“Be Mine” Party Time

Next on the checklist of epic parties would be the traditional Valentine’s Day party. A lot of times, people who do not have a “Valentine” take this day harshly. But why not celebrate it, single or not? For this event, all are welcome. You can have single, married, or just dating couples come to the event and there will be enough fun for all!

To start off: the colors will, obviously, be shades of pink and red. Heart shapes, cupid’s arrows, and candy will be predominantly seen throughout this party. Having a few vases of pink and red roses throughout the home won’t hurt to set the mood as well.

As for the dishes being served, you can never have too many sweets present! Below is a list of some of my personal favorites that I have accumulated over the years

Heart shaped Rice Krispies treats: It is very simple to make these sweet-tooth addictions. All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter, a box of Rice Krispies, a bag of marshmallows, white baking chips and sprinkles. First, you will want to melt down the marshmallows. This may be done over the stove or in the microwave. Whichever way you choose, you must be sure to combine butter with the marshmallows to keep evenness and the right texture. While melting, stir periodically – if in the microwave, stir every minute. If on the stove, stir periodically. During this time, pour the box of Rice Krispies into a mixing bowl. After completely melting the marshmallows, pour solution over cereal and nead the two ingredients together until the marshmallows are evenly dispersed throughout the Rice Krispies. After doing so, place the mixture onto a flat cookie sheet. Make sure it is spread evenly throughout the pan in a flat manner. Then start cutting into the morsels with the heart shaped cookie cutter. After doing so, you may melt down the white baking chips (in the same manner as the marshmallows) and cover the Krispies completely, or only half, and then add sprinkles on top of the chocolate! Let the sweets refrigerate for an hour and then they will be edible!

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White Chocolate Chex-Mix: This is one of my ALL time favorites that my mom has made since I was a little girl. It is the perfect snack around any holiday! Ingredients needed: 10 cups Cheerios, 10 cups Corn Chex, 4 cups roasted peanuts, 2 pounds (or two bags) chocolate M&M’s (depending upon what event you are making this delicious snack for, you may buy M&M’s with according colors: Christmas-red & green, Easter-pastel pink & purple, Valentine’s Day-pink & red, etc), 2 packages of mini pretzels, 4 packages of white baking chips, 6 tablespoons canola oil. How to: In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; set aside. In a bowl, heat the white baking chips and oil for 1 minute then stir. Repeat until evenly melted. After melted, pour over the first 5 ingredients and mix very well so that, just as you did for the Rice Krispies, the melted mixture is even over all of the cereal and Chex Mix. After doing so, spread onto sheets of waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cool; break apart. Then it’s ready to serve! (the above ingredients make 3 gallon zip lock baggies worth. You will probably have some left over – store in an airtight container.)

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Next are the games you can play: for couples, as well as singles

Lovers Line-Up: for this game anyone can play, just as long as they know their partner well. Couples, friends, etc. It’s all about seeing how well you know the partner that you choose. Beforehand, you will need to prepare a list of random questions for each guest to answer on a separate piece of paper. Examples include: “What is your favorite thing to do when alone? What is your favorite color? What is your middle name? Where were you born? What is your eye color? What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? The participating guests will write down their answers and put their name on the paper. No one is to discuss their answers, just write down their answers. You will then have each team sit in a chair back to back. Keep each of the participants answers together. Now, take turns asking them the questions and seeing if they can guess correctly what their partner said about them. The team with the most correct answers wins.

Name that Love Song: Pick out several famous lines from popular love songs, write them down on sheets of paper and place them in a hat or bowl. You can use old songs like “I Will Survive”, “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch”, “That’s the Way Love Goes” or more current songs like  and “Drunk In Love”, “All of Me” and “Look at You”. Each guest picks a song from the selection in the hat/bowl and they are to do a dramatic enactment of the song. Then, the other players are to guess the name of the song. The one with the most correct guesses at the end of the game wins!

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