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Valentine's Day - For and Against


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Okay the romantic dinner is planned and now what? Why not put together a party? Have friends and family over to celebrate the month of Cupid in light-hearted fashion. Why not put together a dinner party under the stars? Weather permitting, set up your dining table out in the yard with the night sky as your canopy and through the garden decorate with paper lanterns and candles. Start out with everyone inside, serving canapés and cocktails like Sea Breeze and Red Kiss before leading them out to the dinner table.  At their table seating, place little Valentine’s teddys with their name card and a red heart lollipop. To keep the conversation flowing keep your table centrepiece low so guests can make eye contact. In the centre a little bowl filled with red roses and gel beads instead of water. Down either side, smaller bowls or vases filled with red and pink jelly beans and heart candy. Scatter crystals and tea lights for ambiance and impress your guests with your culinary skills by presenting dishes like baby beetroot and tatsoi salad with honey-mustard dressing (yum), zucchini patties with cucumber and yogurt salad (drool!). Try sweet potato ravioli, Italian meatballs with tomato sauce and for dessert the classic strawberry and cream sponge cake or a passionfruit soufflé.

To keep the flow of dinner conversation, play some games like Identity Crisis (where guests wear a headband with a card and the name of their person/celebrity/athlete/politician) and they have to figure out who they are by asking the other guests a series of questions that can only be answered with a yes or no response. Why not have a giggle with My Next Lover – your guests have to describe another guest as their next lover by a feature (eg: wears glasses) and from that the rest have to figure out which of the dinner guests is the Next Lover. Sure to cause some laughs and flatter a few hearts!

Make the whole dinner party a long and slightly informal affair allowing guests who have just met for the first time a chance to talk and get to know each other in good company. Who knows by the end of it all you could very well have played Cupid and next year attend a wedding of two of your dinner guests! But, for all of this to happen you need to head over to Australia’s #1 Party Shop for all your Valentine’s Party needs and sweets.

Now, I have not forgotten those who are anti-Valentine’s Day. Be it on the grounds you just don’t play along with Cupid, are nursing a broken heart or the one you love is away working and therefore you find yourself spending your Valentine’s on the couch with a bucket of ice cream, your company being two cats and watching the Notebook  (guilty as charged!) – fear not! You too can have your own party, but with an anti-establishment twist. You may like to keep the hearts theme going for your party, but instead of red and pink look at other colours. If you are really smarting from a broken heart or unrequited love then decorate with broken hearts. On your invitations specify that Cupid is not allowed, that this party is for VIP’s only and set out for a night of carefree fun with your friends (and maybe cats). Use the occasion to theme a Hollywood style Valentine’s Party where guests turn up as celebrities who are notorious for failed romances. I wonder how many of your guests will turn up looking like Kim Kardashian? For a party game, play a “Have They/Haven’t They” game where you read out a name of a current celebrity couple and the guests have to decide whether they have or have not separated for example Gwen Steffani and Gavin Rossdale, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Heidi and Spencer Pratt. For the girls of love gone awry, chuck on the iPOD player Dresden Girls song Coin Operated Boy – bound to have them cheering and laughing by the end of it. The whole aim of the anti-Valentine party is not to feel sorry for yourself but to have fun and get even with the universe for leaving you with a broken heart. I am not saying if you are having an anti-party, that you are the Ebenezer Scrooge of Valentine’s Day and that the ghosts of loves past, present and future will descend upon your doorstep that night – although you may just find your love without the help of Stoopid Cupid at your party! If you are looking for a different twist this Valentine’s Day then seek out the help of Australia’s #1 Party Shop  to plan your perfect party. Down with Love! (Well for this month anyway!).



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