Posted Feb 6, 2015
Hosting a V-Day Party at Your Apartment
V-Day is an occasion for celebrating romance, and it’s also a convenient excuse for throwing a stellar party at your apartment.
There’s much more to planning your event than thinking up ideas for Valentine’s Day decor. Turn to these simple tips when planning your V-Day party:
Choose a Theme
You could hang doily hearts, cardboard cutouts of Cupid, and other common Valentine’s decorations and call it a day. Or you can make your party something to remember by incorporating a unique theme.
Turn the clock back to the 5th century and base the affair around the origin of Valentine’s Day: the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Make it a toga party, decorate with drapes of plain white and velvet and hang vine leaves all around your apartment.
You could even serve up Roman-inspired foods, such as cheesecakes, sweetmeats, and fish souffles, and turn your love seat into a Roman throne that serves as a photo booth for your guests.
Other ideas for Valentine’s Day party themes include:
- Chocolate tasting
- Karaoke (stock your karaoke machine with all of the best love songs and/ or breakup songs)
- Classic romance movie costume party
- Great couples in history
Cater to Singles and Couples
Unless you want your party to be specifically for singles or for couples only, you’ll want to make a point to plan it so that both types of guests will have a good time.
Include activities geared toward couples, such as an at-home version of “The Newlywed Game,” but also offer options for singles– maybe throw a few matchmaking games in the mix.
Set Up A V-Day Card Station and Photobooth
Provide a wide array of arts and crafts supplies, such as colored construction paper, lace doilies, cupcake liners, colored yarn, markers, stamps and a rainbow assortment of pipe cleaners. Remember to include the scissors, glue, tape, and envelopes.
You can also create a space in your apartment to display these cards. Encourage guests to tape their personalized cards to a designated blank wall after receiving them, then take a picture of the whole group in front of the display.
Offer Romantic Fare
There are a lot of aphrodisiacs out there, and they offer perfect opportunities to incorporate romantic foods into your event. Serve up a variety of appetizers, from oysters paired with a fresh shrimp cocktail to lightly roasted asparagus spears.
For the sweet tooth, put out home made (or store bought) heart shaped cookies, cupcakes, chocolate fondue, or chocolate covered strawberries.
If your celebration is taking the form of a dinner party, select foods that contribute to the romantic atmosphere of the event. For example, you might cook up a classic French meal such as coq au vin and decorate your dining room to resemble a Parisian bistro. And don’t forget about your wine pairings!
Make It a Dessert Potluck
Sweets are a big part of V-Day, so ensure that your party has the whole spectrum of desserts by asking each guest to bring a different type of cupcake, cookie, or other confection.
There will likely be a lot of leftovers, so have takeaway bags on hand and you can send each guest home with his or her own assortment of goodies.
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