Bouncy castles? Been there, jumped in that. Throw an extra-special bash with the help of in-demand events planner André Wells, who dreamed up this Valentine’s Day-themed fete just for us.
Scribble the deets on pink paper hearts and seal them in white envelopes — but not before tossing in a helping of heart-shaped candy.
Go crazy with red, white, and pink balloons. Plaster walls with paper hearts bearing each guest’s name.
Hire a cupid impersonator from About Faces.
Run two creative stations simultaneously. One, card making: Supply red, pink, and silver paper hearts, which kiddos can embellish with paper doilies, glitter, sequins, feathers, and googly eyes. Keep glue sticks and markers on hand. Two, candy pretzel making: Dip pretzels in melted white, milk, or dark chocolate then let everyone get busy with toppings (crushed candy canes and Oreo cookies, toffee bits, colored sugar, shredded coconut).
Food and Drinks
Serve Shirley Temples and individual heart-shaped treats from Kendall’s Cakes.
What’s not to love?
Rather have Wells run the show? Call 202-518-6908 or go to eventsbyandrewells.com.
What: Make origami Valentines and listen to traditional Asian love songs.
Why: Bring them into the fold.
When: Sat. & Sun., 1-3 p.m. (Also Feb. 14.)
Where: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW (202-633-1000).
What: Boogie Babes hosts the Jamaican-born guitar-playing mama who sings about the sea.
Why: Catch the wave.
When: Fri., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Sova, 1359 H St. NE, b/t 13th & 14th Sts. (202-397-3080).
Photo: hint of plum / Flickr