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Need some Valentine’s Day dinner party ideas? Never thought of such a concept? Why not, I say? I love dinner parties, particularly fancy ones, but it’s probably not the most obvious choice for Valentine’s Day. It’s supposed to be some romantic holiday, I guess. But friends, Valentine’s Day is just super silly. It really is. Have you ever read the history of how it became the Hallmark fest it is today? No? Here you go. Read it. You’re going to enjoy it and also be so confused. Anyway, I know this holiday is super divisive, but I say it’s just another reason to party. Who cares if you’re in a couple or not? Invite your married friends, your single friends, your dogs, whatever. They’ll all be so glad you took the Valentine’s Day pressure off of them, they’ll be happy to attend.
Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Ideas
1. Serve all red food.
I’m actually in the middle of planning my next fancy dinner party and the theme is color related. I thought long and hard about doing red foods, but ultimately decided against it. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love the idea, so I’m recycling it as one of my Valentine’s Day dinner party ideas. VDay is a great time to bust out red velvet desserts, strawberry appetizers, and fun Italian sauce recipes. Here’s a good list of all-natural (as in no red food coloring) recipes for the holiday.
2. Have guests make a Greeting Card.
Everyone’s always complaining about how Hallmark took over the holidays, and I say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Put out some markers, crayons, or whatever you have, and let people get really silly. If you’re a little lazy and/or don’t typically have the materials for a construction paper project (no judgment, this is my plan), you can get a greeting card making kit. Then you don’t have to think about what all you need to buy. You can make this a competition or let them give their cards to people in secret, whatever you think the group will enjoy.
3. Give a tribute to the Roman Gods.
Say what?! You didn’t read the history of Valentine’s Day, did you? Okay, so real quick, Valentine’s Day is a combination of Christian and Pagan holidays (like all of them, really) and the pagan part came from the Roman celebration of fertility. Now, I don’t suggest you actually sacrifice anything to the Roman gods. In fact, I’m not sure they still accept sacrifices. Cash only, like all modern churches. But to bring a little history into the mix, serve something involving a goat. I would go with goat cheese since it’s the easiest, but if you know how to cook goat and where to find it, more power to you. If this is the part that sounds the most fun to you, here’s a little more their rituals, but please, don’t actually sacrifice anything.
4. Be ridiculous with your decorations.
I prefer a simple table even for events like Thanksgiving, but in the spirit of over the top love fests, I say get wild. Red confetti everywhere! Hearts, hearts, hearts! Valentine’s Day dinner party ideas just wouldn’t be complete without a whole lotta decor. If you are the type who needs a framework, Sarina over at Joy in the Commonplace put together a collection of this year’s best Valentine’s Day parties. If you can’t find inspiration from these ladies, I don’t know how to help you.
5. Don’t care if your guests are single or not.
Seriously, who cares? Americans are taught to stress about this holiday beginning in elementary school with those stupid little Valentine’s cards. Then we hear about Galentine’s Day, and women have to worry about when they’re getting married and men have to be anxious about whether or not they planned a good enough meal. When you’re throwing your dinner party, invite people you love and make not one single mention of who they love or if they love anyone at all. Just have a good time, folks. Trust me, it’ll be more fun that way.