As the month of February rolls around, people start thinking about love and springtime. With February being the shortest month of the year, its sometimes hard to believe that spring will be upon us before we realize. February is also the month of "Love" with a capital "L". Valentines Day gets lovers thinking about what made them fall in love with their partner in the first place.
Holidays in February
Our minds drift to spring especially because in the United States, citizens celebrate Groundhog Day. If the groundhog sees his shadow there will six more weeks of winter and if no shadow is cast, it means that spring will come early that year. There are a few famous groundhogs that are used for this old tradition such as Punxsutawney Phil. This holiday has its roots in the Christian Candlemas Holiday and a superstition believed by the Germans.
Then love blooms next with the celebration of Valentine's Day. Red roses and open hearts are the items of the day when February 14th makes her debut on the February stage. Now spring is closer than ever only being about a month away! Next we have Presidents Day when we are supposed to reflect upon our lucky heritage though most of us reflect on the great advertising push for sales and deep discounts from vendors that have spent their holiday stash. Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday of the month. Spring is getting even closer now!
Other Notable Holiday Celebrations in February
Black History Month is recognized in February and its a good reminder and follow up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We also acknowledge American History month. It never hurts to look into the past to see what you can change in the future. American Heart Month would like you to remember to be heart smart and Florida wants to remind the rest of the world about Berry Fresh in the Sunshine State Month. It refers to sweet smelling and mouth watering strawberries which are grown in Florida for the rest of us to enjoy.
You might think about supporting your local food pantries and drives. February is also host to Canned Foods Month. It is also the month for Library Lovers, Expert Success and Friendship which all are being showcased this month. For those cat lovers, February is also National Cat Health Month. Remember to have your pet sprayed or neutered and be sure they see their veterinarians yearly. Get the kids to the dentist as it is National Childrens Dental Health Month. Get their teeth ready for Easter Baskets full of jelly beans and other sugary goodies coming in April. Don't forget to keep feeding your feathered friends that come to partake of your bounty. It is National Wild Bird Feeding Month. They are getting ready to nest and need extra nutrition for their breeding season.
Finally we come to daily celebrations. These ought to give you a chuckle:
February 1st is Robinson Crusoe Day
On the 3rd, remember Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day. There are many people out there that can totally relate to that, myself included!
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day on February 6th. (Come on ladies; lets do it!)
Valentine toddler parties are easier to clean up behind if you use an assortment of plates, cups and napkins that are suited to the theme. For Valentines Day, hearts are the shape of choice, and the colors are generally red and pink, often staggers around the table to add some basic variety.
In a playroom, allow the children to decorate using foam glitter heart stickers, and ruby red balloons, while you hang streamers of pink and red and attach the balloons. The holiday is more fun for children when they get to participate in the decorating, and gives them a sense of satisfaction in a job well done. Remember to offer children encourage and assistance so that everyone has a great time, including the adults watching over the party.
Children might even want to decorate themselves with valentine heart temporary tattoos, or decorate their clothes with heart shaped stick-on rhinestones that glitter and sparkle as the children play. You could even provide them with red and pink boas, and an assortment of children's costume jewelry, and let them dress up to match the theme.
For sweet treats, provide a variety of lollipops. Hearts and roses are always a good choice for the holiday., and a heart shaped lollipop tree makes a perfect centerpiece. Lollipops always make great party gifts, along with toy heart rings and other small gifts that can be picked up in bulk packages. Just give each child a gift bag, and add toy rings and stickers and all of the makings of a wonderful children's party.
But everything doesn't have to be a heart, and one entertaining bit of variety to consider are miniature inflatable beach balls in many different colors, and imprinted with a cheerful smiley face. Children love balls, and you can find a huge assortment of inflatable balls if you look around a little. Instead of hearts and roses, substitute stars, and add a splash of bright colors such as yellow of blue to complement the rest of the valentine party theme.
If you are throwing a valentine party just for girls, consider keeping the theme in pink. A pink table cover might be just the decorative idea, or even setting the places with pink plates and cups, and even sending out cute pink invitations. Accent with red hearts of different sizes, and every little girl will have a wonderful time.
Valentines day is a special day for everyone. Children should learn to love one another and share their friendship, and Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to keep that friendliness to others at the top of their agenda. By decorating and playing with the colors of the day and understanding the importance of loving their friends, growing children reinforce the concepts and take them closer to heart.
Are you planning a get together for Valentine's Day? We have some great ideas, tips and hints to make your party a great success. Whether it is a party for couples only or for those that have no Valentine, we can help you with your planning.
The color scheme is easy; red and white for love and purity. Set your tables for serving food with a red cloth and use white napkins as a contrast. Paper goods are great for parties and you are sure to find plenty of Valentines Day themed paper plates, cups, napkins and disposable utensils in red. For an atmosphere that is romantic, keep the lights down low and scatter votive candles around such as our Long Stem Rose Candle or Two Peas in a Pod. You may even want to add red and white clusters of balloons.
Ask your guests to come to the party dressed in Valentines Day colors such as pink, white or red. Ask everyone to bring along a small heart shaped box of candies or purchase some of ours such as Wax Candy Lips. These are funky and fun and will add some hilarity to the party as the guests try them on for size. We also have Rainbow Heart shaped lollipops and Long Stem Rose lollipops. Favors to give to guests can be our Love Grows Plantable Wildflower Favors in the shape of a heart.
Food & Drink
If you'd like, you can serve up some red and white wine for beverages. Perhaps you want to serve martinis instead. There are a number of new kinds of martinis that will match your decor such as a pomegranate martini. You might want to try some frozen drinks if you have a blender such as Strawberry Daiquiris loaded with whipped cream along with Pina Coladas.
Oysters have always been known to be an aphrodisiac so serving them at your Valentines Day party is a must. You can prepare Bacon & Smoked Oysters to serve your guests. What you will need is:
- 2 cans of smoked oysters
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound of bacon
- 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
The first step is to cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each slice around an oyster and skewer with a toothpick to hold them together. Heat oil in a skillet and add the garlic. Cook the oysters until the bacon is crispy. Drain on a paper towel and serve.
Your guests will be quite impressed with this easy to prepare dish that is the perfect accompaniment for a Valentines Day party.
For most of us, even though February is the shortest month of the year, our anticipation and longing for spring makes it feel like one of the longest. You are sick and tired of snow, slush and arctic temperatures and you may be feeling stir crazy with cabin fever to boot. We have some great ideas to inspire you to throw a party this month. Love Inspired Parties
As February is the month of love you might want to throw a party but not necessarily a party for Valentines Day. Some ideas for a theme can be the week for Celebrating Love from February 10th through the 16t or National Resurrect Romance Week which runs from February 11th through the 17th. Other themes might be National Flirting Week February 12th to the 16th or (this is too hilarious) National Condom Week which is from February 13th through the 20th. Second Honeymoon Week is from the 22nd to the 24th. Why not get together with friends and share photos of romantic trips that you and your partner have taken? We have a number of party goods that can be implemented into any of these themes.
Parties Where the Food is the Star of the Show
February is also known as International Friendship Month; a perfect reason to get together with your buddies. The focus on food this month is red, pink and white. National Cherry Pie Day on February 20th fits right in, so get the girls together, buy some cherry pie, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and some cherries to top and dig in.
Berry Fresh in the Sunshine State of Florida is another great reason for a party. Gather with friends drink Strawberry Margaritas while you dip plump, fresh strawberries into chocolate. It will be a decadent get together that might become a yearly tradition.
February is also Library Lovers Month. It is the ideal time to join a book club or start one of your own. You can make it a weekly or monthly gathering to discuss particular books or genre of books together. Not only will a book club break up the monotony of winter, but it will also allow you to exercise your mind and share ideas and thoughts with others. You can think of it like exercise for your brain!
We hope you are inspired by some of our party themes for the month of February. Though you may not necessarily need a reason for a party, having one makes the party all that much more fun. We have a variety of products that will help you to outfit a party your guests won't soon forget. Favors, candles, craft kits and products for a child's party are all on our website to make your party planning easier.