Valentine’s custom dictates that it’s a day to take your special someone out on a date. However, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Sometimes, events like these are better enjoyed in the company of friends.

Celebrate love alongside the people you love the most by hosting a Valentine’s Day party. These ideas will help you prepare for a gathering that can be appreciated by both couples and singles alike.

Choose a Theme for Your Decorations

What’s a party without the décor to match? Since it’s Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to set the mood for you and your guests.

When it comes to colors, red, pink, and white are the traditional choices. If that seems too monotonous, you can add in some contrast with black, green, or blue pieces. The splash of color is a good way to give your decorations flair.

Hearts, roses, and Cupid are popular symbols for Valentine’s. Use them to decorate your venue so there’s no question what the celebration is about.

Make a Playlist of Romantic Music

If you really want to set the stage for a memorable Valentine’s party, you need music. Because this day is all about love, make sure romance is in the air with the right tunes.

No matter the kind of party you want to throw, there’s no shortage of songs to choose from. Fill your playlist with slow, romantic music if you want the party to be a laid back and relaxed affair. If you’re going for a livelier scene, there’s plenty of choices for that as well. From the classics to the latest hits, there’s more than enough love songs to go around.

Get Creative with Food and Cocktails

Aside from chocolates, there aren’t really any staple foods for this occasion. This is your chance to get creative.

Serve Strawberry Bruschetta or your favorite salad with dried cherries on top for hints of red that goes along with the day’s motif. Prepare heart-shaped foods like pizza, strawberry pie, or even just sandwiches to add a twist to your meals.

Of course, no Valentine’s party is complete without the drinks. Wine goes great with the inevitable chocolate that makes its way to your celebration. Pink and red cocktails can also be a fun way to spice up the night.

Prepare Some Extra Fun

After a drink or two, party games will keep things interesting. Turn the rest of the evening into a Valentines-themed game night to keep guests entertained. Just make sure to have games that your single friends can also enjoy.

Add some prizes into the mix to bring out that extra bit of motivation from the participants. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Even just a simple token to remember the night will do just fine.

Don’t Skip Dessert

You know what they say: there’s always room for dessert. Let your guests know that they don’t have to hold back by setting up a dedicated dessert bar. With irresistible treats like cakes, cookies, truffles, candies, and chocolates, you can satisfy any craving.

If there’s ever a day to indulge a sweet tooth, it’s on the 14th of February. Delicious snacks are even more so when enjoyed together with friends.

Embrace the festivities that only come around this time of year. Who knows? By the time the night is over, your single friends may not be so single anymore – and they’ll have you to thank for that!