Schedule the party after school and notify everyone on the invitation of the time it begins and the time the kids must be picked up by parents. Schedule activities that keep the kids occupied during the time of the party without free time. The secret to a successful kid’s party is planned and supervised activity with no free time.
- Designate a party room and bathroom for the party guests. Decorate the party room with red and pink balloons, ribbons and paper hearts.
- Refreshments - Begin the party with refreshments such as red punch, Valentine -shaped cookies and decorated muffins. The kids are hungry after school and will be restless and cranky until fed.
- Valentine Bingo - After refreshments, sit the kids down and give each of them a heart-shaped bingo card that you print from the internet or design and make yourself. Provide each kid with candy hearts to use as markers when a number is called on their card. Explain the game and have a parent assist you to monitor and assist the kids as their numbers are called. Give a bag of Valentine candies and trinkets as a gift for winners.
- Valentine’s Day Cards – Divide the kids into groups and provide each group with cut-proof scissors and card stock. Each group also receives a box of different types of valentine stickers, washable color markers and glitter glue. The kids in the group exchange ideas and help each other as they make a Valentine for their parents.
- Give each kid a party favor gift bag containing Valentine candy, mock jewelry and trinkets as they are picked up by their parents.