Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Coombs' Valentine Bash 2014!

This past weekend Joe and I held our annual Valentine's Party.
We've been doing this the last few years and it's always SO much fun!!

This year we invited 8 couples over for dinner, a white elephant gift exchange and a steamy round of the Not-So-Newlywed Game.

Here's the deets for all you party lovers:

I chose to go with a hot pink, black and white color scheme, with just a touch of gold.

For places settings, I used black chargers, chevron paper plates from Hobby Lobby and pink heart shaped plates from Wal-mart. I topped those with heart shaped doilies and then made my own heart 'arrows' to finish it all off.

The arrows were super simple to make and consisted of: a paper straw, a gold glittered heart cut out by hand from scrapbook paper, and 3 whispy white feather, hot glued onto the bottom.
{I told you they were easy!}

When you use chargers as part of your places settings, you really don't much room for centerpieces so I kept it simple with pink gerber daisies {my FAVORITE!}

I completey spaced taking pics of the food table so here's what our menu included:

Joe and I ordered tamales and mini chimichangas from one of our favorite restaurants.

I assigned out in each invitation {HERE} a dish for each couple to bring:
It was either a green salad, refried beans, rice, chips and salsa, fresh fruit and couple of different desserts.

{And I'll be sharing a few of those recipes soon!}

As for the entertainment part of the evening:

We had each couple bring TWO white elephant gifts.
One NAUGHTY. And one NICE.
And they. Were. Funny!!! And slightly risque.
It's a good thing this group all has such a FUNNY sense of humor!

I also made up a NOT-so-NEWLYWED game that I passed out and had everyone answer.

Yes, I felt the need to include the word 'whoopee' on one of the questions.
These are always SO MUCH FUN and tend to really bring out the TRUE COLORS in spouses!
You always go away learning MORE about other couples than when you first started the game.

If you'd like a copy of this game, feel free to leave a comment with your email address and I can send it over to you for your own personal use.

And since every party deserves a 
take home favor....

I whipped up a batch of my Homemade Hot Fudge and put them in jars for everyone to take home.

{For my recipe you can click HERE. It's a winner!}

To add a little pizazz to the jars, I added lacey ribbon and a circle cut out of wrapping paper and glued to the lid.

I also created my first ever CHALKBOARD themed printable and I will say... I'm kinda proud of myself with how it turned out. 

For a copy of my FREE printable tag, CLICK HERE.

Happy Valentine's WEEK!!!


  1. i would love a copy of the not so newlywed game! Found your blog when I was searching for fun handouts for personal progress and LOVE all the fun stuff you blog about

  2. LOVE. IT. ALL! You know I want a copy of your questions! Ours is this saturday, since Friday is our ward temple night...i didn't want a conflict of interest ;)

    Don't plan on valentines day stuff at hobby lobby going on sale until AFTER valentines. I asked back in January when it would go onsale..i'm crazy but it's even crazier that they are waiting until after valentines.

  3. What good friends you are!!! Sounds like a fun night!! My husband and I watch the Newly Wed Game every night, it's our thing after the kids are in bed! :) I would Love if you could send me your questions. angel.tarter@gmail.com

  4. I would like a copy of the game please. You are soooooo creative....love your ideas! Presha17@yahoo.com

  5. You are super creative and fun. I'd love a copy of your couples game. I strive to throw more couples/kid parties. christina.lymos@risd.org

    1. HI Cristina - I tried sending to you but I got a return message saying your mailbox was full and wouldn't accept it.

  6. What a fun party! I would love a copy of your game. kristinsmith@sfcn.org

  7. Love your idea and would love a copy of the game cindysweeten@gmail.com

  8. I would love a copy of your game!! such great ideas:) Thank you!! Brookebringhurst@hotmail.com

  9. I am super excited for my party but still super nervous! I would love a copy of your game! My friends LOVED the invite! Thank you so much for your help with that! my email is ashleyrabbott@hotmail.com
    Also what kind of game did you play with your gift exchange?

  10. Send over a copy of your game darling! Love ya!

  11. You're the bomb! Love your guts! Send it on over will ya sis'ta. jorgensen1010@yahoo.com

  12. Would love a copy of your game! You are seriously so talented, thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. I would love a copy of your game as well, we do the same thing with our friends and have been for years, they are the best. Thanks! tiffern99@gmail.com

  14. This is darling! Everything you do is though! :) I would love to get a copy of the quiz! How fun! Thanks Marci!!! sunshineinmysoul_33@yahoo.com

  15. I am interested in a copy of the Newlywed quiz. ;)

  16. Also....I don't know if you've ever made a post about this, but.....since you go to Disneyland so much, I'm curious about a few more details......I'd like to know where you always stay? I like to be within walking distance, but not as PRICEY as the Disneyland Resorts, ya know what I mean? And where do you buy your tickets? (I know you can get them for less than what they charge at the D-land ticket booth.) Do you go through a travel agency/website or just piece it all together on your own? Thanks for the info! ;)

  17. I would love to get a copy of your Newlywed quiz. my email is lettibyrd@aol.com
    Thank you so much for all your amazing ideas.

  18. I would love a copy of your Newlywed game - jencragun@gmail.com. I use your ideas for my YW all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I would also love a copy of the Newlywed game. Please send to evie5357@aol.com. I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing them!

  20. Fantastic Valentines Party Ideas, Im doing it all!!!! Would you please send me the game questions? Thanks so much. Have a great day Marci. My email address is: mamashell59@sbcglobal.net
    Thanks again,

  21. I would love a copy of the newlywed questions. Thanks!

  22. Hi! Could I get a copy of the newlywed game please? galega@gmail.com

  23. I would love a copy of the newlywed game as well please. carter.jamesandmelanie@gmail.com

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  25. Hi! Could I please get a copy of the newlywed game? Thanks so much! bshipley16@hotmail.com

  26. Is it still possible for me to get a copy of your newlywed game? eakasl@yahoo.com

  27. So great! I would love a copy of the game! dmears84@gmail.com