V-Day va-va-voom!

Love is in the air, people. And whether or not you have that someone special in your life, you must party. It simply must be done.

Games people play:

How about a Valentine's truth or dare party? Gather your friends into a group and have a seat. This is a simple game to play and has very few rules. Choose one person to begin. The beginner gets to choose who goes first by asking someone, "truth or dare?" The chosen person must respond either "truth" or "dare". If he/she responds, "truth", then he/she must respond truthfully to any question asked. If he/she responds, "dare", he/she must perform a dare that is presented to him/her (no matter what and that includes you scared-y cats). Prizes are not usually awarded. However, if you must, small prizes can be awarded for dares once they are successfully completed, thereby rewarding those with very little moral fiber.

Sample questions for truth or dare:

Who is most beautiful person you know (inside and out)?

If you could date anyone in the world, who would it be?

Which famous couple throughout history would you like to be a part of?

What is your most romantic dream?

What is your most romantic memory?

If you could kiss anyone in the world, who would it be?

What is the most annoying habit that a romantic partner of yours has ever had?

What is your biggest pet peeve, having to do with a romantic partner?

What is the quality that is most important to you in a romantic partner?

How many times during the day do you think romantic thoughts?

Which relationship appeals to you more, a wild passionate one, or a quiet calm one.
If you are looking for more creativity and far more dirt (I mean direction) in your questions, pick up a copy of one of the following paperbacks at your local bookstore The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D. (especially the Love & Sex version of this book by the same author), and the series of Ifbooks by Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell.

Sample dares for Truth or Dare

Attempt to stand on your head.

Sing a song in front of people.

Hop around to each person at the party saying, "I'm cupid, and I will help you find love".

Do 3 consecutive cartwheels.

Lead everyone in the chant, "We want food"!

Most of these dares are pretty tame. This game is much more fun when you are familiar with the people whom you are playing with.

Love potions:

Sweet Heart Cocktail
Mixologist Julie Reiner of Flatiron Lounge New York, NY
Adapted by StarChefs
Yield: 1 Serving

Ingredients:
2 ounces Gran Centenario Plata
ounce strawberry liqueur
ounce Cointreau
2 muddled fresh strawberries
ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce sour mix
1 fresh strawberry, for garnish

Method:
Shake ingredients in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Sex 'n' Honey
Bar Chefs Joshua Dov and Leonardo Nam of Fat Fish West Hollywood, CA
Adapted by StarChefs.com
Yield: 1 Serving

Ingredients:
2 ounces 42 Below Manuka Honey vodka
2 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce amaretto almond liqueur
Dash cracked black pepper, plus additional to garnish
1 piece Star Anise to garnish

Method:
Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Add a dash of black pepper and shake vigorously. Strain liquid into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a dash of cracked black pepper and 1 piece of Star Anise.

Five Points' champagne love shots
To begin the meal on Valentine's Day,
Fresh fruit bellini
Champagne
2 Tablespoons Fruit puree
(Raspberry, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Peach & Pomegranate)
Spoon the puree into a Champagne flute and pour the Champagne on top.

For more great ideas, check out Real Simple's shortcuts to a romantic Valentine's Day.
http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/package/0,21861,1870377-1152732,00.html