I’m by nature an over planner. I can’t help it! But, to make things worse – I’m a lawyer! I’ve been trained to do research before doing anything unknown. I guess there are worse habits! But, lucky for you guys – it does lend for some great posts on how-to’s since I’ve already done the research and planning for you. Is anyone else out there an over planner? I can’t be the only Type A gal that tends to do this.
I also wanted to provide you guys with some tips on throwing a virtual Valentine’s Day party because my post on throwing a virtual Friendsgiving was a huge hit! I’m so glad. I still so new to this whole “blogging” thing and I genuinely want to bring you guys the best content I can – that you actually want to read + keep coming back to! I also take suggestions if there’s that one nagging style or home question you have – ask away! I’d love to help.
On that note, here’s a few suggestions on how to throw a successful virtual Valentine’s Day party!
1. Set the Date and Time - But Make It Pretty
I’m a sucker for pretty invites and since my word for the year is CONNECTION I figured it would be a good place to spend the extra cash to buy a download and have them printed and mailed. Personally, I just love getting snail mail and packages. It makes it feel like Christmas morning, all warm and happy! And that’s exactly how I want my guests to feel too!
I went with these for our Galentine’s Day party; aren’t they so adorable! They’re from Etsy and were just a simple download away! From there, I just went to officedepot.com, had them printed at Office Depot, and they were shipped to my home in no time. Easy peasy and I didn’t have to get out the house!
Just FYI, the invite I chose was $15 and it was another $15 ($15.16 to be exact) to have them shipped and printed. I’ve also included a few others that are more $ than $$, in case you don't want to spend $30 on invites (totally fair) and still want to have something to mail out. You can always print them at home to save some more cash!
2. Make a Guest List
With technology, there really isn't any limit to how many people you want to invite and without it being in person - you can invite friends that aren't even residing in the same city as you! Though I would be sure you have the appropriate group of people together at the same time - you DON'T want your grandma on the same Zoom call as your friend from college who cusses all the time (tbh - I'M usually that friend...).
It's a good idea to list out who you're inviting so you can send the invite out as a group and all at the same time (and for the reason above!).
3. Choose Your Technology
Be aware of how much time you plan on spending on your party (how much time you'll be online) and how many people you'll be inviting. These two selections may determine what type of technology you end up using.
4. Pick An Activity
You can’t have a virtual event without an activity (literally what else would you do?). I searched and searched for a few games that weren’t lame and actually sounded pretty fun. Here are a few games that you can try:
Make Drinks Together: This does have to be pre-planned so each house has the proper ingredients, but plenty of people have tequila on hand so you can always grab some grapefruit juice (or sub your fav!) and make some Grapefruit Ranch Waters (the recipe is below!)! I think this could be fun to watch everyone make and would surely entertain everyone with the end results. ;)
Do a Fun Tutorial: You can always YouTube a tutorial video on floral arranging and have everyone buy their own bouquet from their local grocery store OR you could use my Pampas Decor Tutorial (also included is a guide to decorate!) that I posted last week!
Relax and finally enjoy the day! No matter what you'll "be" with friends and that's truly what matters most.
Let me know if you enjoyed these tips and if you've got any ideas of your own! Now ... for the FUN part!!
Grapefruit Ranch Water Recipe
1 Pink grapefruit, wedges
3 tbsp Simple syrup
1/3 cup Pink grapefruit juice, fresh
1 Sparkling water
1 1/2 oz Spiced tequila
Spread salt on a flat plate. Dip the rim of a 12-ounce glass in water and then in the salt.
Fill glass with ice and top with grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and tequila; stir to combine.
Top with sparkling water and garnish with grapefruit wedges, cilantro sprigs, and sliced jalapeño.
CHEERS + Happy Valentines!
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