Valentine’s Day is less than a week away!!! If the holiday snuck up on you this year, don’t fret. There are many different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, regardless of your relationship status! And starting today, I’m sharing my favorite party themes, activities, recipes, and gift ideas to help make your V-Day all about the love—no matter who you’re celebrating with this year.
A brief history…
Although there are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine’s Day, many experts believe the history of the holiday dates back to a Roman named Saint Valentine who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., leaving behind a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend. He signed the letter “From Your Valentine”. Another version of the story says that St. Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had St. Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.
Either way, the holiday seems to date back to the Romans, which inspired my first Valentine’s Day idea: Toga Party! I recommend throwing your toga party the weekend before the actual holiday. This way, anyone who has plans Feb. 14 will still be able to attend. For your party invites, let your guests imaginations run wild by telling them they’re invited to Roman orgy!
Let them know that instead of wearing traditional white sheets, they should draped themselves in red or pink or fabric covered in hearts!
You could even call the party something cute like “Beau and Arrow” and then set up a station where guests can decorate real arrows with pink streamers and red glitter and felt hearts to replace the arrow’s tip. In fact, tomorrow I’ll be sharing a bunch more Valentine’s Day inspired party activities like this one. Until then, I hope today’s post reminds all of you that Valentine’s Day is for EVERYONE! And a toga party is just one of many different ways you can create an extraordinary experience this Valentine’s Day!