Today I am so excited to have my awesome sister-in-law here to share her fantastic ideas for throwing a Valentine party! She is so amazing at putting together events that bring people together without stressing herself out! Read on to learn more about how she does it!
Have you wanted to host a holiday party but can’t pull it together for Christmas? I have a solution!
For several years my husband and I wanted to host a Christmas party but December was always so busy with parties at work, church & with family. We also have 2 kids with December birthdays so things get a little crazy in December and we end the season every year without a party. A couple years ago it hit us…let’s do a Valentine party! It’s the perfect time to “Share the LOVE” and things have usually slowed down by February. We have such great neighbors but we are all busy with life. Sometimes it feels like all we do is smile & wave as we’re pulling in and out of the driveway running here and there. We wanted to do something to get everyone together for an hour or two, but we wanted it to be low key & low cost.
This is what we came up with…
Handing out invitations is NOT necessary! Especially if it’s going to keep you from having the party. But, it’s fun for the kids to deliver invitations and getting an invite makes people feel special. J (but so does a text or email!)
If you want to go the invitation route there are lots of amazing custom invitation shops on www.etsy.com. You can also find invites at Dollar Store & Target that you can fill out yourself.
We invited people for cookies & punch and that’s what it was. Easy. It was even easier because the cookies were store bought. (high-fiving myself) The hardest part was moving some furniture & cleaning! We had a great turn out and we were excited to do it again.
The next year we thought it would be fun for the kids to decorate their own cookies but wanted the adults to have something a little more “grown up!” My neighbors were asking if they could bring anything so I took care of the sugar cookies and had them bring the sweet & savory treats for adults.
I used Landee’s Best Sugar Cookies recipe and had 100 cookies ready for the kids to decorate.
For decorations I kept it simple. I bought dollar store plastic table cloths and a dozen helium balloons. (4 white, 4 red & 4 pink) Balloons make it feel like a party! I hung paper hearts on a string with paper clips and pulled out the Valentine decorations I had.
The most important part is that people feel LOVED! Don’t get hung up on the invitations, decorations or food. If baking all day/week to get ready is going to stress you out don’t do it! Buy cookies, valentine candy, pretzels, chips & salsa and enjoy. If you take a minute to put them on a nice plate or in a bowl it looks great! If ordering or buying invitations feels like a pain send a text or email. Just have fun and enjoy “Sharing the LOVE!”
Isn’t that great?? Sometimes we get so caught up in all of the crazy little details of a party or get-together that we often forget the purpose of bringing people together… to enjoy them and show them how much you care about them! Shelly is always figuring out the best way to do just that! Thanks for sharing the fantastic party idea, Shell! Love ya!