) if you would like her contact information.