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February Party Ideas

February is an excellent party month! After the hubbub of the holidays has settled and the winter doldrums have set in a good party will lift everyone's spirits.

A dainty invitation for valentine party can be made by pasting a small doily, about 4 inches wide, to a 4 1/2 inch square or red construction paper. On another square of the same size write your invitation. Fasten the two squares together at the top with a piece of read or white ribbon. If you prefer lighter colors, you can use pink or peach colored paper. Color the raised parts of the doily lightly with green, blue and yellow crayons.

Several days before the party, cut five hearts for each guest from red construction paper. Number each set. After the guests have arrived, you can start them on a heart hut. Give each guest a number. The object of the game is fore each to get a complete set of hearts, with the number given him/her on them. A player, might,  find all five of his/her hearts, but this will seldom happen. After several hearts have been found, the players begin to trade. Suppose you have found one of your hearts and your number is 3. You know that another player has no. 3 heart, but unless you have one of his set, you cannot trade. So the two of you will have to trade with others. The first player to complete his/her set is given a small heart-shaped box of candy or other valentine party favor.

Heart Toss Game
While each guest still has his set of numbered hearts, have a hear-toss game. Let each player, in turn, try to toss his five hearts into a wide-necked jar placed some distance away. In case of a tie, those still in the race may toss again to decide the winner.

Who Has the Heart? Game
Your guests will form a circle to play. "Who has my heart?" This is played like "Button Button," but you use a small paper heart instead of a button. The players sit in a circle, with the one who is IT in the center. Each player in the circle holds his hands with the palms together and the finger pointing out. One of them holds a button between his/her hands.

He/She stars passing the button by slipping his two hand between the hands of the next player, and dropping the button into his neighbor's hands. Or he can pretend to drop the button if he likes. The next player, if she has the button, or pretends to have it, does the same, and so on, around the circle. IT tries to guess who has the button. If he guesses right, the one caught with the button takes his/her place in the center.

Love is Blind Game
"Love is Blind" is another good Valentine party game, Set up a white board or pin a large sheet of paper to the wall. Each guest, in turn, is blindfolded and given a red board marker or red crayon. The she is turned around one or twice, and asked to draw on the board, or paper, the outlines of a heart and write his/her initials in it. The prize goes to the one drawing the best heart.

If your party is held before Valentine's Day, send each guest the materials for making a paper valentine. Instruct them to bring their finished valentine to the party.  You could have different categories of judging and your mother or father can be the judge of which valentine is the prettiest, craziest, most colorful, etc. Give a prize to the guest's who made each one and a prize for the best in each category.

My Heart's Desire
For an extra game, if you have time play "My Heart's Desire." In this game the players are divided into two teams. The members of one team act out in turn what they would most like to do to gain their heart's desire. The players of the other team try to guess what it is. This may be something comical, such as digging ditches or riding a bucking bronco. After the players of one team have acted out their "heart's desires" those on the other team do the same.

Valentine Party Decorations
Place cards may be valentines. For food make sandwiches and cut them with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Or, perhaps, your mother will help you make cookies which you can cut in the shape of hearts. Sprinkle the tops with red colored sugar. You can serve ice cream with read candy hearts on top.

When you want to send a special message to someone who has really inspired use this Inspiration Kit.  This is a good way to put your thoughts into a little gift of thanks. This kit is appropriate for Valentine's Day or anytime of the year. It was originally done at a school to say thanks to the teachers and staff.

Include these items in the kit with the sentiment/phrase attached:
Two pennies - Your "2 cents" really counts
Jigsaw Puzzle piece - You are part of the "big picture"
Playing card - You are good at "dealing" with challenges
Poker chip - You always look on the "winning" side
Three Musketeers Bar - You are "One for all and all for one"
Pipe cleaner - You are always "flexible"
Seeds - You always take advantage of opportunities to "grow"
Tootsie Roll - You always "roll" with the punches
Mint - Your commit"mint" is a strength
Stick of gum - You are one person who will "stick" with it.
Laffy Taffy - You always keep your sense of "humor"
Party horn - You take time to "celebrate" success
Flashlight - You always look on the "bright" side


February 22
February is a good month to have a patriotic party to celebrate Washington's birthday. You can send red, white, and blue invitations or you can decorate them with a picture of a cherry tree. The room should be decorated with flags and bunting, or with red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers. Use small American flags mounted in corks, painted red, and set at each place at the table. The table cloth could be of red white, and blue crepe paper.

February is the month in which we celebrate the birthdays of two great American patriots. At this party you can play the flag relay game. The players are divided equally into teams. Each team chooses a leader, who is given a flag. He must hold it in one hand, he places his other hand on his foot, and in this position, runs to a certain line and back. On his return he hands the flag to the next member of his team, who must do the same. The first team to have all players return to their original line is declared the winner.

You might also hide a toy hatchet instead of a thimble for your guest to find. Or you could hide an even number of hatchets and cherries. Those finding the hatchets could make up one team for the relays. Those finding the cherries could be the other team. You could also pass a cherry around the circle as in "Button, button" (see above) for "Cherry, Cherry who has the cherry?"

Another jolly game for a party of this kind is "Boston Tea Party." One player, King George, stands in the center of a circle formed by the other players. Announce that tea is being smuggled into the colonies, and that King George is out to catch the smugglers. One play in the circle tosses a small bag of tea to another, and King George tries to catch it. If he does so , the one who tossed it plays King George.

Small cherry tarts topped with whipped cream, and chocolate milk shakes, would be good food for your party.

Classic Cherry Pie
By Valerie Enters
Pie Crust
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco shortening
1/4 cup butter
3 teaspoons powdered sugar
1/4 cup ice water
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Blend Crisco, flour, powdered sugar, butter and salt. Cut flour until it resembles cornmeal. Beat egg, blend in vinegar and water, sprinkle over flour mixture. Toss with fork. Chill before rolling. Roll out two pie shells and place one in a 9-inch pie tin. Reserve the second for top crust.

4 cups drained Morello cherries (Trader Joe brand), reserve juice
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons quick cooking Tapioca
Pinch salt
1 1/3 cups juice (reserved from cherries)
Tiny dab of red gel food coloring (Wilton)

Completely mix together all ingredients except cherries. Add cherries and pour into a pie shell. Cover with top crust and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden.



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