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A Dal student’s guide to a platonic Valentine’s Day party

Heart pizzas, vodka crans and karaoke

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers; it’s also a way to celebrate platonic love, friendship and human connections. Hosting a Valentine’s Day party for your friends is a great way to add some joy to this cold winter month. While it’s easy to plan a date (which only involves one person), it’s a lot harder to plan an event for a group of people. So, here is a comprehensive guide to throwing the ultimate celebration!

Food

No party is complete without some delicious food. It’s expensive for one person to make all the food, so try a potluck! Ask a few people, or everybody invited, to bring a food item. The food can follow a theme, like being from a particular country or having certain colours or shapes. For example, having pizza that’s heart-shaped with heart-shaped pepperoni. 

Alternatively, ask people to bring snacks, but cook together! A great dish to make together is gnocchi. It’s extremely time-consuming to make alone, but easy and lots of fun to make with other people. The ingredients are affordable as well, just potatoes and flour. The sauce can be as simple or involved as you want; make it from scratch with tomatoes or buy it ready-made from Pete’s Frootique or Noggins. It’s bound to be delicious either way! 

For dessert, Sweet Hereafter on Quinpool Road has delectable cheesecakes, perfect for this occasion, or Superstore has tons of different cupcakes to choose from.

Whatever food you decide to make with your friends, one thing remains the same: having a meal together with loved ones strengthens bonds and fosters meaningful connections. 

Games and activities

For a great start to your night, ask all your guests to dress in something they don’t have the chance to wear often. Prom dress you don’t want to throw away? Wear it! Bought a shirt that doesn’t match any other occasion? It’s perfect for this occasion! Dying to try out a makeup look you cannot wear anywhere else? Try it out! There are no wrong answers. This is everybody’s chance to wear something they love, without having to worry about fitting a theme—everything goes!

For activities, start with something relaxed, like exchanging Valentine’s cards. You can ask friends to prepare these cards beforehand, or buy paper and supplies from the dollar store and make cards together! This is a great way to show your appreciation and love. The cards also act as a fun keepsake from this special night.

Then, amp up the night with some board games! Games like One Night Ultimate Werewolf (or just regular Werewolf) or Exploding Kittens will get everybody mingling and laughing. 

If all your guests are close friends, try For the Girls—a card game more fun when you know each participant well. 

For an added twist, introduce alcohol into the mix. Vodka cranberries are easy to make, on-theme and delicious. Otherwise, buy some coolers from the closest NSLC. 

To end the night, head out to Oasis Pub (open till 1:30 a.m.) for karaoke and more drinks. Or, groove to your favourite tunes right at home! The infectious energy fueled by the evening’s festivities promises to unleash everyone’s inner dancer, making for some unforgettable memories.

The purpose of Valentine’s

Despite Valentine’s Day falling on a Wednesday this year, there’s no shortage of fun to be had with friends. Remember, the party doesn’t need to break the bank or consume all your time. Feel free to customize the food and games to suit your preferences and budget. Whether you opt for a cozy night in with homemade gnocchi and board games or venture out for karaoke at Oasis Pub, the goal is to celebrate love and friendship. So, mark your calendars and get ready for a memorable evening filled with laughter and games with your nearest and dearest!

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