To begin with, here's a printable Valentine's Day party checklist to guide you through the timeline of the party, and the things that need to be done.
|□ Take an actual headcount of the guests|
|□ Confirm your food orders|
|□ Hire extra staff|
|□ Purchase your party favors and the decorations|
|□ Start decorating|
|□ Make the items that can be frozen until the party|
|□ Wash the dishes, polish silver, and get the glasses ready|
|□ Iron linen such as tablecloths, napkins, etc.|
|□ Go through your checklist to know you have done everything so far|
|□ Place frozen food in the refrigerator to defrost|
|□ Pick up fresh flowers or have them delivered|
|□ Pick up perishable items such as salads, meat, and bread|
|□ Lay your table|
|□ Semi-prepare your food items|
|□ Start preparing the food|
|□ Chill the white wine, soda, and other aerated drinks|
|□ Dust and clean the party area for the final time|
|□ Place the flower arrangements as decided|
|□ Set up the bar|
|□ Get some rest|
|□ Get ready|
|□ Get set to party!|
Before you begin filling up the planner, consider the following:
A theme is the soul of any party. It is the most important ingredient that brings a party to life. As it is Valentine's Day, the thematic approach will tiptoe around love, but variations of it will surely add a dash of interest. For instance, Retro Love, Fire and Ice, Hide and Seek, Fairytale Love, and so on, could be the themes for your party.
Setting up the mood for the party is very important, as it helps breaks the ice among your guests, and gets the party rolling. As this is a Valentine's Day party, set the mood with dim lighting, aromatic candles, and thematic decorations such as balloons.
Your devouring menu has to be well-planned for the Valentine's Day party. If you are cooking at home, ensure that the menu is easy to prepare. Finger foods are a good option in case you have more than ten guests for the party. You can have just one main course and some ready-made delectable desserts. Put a little extra effort in the presentation of your food. For instance, stick to a color theme, or have interesting shapes like hearts, or messages on your food items. Adding these sweet touches will surely make your party unforgettable for your guests.
Sending party invites is an essential aspect of party planning. But avoid the techno-savvy invites, and get a little vintage to bring on the charm. To ensure that you receive only positive replies, send out unique invites. For instance, send a gift-wrapped box with some goodies which hold the invite for the party. An idea that is different, always sells. So, get as creative as you can with your invites.
No party is ever complete without games. And a Valentine's Day party indeed needs to have its share of games. If anyone volunteers, set up a Kiss Booth for your guests. Maybe, you could recover your entire party expenditure! Another interesting game is a masquerade party. Send the masks along with the invitations so that your guests can arrive wearing these masks. Before the clock strikes 12, each person has to find their partner. It would be interesting to watch chaotic mix-ups! After all, the agenda is to make the party memorable.
Party favors are a way of thanking your guests for being a part of your celebrations and making them memorable. Now that they've done their part, it is time you appreciate their presence, but in a way that will be remembered. Scented drawer sachets, a bleeding heart plant, a goodies basket, and other things that will be used and cherished for some time.
Plan a surprise for your guests. You can plan a love tarot reading, or exchange of secret messages with a game of Fish Bowl, or interesting giveaways such as lingerie coupons for women, which may work for men too!
Let's hope planning an unforgettable Valentine's Day party doesn't seem all that difficult now. If you are serving alcohol, make sure everyone at the party is above the legal drinking age. Always, plan ahead of time to make your party a true success.