Awaken your inner matchmaker and give Cupid a head start this Valentine’s Day by hosting a Singles Mingle party for a handful of your nearest and dearest single friends. Embrace the love theme by making it “red-hot” with food, drinks and décor to fit the mood and watch your matchmaking talents take flight, arm-in-arm with Cupid.
Forget the little black dress; this cocktail party requires a little red dress, tie, shirt, shoe, belt, or hat to set the scene, so encourage your guests to come dressed for a “red-hot” night.
Continue the theme with glowing red candles scattered about, and vases of fresh fully bloomed red roses to fragrance the room. At the bar, opt for red glasses and cocktail napkins, and put on a sultry soundtrack in the background to carry you long into the night — no one can resist love with Barry White, Marvin Gaye, bossa nova, or Rod Stewart.
With the music playing and the décor “red-hot,” break the ice with a party game that will keep your guests hanging on to their every word. Give each guest a red elastic band or ribbon to wear on their wrist. If they say the word “love” they must give their band to the person who heard them say it. The person at the end of the night with the most bands around their wrist wins a bottle of red wine.
Mingling is hungry work, be sure to keep your canapés light, flowing, and intoxicating. Read up on your favorite aphrodisiac foods before planning your menu, and then consider these inspired delights:
Serve on a baking dish filled with ice and garnished with rose petals
Credit: Laurie Smith
Pass these bite-sized treats on a red doily-lined tray.
Credit: Jennifer Martiné
Serve with chunks of pound cake and strawberries.
Your guests will be feeling the love from these romance-inspired cocktails
Credit: Yasmin Fahr
A simple red cocktail from South Gate in New York City.
Credit: Russian Standard Vodka
A vibrant blackberry lemonade-flavored cocktail.
A sweet, red aperitif made with Chambord and Dubonnet.