Valentine’s Day is known as the day for
lovers, a day when everyone seems to be coupled. But who
says you can’t share Valentines Day with friends?
A Valentine’s party can celebrate the
Saint of Lovers without being an exclusive dinner for two,
and it can be celebrated by singles and couples alike.
So, get together a group of friends and
A select group can enjoy a beautiful
dinner party together. Choose some close couples or a group
of single friends and make a night of it.
Use a red tablecloth and matching
serviettes, along with some pretty tableware. Lay a rose
across each place and serve foods associated with love and
romance, such as oysters, chocolate, strawberries and
Throw a cocktail party, but limit the
drinks to ones with romantic or lustful names. Try Love
Birds, Love Juice, Kiss in the dark, Body Heat or Love Cocktail
(find some recipes
Maybe steal a bit of Christmas and hang
some mistletoe around the room …
Let’s have a party!
Invite heaps of friends and have a
traditional party-type party. Of course, you choose all
decorations to be red or pink and have hearts everywhere,
and request guests to dress appropriately.
Play love songs, or even some romantic
party games – how long is it since you played spin the
Set the scene
Whatever style of party you decide on,
here are some tips to add to the Valentines feel of the
Find some champagne flutes that have pink
or red bases or are decorated with hearts. Discount shops
usually have decorated flutes or cocktail glasses.
Wrap some pink cellophane around
lampshades to give the room a romantic quality – and keep
lighting to a minimum, too.
Use heart shaped cutters for food where
possible – biscuits, sandwiches, cheese pieces, fruit chunks
– as well as using heart shaped moulds for ice cubes and
soft foods like pate, mousse or sorbet.
Add a touch of strawberry liqueur or pink
lemonade to drinks to make them look pink and exotic.
If decorating, cut out cardboard or paper
hearts to place on walls and doors. Keep streamers, balloons
and the like to red, white and pink.
If serving food, give everything
interesting, romantic names – offer Lovers’ delight instead
of chocolate mousse, or ravioli valentine instead of ravioli
napoli. Have some fun with it!
Decorate tables with bowls of heart
chocolates or kisses.
Play a collection of love songs – even if
that seems too soppy the rest of the year, it works on
Hide heart sparkles in unusual places to
surprise people – in curtains, on top of doors, under
plates, between serviettes, and so on.
Burn essential oils to add romance to the
atmosphere – ylang ylang and sandalwood are good choices.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
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