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Isn't It Romantic: Host A Valentine's Day Party

Share the love this year with a Valentine's Day party. We'll help with recipes and ideas, whether you're hosting kids or adults.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake | Photo by Allrecipes

Valentine's Day Party Ideas

Sweet Treats

Want to bake something special for your guests? Allrecipes Supporting Member, Celeste, has an idea for you! Try her recipe for Sweetheart Cupcakes. See the video and get tips for making Sweetheart Cupcakes. (Celeste recommends icing cupcakes with Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting, substituting almond extract for the vanilla.)

Sweetheart Cupcakes

Sweetheart Cupcakes | Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

Fun and Games

  • DIY Valentines. Set up an area where guests can create valentines and decorate white paper lunch bags for stashing love notes. Supply paper lace doilies, cupcake liners, colored papers, glue, double-sided tape, pipe cleaners, buttons, yarn, ribbons, scissors, envelopes, pens, pencils, stamps, inks, etc. (Hint: white and silver ink, pencil, and crayon show up beautifully on red and dark pink paper.)
  • Sing silly love songs. Rent karaoke equipment and sing from the heart.
  • Play a game where you stack conversation hearts and award a prize for the highest candy tower left standing. Or guess the number of chocolate kisses in a glass jar, with the winner taking the spoils.
  • For kids, give familiar playground games a Valentine's Day spin. "Simon Says" becomes "Cupid Says." "Red Light, Green Light" becomes "Loves Me, Loves Me Not." "Musical Chairs" becomes "Musical Hearts." An egg race becomes a valentine cupcake race with the confection perched on a spoon. (Hint: don't play this one in a room with carpeting!)

Say It with Chocolate

It's not Valentine's Day without chocolate. Learn how easy it is to make chocolate-covered strawberries yourself for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries | Photo by Meredith

Food of Love

Simple can still be special. Just set the mood with plates, napkins, and other themed decorations from a party store.

  • For kids. Pile miniature savory sandwiches onto serving platters and let the little sweeties help themselves. Valentine pizzas might win some hearts, too.
  • For adults. Get cozy areound a hot and melty cheese fondue. Extra style points awarded for serving it in a heart-shaped bowl.
  • A pretty bowl of punch makes for easy refreshments. Mix equal parts chilled cranberry juice, cherry juice, and lemon-lime soda with a small amount of crushed ice and call the pink concoction Cupid's Love Potion. (If you wish, you could add a splash of vodka for adults.)

Get recipes for Valentine's Day appetizers.

Romantic Dinner for Two or a Few

Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze

Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze | Photo by Ani

Serve filets with roasted potatoes and asparagus.

Romantic Touches

  • Cover your front door with red gift wrap, white paper lace doilies, and pink hearts.
  • Fill a basket with red, white, and pink carnations, each tied with ribbon. Have corsage pins on hand if guests choose to pin on flowers as they arrive.
  • Write "Be Mine" on the bathroom mirror using inexpensive red lipstick. (It will come off with glass cleaner--really!)
  • Drape a white or red tablecloth on the dining room table and sprinkle liberally with paper hearts, conversation heart candies, and wrapped chocolates.
  • Be sure to include lots of candlelight, romantic tunes, and a little room for dancing.
  • For take-home party favors, fill red glass votive candle holders with candies. Set each in the middle of a square of tissue paper, twist to close, and tie at the twist with ribbon.


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