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Waitress Matchmaker

Materials Needed

  • A restaurant with a fun loving waiter or waitress.
  • Beforehand or at least when you arrive at the restaurant let the hostess know that you have some plans to play a game with your server and request someone who is fun-loving and will be a willing participant. When you are seated sit all the men on one side of the table and the women on the other in no specific order and giving no indication of how the couples are paired.

    When your server comes over ask him or her to decide on the seating for the table, putting together who they think are the couples and explaining why. The party guests are not allowed to talk at all during this process or give any hints. Once your server is done keep that seating order for your dinner and take a picture showing the match made couples. Make sure to send a copy of the photo to all of your guests and you might also strongly consider giving your server a little extra tip.

    Steal My Heart Game

    Materials Needed

  • several sets of chopsticks
  • a lot of small heart shaped candy
  • a bowl
  • Place a large bowl filled with Valentine conversation hearts or some other small heart shaped candy in the center of a table(preferably a round table). Setup the kids around the table making sure to allow a lot of wiggle room since the game can get pretty crazy. Each kid gets a set of chopsticks and the object of the game is for the kids to use only the chopstick to steal hearts from the bowl and place in a pile, paper plate or bowl in from of them. Set a time limit of 2-3 minutes and keep track of who steals the most hearts. Repeat the game until all the kids have played once. The winner gets a prize and all the kids win since they get to keep the hearts they steal.

    -If you have some kids that just too young to use the chopsticks but still want to be included in the game, let them play with the same rules but using a small spoon

    How Many Kisses?

    Materials Needed

  • A lot of Hershey kisses
  • A big jar
  • pens or pencils
  • multiple slips of paper
  • a box to keep the guesses
  • Get a big jar and fill it with Hershey kisses making sure to count them as you go. You can decorate the jar with ribbons, Valentine themed stickers, permanent markers; whatever you like. Just make sure that you do not cover up too much of the jar since guests are going to want to pick it up and look at it to try and estimate the number of Kisses.

    Provide pen and paper and allow each guest one attempt at guessing the number if Kisses in the jar by writing down their guess and name on a slip of paper and placing it in a box next to your jar on a table. Optionally you can decorate the box as well. Near the end of the party open the box and whoever was closest in their estimate wins the jar of Kisses as a prize.

    Happy Spellentine’s Day Game

    Materials Needed

  • a worksheet with Happy Valentine's Day written across the top and many spaces to write words
  • enough pens or pencils for each guest
  • Make printouts with “Happy Valentine’s Day” in large letters across the top of the page and many blank lines to write the answers. The object of the game is to write down as many words as possible in 5 minutes of 3 or more letters only using the letters from Happy Valentine’s Day. It is allowed to use letters appearing only once multiple times in your answer.

    You can give them a few examples like “ten, naval, last” or if there are kids playing just print a couple of examples in the first few lines of the printout to help the children understand. Make sure they have extra paper available just in case some of the Einsteins actually fill up the worksheet before the time limit is up. Award a prize to the person with the most words and optionally award prizes for other achievements like word with the most letters, word best related to Valentine’s Day, or the most creative word.

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    Mend the Broken Heart (Kids)

    Materials Needed

  • Red contruction paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • Take several pieces of red construction paper and cut out identical hearts. You can decorate the hearts, but if you do be sure to keep them as close to carbon copies of each other as possible. If you can printout multiple copies of the same heart on construction paper that works even better.

    Next you are going to cut the hearts and this is where you need to adjust the level of difficulty based on the kids. For younger children cut the heart in half with a wide zig-zag line that is easy to recognize and differentiated. You can raise the level of difficulty by making the cut more refined and difficult to recognize. If you have older kids then consider cutting the hearts into thirds or even quarters to raise the difficulty level even further.

    Take all of the pieces and mix them up, then pass them out one to a child. Now turn the kids loose and have them try to find the person with the their respective piece so they can fix the broken heart on Valentine’s Day. Once they find their partner have them tape the heart back together and award prizes to all the kids as they finish.

    Afterwards you might consider explaining to the kids that there will be times in their lives when family members or loved ones are sad, they have a broken heart. When that happens it is important try and help them mend their broken heart.

    Mending A Broken Heart Game (Adult)

    Materials Needed

  • Red contruction paper
  • Scissors
  • Two baskets for bowls.
  • Cut hearts out of red construction paper and then decorate them paying close attention to keeping the hearts as close to identical as possible. Now cut each heart in half with a unique random a zig-zag and separate each half into a different basket. As guests arrive let the singles take a heart half from the basket designated for their gender and challenge them to find the person with the other half. Or…

    The Matchmaker Method

    Before the party make a list of the single guests that you expect at your Valentine party. Play matchmaker and try and pair the guests with a great match. During the party pass out the heart halves to the appropriate singles and encourage them to mend the broken heart by finding the other half.

    Be Careful!

    The last thing you want at your Valentine party is a single guest wandering around looking for a match that does not exist. It is downright depressing to even consider. Be sure to take steps to make sure you do not have more hearts than single guests.  It is far better to not give a guest a heart half than to give them one that does not have a match.

    A Smooch Off!

    Materials Needed

  • Brightly colored lipstick
  • Sheets of paper or Celebrity Photos
  • Give each of your guests sheets of blank paper or paper with a silhouette of a face on it. Have each person (boys can do it, too!) apply a heavy layer of brightly colored lipstick. After everyone has applied their lipstick the race begins. When you say “go” have your guests kiss their paper as many times as they can in the allotted time, 30 seconds to 1 minute is good. When it is over the person with the most kisses on their paper wins!

    For Couples

    Have one of the couple’s apply the lipstick and, instead of paper, kiss the other person’s face instead! Whichever person has the most kisses on their face that couple wins. Just make sure you have some paper towels or washcloths for your guests to clean off their faces with after the game.

    For Singles

    For singles parties both guys and gals can play! You can print out photos of celebrity hunks/cutties and have your guests kiss that instead of plain paper.