At our Valentine's Dance, we're going to have a sit down dinner, a craft you can make for your loved one, a few games and of course - dancing! I've created a board on pinterest that my organizers and I are pinning to so I thought I'd post some of our findings here. I love pinterest and gathering all my ideas onto one board...but what's better than one board? one blog! :) so, if you're also interested in planning a Valentine's Day Dance party with intergenerational attendees...here are some great ideas I found!
First, when you come in, get your picture taken that we will print out and give to you...here are a few fun backdrops we could do...
|which i found here|
OR this one...
|whose link is broken|
And lastly, we realllly want to do this one - with the help of clings from the dollar tree hopefully we can :)
|Is it not adorable?!|
Next on our list is games. I pinned a few, but we've decided on just these two. With the crafts, food and music I don't think there will be much time for games - but these seem to fit right in!
|Musical Hearts! This is a wonderful group activity. Lay the hearts around the room on the floor and play some music. Have everyone walk, dance, skip, jump around the room while the music plays. When it stops, everyone has to put a "toe" on a heart. If you have a lot of people you can just say to "stand near" a heart. Then, everyone near that heart has to do what it says! For example, I wrote, "hug someone", "high five everyone around you", "turn around 3 times", etc. I like this game because no one is a winner or loser...and it's fun to watch people be silly :)|
|Using either candy hearts or M&Ms like pictured below, we want to fill up some baby food jars and put one on each of our tables. Then, we are going to place pieces of paper next to it where people can write their name and estimation of how many pieces of candy are inside. After everyone has guessed we can see who is the closest - and they get to take it home! :)|
We are also going to do a Cake walk and some members of our church are going to make some goodies that we can use as prizes. We are going to charge 50 cents to play to raise a little money (since our dinner is free). Here are a few goodies we are thinking of making...
|Who can resist rice crispy treats? :)|
|We were thinking of putting out some heart cookies with icing and sprinkles that everyone can decorate!|
|These look so delicious! Funfetti cookies!|
|I want to make these...although if you know me at all, you know I do NOTHING with peanut butter...nor do I suggest that you take anything with peanut butter to any public event. I have actually made these for Christmas and just made sugar cookies - you roll them in a ball, roll them in sprinkles, cook them, take them out of the oven...wait maybe a minute so they aren't super hot, then put the kiss on top. you don't want the kiss to melt but the cookie needs to be soft...it's all about timing :) oh, and while they're cooling - DON'T touch them. The kiss will hold its shape pretty well if you leave it alone :)|
|I hope we can do this! I would love to have a chocolate fountain and have lots of different fruits that can be dipped! how yummy and messy!!|
Of course, we can't forget the crafts! I plan on putting out paper, hearts, scissors, glue, etc on one table so that everyone can make a Valentine for their loved one that they came with :) I am also going to put out loom bands (everyone seems to love these :) I also found a cute foam craft picture frame project with hearts so that they have a frame they can take home with them to put their picture in :)
|For those that are too little to do the loom, or don't want to, I thought this was genius! Tube bracelets!|
|I thought I might put out a few examples of Valentine's as well - and these are cute!|
We are also thinking of making a prayer wall where you can post a prayer for a loved one...here or far away. And of course, you can't have a party without decorations! Here are a few that I thought were adorable...but of course, we will also be making a trip to the Dollar Store to see what they have :)
|Here's one idea...|
|and how cute is this idea that you can find on etsy?|
|And lastly, I thought the streamers and the hanging decorations were very cute!|
Have a great Valentine's - whether you have a date night with your sweetie, a quiet evening with the family or go to a Dance! I can't wait to post some pics from our fun time together! Enjoy your loved ones and cherish every moment you have with them! Most importantly remember...
"Love the Lord your God with all your Heart with all your Soul and with all your Mind." Deuteronomy 6:5
A few pictures from our event. I forgot to post them after the fact and then my phone died...and I lost all of mine :( I had some cute ones of my kids and the photo ops too :( But, I got some from a friend and thank goodness she took some otherwise I'd have none!! So, here are a few of our actual event!
|Me and the Hubby decorating! (well, I am...he's just supervising ;)|
|Testing one of our photo ops...I got some really cute pics of the kids doing this. so bummed I lost them!|
|DJ hubby getting all set up :)|
|Balloons!!! Can't go wrong with lots of balloons. That alone kept the kids entertained!|
|My daughter showing off her card she made :)|
And of course - lots of dancing!! We asked for requests weeks ahead of time from every generation - what was their favorite love song? We got some good ones :)
|My kids and friends enjoying the yummy spaghetti dinner :)|
|My kids and I posing at our "outdoor" photo op. Yes, we are in short sleeves...it's Ft Lauderdale in February :) Your outside photo op may be a bit different ;)|