Many of us are preparing for a Valentine’s Day party in our home or school in the next few weeks for the kids. It is the perfect holiday for developing literacy skills with so many opportunities for reading and writing. Today, I’m sharing a fun theme for your party. It’s a book exchange!
Just like most parties, there will be invitations, decorations, yummy food and activities. This Valentine’s Day party will also have a party favor that the guests themselves bring to exchange- BOOKS. Here are all the details for pulling off the perfect party.
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Valentine’s Day Party Ideas
You can design your own invitation or use this quarter fold party invitation I created. Just make sure to tell the guests to bring two gently loved wrapped books. One book will be swapped at the party and the other will be donated to a child who needs a good book to read.
Keep it simple. How about peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches. Just use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create a cut-out on your top slice of bread so the jam will shine through.
We also like to make pink smoothies. Blend a 6 oz container of plain greek yogurt, 1 ripe banana and 4 strawberries. Presto, you have enough for two yummy and healthy smoothies!
Hmmm….red and white streamers, a few cut-out hearts, and some foiled wrapped chocolates. I like easy! But, I also love these decorating ideas too.
Candy Heart Centerpiece from A Day in My Life
Paper Heart Garland from Just Bella
Chalk Heart Walk from The Romneys
Make Your Own Bookmark
We made these easy bookmarks from tongue depressors. Cut out little hearts from construction paper or paint samples and glue to the tongue depressor. Cover the top with contact paper.
Pin the Book on the Reader
This is a variation of pin the tail on the donkey game. For this game you will need a cut out of a person or just draw a person on a large sheet of paper. Each player will also need a picture of a book backed with double stick tape. Each player is blindfolded. They turn around three times and try to place the book in the reader’s hand. Whoever places the book closest to the hand, wins the game.
Gather the kids on the floor and share a fun Valentine’s book. Here are some title’s that would make fun Valentine read-alouds.
When the guests arrive, have them place their books in a basket. During the party, each guest selects a book and opens it for others to see. They get to take their new book home.
The Book Donation
Decide where the remaining books will be donated. Ideas include a local school, shelter, hospital or clinic. Set up a time to drop off the books.
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