Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

 

And here are Evite‘s suggestions for Valentine’s Day…

Decorations
If you’re planning a special Valentine’s Day evening for you and your honey, all you need are some candles and a bouquet of red roses to set the mood. But if you’re throwing a Valentine’s Day bash for your friends and family, you’ll want to spice things up in other ways. Those little candy hearts with sayings like “Be Mine” make the perfect decorations for a Valentine’s Day party. Fill candy bowls, champagne flutes and martini glasses with the colorful treats. If you’re going to be serving a sit-down meal, sprinkle the candy hearts down the center of your table and place one or two on each napkin. Vintage-style Valentine’s Day cards add a classic touch to your Valentine’s Day party decor. Stand them up across a fireplace mantle or on your dining table, or tape them to the bathroom mirror. And of course, no campy Valentine’s Day party is complete without a statuette or cardboard cutout of a frolicking, arrow-toting Cupid.

Costumes
Red and pink are the traditional colors of Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you have to dress in hearts and flowers from head to toe.
If you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day party for friends and family, take a tip from Halloween and make it a costume party. To tie the costume idea to this day, ask your guests to come as famous couples throughout history. The couples can be real or fictional, living or dead, splitsville or still madly in love.

Activities
Do something truly romantic this Valentine’s Day! Book a limo – instead of dealing with parking and traffic, you can focus all of your attention on your date. Call ahead and have red roses waiting for your date in the car. A truly romantic date is all in the details, so little touches like this can really make the night. Have the limo take you to a spot that has significant meaning to you and your date – maybe it’s the beach where you proposed or the park where you first met. Pack light, delicious food you can eat with your fingers – cheese and baguette slices, fresh fruit, olives, and chocolate. Don’t forget a bottle of wine and some blankets to keep you and your loved one toasty warm! The trick is to keep things fun and simple so that you can focus on each other.

Food
Love is on the menu for Valentine’s Day, and you can easily incorporate rumored aphrodisiacs like oysters and champagne into your Valentine’s Day party food ideas. Start with oysters Rockefeller followed by an entrée of chicken or fish in champagne sauce. Looking for Valentine’s Day dessert ideas too? Think chocolate, as in chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate truffles, chocolate fondue and chocolate heart-shaped cookies.

Music

1. At Last / Etta James
2. Wonderful Tonight / Eric Clapton
3. Your Body is a Wonderland / John Mayer
4. Love Me Tender / Elvis Presley
5. These Words (I Love You, I Love You) / Natasha Bedingfield
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand / The Beatles
7. Let’s Get It On/ Marvin Gaye
8. Wonderwall / Oasis
9. In Your Eyes / Peter Gabriel
10. Come Away with Me / Norah Jones
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Super Sunday is Here!

Evite as always has great ideas for entertaining and of course the Super Bowl has not been forgotten…

Decorations
Show your colors! Pick streamers, balloons, paper plates and napkins in your team’s colors. Make sure to find out which team your guests are rooting for so you can have both sides represented. If it’s going to be a “mixed crowd,” consider decorating opposite sides of your TV room for each team. If you’re feeling generous, that is. Otherwise, it’s your place, so your team rules. Protect your big screen by having some yellow flags and soft foam bricks guests can toss when upset at the refs. And don’t forget pom-poms. Whether as decorations or as party props, they can add to the fun. It’s a good idea to set up a second TV in the kitchen or another room besides your living room. Some of your guests may be there for the social aspects, and this will give them a place to chat while others are focused on the game. For maximum indulgence (and laziness), rent a mini fridge to keep cold drinks at the ready. If you’re having a lots of guests, use a bathtub to hold ice and beverages — it keeps the bottles and cans cold and out of your way, and cleanup couldn’t be easier.

Costumes
Call it a costume or simply required game-day attire, but some of your die-hard guests will already be decked out in team jerseys, whether you suggest they come that way or not. Have team-colored accessories handy for those who want to go the extra couple yards:
• Plastic bead necklaces
• Whistles, rattles and other noisemakers (look for cheap post-New Year’s Eve stuff)

Activities
Start your party before game time so you can psych everyone up. Everyone loves to root for their favorite player, so up the stakes a bit by having everyone draft a Super Bowl fantasy player: Have a bowl with star players’ numbers written down on pieces of paper. When guests arrive, they pick a player to cheer on (again, separate the teams into two bowls so fans aren’t rooting for the wrong team). You can have small door prizes for the lucky guest who picked the game’s MVP or the player with the most points scored, total yards or interceptions. Combine this with a traditional football pool and give your guests plenty of reasons to cheer. And with the commercials getting crazier and crazier each year, pass out “commercial score cards,” and have your guests rate each of the big commercials on a 1-5 star scale. After the game, tally up the winners. If your group is the wagering kind, play Super Bowl® Squares. This game is a sure way to keep all your guests, even those who couldn’t care less about the game, totally involved. Don’t be surprised when those apathetic viewers start screaming for teams to go for it on 4th and 1.

Food and Drinks
Game day is not complete without friends, family and fabulous food. Take your party from good to great with these great party tips:
Create Helmet Bowls: Snack bowls decorated to look like the helmet from your favorite team are perfect for holding all those game day goodies. To create, take an ordinary colored plastic bowl and add helmet stripes using colored tape from your local hardware or craft store. Add in your favorite dish and serve!  

Separate Seating Zones: Keep the peace by setting up different seating zones for game time. Let the big-time fans sit in the main room with the bigger TV, and create a separate space for the casual fans and people who want to socialize. A smaller TV in the kitchen is a good way to let guests chat, keep an eye on the game and get first dibs on the munchies.

Really, you just can’t go wrong at a Super Bowl® party with a bunch of beer. You may want to ask guests to bring their favorite six-pack so you can have a nice selection, although if you choose this option have at least a 12-pack to start things off. Your guests will also appreciate a Bloody Mary Bar where each can create a drink to his or her own taste. Start with a standard Bloody Mary mix. Then guests can add in their own vodka, hot sauce and cracked pepper. For even more customization, mix chilled tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and sea salt. Be creative with your garnishes. In addition to the standard celery stalks, put out bowls of blue-cheese-stuffed green olives, lemon wedges or wheels, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers and cocktail onions, and let guests skewer their own garnish. Soda is a safe standard, but how about shot glasses or tiny paper cups filled with Gatorade? Most people will enjoy taking a sip even if they don’t want a full glass of sports drink.

Music
1. We Will Rock You/We are the Champions / Queen
2. Rock & Roll, Pt. 2 / Gary Glitter
3. Celebration / Kool and the Gang
4. Blitzkrieg Bop / The Ramones
5. Hot in Herre / Nelly
6. Who Let the Dogs Out / Baha Men
7. Jump Around / House of Pain
8. Whoomp! (There It Is) / Tag Team
9. Gonna Make You Sweat / C&C Music Factory
10. That’s the Way I Like It / KC & The Sunshine Band

And the winner is…

I love to have reasons to celebrate and after the holidays the award season starts again. Don’t miss on 31 January the Grammy’s!

Evite has great ideas for this party. Check them out…

Decorations
Save the fancy decorations for those stuffier awards shows — the GRAMMYs® are the time to get down with a funkier style. Metallics add a cool but still classy rock-and-roll vibe, or you can really turn it up with animal prints and a red-and-black color scheme. The finishing touch? A disco ball hanging from your ceiling, bowls of guitar picks people can throw when their favorites win, and mini lighters so you can raise ’em high during the ballads.

Attire
If you and your friends will be watching the show from the comfort of your floor, suggest on your invitation that they come in comfortable clothes and maybe bring their own cushions.

Activities
Invite people to arrive at least an hour before the awards and get everybody riled up by cranking nominated songs and breaking out Guitar Hero or Rock Band. If you don’t have these games, host an air guitar contest or test guests’ smarts with a rock trivia contest. CDs from GRAMMY®-nominated artists make great prizes.

Food
During the show, you want to hear a lot of “mmm” without a lot of “shhhhhh!” Choose non-crunchy foods so nobody misses the lyrics of their favorite songs. Some ideas: Instead of tortilla chips and salsa, serve cheese enchiladas with salsa and guacamole. Skip potato chips in favor of retro-cool potato skins served with a creamy onion dip or loaded high with cheddar cheese, sour cream and bacon. Dessert? Make it spiked. Whiskey sauce, stout cake, rum balls, whatever your poison.

Drinks
Stay in the spirit of this cool, casual, creative night by coming up with your own funky cocktail. Make that a rocktail! All you need are a squeeze of lime, a splash of soda or a shot of brightly colored grenadine or blue curacao to turn a traditional cocktail on its head. Then give it a funky name, and keep it pouring.

To make your own rockarita, just mix up your favorite margarita recipe, then add a splash (and then another splash…) of luscious, purplelicious Chambord. Top it off with a lollipop drink stirrer, and you have a memorable, rockin’ drink for your party.

Valentine’s day table crafts

To all Pink Moon readers: keep an eye on my blog on the first week of February. I will be releasing one craft every day to create a beautiful table decoration for Valentine’s day. Here is my inspiration board…

And all started with a BIG… BANG!!!

And here are the pictures of the decorations for our New Year’s Eve Big Bang Party…

It all started with a suitable invitation and a very funny phrase!
And champagne glasses with the “Smart is the new sexy” slogan from the show.
And little Bangs (exploding chickpeas and pull strings).
Candles and sparkles based on the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock” featured in the show.
The dessert table with traditional Dutch “olieballen” and a little marshmallow roasting station.
And since Penny works at the Cheesecake Factory, here are our “Penny, knock, knock” cheesecake bars.

Let is snow…

Being snowed in has its advantages, for example that I can start my blog.

During our honeymoon last November my husband and I fell in love with a comedy serie called “The Big Bang Theory” (we only had one TV channel in English in the resort). A few weeks ago my husband teased me about the idea of making a Big Bang Theory New Year’s Eve party and I accepted the challenge.

Here you will find my inspiration board. I admit I have had a lot of fun watching the episodes for inspiration and designing the decorations and overall look of this party.