Planning an adult Valentine’s Day celebration is a bit of a no-brainer. Invite a lot of couples, have a few drinks, decorate with crimson. Done, right? Yes, and no. You want to place a bit more thought into it than that and it’s very good to have some games to help keep things active. If you are inviting several couples, there are many fun activities you can plan.
First, how about the “what is this thing” game? Fill a paper bag with a variety of new undergarments. These should be both men’s and women’s garments and can include anything from a bra to a lace teddy to a jock strap. Each pair feels around in the bag (not on the outside, as this one requires hands-on attempt) and creates an inventory of what they think is in the bag. You can tell people how many items are in the bag, but that is it. So you may say, there are 10 things in the bag; what exactly are they?
Once all of the lists are made, pour the bag’s contents out on a table. Let everyone go through the things and see who has the most number of items right.
You can produce a drinking game in the party that requires you take a drink whenever someone kisses you. The kiss can be from another gender or the exact same gender, and everywhere anyone yells you anywhere, you’ve got to take a drink or your drink, or to actually get things moving, out of a shooter glass.
Produce a dartboard with bows. Cut cardboard into a heart shape and basic red balloons (inflated) into the dartboard and allow folks have a shot at breaking a heart. Make sure to have plenty of inflated balloons on hand to replace those that get busted.
If your celebration involves a meal, make it a potluck and make it more interesting. Tell everyone that the food they attract has to be red. Whatever it is, it must be red. This can produce some interesting dishes. Certainly, someone can deliver lasagna or somebody else may bring red velvet cake. And you’ll always get somebody who takes this opportunity to generate jello. That need to be radicchio. Or someone could bring strawberries for dessert. Assign someone the task of bringing the bread and see what happens.
For a little fun occasion, think about a scavenger hunt where your guests must head into the neighborhood or around the town for many Valentine’s Day things. Your list may include things like: a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, a red heart-shaped Mylar balloon, one red rose, a stuffed Cupid, or a child’s Valentine card. You can send out the couples as groups, or pit the men against the girls. Make sure you include something which requires photo evidence, like “kiss a stranger on the arm” or “give love advice to a complete stranger”.
If your partygoers all know each other well, it is OK to play a straightforward game of “truth or dare”. You might impose rules about the game, such as each of the “truth” questions must arise from the college years (particularly fun if this group of friends met in college) or must be about the present partner. Maintain the “dare” challenges clean if you think your group would like by all means, keep them racy if that is enjoyable too.