10 Ways To Plan A Heartbreakingly Flawless Valentine’s Day Party

From Cosmopolitan

Sure, you could go out to an overpriced restaurant for some six-course tasting meal with bae. But wouldn't you rather spend Valentine's Day with your BFFs and a bar cart full of pink drinks? Yes, please. Hosting a V-Day party can be crazy easy with these 10 tips.

1. Make an on-theme big-batch drink.

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red velvet cake martini. (Red sprinkles? Whipped cream? Conversation hearts? Cupid, sit down!) Then, multiply the recipe by 10 to prepare the drink in big-batch form so you don't have to spend the entire party playing mixologist." data-reactid="54">Gather ingredients for one show-stopping signature cocktail, like this red velvet cake martini. (Red sprinkles? Whipped cream? Conversation hearts? Cupid, sit down!) Then, multiply the recipe by 10 to prepare the drink in big-batch form so you don't have to spend the entire party playing mixologist.

Get the recipe at Cosmopolitan.

2. Put a little romance in your ice.

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Those not imbibing (or those who just want a vodka soda) are gonna need some ice. Fill your bucket with these rosy cubes. To make them, pluck the petals from two or three roses and add them to a basic tray, filling it halfway with distilled water before you pop the whole thing in the freezer. After a few hours, fill the rest of the tray with more H2O, then freeze again so the petals sit smack dab in the center when it comes time to serve.

Get the recipe at HelloFresh.

3. Set up a DIY photo booth.

Now's the time to use that random spare wall. Set up an Insta backdrop for your crew to take pics in front of by covering the wall with a glitter-foil backdrop. Then order some am-ah-zing on-brand props, garlands, and balloons. Snap and share.

4. Prepare the most chocolate-y dessert.

Nutella-stuffed cookies, which are so much better than those heart-shaped boxes of candies from the drugstore." data-reactid="83">You're not properly celebrating February 14 unless you're shoving an enormous amount of chocolate in your mouth at a rapid-fire pace. So, make a batch of Nutella-stuffed cookies, which are so much better than those heart-shaped boxes of candies from the drugstore.

Get the recipe at Delish.

5. Have a potluck ... but make it sexy.

cheesy pizza pull-apart bread is enough to inspire those loving feelings. Plus, it's cheese. And bread. 🤤" data-reactid="88">Invite your friends to bring a dish they'd serve if they were cooking for bae. Tell them it doesn't need to be super fancy or balls-out impressive. A simple crowd-pleaser like cheesy pizza pull-apart bread is enough to inspire those loving feelings. Plus, it's cheese. And bread. 🤤

6. Organize a secret admirer gift swap.

Plan your own V-Day-themed Secret Santa (Classified Cupid, anyone?!) by swapping names via an online generator before the party. Tell everyone to bring a small gift, like a simple bottle of bubbly, a Lyft gift card (because nobody wants to pay for a ride home), a naughty little gag gift, or a sorta-kitschy accessory.

7. Set the scene with an iconic soundtrack.

Turn up the tunes with this playlist, which will now be the soundtrack to all your future meet-cutes and make-outs.

8. Go all in on a nail art station.

Grab a selection of nail files, red polish, and glitter. Lay them out on a table with some heart-shaped confetti and design inspo (like these gorge on-theme manicures), and boom-V-Day Nail Art Station ready for service.

9. Play a rom-com trivia game.

Test the group’s knowledge of swoon-worthy cinema with a ready-made trivia game.

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10. Seal your party favors with a kiss.

Ask each guest to wear their fave lipstick, then lay out a bunch of cardstock postcards. Invite everyone to kiss each so you're left with a stack full of smooches. Tell each person to leave with a card, the ultimate love note to send someone special.

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