Stores are already filling with pink, red and white hearts and candies in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to do something different from a date night where you and your paramour do the same thing as usual but dress fancy for it, how about having a party that all your friends can enjoy?


Check out these ideas for a more festive Valentine’s Day:

  1. Halloween gets it right: There’s no reason why this bash can’t be a costume party as fun as any you’d see on All Hallows Eve. Encourage guests to come as their favorite couples from history, literature, cinema and legend. Possibilities include Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and even Kermit and Miss Piggy. Don’t forget to have a prize for best costume!
  2. Switch the scenery: Music is, of course, a big part of any good party. But, so are conversation starters. Instead of letting that flat screen sit dormant for the evening, why not play some favorite love-themed movies (on silent) during the night? You have plenty of selections to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with Grease, When Harry Met Sally, West Side Story or The Notebook.
  3. Dance the night away: It will be tempting to play non-stop ballads and love songs at your Valentine’s party, but put that instinct on pause. Do something different and pack your playlist with anything danceable to keep the crowd in a festive, pumped-up mood. The last thing you want is for any of your party-goers to get weepy!
  4. Silly love songs have a place: No need to forego the ballads all-together. Get your hands on a karaoke machine and have a love song sing-off! Fill the song list with ‘80s power ballads for an extra dose of sing along amusement.
  5. Make them mingle, especially if they’re single: Set up stations where guests can decorate their own Valentine’s cookies or cupcakes, or designate a spot for them to create Valentine’s cards for their friends, dates or secret party crushes. Having an activity will keep the banter going.
  6. Remember the lonely hearts: Don’t forget that a lot of people, whether in relationships or not, are put off by the holiday. Throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day shindig free of candy hearts, any mention of romance and the colors red or pink on the night can be just as much fun!