Hosting a Valentine’s Day party for a group of close friends is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday without the fuss of reservations and uncomfortably crowded restaurants. Plus, you can actually wear your favorite little red dress without encountering a subzero wind chill. We’ve enlisted the help of Pinterest for an inspired step-by-step guide to throwing the perfect Valentine’s dinner party of your choosing.

 

 

Select Your Theme


 

 

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Sure, this holiday focuses heavily on romantic love, but the best part of throwing a party is that you decide its theme. Consider your anticipated guest list. Is it composed of couples, singles or perhaps a few blind dates? Build your get-together to follow suit, from a traditional candlelit tablescape to a singles’ anti-Valentine’s alternative or a ladies-only “Galentine’s Day” bash.

 

Set the Table


 

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Pink and red are obvious choices for a lovely and festive table setting, but feel free to use them with a range of colorful accents as you please. Black and white runners and complementary splashes of violet add a playful vibe to your dinner setting, while another party’s atmosphere may call for rose gold, crisp white linens and sequin-heavy decorations instead.

 

Pour Some Drinks


 

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An occasion such as this calls for love potions, so choose one that is sure to cast just the right spell. Fizzy citrus spritzers, chocolate martinis and blush-colored wine are all spirited options. Pretty accents like thick slices of grapefruit or pastel flower petals give each glass a luxe touch.

 

Serve an Appetizing Display


 

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Settle any butterflies in the stomach by keeping a few appetizers on hand before the main meal. Heart-shaped hors d’oeuvres such as slices of balsamic-drizzled mozzarella, buttered pretzels and shrimp cocktail arrangements will have your guests falling in love.

 

Chart the Main Course


 

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They say that the course of true love never did run smooth, but there’s no reason your main course can’t. Creamy pasta dishes, maple-glazed salmon and veggie-loaded pizzas all make perfect pairings with traditional fine wine.

 

Offer a Sweet Treat


 

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Forget those candy hearts. No Valentine’s Day party is complete without a rich dessert, so stock up on essentials such as ripe strawberries, whipped cream and dark chocolate. Filling brownie bites and cake pops are conveniently mess-free, while chilled berry sorbet offers a refreshingly tart finish.

 

Lavish Your Guests with Love


 

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Don’t forget to send your guests home feeling loved with themed party favors. A mason jar full of fresh flowers or a container of homemade rose-scented body scrub makes a thoughtful gift. Of course, treating your friends to our women’s jewelry (especially our women’s necklaces like this ruby sapphire drop design) is always a classy touch.

 

 

Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner with friends this year? If so, what’s your party theme? Pretend we’re on the guest list and give us all the details in the comments section below.

 

XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team