Schools often organise Valentine's Day dances to allow all students to celebrate the holiday together. The dance should provide a safe environment for attendees, in addition to being full of festive features that fit the colours and themes of the holiday.
The theme for the Valentine's Day party should be one that excites students. Those with an interest in travel might enjoy a Paris-themed dance because of the city's amorous reputation. If a popular romantic movie has been released recently, decorate with posters from the film and play songs from its soundtrack. A Valentine's dance with formal attire could call for a regal theme with crowns, sparkle and a rented horse and carriage for students to take rides around the dance location.
Quickly transform a space into a Valentine's Day dance floor with red, pink and white balloons on the floor. If budget allows, rent a disco ball and red flood lights to cast a sparkly ruby glow over the dance floor. Decorate the entrance to the dance with a red carpet to make it feel fancy and festive. Fold strips of red paper and cut them into heart shapes, keeping them attached on each side of the hearts, to make garlands to hang on the walls.
The music for the dance party should include a mix of slow and fast songs so students who do not have a date or who do not get asked to slow dance can still enjoy the faster songs. In addition to playing some current popular music, choose songs that incorporate the word "love." Also include classic love songs such as The Beatles' "Love Me Do," Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" or "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent."
Anything red or heart-shaped fits with the theme of a Valentine's dance. Select simple, inexpensive foods, unless the ticket price for the school dance is high enough to help cover the cost. Heart-shaped sugar cookies sprinkled with red sugar crystals provide a sweet treat. For something more savoury, serve sandwiches made with cream cheese and strawberry jam. A high-budget dance could offer fresh berries alongside a chocolate fondue fountain. Serve basic red punch or pink lemonade.