Below are a few things to consider when planning a Valentine's Day Party for preteens. Decide the details together, and enjoy the celebration of love.
Planning a Valentine's Day Party for Kids
The InvitationsThere's no reason to purchase invitations when you can make your own. Pink, red and white construction paper, glue, and scissors are all you need to make heart-shaped invitations. Or, cut a heart shape out of a sponge and use it as a stencil. Just dab the sponge into tempera paint and carefully imprint the front of a blank note card. Once it's dry, write the Valentine's Day Party information on the inside of the card.
Decorations for a Valentine's Day PartyYou can make a big impact without spending a lot on decorations. Have your child cut out red, pink and white hearts out of construction paper and hang them from string at various lengths. White, pink and red balloons can be floating around the room, and scatter additional construction paper hearts around the tables. If you want, you can purchase carnation flowers in red, pink and white and add them as a center piece.
You can also make Valentine place mats for your guests. Cut small and medium sized hearts out of white and pink construction paper, and glue to a large piece of red construction paper. Add a little glitter or personalize the names of your guests with glue and glitter.
Valentine's Day Party FoodFood has to be fun and tasty for a Valentine's Day Party. Start with a tray of veggies and dip, and then add the fun stuff. The party goers can make a batch of Valentine's Day Snack Mix by adding Valentine-colored M&Ms to yogurt covered raisins, dried cherries, mini-marshmallows and a few other yummy ingredients. A batch of mock Strawberry Daiquiries, a heart-shaped pizza and a heart-shaped strawberry cake can complete the menu.
Play a GameFill a large, glass canister or fish bowl with Hershey Kisses or Valentine conversation hearts. As guests enter, have them guess the number of candies in the bowl. The one with the best guest gets to keep the candies as a goody prize.
Another fun game to play is, "Who Am I?" Each guest writes down the name of a favorite movie star or pop star on a card, along with a few other personal "likes" and "dislikes". The host reads the information, and everyone has to guess who wrote it.