As the sun sets Sunday and Valentine's Day night begins, married couples, young lovers and single people alike will join their cherished ones to celebrate the annual festival of love. Here are a few games and activities to try out for any situation, because if love is a game, you might as well play to win.
Valentine's Musical Chairs
After creating a playlist of some top love (or anti-love) themed songs, gather a group of friends and press play. Some suggestions for a romantic playlist include "Baby Love" by the Supremes, "Cupid” by Sam Cooke, or "Wedding Song" by Bob Dylan. If you're feeling slightly more cynical, you can try "Love Stinks" by the J. Geils Band, "Lovefool" by the Cardigans, and "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy.
Place a circle of chairs in the middle of a large room and have friends walk or dance around them. Pause the music at random points throughout the playlist and watch everyone scramble for a seat, removing one chair after each round. The last person who has a chair after all of the rounds is the winner.
Holiday cards aren’t just for kids. Adults can have fun cutting heart-shaped notes out of paper, adorning them with glitter and lace and adding some cheesy sayings.
"Who Am I?"
For a ladies party, dubbed Galentine's Day by the popular Amy Poelher television series "Parks and Recreation," try this fun, feminist-inspired game. Each person writes down the name of her favorite feminist or female historical figure on a sticky note and puts the name into a hat. Then each participant draws a name and sticks it onto her forehead. People ask each other questions to discover their own identity, so for instance if someone asks “Was I a writer?” and another person responds “You wrote the ‘French feminist bible,’” the first person would know she was Simone de Beauvoir. And isn’t fighting the patriarchy what Valentine’s Day is all about?
Romantic Truth or Truth
Inspired by a game played by characters in the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” this fun exercise is all about getting to know a partner, friend or new paramour better while making everyone uncomfortable. One participant makes a statement concerning another person’s romantic past. If the statement is true, that person must drink, and if it isn’t, the question-asker must drink. Bottoms up.