Valentine’s Day is one month from today. It’s the ideal year to host a Valentine Party as it falls on a Saturday. No offense to restaurants but I am not a fan of going out on holidays such as this when they are overcrowded. Last year our friends Marti and Domenic hosted a Valentine Dinner Party for our Supper Club and it was a wonderful evening celebrating great friendships.
It’s not too early to start the planning process. First you need to decide what type of party you would like to have, come up with your guest list and send out invitations. You can host a Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvre Party, a Dinner Party, a Dessert & Wine Party or a make it super simple and host Pot Luck. Will it be couples or a group of single friends? Once you have made these decisions, send out invitations as soon as possible so your guests can reserve the date.
I’m still a fan of paper invitations. There is something special about receiving the invitation in the mail! With today’s computers and colored printers, it’s so easy to pull together. You can also have them printed at local stores such as Kinkos or order them online. For those of you that prefer mailing invitations, here are some examples. (You can click on each individual invitation for the source).
Let’s face it, we are all busy. Sometimes life gets in the way and you don’t have time to send out paper invitations or you decide to host an impromptu soirée and need to invite guests quickly.
Fortunately, there are many digital invitation sites to choose from, some free and some charge for more premium invitations. They are a nice alternative to the paper route.
The digital invitations are easy to personalize and you can also set it up so that others can see who those who have been invited and who has rsvp’d on sites such as Evite.com. All you need are your guests’ email addresses. Here are some examples of digital invitations.
Menu Planning & Decorations
I have some great menu ideas and festive Valentine themed decorations for your party. I will share them with you in next Wednesday’s post. In the meantime, get the party started by sending out invitations.