Valentine’s Day Party Ideas: Setup, Sips, Snacks and More

By Shanna Smith on January 12th, 2023
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We all know that when it comes to love, we should be showing our people we care in lots of little ways every day. But just like going above and beyond with generosity at Christmas or giving heaps of gratitude on Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on love.

It’s a day we can indulge in a little pageantry. Make a big deal out of it. Throw a whole party in honour of love.

Of course, if you’re gonna go that far, you might as well pile it on. And these Valentine’s Day party ideas do just that. Because if we can have tinsel-trimmed tea towels at Christmas and trivets shaped like turkeys at Thanksgiving, we can—and should—have heart-shaped EVERYTHING for Valentine’s Day.

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Set the mood with monochromatic decor

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Let’s talk table settings first. After all, that’s what’s going to make the biggest visual impression at any party.

For Valentine’s Day, it’s all about pink and red. We’ve used bright pink plates shaped like hearts and edged with gold foil, along with red and pink plates paired with matching cutlery and cups to bring these colours in a big way.

Adding some subtler hues to this colour palette—like a soft purple or a little gold—elevates the look. We used lavender-coloured candlesticks and bottles, as well as some gold and white serving dishes to pretty up the table.

If you’ve got it, or you’re in the mood to go thrifting, include a few fun pieces of vintage glassware. The scalloped edges and interesting shadows add softness and sophistication the overall look.

Tip: Instead of scattering confetti around the table, use everyone’s favourite childhood Valentine’s Day candy—conversation hearts!


Craft some pretty cocktails

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These Valentine’s Day party ideas can take your celebration so many different directions. If you’ve decided you’re celebrating Galentine’s/Palentine’s Day, or throwing a singles mixer, then a few gorgeous cocktails are definitely in order.

Get the details on exactly how to make our Cherry Vodka Sour cocktail here. And don’t let the egg white freak you out—it’s the key to creating the pretty pink foam on top.

Some other fun Valentine’s Day drink ideas include:

  • Rosé Slushies: Your fave blush wine plussed up with raspberries, lemon juice, simple syrup and of course, ice. Can you say “yum”?
  • Lemon Kiss Limoncello Cocktails: Tart, sweet and bubbly, this cocktail calls for just two ingredients (minus the garnish, which you can find the recipe for here).
  • Champagne-Sorbet Cocktail: This one’s easy—grab any flavour of sorbet (something pink, perhaps?) and add champagne. Done.
  • Hot Cocoa: Make the sweet and smooth original, or create an adult version by adding raspberry, coffee or sweet cream liqueur.

Gather up some sweet snacks

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We can’t resist cute food. Or chocolate. Luckily, both are perfectly at home in a list of Valentine’s Day party ideas.

We love how easily these Cherry Chocolate Cake Truffles were turned into adorable cherry pairs using just a few craft supplies.


Give cards and gifts that go with the vibe

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People say “matchy-matchy” like it’s a bad thing. But when it comes to parties, giving gifts and cards that match your theme just make it feel that much more pulled together. It creates an immersive experience that shows just how much care and thought you put into it!

So, red cherry gift bags? Go for it. Adorable little plush cherries or conversation heart buddies? Um, definitely. And don’t forget to pair them with a card that lets them know just how much they’re loved all year long.

Make giving cards part of the fun with these ideas:

  • Write your guest’s names on the envelopes of mini cards and use them as place cards.
  • Create a mini card banner like this one. Write an affirmation in each one and have guests choose one at random.
  • Hide cards with different names on the envelopes around the room. Send guests on a scavenger hunt to find theirs.

Get the conversation flowing

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A party without good conversation can be downright dull. That’s why we created these free printable conversation cards. Just download, print on card stock and pass them around or have people choose one at random.

Each question is relationship or self-love based, helping your friend or special someone voice their thoughts or feelings on a certain topic. A few examples:

  • Take turns sharing the story of how you fell in love. Details are a must! <3
  • Something I wish you’d appreciate more about yourself is _______.
  • What am I most proud of myself for?

Spontaneous hugs, choruses of “awwww,” and a few teary eyes are a possibility. You’ve been warned.

We hope these Valentine’s Day party ideas have you all atwitter about hosting your own soiree for the sweethearts in your life. If you try any of them, we’d love to see! Share your own event with us on social media by tagging @Hallmark_Canada.

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