Valentine’s Day can be tricky. Do you fight the crowds to get a table at your favorite restaurant? Or do you go for a low-key night out with your girlfriends? Instead of fretting about what plans to make for February 14, go with the easier and more fun option of throwing a festive Valentine’s Day party at home.
Pay Attention to the Details
For a small couples’ gathering, start by planning your menu to set the mood for the evening. Once the menu is settled, move on to décor. Create a casual, chic atmosphere with a neutral palate like a burlap tablecloth. Then, add serving pieces like toile plates, personalized dinner napkins, red placements and red-stemmed wine glasses. Bring even more interest to your table with pops of colors like pink tulips in Mason jars.
Get Your Guests Involved
Get your guests in on the action with a dessert station or candy bar. Bake red velvet cupcakes and set out bowls of chocolate chips, raspberries or sprinkles for you and your guests to use as decorations. Trying to please guests without a sweet tooth? Create a champagne bar with small bowls of raspberries for guests’ flutes. Add foil decals to your wine and champagne bottles for an added touch of flair and personalization.
Celebrate With the Gals
Want to spend time with your girlfriends this Valentine’s Day? “Galentine’s Day” parties are all the rage, and they’re the perfect time to put a twist in your Valentine’s Day traditions. Instead of going for a full meal, serve appetizers like vegetable trays, fruit kabobs or turkey wraps. Try out a more playful décor with pink placements or custom dinner napkins. Create a more relaxed atmosphere with foam cups and striped straws for your cocktails, and make the girls custom monogrammed plates that they can keep as party favors. Top it all off with pink flowers, confetti hearts and a little extra sparkle.