An impromptu Valentine's Day party means that not much planning is involved, so although you are free to invite the neighborhood, the idea is really simplicity. Have it just for your kids, or for a few family members (we had Grammy and Poppy come over). You can make paper invitations for your guests (yes, even for your own kids- think how fun it will be to stick them under their bedroom doors or leave them at the breakfast table). Or you can email invitations (I prefer the site PunchBowl, which works a lot like evites).
You're going to need some games, so here are a bunch of suggestions. And before you think I'm crazy, I didn't do ALL of these in one party (although you can). These photos are from two years worth of parties at our house, so you can choose accordingly!
You'll want to set up a few stations, but make everything simple and fun. I had one station of coloring/crafts (I printed coloring sheets from NickJr). And hey, this is a great place to add some adult coloring books of your own!
Then I made a sensory table as a center. I used simple things I could find around the house (mine was Berry Kix cereal, conversation hearts, construction vehicles and decorative hearts). You can use cotton balls, rice, corn, seeds, beans, etc.
|Valentine Sensory Bin with Kix, conversation hearts and bulldozers, of course!|
|Valentine Sensory Bins are meant to be shared!|
|Valentine Sensory Bin|
This was a stretch, but I found a Pin the Tail on the Donkey game in my party box in the basement, so I stuck a Valentine's Day sign on it and used paper hearts for the tail!
|Valentine's Day pin the tail on the donkey!|
That basement party box is a lifesaver, since I found balloons in there, too. I blew up all of the red, pink and white ones. I taped plastic spoons to heavy paper plates and we played Balloon Pong.
|Balloon Pong is a great way to beat the winter blues, too!|
Another really simple game is 'Cupid's Arrow.' Take straws and blow Q-tips through them, trying to hit your target (our target was a bowl on the floor, which is a lot harder than it looks). We wound up just tossing the Q-tips, too, since that was a little easier.
|Cupid's Arrow is not as easy as it looks!|
And finally, this was our favorite game of all. I had bought a few bags of conversation hearts for Valentine's Day anyway, so we used them to have a Heart Stacking Contest. I used chocolates for prizes (since I had plenty of those lying around, too-- Kit Kats, Reeses hearts, you name it!).
And if you don't want to make it a competition, it's actually just fun to build towers with them, too.
Another fun part of planning an impromptu Valentine's Day party is planning the menu. I bought some of those Mamma Mary's pre-made pizza shells and cut them into heart shapes, but you can use Pillsbury dough, english muffins, bagels, or whatever you have lying around. Everyone decorated their own pizza (I even cut the pepperoni into heart shapes!).
|Heart-shaped pizza for Valentine's Day!|
Dessert was even more fun. I cut Twinkies into heart shapes. They looked adorable, but The Jersey Momma's Boy wasn't a big fan of the taste.
|Cut Twinkies in half at an angle to form a heart shape!|
You can also serve cookies, rice krispie treats, or have everyone decorate their own cupcake or sugar cookie. We made these cookies using different three bowls of dyed dough and then swirling them together in a pinwheel shape before we baked them!
Most of the things from your improptu Valentine's Day party can be thrown away. Almost all of it! So when the day is through, grab a garbage bag and dump everything (or put it back in that 'Party Box' if you have one of those!)
|Milo said, 'I'd be happy to eat some of that sensory bin for you, as a form of clean-up, of course...'|
All of these games are fun just by themselves, too, so you can pass the time without throwing a big party if you really wanted to.