Decorate for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Party


There are lots of heart-shaped props, centerpieces, tableware, favors and more – including heart-shaped balloons, cut-out cupids, tissue fan hearts, die-cut hearts, heart garland, heart shaped tiaras – you name it! Here are some tips to help you pull it all together for an incredibly romantic look that is sure to have Cupid working overtime!

• Tell your guests to come dressed for affection (red) from head to toe. Then as they arrive, present them with a red silk rose. This alone will add a festive look of love!
• Have people enter your party by passing through a 9′ high whimsical Valentine’s Heart Entranceway Arch or a romantic Red Rose Arch for a fun and unusual beginning.
• Decorate walls, doorways, or tables with our red and silver die-cut hearts enhanced with your own wording written with a paint pen. The more hearts you use, the lovelier the effect!
• Never underestimate the power of decorating with balloons, as they can transform any room into a cozy and festive space in minutes at a very low cost. Have a few sparkling heart balloons float above your party to show that love is definitely in the air tonight.
• Create a spectacular focal point or backdrop for pictures with a sparkling 3-D Heart Arch Entrance.
• Twinkle lights are not just for Christmas anymore! Just by hanging a few strands around the room, you create a romantic glow that will “wow” all of your Romeo and Juliets!
• A giant lighted balloon heart is 8′ high and serves as a grand focal point next to a buffet table or cocktail bar.
• To add a special touch to your party, tie big red bows with trailing streamers on the backs of your chairs. Gossamer works perfectly to create lovely bows at a budget price. If you are decorating a large area, or want to make any area look more intimate and elegant, drape and swag our gossamer across ceilings and walls. Twist red and pink together for a stunning look!
• Add open satin rose buds to your gossamer for a gorgeous effect. The gossamer drapes so beautifully, that if your room is softly lit, it will have a warm and romantic glow – just right for Valentine’s Day!

Table Decorations:

Before you begin to think about how you will decorate your tables for a Valentine’s Day event, you will first want to decide whether you are going to go very romantic with candlelight and roses, or whether you wish to create a fun atmosphere with confetti and candy. Either idea is wonderfully appropriate and we have some tips to decorate your tables for either choice.
• Use white table-covers to cover your tables and then for an added touch use fabric paint and draw hearts and X’s and O’s randomly on the cloth. For something a bit sexier, apply bright red lipstick and kiss the cloth to leave the outline of lips across the table!
• Heart gems and heart confetti are both great choices for scattering across the tables to add sparkle and shine! For a more subtle yet splendid confetti, try a few glitter silk rose petals.
• Float glittering heart floating candles in several glass bowls across your table. Sprinkle some silver sparkle powder at the base of each bowl to add to the glitz and glitter of the magical evening!
• If you will be using a buffet table to serve your lovers, dish up the food into heart-shaped dishes. Use glass cake stands to elevate some dishes and add dimension to the table. It always looks beautiful and adds romance when you line platters with a few roses or edible flowers (such as pansies).
• For your choice of plates and napkins, you could go with solid red (which looks very nice on the white tablecloth), or you could choose the Valentine’s Tableware for added design.
This party theme makes a great combo with a Paris theme. Check out our Paris Party TipZ for more ideas!

Activities for a Romantic Themed Valentine’s Day Party


Cupids Mission StandeeGenerally speaking, most Valentine’s celebrations include a sweetheart dance. Many times this is all that is required in the way of entertainment for the guests at your event, but if you are looking for some other ideas to keep your lovebirds busy that night, we have the following suggestions:

Heart Tunes
Divide your group into two teams and see how many songs with the word heart in them each team can sing. The team that can sing the most wins!

Steal My Heart
Give everyone a Heart Badge with Be Mine Ribbon at the start of the party. The object is to not cross your legs but to catch people who do! If you catch someone in the act then they must give you their pin. The person with the most pins at the end of the evening is the winner.

Mended Hearts
What you need:
• Red construction paper
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Large bowl

Cut one heart for every two guests from construction paper. Cut each heart in half in a unique way (one with a zig-zag, one straight, and so on) and place all the “broken hearts” in a bowl. As each guest arrives, have them pick half a heart from the bowl. After everyone is there, have your guests find the person who has the matching half. The pair that finds their partner first, wins!

The Cupid’s Mission Stand-in photo opportunity is a great way for guests to take commemorative and funny photos.

Favor Ideas for a Romantic Valentine’s Party


“Love Notes” Sticky Notes in Dispenser Gift BoxIt is always a special gesture to send your guests home with a small gift to keep the memory of the evening alive in their hearts and minds. Here are a few ideas to do just that!

• Place an elegant heart votive holder with candle decoration at each place setting and at the end of the evening let the guests take them home.
• Tell your sweethearts how they light up each other’s life by sending them away with a light-up rose.
• Bundle up your silverware and napkin with red garter for some sexy pizazz that also serves as a great favor.
• Use heart party boxes to load your guests up with sweet treats and heart-shaped chocolates!
• Purchase waffle cones and fill them with assorted Valentine candy and wrap the entire cone with red cellophane. Tie the top with white curling ribbon.
• We offer several styles of frames and personalized photo albums that can be personalize with your special wording and design. This is a particularly good favor idea if you will have a photo setting at your party to take pictures of the couples enjoying their enchanted evening together.

Napkins:

Order red napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and the design of your choice. Select a white imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes – great decorating in disguise and a treasured memento for the guest of honor’s birthday scrapbook. Try one of the following ideas to liven up your table:

• Unfold the napkins, pinch each in the center of the napkin, and place the center point in the bottom of each cup from the Happy Valentine’s Day Ensemble. This adds a decorative touch while the cups are still empty.
• The napkins can be laid out on a serving table, or can be displayed at each place-setting. Place napkins in the center of each place-setting at an angle.
• Tie napkins with curling ribbon or gossamer streamers, and place in the center of each plate at an angle. The cutlery can also be added before the napkin is tied with ribbon.

Food Ideas for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Party


Rose Topiary Centerpiece

Rose Topiary Centerpiece

For most romantic dinner parties, the cocktails take center stage, but what you serve for dinner can either make or break the party! Decide ahead of time how fancy you want to go when it comes to the main dish. There is absolutely nothing wrong with hiring a caterer to bring in the meal and this will free you up to truly enjoy your guests and the evening. If you do wish to spend some time in the kitchen, we have provided you with a wonderful menu that will impress your guests with your culinary abilities! Don’t forget to dress up your tables with beautiful accents such as a Pink Rose Bouquet Centerpiece.

Appetizer

Shrimp Cocktail
Fill a large ring mold with water and freeze overnight. Turn the mold over and invert the ice ring onto a platter and return to freezer. When ready to serve, put cocktail sauce in the center of the mold and place shrimp over the edges of the ice ring.

Soup

Vichyssoise
2 small onions
2 C. water
½ t. salt
2 ½ C. instant mashed potatoes
2 T. chicken bouillon
4 C. whole milk
2 C. cream Chopped chives

Combine onion, bouillon, water, and salt in large kettle. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add milk and potatoes. Whip until fluffy. Gradually stir in remaining milk, heat just to boiling point, and remove from heat. Cover and chill in refrigerator. Just before serving, stir in cold cream, beating vigorously with a fork until blended. Serve topped with chopped chives. Makes 12 servings.

Main Course

Filet of Beef
6 lbs. beef tenderloin
1 lb. bacon
Place bacon strips on top of beef and roast at 325 for approximately 2 ½ hours. Cut into thick slices to serve. For mushroom sauce, add one pound of fresh, sliced sautéed mushrooms to one large bottle of mushroom sauce. Heat thoroughly in a pot, and pour over beef slices before serving. Makes 12 servings.

Buttered Red Potatoes
12 small red potatoes, peeled
½ C. melted butter
Chopped parsley

Boil potatoes until tender. Serve covered with butter and parsley.

Asparagus Tips With Hollandaise Sauce
This is a very elegant dish that requires little work!
3 lbs. frozen asparagus tips
2 bottles of hollandaise sauce
Cook asparagus according to directions on package. Pour Hollandaise sauce over asparagus as it is served onto guests’ plates!

Dessert

Chocolate Symphony
2 T. cocoa
1/8 t. salt
1 C. whole almonds
1 pkg. (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
2 ½ sticks unsalted butter
1 ½ C. sugar
3 eggs
1 C. flour
2 pints chocolate sorbet
12 truffles

Chocolate sauce
Heat oven to 350. Heat ½ C. water to simmering. Stir in cocoa and salt, let cool. Grease 10″ springform pan. Grind almonds and chocolate separately in a food processor; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in almonds and chocolate. Beat in flour. Add cocoa mixture; stir well. Pour into prepared pan; bake 35-45 minutes, until inserted wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 1 hour. Remove cake from pan; cool on rack 1 hour more. With 2 ½” cookie cutter, cut 12 circles from cake. Place each on a dessert plate; top with a small scoop of sorbet and a truffle, and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Dessert Cheeses
Once the dessert has been served, bring out a tray of dessert cheeses, such as French brie, American Liederkranz, Gouda, and Gruy’ere. If you served wine during the meal, return to champagne at this point.
Please note that if alcohol is not something that you wish to serve at your party, there are several non-alcoholic sparkling ciders and grape juices that can be substituted instead!

It is always fun however, to add a bit of festive spirit into the food that you serve and it is the small touches that make the biggest impact. Here are just a couple of suggestions to make your food look even love-lier!

• Use pink and red food coloring in as much food as you can! This works especially great in a variety of desserts like cake or mousse!
• Cut sandwiches into hearts and X’s and O’s (you can find unique baking items at www.williams-sonoma.com).
• Go to a gourmet cooking supply store and look for edible hearts and cupids to adorn your favorite foods!
• Serve red or pink punch in our Clear Plastic Ware with a silk ribbon tied around the base.

Invitations for a Lips & Kisses Valentine’s Day Party


Red Lips BannerIf you are looking for a party theme for Valentine’s Day that is whimsical, a little crazy, and a whole lot of fun, then this party is for you! The invitations you choose to send will set the stage for an upbeat and fun filled evening! We have the following recommendations for an invitation that will spark the flirty side of the holiday even before the evening arrives!

• Send out our wax lips along with a note asking your guests to pucker up for an amazing evening. Be sure to tell them to save their kissing lips especially for that night!
• Purchase several Hersey Kisses and remove the “kisses” label off of the chocolates. Include these as confetti in your envelopes!

Use a personalized
Valentine’s Day lip banner
to announce the party or welcome guests! These banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant banner with or without sturdy metal grommets and are available in seven different sizes to fit all your decorating needs!

Check out the rest of our tips for ideas of how to decorate, hold activities and pass out favors!

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