Fun Card-Making Party for Valentine's Day
Host a Valentine's Day Celebration
What better excuse than Valentine's Day to get your friends together for some crafting fun! Grab your gal pals and share the valentine-making with this simple guide to what to serve, craft, and have on hand for the ultimate Valentine-making party. Gather the gals to make your own cards, or make sweet DIY Valentine's Day gifts.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Choose a few creative valentines to make at the party and prepare several sets of materials before the guests arrive. Set out enough at each station so guests will be able to make one of each card. Consider what will make the party process easier: prebag treats or preprint quotes to save time during the celebration. Cut paper to size and lay out all supplies before the guests arrive; if everything is prepared and ready to go, you'll be able to kick back and craft with the girls.
Decorate with Florals
Fresh flowers are perfect for Valentine's Day decor. Gather a bunch of blooms in different shades of pink and place them in a simple white or gold vase for a simple display that looks elegant. Use our three easy steps to learn how to make a flower arrangement that looks professional (without paying the professional price). You can enjoy this party decoration long past the day of the get-together.
When you're hosting a party where crafts are involved, consider creating several stations stocked with all the supplies your guests will need to finish each project. With two to four people at each station, you can keep the mess to a minimum, and guests will have easy access to the materials they need. Add a few extra chairs at each station so people can move around as they finish each project.
Consider hosting a kids card-making party so they can make valentine greetings for their classmates. Make several simple treat bags and decorate each with a fun message during the Valentine's Day party. Or, download several of our free printable Valentines and help the kids put them together.
DIY Drink Station
Display bottles of your favorite champagne, soda, or any other beverage near the snack buffet. Having a self-serve drink station close at hand will allow uninterrupted time with friends, since you won't need to be refilling glasses during the party. Plus, a drink station can serve as an extra "decoration" if you find yourself with a lot of undecorated space. Serve mini bottles for each guest, or set up ingredients for one of these delicious champagne cocktail recipes.
Contain the Mess for Easy Cleanup
Paper crafts and cards are popular Valentine's Day crafts, but all the glitter, glue, and string can make a mess. Use simple containers to contain crafts supplies and to keep the crafting table as organized as possible.
Bonus idea: Provide each guest with their own container—like a bag or tray— to fill with their crafts as they make them.
When you're planning each station, don't forget the treats! Create a separate area for snacks and drinks to keep sticky fingerprints off the paper creations. Plus, the snack stand is the perfect place to add extra holiday decorations like bold paper fans. Add store-bought goodies to the treat table or try one of our insanely delicious Valentine's Day dessert recipes.
Craft Station Idea: DIY Treat Bags
These festive coloring pages double as a fun party activity and a pretty take-home craft. Set up a wine and coloring station at your girls' day! Print our downloadable coloring pages onto sticker paper, cut out heart shapes, and stick them to paper gift bags that guests can use to take home their crafts or extra treats. The gals will love kicking back and coloring, and you'll love setting up this no-mess project!
Dessert Idea: Valentine's Day Truffles
Keep your treats simple for this crafting party. These decadent pink coconut and triple-chocolate truffles fit the sweet holiday theme and taste as good as they look. Plus, the bite-size sweets are an easy finger food, which makes them perfect for a serve-yourself dessert bar.
Craft Station Idea: Fun Heart Card
The front of this creative card displays a miniature clothesline hung with a pink paper heart. The tiny clothespins, available at crafts stores, are too delicate to mail, so you'll want to deliver this one by hand. To set up this station, set out plain cards, punched hearts, string, mini clothespins, and clear tape or washi tape to attach the ends of the string. See more of our easy DIY Valentine's Day cards to get more inspiration!
Dessert Idea: Chocolate Cherry Stack Cake
This scrumptious chocolate cake with cherry frosting makes a beautiful display as well as a tasty treat for all of your crafters-in-residence. Chocolate-dipped cherries provide the perfect topper for this sweet dessert.
Editor's Tip: Dip extra cherries in chocolate and serve them as bite-size treats, or bundle them for tasty party favors your guests can tote home with their crafts.
Craft Station Idea: Message Valentines
These clever valentines look complicated, but with the right materials, your guests will have a whole stack finished in minutes! Set out watercolor materials, watercolor paper, and white crayons. Fold a blank card using watercolor paper, then draw a design using a white crayon. Paint a watercolor design over the top. Because the crayon wax is water-resistant, the white design will show through the painted surface.
Craft Station Idea: Cookie Decorating
Consider swapping a card-making station for a cookie-decorating activity. Bake or purchase a batch of heart-shape cookies before the gathering. The day of the party, set out sprinkles and colored frosting. This is a sneaky way to save yourself food-prep time while providing a fun activity for your guests.
Craft Station Idea: Stitched Cards
Adorable paper cards with a hand-stitched element are perfect for a card-making party. Preparty prep is easy: Set out blank cards, patterned paper, glue, a needle and pushpins, and multiple colors of thread. You can set out precut shapes (like the cactus and "XO" shapes), or have guests cut their own. Use a needle or pushpins to create a design of small holes. Then stitch through the holes with different colors of thread. The finished cards are cute, and no two will be alike!
Craft Station Idea: Fold-Out Cards
Guests will love these adorable fold-out cards, and you'll love how easy they are to set up. Print several copies of our downloadable pattern and set them out with tracing supplies and scissors.
To make the I Heart You card:
Cut out the template along the solid lines. Trace the cutout onto 12x12-inch cardstock, cut out, then fold as indicated by the pattern's dotted lines.
To make the Heart Accordian card:
On a piece of cardstock, draw and cut out a 5-1/2x12-inch rectangle. Fold accordion-style along the short side (as indicated by the dotted lines); you'll end up with six sections. Cut out the template and place it on the folded paper with the open side of the heart over the top fold, then trace and cut out the heart. Use a different-color piece of paper to trace a heart that's slightly larger. Glue this to the back of the center heart on your accordion and fold to complete.
Craft Station Idea: Felt Peonies
Gorgeous felt peonies are a great embellishment for Valentine's Day-theme decor. And they only require three materials! Set out sheets of felt in pink, white, and red, along with fabric glue or hot glue, and scissors. Have guests cut out wavy petals (or cut out a few in advance to use as a template), then simply roll and glue. The peonies make an adorable accent for a child's headband, or make a whole bunch to display!
Craft Station Idea: Heart-Shape Cards
These heart foxes could not be cuter, and they're a breeze to set up! Set out paper, glue, and scissors, along with a finished fox card as an example. Let your guests run wild with different colors and patterns. Have them glue two hearts to form the face, and add ears and a tail. Older guests can use beads to form the eyes and nose, and younger guests can use a marker to add facial features. These are a great option for kids who want to make valentines for their classmates!