My first idea came to me as I thought of how it seems a lot of people now-a-days aren't that into Valentine's Day. I get it. So I decided to see what other holidays or events fall on February 14th. And there are quite a few.
Just to name a few:
- Oregon Statehood (1859)
- Arizona Statehood (1912)
- Launch of YouTube (2005)
- Voyager 1 takes the famous 'Pale Blue Dot' photo
- Extraterrestrial Culture Day (A New Mexico Holiday that I think should be adopted by the whole country)
- International Book Giving Day
- Library Lovers Day
- National Ferris Wheel Day (Because it's the Birthday of George Ferris, the inventor of the Ferris Wheel)
I thought then that we could celebrate these other things instead of Valentine's and it's a win-win-win!
First you'll need invitations. I have designed these ones for the occasion, but you could make your own too! Make sure to let us know if you do.
I suggest a Sonoran Hot Dog Bar if you want to serve dinner at your party (or lunch). If you're unfamiliar with what a Sonoran Hotdog is, this article in Boston Magazine explains it well. If you don't want to serve dinner and just have appetizers, try making these into bites with tomatillo dipping sauce.
You could put the cheese or other snacks in cups on a Ferris wheel. Like this one they made over at Oh Happy Day! Or they have this cool one on amazon that you can buy. I attempted to make one. Mine does actually spin, but is still a prototype.
Inspired by YouTube, International Book Giving Day, & the "Pale Blue Dot" photo
Used Book White Elephant- Everyone brings a book they love to exchange. Set a limit on how much guests can spend so there's no disparity and hurt feelings. Browsing used book stores is one of my favorite activities, but if you don't have any good one's near by, Amazon has a ton.
Pale Blue Darts- If you don't know what the picture of "Pale Blue Dot" is, this page from NASA can fill you in. I love space so I had to include this. My idea is that you have the photo up on a dart board and see how close people can get to hitting Earth. Each person can have their own dart picture or everyone can use the same. I made a dart board with the picture as the background. Click below to get the image. If you need a dart board, my brother used to have a dart board similar to this one and it was pretty fun! Or for a safer route there are magnetic dart boards.
Here's a general list of the party supplies:
- It could be fun to create a little photo booth area with props for people to get into the spirit. Just set up a background, put out the props, and let guests take pictures with their phones. When they post it on Instagram, twitter or Facebook they could use a hashtag for your party! (#UnValentinesParty2017) If you need props there are some great nerd props on Amazon. As well you can put out some books for people to take their picture with.
- For a Kids Party- I would focus on a few of the holidays. I would also swap out "Pale Blue Darts" for "Pin the Earth in Space" Similar to "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" only each kid gets a small blue sticker (like these cool gem stickers) and tries to stick it closest to the spot of Earth in the real photo. Another idea would be to let the kids decorate their own VooDoo Donuts.
- For a date night- Don't worry about the decorations as much. Play a round of "Pale Blue Darts". Mix up your own batch of ET Punch to enjoy with a Sonoran Hotdog Dinner. After dinner try making each other a doughnut. End the night by watching your favorite gut busting viral videos. Or, if you have one near by, take a spin on a Ferris wheel.