How to Decorate for Your Valentines Day Party Formal or Casual
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How to Decorate for Your Valentines Day Party Formal or Casual

Valentine's Day party decorating for a formal or casual get together.
Valentine’s Day is one of the most fun holidays to decorate for. There is no end to decorating ideas for this holiday. The following ideas are for a home Valentine’s Day party. With a few tweaks, most of these ideas could be adapted for the classroom, Sunday School class or fundraising dinner.

When decorating for a party you want to keep the theme in mind. For Valentine’s Day you can choose from the ever popular cutesy Cupid and hearts décor or go for an upscale effect with black linens and red, white and pink decorations. Either way, let your table be your focal piece and make any other decorations secondary.

Casual Decorating - Cupid Valentine’s Day Party

Make a trip to you local party or dollar-type store for supplies. Buy a white or pink tablecloth, at least one large cut-out Cupid, streamers and paper for cutting out hearts for your Valentine's Day party. Pick up large red and white glass decorating beads and 2-6 battery operated candles in the tea light size.

At home, place the tablecloth on the table. Put the large Cupid in the center. Cut out hearts of different sizes to scatter on the table. Scatter the glass beads on the table along with the hearts. The battery operated candles give a romantic effect without the fire hazard. Place them on the table either individually or in 2 clusters of 3 each. Hang streamers around the room in a pleasing fashion.

Follow up this decorating idea with red, white or pink plates, napkins, eating utensils and cups. For a fun variation on your Valentine's Day party decorating you can mix the colors of the utensils, napkins and plates.

Formal Valentine’s Day Party

For a formal Valentine’s Day party you will want to forego the cut paper hearts and Cupid cutouts in favor of a more elegant approach. This decorating idea would be good for a dinner party with multiple tables. Some items may be rented instead of purchased. Check with your local party rental store or caterer for more information.

The items you will need are as follows:

  • Black tablecloths
  • Black napkins
  • Clear cups, eating utensils and plates
  • Red mylar or square mirrors
  • Cut flower floral arrangements in traditional Valentine’s Day colors.
  • Wrapped peppermint candy
  • Wrapped cinnamon candy
  • Wrapped white mints
  • Red and white curling ribbon

To Decorate for your formal Valentine's Day party:

Wrap the eating utensils in the black napkin. Tie these with the red and white curling ribbon. These will go on the table or can be picked up by guests at the buffet line.

Place the black tablecloths on the tables. On top of the cloth, place either a mirror or sheet of red mylar in the center. Place the vase of flowers on top of this. Scatter the candies on the table around the vase. Place the eating utensils at the appropriate places on the table.

Either of these Valentine's Day party ideas are sure to be a hit with our crowd. These are drawn on my personal experience as a former homeroom mom and as someone who designs fundraising dinners. 

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