If you have a child whose birthday falls on or around Valentine's Day, we have a
Valentine's Day Party that your little sweetheart is going to love! In fact, this party
is so sweet, you will want to throw it even if it's not your child's birthday. One
of the best thing about this party is...there's no birthday required!
Our sweet little Savannah
really enjoyed our last Valentine's Day party as you can see in the photo above. In fact, she found
herself a sweetheart! Too cute!
As with most of our parties, we start with a theme party
supply kit like the ones below and add on
to it with whatever we can dig up around the house and some special splurges as well.
below are both from Celebrate Express, one of our favorite sources for party supplies.
Celebrate Express (a sister company of Birthday Express) usually has a deal on shipping like
free shipping over $75. They have a nice
selection on party products and great prices as well.
Not only do we have creative contributions for those but also some innovative ideas
for your outside-the-candy-box party too like Valentine's Day Parties for Boys and Valentine's
Day Parties with your child's favorite character like Spiderman or Mickey Mouse.
You can also add a second theme like Candyland or
Princess to double the fun!
We are a family who loves parties so through the years you can bet we have put on plenty
of Valentine's Day parties so keep reading to check out some of our tried and true tips.
What's black and white and read all over? A newspaper...and...these Valentine Party Invitations! Simply
fold a piece of red card stock or construction paper, and cut a half a heart. Open the heart up
into a whole heart and print the party details or better yet, let your youngsters write them.
Help him or her decorate the heart with glitter paint pens then fold and slip
into an envelope. Sprinkle in some confetti and seal the deal with a heart sticker.
Or, you can go all out and customize an invitation such as the one below one from Tiny Prints. There
are lots of designs to choose from like this one that would be especially nice for a Valentine
Be sure to add any special instructions such as RSVP or "wear red if you can"
and it's a good idea to include a map! Be sure to mail them with plenty of time to spare.
Of course the typical colors for a Valentine's Day Party are red, pink and white but
in no way is a party limited to those colors. Red and blue are really swinging colors
for a Spiderman Valentine's Day Party. Shades of blues or purples and pastels are great too.
We like to welcome our guests right when they drive up by way of a sign in the front yard
and a banner across the doorway. You can even order a personalized photo banner at
Celebrate Express...how cool is that?
May your heartprints lead the way...literally! For one of our parties, we cut red hearts out of
posterboard and printed little sayings on them like: "Be Mine", "Hugs" and "You are Sweet".
We laid a trail of hearts from the front porch to the family room where the party was. The guests
followed the hearts to join the fun.
For those of you who are short on time, you can pick up a package of precut hearts like these from
from Shidigz and write on them yourself or even leave them blank.
Bring in any additional theme while you are decorating and continue it throughout the entire
party. Games, snacks, the cake and even party favors can be coupled into one sweet combo.
Simply find a second theme then mix and match things you especially like from it
with our Valentine's Day Party ideas.
Mickey Mouse is
fits right into the Valentine flow and Minnie is so sweet, add a few pastel heart
decorations to Minnie or red and blue hearts with Mickey and
you're good to go.
Angry Birds are even seeing red for the holiday! It's true, they are having so much
fun at the party, they aren't even mad anymore. Check out our Angry Bird Bird-day Party ideas and
add some of our Valentine's Day Party touches and your party is sure to be a winner!
Not only are we a family who loves to throw great parties but we are extremely into sports
as well. With two College Soccer Coaches, an Extreme
Sports Endurance Racer and a Karate Instructor in our group, many a Sports Theme
Valentine's Day Party has played out in our family proving that any theme can be mixed and matched
with Valentine's for a red hot party! We scored on Sports party supplies at
Birthday in a Box.
We love decorating tables so we've got cha covered when it comes to funtastic ones that
will add color and theme to your party scene.
Of course you can go with just one central table for everything but we like to go all out and
use as many as we can like one for the food and snacks, one for the cake, one for beverages, one for
guests to sit at and
for the Valentine's Day Party theme, we designate one whole table to candy. Sweet!
Start with a table cover. You can use all themed ones or go with a solid like red, pink or
whatever your main color is. Or, you can do like we usually do and mix solids and theme ones.
Once you have the table cover on, the fun begins. You can add some lace, tulle or string of
heart lights around the table tops for a very dramatic, romantic effect then you will want to add a centerpiece. You can easily find Valentine's Day Party centerpieces or
you can also make your own.
Bunch some Valentine balloons together, tie a curling ribbon on
and anchor with a plush like this adorable little Valentine Bear or a heart shaped cookie cutter and you have a centerpiece on a shoestring, or rather, curly
We usually purchase a special centerpiece or two and make the rest of them.
You will want at least one thing with to add height to each table and
a centerpiece is a great place to start. I sometimes even set a centerpiece on a box that I wrap
in color coordinating wrapping paper.
Next, place the drinks in the beverage table, cake on the cake table, food on the food table and
so on. Don't forget the plates, cups, napkins and eating utensils!
It is important to make sure you have plenty of room for the essentials before you decorate
any further but once you see how much space is left, set some fun things around like Valentine
plush toys, a vase of roses, hearts of any size or shape, etc. Let your imagination
run wild and you will amaze yourself. And by the way, remember you can always enlist the help
of your little sweetheart!
Now that you have your tables set and decorated, it's time to add a sweet touch for the
Sprinkle around some Valentine confetti, heart shaped candies,
conversational heart candies, rose petals or Red Hots. You can use the same
sprinkles for all the tables or vary them. There are no rules so just have fun.
OK, there you have it...breathtaking tables that will add wonders to your decorating scheme.
PARTY FOOD AND SNACKS
Rest assured the children will get hungry at your party so
feed them some fun food the are sure to love.
If your party falls on or around mealtime, be sure to include
some more filling dishes along with plenty of our yummy snacks.
Although this pizza is totally homemade, don't let that dishearten you...
it's actually a cinch to make and oh so good!
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cupwarm water (110 degrees)
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a circle then form
into a heart or use a Wilton Heart Shaped Pizza Pan. (The
pan can also be used for a giant heart shaped cookie too!)
Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal.
Spread with desired toppings like pepperoni, hamburger, sausage, Canadian bacon,
and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.
LOVELY BREAD, DIP AND VEGGIES
Prepare a frozen loaf bread as instructed but shape into a heart. Bake and cool
Dig out the center with a spoon and fill with the dip of your choice.
Set the bread on a red platter and garnish with lettuce leafs then arrange carrot and
celery sticks around with other sliced veggies. This is a cute and delicious dish that
will disappear before your eyes!
Use cookie cutters to shape prepared sandwiches into fun heart shapes. Use peanut butter and
jelly, chicken salad or deli meat and cheese to fill them.
Cake pops are all the rave if you haven't noticed.
They are so cute and delicious and kids just crazy about them!
You will need: cake balls, sucker sticks, Wilton candy melts (red) and heart sprinkles.
You can make cake pops several ways. My favorite way is with a
Babycakes Cake Pop Maker
because it's so simple.
While the cake balls are baking, melt the candy melts according to the instructions. Do
not overcook or they will be ruined.
Once you have made your cake balls, dip a sucker stick in melted candy melts so that it
sticks better. Stick halfway through the cake ball and let set. Dip the ball into a bowl or cup
of melted candy melts and swirl around. If you have trouble keeping the ball on the stick you
can pour the melted candy melts from a large spoon and cover half. Let sit for a few minutes in the
freezer until the candy is hard and then complete covering the ball. Add another layer to ensure
it is smooth and fully covered and before the candy coating sets, place sprinkles on.
When the suckers are fully dry, slip them in cellobags and tie each with a curly ribbon.
There are lots of fun ways to display your cake pops. We put styrofoam in a long white basket and
covered it with red foil basket wrap and them stuck the cake pops in it for a really nice effect.
This is another great way to blend in your second theme. If you are using Mickey
Mouse or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, these are down rat loveable!
SWEET SHOPPE CANDY BAR
Any Valentine's Day Party deserves a great candy buffet! Set up a "candy
counter" that will give the little sweeties all the candy their hearts
desire and they will be as happy as...kids in a candy store!
We set up an entire table for the Sweet Shoppe. In fact, we
pulled two card tables together and covered them with one large red table cover so
it looked like one huge candy bar!
Fill clear jars with candies and set out little scoops to dish out
the goodies. We provided cellophane Valentine themed bags for the children to store
the treats in.
We had tons of red and pink candies along with pastel converstional
hearts, sweet tarts, bubble gums and chocolates. You should have seen the looks
on the kid's faces when they lined up to go through Candy Heaven. It was priceless!
If you are so inclined to do so, you can get fancy and label each with a
fun Valentine twist. We cut hearts out of craft foam and printed sayings on them
such as "Red Hot For You" for the Red Hot candies and
"Don't Snicker...I Love You" on
a jar of minitature Snickers. "You Drive Me Nuts" was on a jar of mixed nuts and
"You're Beary Sweet" was on the Gummy Bears.
One really cute idea is to spray paint the lids of the jars in pink or red or
whatever your main color is. When the paint is dry, add a puffy Valentine sticker on
the knob in the
You certainly don't have to limit your "Candy Bar" to candy. Set out small cups or
ice cream or yogurt for the children to sprinkle candies on. You can do the same with cupcakes
Of course we couldn't leave out the traditional box of chocolates so
we set out one huge box and also scattered mini versions out on the table.
If you are doing a second theme along with the Valentine's Day Party theme,
the Candy Bar is the perfect place to blend the two. Candied footballs or
soccer balls, Mickey Mouse suckers (instructions below), a Candy Land mecca,...even Spiderman goodies all
can mix right in. Set Mickey and Friends plushes around the table or lay out
the Candy Land board game to add even more of a funtastic flair. If the theme is strictly
Valentine's Day, you can add some huge Hershey's Kisses and Candy Plushes to sweeten
up your banquet table.
We ordered most of our candies from Amazon. While we were ordering, we picked
up our jars and scoopers for a steal of a deal! Shopping on Amazon was convenient and actually
very cost effective. Check out some of our favorite candies and supplies!
CAKES AND CUPCAKES
The finale of any party is of course...the cake! Cake time is most kid's favorite
part of the party so be sure yours is made from the heart and is all it's pumped up to be.
This gorgeous cake is much easier to
make than you would think. Simply bake your favorite cake or use one of our cake recipes.
Invert the cake on a serving dish when cool and then cover with a sheet of white fondant.
Use a sheet of light pink fondant to cut out a heart shape. You can use a heart shaped cookie
cutter if you want to. Do the same with a dark pink sheet of fondant. You can tint and roll out
your own fondant or buy the precolored.
Dot with jumbo dot confetti sprinkles and tie a ribbon around the cake and tie in a neat bow.
The little sweethearts will work up quite a thrist having fun at the party so be
sure to serve drinks that are sure to bring a smile.
1/2 large bottle of Hawaiian Punch or other red Fruit Punch
1/2 large bottle of ginger ale
1 qt of sherbet (any flavor)
Slices of red fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, cherries, cranberries and so on.
Mix all the ingredients in a punch bowl and serve chilled. Add heart shaped ice cubes or
a Valentine's Day Ice Ring.
Try adding heart shaped ice cubes. (Make cubes in heart shaped muffin pan.) Make it more festive by serving in Valentine themed glasses or pink/red glasses. Try looking in local dollar stores for themed glasses.
"RED"DY TO SERVE PUNCH
4 cups apple juice
1 (46 fluid ounce) can of fruit punch
1 (6 ounce) can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (6 ounce) can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
18 fluid ounces of water
1 tablespoon of red food coloring (we use the organic kind)
Mix all of the ingredients together and serve chilled. Pour into punch bowl and
decorate with an ice ring or heart shaped ice.
HEART OF GOLD PUNCH
This yummy punch is great for showing off your ice block or ice ring since it is light
colored. You can substitute pink lemonade for the regular lemonade if you want a light
pink champage look instead.
1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade
1 (6 oz.) can frozen orange juice
1 (6 oz.) can pineapple juice
2 (4 oz.) cans white grape juice
2 qts. water
2 (1 qt.) bottles ginger ale
1 (1 qt.) bottle of Sprite or 7-up
RED VELVET SMOOTHIES
1 cup of cherry juice
1 (8 ounce) container of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of frozen unsweetened raspberries
1/4 to 1/2 cup of seedless red grapes
3-4 teaspoons of sugar if desired (we use raw sugar)
Blend together in blender and serve immediately.
TICKLED PINK SMOOTHIES
1/2 cup orange or cranberry juice
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup vanilla yogurt or 1 cup strawberry yogurt
1 cup ice cubes or 1 cup crushed ice
1 can whipped cream
Blend the first four ingredients in the blender and pour into serving glasses
or cups. Top with whip cream and garnish with pink sprinkles.
VALENTINE'S DAY ICE RINGS
The children will love chillin' with these fun ice rings.
HEART OF ICE
You will need a freezer safe heart shaped dish. Fill half full with
water and freeze until hard. Add conversation hearts, red hots, red or pink
sprinkles or rose petals and fill the rest of the way with water. Freeze until
fully frozen the set the bottom in lukewarm water until the heart shaped ice
easily comes out. Fill punch bowl with punch, slip the ice ring in and serve
HEART ICE BLOCK
This was a huge hit at our party! You will need a square shaped, freezer safe container.
You will also need a non-toxic plastic heart.
Partially fill the square container with water and freeze. Lay the heart on the ice and
fill with more water and let freeze then fill the rest of the way and freeze until the entire
block is frozen solid. Let lukewarm water run on the sides until it loosens up enough to release.
Pour punch in a bowl and slowly lower the ice block into the punch. Serve immediately.
Have some light hearted fun with the drinks when you plop in some of these
led lighted heart ice cubes. Watch the children's faces glow!
Ice Breaker games are played so the children can get to know
each other and warm up to the party. We always play one or two of
the games at the beginning of the party and others later on.
Divide the group into two equal teams and let them each pick a name such as
the "Sweet Tarts". Give each group a list of Valentine related items that you
have hidden around the house or room before the party. The first group to find
all of the items wins the game!
MY OTHER HALF
Prior to the party, make or purchase medium to large size paper hearts.
Print cute Valentine's Day sayings on them like "Be Mine", "Sweetheart" and so
Cut the hearts in half using a zig-zag pattern or zig-zag scissors.
When it's time to play the game, give each child half a heart. If the
group is uneven, you can play to even it out. Have each child find their "other
half" without talking.
Let the children spend five minutes getting to know their "other half" and then
gather the players in a circle and let each child say something about their "other half".
STAND UP IF YOU...
Have the children sit down on chairs or on the floor. Start the game by
saying, "Stand up if you have ever eaten Valentine candy."
Continue the game by asking
if they have done other Valentine activities that come to mind like if they
have ever "Gotten flowers for Valentine's Day" or "Watched a Valentine's Day
Place a package of Conversational Valentine candies
in a bowl and let each child take a turn picking a candy (without looking at it) and acting out what
is written on it. The other children
will try to guess what the candy says.
Whoever is the first to guess correctly gets to pick a candy and the game continues until each
child has had a turn.
HEART ON THE LINE
Before the party, hang a wire "clothesline" across the room. You can make it
with a string or thin ribbon if you prefer. Make or purchase
paper or foam hearts. On each one write something silly to do like, "Pat your head and
rub your tummy". Pin each heart on the line with a clothespin.
At gametime, each player will take turns picking a heart off the line and
doing what it says to do.
The kids will be laughing and warmed up in no time!
Kids love games so be sure to organize some for your Valentine's Day Party.
As you explain the rules of the games, remind the players that it's not about winning,
it's about having fun. We like to give a bigger prize to the winner or winners and smaller
consolation prizes to all who participate.
Check out the candy jars we made during craft
time at our party! It's a very cute and easy project but the kids, no matter what age,
will need to be supervised.
You will need a mason jar for each child, some large bags of Conversational Hearts
Valentine candies, a glue gun and some glue sticks.
Help the children glue the inside of the lid to the screw top of the lid then help
them glue candies to the top of the jar. While the glue is drying, the children can fill
the jars with candies.
That's it! The jars make a great gift for the guests to give someone or to keep
for theirselves. Enjoy!
What about this infant costume for your little angels devil side? The "Here Comes
Trouble" costume includes: a lined zippered bodysuit featuring a satiny red/white heart,
shiny devil tail and an inner leg snap closure, horned hood with attached marabou halo,
and skid resistant booties. Plus, a detachable
gleaming angel/devil wings are also included in this daring and divine ensemble.
Join in the fun yourself. Watch the children's faces when they see you in a
Cupcake costume. They will surely think you are just the sweetest!
Don't forget your pup! Buy Costume has pet costumes too so make sure the
sweetheart of the household is dressed for success too. Isn't this the cutest cupcake
When the party is over, send the guests home with much love! Parting is
such sweet sorrow but not when they leave with the funtastic favors.
First, you will want to decide what you want to put the treats in. Options include
theme sacks, boxes, baskets and even heart shaped containers. Once you choose a
container, you will know how many items will fit inside.
Filling them is the fun part. When it comes to the Valentine's Day Party theme,
the possibilities are endless. Include toys like balls and bubbles and treats like
coloring books and heart shaped sunglasses. Don't forget to add plenty of candy like
these personalized ones.
Here are some great ideas from Celebrate Express. You can get special things
at a party store and grab some things at a dollar store or bargain rack to mix in.
Amazon has some great party favors too and often you can get a discount on shipping or even
get it free with Super Saver Shipping.
Since Valentine's Day falls shortly after Christmas, my sister taught me a fun trick. When
the bargain bins are full of Christmas items after the holidays, scoop them up. You can use red
things for Valentine's Day, Fourth of July celebrations and even for birthdays. Red paper goods like
plates, cups and napkins are all up for grabs and often things like red cake sprinkles, wrapping
paper and table covers are too.
Might as well grab some green things to because you are in luck..we have an amazing St. Patrick's Day Party too.
WRAPPING IT UP...
There you have it, our tried and true Valentine's Day Party innovative ideas and
straight from our family's heart to your own. We hope you can take some of our suggestions
and add in your own touches for a lovely and fun party.
So sit back and get reddy to be tickled pink. We have done all the
work for you and would never leave you blue. Remember...We are here so you can wholeheartedly
seize the moments and enjoy your big day.