Okay – you asked for some adult ideas so here goes!
Let’s start with the decorations. Use your favorite glass containers or vases and fill them with a variety of Valentine themed candies or you can even layer them. Red and silver chocolate kisses, gummy hearts, gummy x’s and o’s, red and white gummy bears, layered red, pink and white Jelly Belly’s or m&m’s, conversation hearts. Pick your favorites and be creative!
I group them on tables in various heights and you can also put some candles around them as well. I used a smaller container within a larger container and filled the inside one with red and pink chocolate roses (Madelaine makes very real looking ones) and then filled the outer container with candy (any of above will work). This can be a centerpiece that turns into a favor. When your guests are leaving, pull out the roses from the centerpiece and hand one to each. It’s also fun for them to take something home to the kids if they have little ones! If it’s in your budget, you can also use fresh roses in the center of the candy vase.
A few balloons in heart shapes or in your color theme will make it festive or purchase fun heart garlands and string across a mantle or above a doorway.
Okay now for the food. Use your favorite recipes for appetizers and hors d’oeuvres and just substitute heart, lip or arrow shapes where you can. I like to cut heart shapes out of sliced bread or a baguette and toast them. Then top with tomato bruschetta and shredded mozzarella and melt cheese in oven.
Use heart platters, cake stands with hearts painted on them and heart shaped mini bowls for dips or cheeses to make your tried and true recipes have a valentine flair. If you have a great chili recipe, serve it in heart shaped bowls.
You can make cookies using all various cookie cutter shapes. Bissingers Chocolate makes wonderful heart shaped dessert shells and you can fill these with any type of filling and use heart deocrations. I also love doing a candy bar and I use an assortment of glass candy jars and various sizes of Martini glasses with silver scoops. Buy your favorites and fill the glasses and then arrange on your dessert table with your other selections. One favorite I like to use is these adorable sour gummy lips that look so great in glass containers. I have baked mini chocolate cakes with warm chocolate centers in heart shaped molds and then dusted them with powdered sugar and placed raspberries and large heart shaped sprinkles around edge of platter.
Now for the fun part – drinks! Definitely cosmos or any red or pink drink you like in a martini glass. I just found some great red martini glasses and these look great with anything in them – even water. Glasses can also double as fun dessert dishes for mousses and fresh berries with whipped cream!
I also like to put strawberry slices or raspberries in drinks, both alcoholic and non. You can also crush pink, red and white rock candy and rim your glasses with it.
Conversation starters – Ask if guests have a favorite childhood tradition they did with their parents on Valentine’s Day or one they may have started with their own children; a favorite story that took place on Valentine’s Day; how they met their spouse or ask around for the funniest Valentine’s Day disaster. You can also make the felt fortune cookie craft outlined in my recent blog post and insert funny sayings or fortunes inside or find “love” quotes you like and put those in. Hand them out to guests during the party and ask each person to open theirs and share their “fortune”.
These are a few ideas but if you have questions or need more ideas, let me know. I’m sure I can come up with more!
Now go plan your party!