Party Ideas For Valentine's DayParty Ideas For Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day has been associated with parties and celebrations for centuries and the tradition continues today. This is one time of the year when school children look forward to a party in the class and a time to distribute Valentines to their friends. Adults host parties on this date as well and are often looking for unusual ideas to make their party one that is unique.

Hearts, candies, and flowers are symbols of Valentine's Day as you can see in the designs of traditional greeting cards and Valentine's ecards (http://www.care2.com/send/catvalentine1.html) sent on February 14. They are also an essential part of the decorations for your party. There are inexpensive candy treats that contain words and phrases for this occasion that you can use to fill candy dishes and place them around the room. Candy or paper hearts spread over the tablecloth can add a cute decorative touch to a sit down meal.

You may want to have a costume party to celebrate Valentine's Day. Some hosts like to ask the couples they invite to come dressed as their favorite couple from history. You may want to go way back in history to the story of St. Valentine and have a party where all the guests wear togas reminiscent of Roman times when this saint was still alive. The costumes you choose can be that of a couple still living or even fictional characters, such as Romeo and Juliet or Mickey Mouse and Minnie.

When hosting a party on Valentine's Day (http://www.care2.com/send/catvalentine1.html), you want to pay attention to the food you serve. What about food known for its aphrodisiac properties, such as oysters and champagne? You may want to food that is red or pink and of course you must have red wine. Even designing the dishes in the shape of hearts will be a hit and for dessert you can serve heart-shaped cookies or cake that has heart designs in the icing. Red colored punch, whether or not it contains any alcoholic beverages, is always a hit.

Once you know what your decorations, food, and drink will be, you want a way of inviting people to this fantastic party. Instead of spending hours contacting each one by phone or handwriting the invitations, you can accomplish this task quite quickly online be sending Valentine ecard invitations. All of the online sites featuring ecards for all occasions also have evites or electronic invitations that are free to upload and use.

You can choose to send the image set for the invitations or upload your own image to personalize the Valentine ecard (http://www.care2.com/ecards) invitation. You simply enter the information about the time and date of the party and your address, of course, and you can even include a map for guests to use in finding your house or the location of the party. Write a personalized message giving any additional details guests may need to know and list the email addresses of the invitees. That's all there is to it. You can also ask the guests to respond to your email address telling you whether or not they plan to attend.

If you plan on having a potluck meal for your party, you can even use this feature when sending your Valentine party evites. On the sites that have this feature, you can ask guests to bring some kind of dish to the party.
by Allison Ryan
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Allison Ryan is a freelance marketing writer from San Diego, CA. She specializes in entertainment, leisure, and party planning. For a wide selection of Valentine's Day ecards, please visit http://www.care2.com/.
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