Host a Valentine's Day Crafting Party
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.
Create a decadent dessert tower with easy finger foods. Use patterned baking cups or small ice cream dishes to hold an array of bite-size treats. Yogurt-covered pretzels, nuts, chocolates, and popcorn are all great finger-food ideas.
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.
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. You can enjoy this party decoration long past the day of the get-together.
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.
When you're throwing a party that requires a lot of setup, fast and simple party decorations are a must. These hanging heart wreaths are so easy that you can make enough to decorate the whole party in just minutes. To make the wreath, cut a piece of pink patterned paper into seven 1-inch strips. Fold each strip in half and crease, then fold the two ends toward the center so they form a heart shape; use double-stick tape to hold the ends together. Lay out all seven hearts with the points toward the center and with each side touching the next heart; secure with double-stick tape. Hang individual wreaths or group several together to create a festive display.
Pink Drink: Ruby Cocktail
Serve a delicious pink cocktail that the gals will love. Start with fruit-flavor vodka and top off with pink Prosecco. Sugar the rims of the glasses with red or pink sugar sprinkles for an extra-special look.
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.
Dessert Idea: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Red velvet pies with cream cheese icing set a Valentine's Day mood. These individual pies are just as tasty as a large cake, but they're easier to eat while crafting.
Set Up Craft Stations
To get the most out of your get-together, set up prepared stations for each craft before the party begins. 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.
Craft Idea: Cutout Cards
Your girlfriends will love taking home these adorable fold-out cards, and you'll love how easy they are to set up! Print several copies of our free template and set out 12"x12" cardstock in different patterns and colors so each guest can make and take their own unique card.
Craft 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!
Craft Idea: Decorate a Cupcake
One of our favorite party hacks is to cut preparation time by setting up a cookie- or cupcake-decorating station. Set out unfrosted cookies and cupcakes, frosting, and sprinkles, and let guests decorate their own delicious treats.
Craft Idea: Felt Flowers
We love the idea of setting out materials for nontraditional Valentine's Day craft projects. These felt beaded flowers are so easy, and they make perfect embellishments for a variety of projects. Add them to home decor pieces or use them as an embellishment on a headband or hat.
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.