February 9, 2011
Valentine's Party Ideas
First off here is a whole page of Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers that you can choose from for your party favors. Also, if you would like to make a special cake for the occasion, you can find some easy to make Valentine themed cakes that include instruction on how to make them on this holiday cake designs page.
For Younger Children
For younger girls ages 5 to 9 a Valentine's tea party can be lots of fun. All you need is some heart shaped sandwiches, a few festive cookies and a couple of fun craft ideas and you have the makings of a fun filled party.
Why not let each child make their own place mat for this special party. All you need is some poster board cut into large heart shapes, magic markers and a few glittery stickers and some thin ribbon. Punch holes around the outside of the heart far enough from the edge so that the ribbon can be threaded through. Allow each child to decorate the inside of the heart using the markers and stickers, then string the ribbon through the holes in the heart and tie a bow at the top. Then they can place their place mat on the table for when tea is served.
For younger boys a Valentine's treasure hunt can be great fun. You could include such treasures as cupid's arrow, St. Valentine's heart, a valentine man and any other theme oriented treasures that you would like. You could make most of the treasures yourself with a little imagination and then hide them throughout the party room and let the boys search for the treasures. For food, a heart shaped pizza, cupcakes or cookies and some punch would make the party a huge success.
Tween's are at that stage in life where they enjoy mixed parties but, don't really want anything mushy. So having a Valentine's games party might be right up their alley. Here are a few games you can set up for the kids to play.
Valentine's hearts- This simple card game is fun to play and simple to learn. You can have as many tables of 4 as you would like to make the game go smoother. Winning teams of two compete against each other until there is only one team left. Make sure you have a fun prize for the winner.
Valentine's pong- purchase several small prizes and place them in the bottom of plastic cups, then have the children take turns standing at the end of the table and bouncing a ping pong ball into a cup and thereby winning the prize. It's a fun game and everyone wins a prize.
Wearing my heart on my sleeve
This is a version of pin the tail on the donkey. Trace the shape of a person, (your husband is great) and attach it to the wall. Give each child a different colored heart with tape attached to the back. Blindfold each child in turn and see who comes closest to placing the heart in the right place.
Teen parties are always more difficult as teens like to be chaperoned less and as a parent you want to keep a tab on things. However, there are some great themes for their parties as well. Why not have a Valentine's Karaoke night. It will be lots of fun for the teens especially if the music runs from old fashioned to rap. Having a movie night just for girls or just for boys is also a great idea. Just make sure there are lot's of snacks and juices and other beverages and they will make their own fun.