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Plan A Valentines Day Dinner with Menu and Party Games

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A few years ago we went to our friend’s home on Valentine’s Day, because we were invited, we’d never had dinner with other couples before on Valentine’s Day, and it sounded like fun.

It was good to break the traditional mold of dinner together as a couple, and to try something new. We met for the first time 2 new couples and had a lovely meal together.

This post is about How to Plan A Valentines Day Dinner with Menu and Party Games. It’s especially fun with a few games around the table, to get to know your guests better.

It’s fun to change-up Valentine’s Day and to try something new!

Be prepared to intentionally mix up the group of people, and plan to have a great time!

PARTY TIPS:
DIY flowers
There’s always The Penny Game to play if you’re in a pinch
Order a cake, or go to your favorite bakery for dessert, if you don’t have time to bake, and personalize it
Don’t forget the {red} Sharpie Marker for the glasses
Classical music playlist from Rhapsody
Or, download the Valentine’s Day playlist from Martha Stewart (you must have iTunes)

APPETIZER: Goat Cheese Bites and Strawberry Bruschetta

APPETIZER GAME: Don’t Forget the Lyrics
ITEMS NEEDED: pens, paper, basket or a bowl.

As your guests start arriving, pass out drinks and mingle around the appetizers for about 20 minutes, and then round up the group!

To start the game off, have everyone in your group write down words that have to do with relationships and love on slips of paper (one word per slip). Put these into a basket.

IE: love, hearts, lovely, sweet, sweetheart …

Now divide your guests into teams. The first team picks out a slip of paper and has to sing a known song with that word in it (they have at least sing the line of the song with the word in it). Note that it’s ok to try to fake it,– but if the other team calls you on it (you can check authenticity of lyrics on computer or iPHone), and they’re correct, they win the point. (My husband would be guilty of this.) 🙂

Otherwise, keep going back and forth until a team can’t think of a song to use, meaning the other team wins a point.

It really gets the party going!

SALAD: Pear, Cheese & Hazelnut Green Salad (sprinkle dried cherries on top for a touch of red!)

GAME: Ask a LOVE Question
ITEMS NEEDED: none

It’s time to bring it down, join around the table for a great meal ahead. This is the time to really get to know your guests – and have fun with them.

Ask this question: Tell us how you met and when you knew you were first in love?

MAIN DISH: Cornish Game Hens

Side ideas: Carrot Souffle’ or Pesto Baked Potatoes

Veggie ideas: Roasted asparagus

GAME: Ask a LOVE Question
ITEMS NEEDED: none

Now for the main dish, asking another question is a great way to keep the lively conversation and laughter going. During the sit-down meal of a party, you don’t want to play games where you’re jumping up and down.

Bring it down … and get ready to laugh.

Ask this question: Tell us about your first French kiss together as a couple. Where were you?

DESSERT: Cherry Crunch Dessert – bake in individual ramekins and serve with premium Vanilla ice cream

GAME: Rhyme in Time Party Game
ITEMS NEEDED: pens, 2 index cards per person

Dessert is a great time to move into a different room in the house. Changing things up gets everyone on their feet, a little break to use the restroom, and adds an element of surprise for the next course.

For this game you will need two index cards per person. On one set of cards you write words that represent the realistic side of relationships (bad morning breath, grumpy, never pick your underwear up, etc.). On the other set of cards write passionate or romantic words (best kisser, candlelight dinners for two, dancing under the stars, etc.).

Each person picks one card from each set at random and has to either write a poem or story (or whatever you want– a little song, act out a scene, even perform a charade) based on those two images together. Go around the room and read the results out loud (or watch the performances).

If you have a piano, you can add this game in or substitute one of the above! But you’ll need to find someone in the group who can plink out the tunes …

This game can be so fun and also interactive!

EXTRA COURSE? Love Song Challenge
ITEMS NEEDED: piano, pre-planned tunes written out.

For this you’ll need someone who can play the piano and plink out the tunes (wedding songs are good for this– the cheesier the better!). Just like Name that Tune, you want him/her to play just a little bit of each song and have people guess the title (bonus points if they know the recording artist or group).

Gifts for the winners: You don’t have to give a gift to each winner, but it adds an element of class to the party. Small coffee gift cards or coffee beans are one idea, how about fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, dinner party napkins, kitchen candles or towels, … let your imagination roll 🙂

Have you considered hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner party? Can you think of 3-5 couples that would make it spicy, interactive, and fun?

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With these DIY Valentine’s Day treats you can make at home and give everyone, the stomach is the way to the heart, indeed!

RELATED: 23 Homemade Valentine Gifts You Should Be Giving

DIY Valentine’s Day Treats That Look Too Good to Eat

1. Dark Chocolate Roses

Bouquets of roses are sweet but a tray full of these dark chocolate roses cupcakes are the sweetest! Valentine’s day cupcakes recipes such as this one aren’t only good-looking but they are also so moist, chocolatey, and taste so amazing.

2. Heart-shaped Rice Krispie Treat Pops

Surprise your kids with their lunch boxes having these delicious heart-shaped Rice Krispie Pops. You just need 15 minutes to prepare these cute Valentine’s Day treats.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your nephews, nieces, and your kid’s classmates, these treats are also the best to make.

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3. Valentines Jello Hearts

If you’re a fan of Jello then this recipe is for you because they look simple but really pretty and eye-catching! I’m loving how these treats look so dainty with its white background and a perfect red heart shape in the middle.

4. Watermelon Heart Fruit Salad

I love fruits that’s why I’m a fan of these refreshing fruit mix treats.

These Valentine’s Day treats, especially, don’t need special skills to make. Only fresh fruits and a cute heart-shaped cutter.

5. Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls

These pink ribbon cinnamon rolls are actually intended to show love and support for breast cancer patients. They are delicious treats you can feel good about, indeed.

This recipe is also versatile–you can swap the pink ribbon sprinkles for cute heart-shaped ones to make them perfect for Valentine’s Day–another time for love!

6. Strawberry Valentine Sugar Wafers

These strawberry Valentine sugar wafers are too pretty, it’s almost a shame to eat them! These treats can also be a great excuse for some family bonding and getting everyone involved in the kitchen.

7. Cupid’s Arrow Pretzel Treats

Heart-shaped cherry gummies, pretzels, and a few easy steps, and you got yourself these cupid’s arrow pretzels–adorable Valentine’s day treats to share with your loved ones!

8. Heart S’mores

These heart-shaped s’mores cookies is another recipe that is too easy yet really impressive. They are also so addicting so keep your eyes on these babies because they will disappear at your Valentine’s Day party very quickly!

What are S’mores? While almost everyone knows S’mores from childhood until now, did you know this graham sandwich with melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows filling is short for “some more”?

9. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I have a friend who’s looking for the most delicious and beautiful whoopie pie recipe so she can make it on Valentine’s Day. I gave her this recipe, then.

She tried it already and told me she’s lucky to have a friend like me. I blushed!

10. Shot Through the Heart Cake Pops

Are you planning to throw a Valentine’s Day party and still looking for the best giveaway to make for your guests and family? These cake pops heart desserts should be it because they taste really good and look really charming, too!

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11. Valentine’s Day Slice N’ Bake Cookies

Have you ever seen cookies this delectable and pretty? Don’t worry! This Valentine’s Day slice and bake cookies recipe are easier than what you think. You have to give it a try!

12. Oreo Truffles Valentine’s Hearts

These truffles are probably the easiest and the most lovable truffles anyone could ever have! They are moist Oreo truffles with a decadent white chocolate coating.

13. Chocolate Covered Raspberries

Give your loved ones a fruity surprise in every bite with these chocolate-covered raspberry treats. Instead of cherries, this year, why not use raspberries! These are so chocolatey on the outside and so sweet and juicy on the inside!

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14. Valentine’s Day Donuts

Who doesn’t love donuts, right? That’s why you should have at least one donut recipe on Valentine’s Day. Donuts are treats adored by people of all ages, and when they look these fabulous, I’m pretty sure we’ll love them even more!

15. Chocolate Sweetheart Cupcakes

Chocolate lover rejoice!

I have a yummy Valentine’s Day cupcake recipe for you to make which I’m sure you won’t be able to resist. If you really love chocolate and cupcakes, you should go for it!

16. Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate-covered pretzels are likely everybody’s go-to treats for every occasion.

This particular recipe is extra special and they all look sweet and truly adorable. Such a winning recipe for Valentine’s Day, indeed!

17. Meringue Hearts

These meringue are the simplest Valentine’s Day treat I’ve ever seen but that doesn’t make it any less impressive! Egg whites, cream of tartar, sugar, food coloring, and a simple heart-shaped motion with your piping bag and your delightful treats are ready and good to go!

18. Cherry Jam Heart Pie Pops

This recipe makes eating pie such a fun and delightful experience for everyone. Both kids and kids at heart will appreciate these Valentine’s Day heart pie pops with tasty cherry jam filling.

19. Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels

Valentine’s Day treats don’t have to be complicated to look good and to please everyone. Even a simple pretzel recipe like this will make a crowd-pleaser treat on Valentine’s Day.

20. Strawberry Baked Doughnuts

Are you looking for a guilt-free Valentine’s Day treat? Look no further because you’ve already found it in this incredibly easy and delectable strawberry glazed doughnut recipe.

21. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Enjoy these chocolate treats with fresh strawberries on the inside. You can give these treats as gifts to friends or end your Valentine’s Day dinner with these beauties!

22. Red Velvet Oreo Fudge

There are three amazing things for you to love about these red velvet Oreo fudge. First, they are so soft and chewy with a mild crunch.

Second, they taste as good as they look. And last but definitely not the least, these tasty treats need only three simple ingredients to prepare!

23. Heart-Shaped White Chocolate Bark Bites

For the kids, every treat is better with M&M’s and all sorts of sprinkles. And with these Valentine’s Day white chocolate bark bites, they will have the adults agree!

24. Sprinkle Oreo Pops

Make these easy and fun DIY sprinkle Oreo pops for Valentine’s Day. They are so colorful and yummy as well–they will make your inner child sing!

25. Valentine’s Bark

Vanilla candy coating, cherry chocolate M&Ms, and adorable sprinkles are what make this delightful bark ideal for Heart’s day. Place them in a favor bag, bundle them up with fancy ribbon, and give them to your family and special friends.

Watch this video from SweetAmbsCookies and learn how to easily decorate cookies for Valentine’s Day:

Sweets for the sweet is definitely our goal this Valentine’s Day. In fact, we want to double the sweetness by making these Valentine’s Day treats ourselves.

Let your family and friends feel your love with these homemade Valentine treats recipes you’ll put your heart into making!

Which Valentine’s Day treats are your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!

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8 Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Treats

The best gift you can give your loved one this Valentine’s Day is something home-made and delicious. It shows you really care, and spent time picking out just the right recipe and making it exactly the way they like it.

It may sound like a daunting task, but we have lots of super easy recipes that look completely adorable and will melt your lover’s heart. I’ve picked out 7 simple recipes that are fun to make — and will make you the most thoughtful Valentine this year.

1. Strawberry Heart Bark

Chocolate bark is not just for Christmas, it also makes a sweet Valentine’s Day gift. Simply melt some chocolate and swirl it together to create a pretty patterned bark. Scatter some love-heart candies, dried strawberries and sprinkles on top, and you’ve a gift that’s cuter than anything you’ll buy at a store.

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2. Chocolate Truffle Cookies

3. Stuffed Strawberries

If your darling one adores strawberry cheesecake, but you don’t have time to make one, these stuffed strawberries will do the trick. They’re a cinch to make, and look fancy and luscious.

4. White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

If your sweetie loves to keep things simple, you can’t go wrong with these classic cranberry and white chocolate cookies.

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5. Lemon Brownies

Lemon brownies are something just a little different, and the perfect treat for the lemon-lover in your life. Just cut out the brownies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter for a lovely presentation.

Image zoom Photo by Marianne

6. White Chocolate Fondue

Treat your Valentine to a whole bowl of melted, creamy chocolate with lots of dipping fruits and pretzels. It’s a great way to enjoy dessert together.

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7. Salted Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

If you’re sweetheart is nuts about nuts, they’ll love these sweet and nutty truffles. Present them in a pretty bag/box and you’ll win their heart.

8. Valentine’s Day Strawberry Muffins

Topped with a heart-shaped slice of strawberry, these muffins make a fun Valentine’s Day treat. “Wow, these are delicious!” raves flammaefata. “Just the right amount of sweet and sour, the lemon offsets the strawberries very very well”

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Get our entire collection of Valentine’s Day desserts.

Seriously folks, I’ve decided most holidays are just an excuse to make fun treats. Not that I’m complaining, of course. I love cooking with my kids (translation: sometimes it’s worth a giant mess and the fact that everything takes at least four times longer than it should to let the kids have the fun of making a treat together), so I’ve rounded up 25 easy Valentine’s Day treats that you can make with your kids.

25 easy Valentine’s treats to make with your kids

1. Kids will go crazy for these adorable heart cinnamon rolls from It’s Always Autumn, and they are incredible easy to make!

2. Chocolate covered pretzels from Love From the Oven are a classic holiday treat with a Valentine’s Day spin.

3. Smart School House uses twinkies to make hearts for this adorable Valentine’s day treat.

4. You can’t go wrong with rice krispies, especially when they are as cute as these XOXO Valentine’s treats from Two Sisters Crafting

5. Here’s another Valentine’s day treat that is easy and adorable: Shot through the heart brownies from It’s Always Autumn

6. These heart shaped white chocolate bark bites from No. 2 Pencil are easy to make and would be adorable in little gift bags as a Valentine’s treat for friends.

7. If you love popcorn, give this Cupid’s Crunch from This Mama Loves a try for Valentine’s day!

8. Pink sugar cookies from Pack Momma

9. These Valentine’s treat pretzels from the Paper Pinata are simple and adorable! Drizzle a little chocolate on each pretzel and let your kids add the candy hearts.

10. Pretzels and gummies make adorable Cupid’s arrows in this Valentine’s Day treat idea from Organize Your Stuff Now

11. If you’re looking for a super fast Valentine’s treat, dress up Oreos with pink candy melts and sprinkles. Idea from Happy Brown House

12. This Valentine’s Day muddy buddies treat mix from Just Between Friends incorporates animal crackers and chocolate sixlets into the mix!

13. For an old fashioned Valentine’s day treat, try your hand at making gumdrops with Mom on Timeout

14. So cute! Turn Oreos into kitties with this Valentine’s treat idea from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

15. Valentine’s treats don’t get any easier than these chocolate dipped wafer cookies from The Idea Room

16. This easy Valentine’s Bark from My Crazy Good Life starts with a crunchy crust made from strawberry wafers:

17. Valentine’s marshmallow pops from Glorious Treats

18. For a more sophisticated looking Valentine’s Day treat, try these strawberry brownie kabobs from Erica’s Sweet Tooth – kids will love helping you slide the treats on the skewers!

19. I love these donut hole arrows from Squirrelly Minds!

20. Love monster cupcakes from I am Baker would be so fun to make!

21. These red velvet cake bars from Yellow Bliss Road look amazing!

22. Here’s another take on a Valentine’s treat mix: Cookie butter popcorn from I Heart Naptime

23. These heart cupcakes are made in a standard muffin tin! from Tastes Better from Scratch

24. Oreo cheesecake cookies from Nest of Posies

25. For a classic Valentine’s day treat, try the best pink sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting from It’s Always Autumn

Plus a few more!

Learn how to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts (like Reese’s) at home:

For a showstopping Valentine’s Day treat, making this raspberry nutella puff pastry heart:

Surprise your kids on Valentine’s morning with cute lace heart pancakes:

10 No-Bake Valentine’s Day Sweet Recipes to Wow Your Loved Ones

This Valentine’s Day, we’re cutting down on the time it takes to whip up homemade treats by going for no-bake recipes. If you’re giddy with visions of sugary sweets running through your head, make one of these desserts for yourself, your friends, or (duh!) your loved ones.

1. Rose Lollipops: Add a fancy flavor to candy with these rose-flavored lollipops. (via Brit + Co)

2. Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Gelato Sandwich: Hello, sweet valentine. Decadent gelato and classic cookie dough make an unbeatable duo. (via Brit + Co)

3. Tropical Icebox Cakes: You both have work and routines to maintain, so a full-blown vacation might not be realistic for V-Day — so why not bring the tropics to you with these easy icebox cakes? (via Brit + Co)

4. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites: Almond butter and meal make these cookie dough bites taste like the real thing (but way healthier). (via Brit + Co)

5. Candelabra Fruit Cakes: It’s simply not Valentine’s Day until we pull out the strawberries. These fruitcakes are topped with a classy strawberry rose. (via Brit + Co)

6. No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes: These cheesecakes feature a JELL-O strawberry top. How adorable, right? (via Brit + Co)

7. Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark: It’s a decadent treat to make for your valentine, your mom, your BFF, or office buddies. Accept praise graciously. (via Brit + Co)

8. No-Bake Mason Jar Cheesecakes: Graham crackers, cream cheese, and blueberry preserves layer for a packable treat. (via Brit + Co)

9. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars: The world’s favorite flavor combination — peanut butter and chocolate — dominates these drool-worthy bars that are hopelessly addictive. (via Brit + Co)

10. Ombré Rice Krispies Treats: Entrance your sweetie with indulgent marshmallow combined with puffed rice cereal. One bite will bring back the nostalgic love for this dessert. (via Brit + Co)

Which of these indulgences encourages you to treat your taste buds? Tell us about your sweet tooth on Twitter @BritandCo.

Additional reporting by Lena O’Neal and Anna Monette Roberts

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Valentines Gift Bag Ideas that are perfect for friends, family and neighbors. Free printable tags for you to download and use to make someone’s day.

Hello Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed watching some football and catching up on some reading. This time of year I am also still implementing goal setting tactics and also preparing for the Big Game. But of course, we have Valentine’s Day just around the corner. I love celebrating this holiday and when the kids were younger we used to enjoy celebrating Valentine’s together as a family. Now that the kids are older, I still celebrate with friends and family.

If you are looking for a fun, inexpensive way to celebrate with friends, we have a few fun Valentine’s gift bag ideas for you. Homemade treats are always a hit, but store bought ones can save you some valuable time too. At the bottom of this post, you will find some free printable Valentine’s gift tags that you can use to make someone’s day.

Valentines Gift Bag Ideas

Here are some fun inexpensive gift ideas that I found at the Dollar Spot or dollar store:

  • Candies
  • Notepads
  • Highlighters
  • Purse Hooks
  • Notecards
  • Decorated Pencils
  • Succulent Plant
  • Baked Goods

We have some pretty Valentine’s Gift tags for you to download and print out. Just print these out on some card stock and cut them out. They are perfect for tying with a ribbon or string. Valentine’s Day is a great time to get together with friends for a Valentine’s tea or Galentine’s gathering.

Get your free printable Valentine’s gift tags here.

For more great Valentine’s Ideas. Check out these

  • Valentine’s Crafts for Kids and Adults
  • Valentine’s cookie recipes you will love – Over two dozen Valentine’s Cookie Recipes
  • Valentine’s Day Snacks for Kids – Lots of ideas for kid snacks

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