It's become a tradition of mine to have a few close friends of mine over for Valentine's Day for our own Galentine's party. We sometimes do dinner and a movie. This year I decided to make breakfast foods for dinner and play games.
It was a blast! On the menu was bacon, gluten-free strawberry muffins, gluten-free waffles a friend provided, strawberries, blueberries, smoothies, and juice. Oh and I dipped some strawberries in white chocolate and used a candy mold to make some white chocolate pops. Got to have some chocolate on Valentine's Day ;)
I got creative and wrote the word love with bacon. I attempted to make hearts and that did not work out so well, so I improvised. Every good party planner learns to improvise and use what they have on hand. When the hearts I tried to make turned out looking like an o and a v, I decided to spell out love with bacon. The strawberry muffins recipe I got off of Yummly and were a huge hit!I just substituted regular flour with Pillsbury gluten-free flour blend.
The decor was easy. I grabbed pink plates, small black and white plates, and red napkins from the Dollar Tree. I was also able to find heart shaped balloons at the Dollar Tree and I used my helium tank to fill them up. The confetti filled ones were my favorite! Pink and red hearts table scatter and pink rose petals also from the Dollar Tree along with some heart doilies I had on hand completed the touch. I put all of this on just a white round tablecloth from the Dollar Tree and I used heart ribbon I already had to tie the corners.
After we enjoyed dinner as we listened to oldie love songs, talked and laughed a lot, we moved on to the living room for games. We played three games but one of them I purchased, so I will just mention the other two. I got these ideas off of Pinterest. The first game we played was the Valentine Candy Exchange. You need a die and a bowl of Valentine candy for this game and a paper plate for each player. I used a bowl of conversation hearts. The goal was to be the first person to get 10 pieces of candy. Rolling a 1 meant you grabbed 1 candy from the bowl, rolling a 2 meant you grabbed 2 candies from the bowl, a 3 resulted in your turn being skipped, a 4 meant you had to put a candy back, a 5 enabled you to steal 1 candy from another player and rolling a 6 meant you could steal 2 candies. It was a lot of fun!
The next game we played was my favorite. It definitely got us laughing! This game was called "Blow Me a Kiss" and involved balloons, a table, and candy kisses. I grabbed some red balloons I already had. You set the candy kisses up in the middle of the table (we used 6 of them because it was a small table) and give everyone their own balloon. When it is your turn, you have to blow up your balloon and release air out of it to blow the candy kisses off the table in a minute. Whoever does the most in a minute wins. You can't blow them off sideways and you can't touch them. You are only allowed to use the air from your balloon to move the kisses.
As party favors, each of my guests took home some pink or red nail polish with a tag on it that said "Mani thanks for being a great friend" or "You're a toe-tally great friend".
All in all, the night was a great success and we definitely partied our hearts out! This was just a small gathering, but I could totally do something like this for even more people. I would love to help you plan your next party! I can come up with arts and crafts, games, food, decor, and more. And I do it all in a price range most people can afford. Parties shouldn't break the bank. Contact me today and let A.M. Parties bring the party to you!!