Use any of these anti Valentines Day party ideas, you’re making a bold statement about how you’ll spend Valentines Day.
But it’s important to make that choice, without being angry or emotional.
This can be difficult, thanks to the commercialism of February 14th and the messages of how being single is wrong.
Adding these anti Valentines Day party ideas to the mix also doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate love and romance.
But the way Valentine’s Day focuses on standardized romance, it can put more emphasis on hurt for you.
Here’s how you can avoid the hurt – and celebrate Valentines Day – at the same time.
Avoid feeling miserable about being single
Nothing sucks more than anti Valentines Day party ideas that leave you feeling bad about being solo. Perhaps you’ve just become newly single, or are still smarting from your last relationship.
Either way, celebrating being free from old ties IS the way to move forward.
Like it or not, you are currently single – but you are also independent and in control. This is a better place to be in, than trapped in a miserable relationship.
So when it comes to being anti Valentines, enjoy the fact you are free!
Team up with other single friends and center your day around a fun activity – like paintballing, a roller derby, getting a massage
Book a class you wouldn’t ordinarily do, just because you can
Buy a last-minute ticket to the opera, theatre or a concert; often, there will be single seats in the front few rows, if you’re lucky
Eat uplifting, healthy food – like Asian style.
Respecting yourself is the name of the game here.
Say no to celebrating Valentine’s in a romantic way
Who says you need red hearts, cherub dolls and boxes of chocolate, to celebrate? These Anti Valentines Day party ideas are all about ditching the commercial.
Instead, why not try this Unromantic Romantic idea.
The invites are written on plain A4 paper. Let everyone know there’s no dress code
Flowers, chocolates and other romantic gifts are banned, as are any banners and cards with “Happy Valentine’s"
For activities, throw a board game party. Watch comedies or horror movies
Play unromantic trivia quizzes – like word or useless trivia. Have a video game match.
Pig out on the messiest food you got – fried onion rings, curry takeout, fried chicken bucket, chocolate cake, takeaway pizza.
Finish off with a drinking game.
When you’re anti Valentines, you’ll probably end up having more fun that Valentiners themselves.
Avoid feeling bitter about your ex
It’s too easy, sometimes, to focus on all the bad things about our exs – what they did do, didn’t do, what you did and wished you hadn’t.
You don’t want to throw any anti Valentines Day party ideas that end up leaving you anti love.
If you dwell on it too much, you’ll become miserable. And, of course, feel unable to move forward in life.
That’s why you need to throw a Relationship Wake this Valentines Day. Like a version of a spring clean, this is your chance to say a proper goodbye to the past – and a BIG hello for what’s to come.
Invite all your friends together, giving each a paper and pen
Give everyone 30 mins to write all the things they can’t do, thanks to their breakup, e.g. I can’t get over how much I resent him/her, I can’t get anyone to fancy me
Once time’s up, gather the sheets, and everyone outside
Start a little bonfire and let everyone toss in their papers
Once burning, join hands with everyone and give a eulogy, like:
“Friends, we are gathered here today to honor the memory of I Can’t. While he was with us, he touched many. As we watch I Can’t leave our lives, we can feel good to know I Can will take his place. While not as well-known, perhaps some day, with your help, we can make a stronger mark on the world with these new words. May I Can’t rest in peace and everyone here pick up their lives and move forward."
Go back inside, for food, drinks and music. Post-party, mail everyone a few ashes from the bonfire in a little box.
Just the act of the bonfire can be cathartic to many.
With these Eurovision party ideas, you now have a new excuse to party.
This time, you’ll be joining thousands of Europeans in celebrating their “Olympics” of pop music – their annual Eurovision Song Contest.
This is held every May, in the city of the previous year’s winner.
A music event that started in 1956, you’ll now find many Europeans glued to their screens, eager to find out which country has won.
For many, national pride is as much a fun part of Eurovision as is the types of songs featured.
All the songs are sung in English, which can make for some interesting lyrics.
Most notable of the Eurovision winners, the group ABBA exploded into the spotlight, as a result of their win for Sweden in 1974 with their song ‘Waterloo’.
Singer Celine Dion also took part in 1988, winning the contest for Switzerland with the song ‘Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi’.
Eurovision party ideas for invites
So why not set the scene with your invites. As the Eurovision Song Content can be quite cheesy, think of bright wacky colors in your invitations, as well as musical motifs.
Psychedelic Vibe — Make this, by using pre-bought psychedelic-colored card. Glue gold glitter to the front for a more sparkly effect.
Eurovision Lyric — Alternatively, use a lyric from a previous Eurovision song as your invitation wording, like,
“Your kisses for me, save all your kisses for me… for this [party date]". (From the Brotherhood of Man Eurovision song ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’)
Host Country Postcards — Each year, the Song Contest is held in the city of last year’s winner (like Helsinki in 2007).
Create a photo collage of the country’s icons – from celebrities to food to buildings.
Print, cut out and assemble on white cardstock to resemble a ‘Wish you were here’-type postcard.
Add ‘Eurovision Party [year] ’ underneath.
Eurovision party ideas for decorations
Since your TV is the star attraction, re-arrange your seating so everyone can see. Tape silver tinsel trim around the edge of the TV screen.
Hang up a flag of the latest host country (which will be the country of the previous year’s winner). Add some silver and gold tinsel around it too.
Find some popular and traditional sayings from the language of this country. Write these onto banners and stick along your walls. Choose words like ‘Welcome’, ‘Enjoy our party’ and ‘Share love and music’.
Eurovision party ideas for activities
Guess the Winner — Everyone gets a ballot sheet. Whoever guesses the winner and Top 2 runners-up correctly wins a prize.
Get Euro Dancing — With music as your theme, get everyone dancing to former Eurovision winners. Create your playlist before the party, mixed together with music from the host country of the latest Eurovision Song Contest.
Here are a few Eurovision songs to get you started:
Hold Me Now – Johnny Logan (Ireland 1987)
Hard Rock Hallelujah – Lordi (Finland 2006)
Waterloo – ABBA (Sweden 1974)
Love Shine A Light – Katrina and the Waves (United Kingdom 1997)
Wild Dances – Ruslana (Ukraine 2004)
Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit – Gina G (UK 1996; didn’t win but a great dance track)
Know Your Country Quiz — Educate your guests about the hosting country with a trivia quiz. Good to play during the contest’s intervals.
Eurovision Origins Quiz — Love knowledge? Test your guests’ own background knowhow of the Eurovision Song Contest with a quiz. Here are a few sample questions:
1. Which song was voted the most popular Eurovision song?
1. Boom Bang-a-Bang (Lulu)
2. Puppet on a String (Sandie Shaw)
3. Waterloo (ABBA)
4. Save Your Kisses for Me (Brotherhood of Man)
2. What is the time limit for a Eurovision song?
1. 2.5 minutes
2. 3 minutes
3. 3.5 minutes
4. 4 minutes
3. Which country holds the record for most wins?
4. Why was Eurovision created in the first place?
1. To unite countries rebuilding from World War 2
2. To celebrate new European music
3. To celebrate the founding of the European Union
4. To be a vehicle for unknown European musicians
Answers: 1. 3. Waterloo (ABBA) / 2. 2. 3 minutes / 3. 3. Ireland (won 7 times) / 4. 1. To unite countries rebuilding from World War 2.
Eurovision party ideas for food
Choose a potluck of food from all over Europe.
Or, you could cook dishes of the latest host country. You’ll need to research recipes online for this. Also find out if there are restaurants from that country in your city. If there are, check them out; find out if they do home delivery/takeaway.
Set up snack food in bowls – like popcorn, potato chips with dips, quiche slices.
Eurovision can be cheesy so – don’t forget to have actual cheese (groan!).
Create a special Eurovision fruit punch – in bright neon pink colors. Serve your punch, soda and wine in kitsch plastic glasses.
Eurovision party ideas for favors
Send your guests home with a few winning party favors, such as:
By decorating Easter eggs in these 4 different ways, you can create them as gifts as well as decorations. You can even design eggs to serve as long-term room displays.
Learning how to decorate Easter eggs in this way is a whole lot easier, though, when watching someone else do it.
Hence these Youtube videos, which have helped me in the past and hope will help you as well. Each one walks you through a straightforward process.
Preparation Tip #1 – decorate hard-boiled eggs or empty eggs?
Either egg type can work, depending on what’s best for you.
Hard-boiled eggs work best, if you want a sturdier object to paint. They’re also easier to handle, if you have a tight grip, and won’t break as easily.
To hard boil the eggs, place them in a single layer in a saucepan.
Add water, cover, and bring the eggs to just boiling. Switch off the heat.
Remove the pan and leave the eggs to sit in their water for 15 minutes. Then run cold water over them, so they cool.
If you’re planning to keep the eggs, choose the empty egg option. Cooked eggs will eventually go off.
Empty eggs allow you to keep the egg and put them on display. To empty your eggs, you’ll need to blow out the insides.
Carefully prick a small hole at either end of the egg.
Then blow through one hole, so the insides leave through the other.
Make sure to use the insides in an omelette or something.
You can also strengthen their shells, by gluing to them thin layers of paper.
Preparation Tip #2 – wash your hands before and after decorating
That way, you protect yourself from any germs on the egg. You also protect the egg from any oils or mess you might accumulate.
1. Decorating Easter eggs in various artistic styles
Need: paintbrush, various dyes and paints, glass containers, newspaper
Video length: 4.01 minutes
Learn how to create several fun designs – like glitter egg, striped, ombre (my fave) and chalkboard egg. All the eggs are empty eggs.
Unlike the other videos, you won’t be talked through the process. Just watch and follow. There are instructions onscreen, to help you along.
2. Learn how to use flowers and leaves to decorate Easter eggs
Need: dried flowers, leaves, a pan for boiling, glues
Video length: 1.43 minutes
In this video, you’ll be shown how to create eggshell patterns, using dried flowers and leaves. Both are used as pieces to lay over the shells as well as in homemade color dyes.
3. How to decorate chocolate Easter eggs
Need: pre-made chocolate eggs and candies
Video length: 3.24 minutes
Ideally, the chocolate eggs you use will be the same size as regular eggs, so they can fit inside a standard cardboard egg box – which in itself becomes the gift box. Your eggs can be supermarket bought or made at home, using moulds.
• This video shows you how to decorate your eggs with sugar pieces, icing and chocolate buttons.
4. Decorate Easter eggs, the Ukrainian way
Need: beeswax, natural dyes, a stylus for the wax. To purchase these and more, check out this excellent online Ukrainian arts store.
Video length: 3.06 minutes
Pysanky in itself is a type of craft. And once you’ve mastered it, your egg designs can be as elaborate as you like – and can be displayed around the house, like in the image here. The image at the top of the page is also Pysanky, done in the style of a Doctor Who Dalek.
Decorating Easter eggs this way will take some time, since you’ll need to think through your ideas. But the final result is worth all the effort.