Valentines Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Valentines Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Valentines Day is a time of love, celebration and lots of chocolate; throw the right romantic songs into the mix, and the host can transform the standard evening into a grand V-Day celebration.

Younger couples may want to plan an up tempo musical celebration, complete with the most vibrant and danceable love songs of the past few decades. These include:

Love Game by Lady Gaga
Your Love is My Drug by Ke$ha
Baby by Justin Beiber
Love At First Sight by Kylie Minogue
Cherish by Madonna
Seasoned couples may prefer to play a repertoire of lush romantic classics; putting together a playlist that takes them both back to their dating days:

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe by Barry White
At Last by Etta James
How Deep Is Your Love? by The Bee Gees
And I Love Her by The Beatles
Love (Look What You’ve Done to Me) by Boz Scaggs
Aside from some sentimental songs, the host also should remember to pick up some equally beautiful Valentines Day party supplies. These could include grand heart-shaped centerpieces of satin, silk or tissue, surrounded by tableware that is red or pink in hue. Faux roses could be placed at each setting, as would net or lacy bags filled with conversation hearts. Heart-shaped doilies, balloons, and overhanging paper links make additional nice touches to any V-Day celebration. A box can serve a dual purpose by first being able to hold supplies, but also be decorated on the outside for decor use. Don't be hesitant about asking parents to help out at a celebration for children. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats.

Making homemade Valentines Day party supplies and handmade party goods such as Valentine’s flags, party banners and balloon bouquets can take some time, but most people will find the results are worth the effort. Other homemade party supplies and handmade party goods such as handmade Valentines Day banners, colorful red and white streamers and homemade Valentines Day centerpieces make a party better. Homemade centerpieces are a nice addition to a Valentines Day table and can be composed of Valentines Day related items.

More often than not, homemade party goods and handmade party supplies compare in size and color to other Valentines Day items. For instance, handmade Valentines Day items are mostly red and white in color. These colors can then be used to create a beautiful Valentines Day centerpiece. In addition to the party streamers and signs, handmade Valentines Day party supplies such as homemade Valentines Day flowers, handmade wreathes and Valentines Day centerpieces are a great addition to a Valentines Day party.

Most hostesses will find that making handmade party goods and homemade Valentines Day party supplies a lot of fun. From making traditional Valentines Day tissue flowers to creating a beautiful Valentines Day heart, the options are endless and careful research shows quite a comparison between the two.

Nothing says more then making a Valentines Day theme cake from scratch and showing off those cooking and baking skills to that special someone. Lets get right to the directions, following directions on a cake mix package bake the cake, in heart shaped pan. Once the cake is done baking allow time to cool, before moving onto the next step. Next comes the icing, using an electric mixer, cream the frosting ingredients together, these will need to be smooth. After the cake has cooled brush away any crumbs and begin the frosting process, leave a portion of the frosting. With that leftover portion divide into several small bowls to allow for tinting of each one with different food coloring colors. To finish off the cake from the party supplies fill pastry bags with different tips to allow for creative designs with the remaining frosting. Now use a writing tip for lines to letters, leaf stems, etc. To make a few stars on the cake use a star tip, use it until a star forms on the cake. To improve the out come of the icing work, remember to stop squeezing the bag, before pulling the tip away from the cake.

There are varying opinions about the origin of Valentines Day,<,/a> in the United States, Some believe it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that among the things St. Valentine refused to give up was marrying Christians in the Christian Church. On the day of his death, it was said that he left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine".

Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine. Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages, and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date is still marked, to this day, by sending poems and simple gifts to your sweetheart.

In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's, and now the date is very commercialized. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business each year on Valentine’s Day. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school. It's also quite common for schools in the middle to upper grades to hold a Valentine
Dance. Some schools will use a disco theme, while other like to make it a rock and rollparty.

Florists are busiest on Valentine’s Day, and roses are the traditional flower sent on Valentine’s Day, with the color of the flowers being symbolic. Traditionally, red roses are symbolic of love, pink roses (said to have bloomed from Mother Mary’s tears as she followed her son up Golgotha) are symbolic of Mother’s love, yellow roses symbolize caring and friendship, while white roses are symbolic of purity.

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Valentines Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Valentines Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

One of the legends surrounding the history of Valentine’s Day is that St. Valentine was a 3rd Century priest in Rome. When the emperor at the time, Claudius II, thought that single men made better warriors than married ones, he outlawed marriage for his young potential soldiers. But St. Valentine did not agree and secretly continued to perform marriages for the young men. Claudius, of course, found out, and sentenced St. Valentine to death.

There is another theory about the history of the romantic day, and that is that perhaps Valentine was helping Christians to escape the torture chamber-type prisons of Rome. When he was discovered helping the prisoners, he was killed.

The very first Valentine card may have been sent by St. Valentine himself. As a prisoner, he fell in love with a young woman. Legend tells that this woman was the daughter of a prison guard. She apparently visited him often, and before his death he wrote a love note to her and signed it “From your Valentine.” This expression is still used today.

The different stories and theories that surround the origin and history of Valentine’s Day vary greatly. But the romanticism and heroic appeal made him a most popular saint in England and France.

It is believed by some that the first Valentine’s Day was celebrated on the anniversary of his death, about 270 A.D. Others think that the first celebration came during a pagan festival in February, so as to make the celebration more of a Christian one. Handwritten notes of affection were written in Great Britain, when Valentine’s Day was first recognized as a celebration of love in the 17th century. And by the 18th century, friends engaged in the short note-writing, as well. By the end of that century, it began to be commercialized with printed cards as technology moved forward. And by 1840, Valentine’s Day cards began to be mass-produced in America.

Today, over a billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. It is the second largest card-selling occasion, next to Christmas. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. Everyone does not drink alcohol, be inclusive when planning a get-together and have a choice of drinks that include non-alcoholic opinions. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. The history of Valentines Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Valentines Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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