The year is 1928, and the good hostess
is planning a Valentine's Party for her
friends and family. "The Farmer's Wife",
a popular magazine of the day was ready
to supply "games for a jolly crowd". In
some ways parties were more elaborate and
well planned then, but at the same time a
good hostess used what simple resources
she had available. She was "frugal" without
even realizing it! Here are a selection of
suggested games from that year. I think you
will find in 2000 these can still bring fun and
laughter into your home!
~Red Hearts, Good Hearts~
Hang a number of colored hearts about the room,
fastened on walls and furniture. Explain before the
game that only red hearts are good ones and that if
anyone touches a heart of another color or fails to
find a red heart she must drop out of the game. Have
a few less red hearts than players and remove 2 or
3 of them at each interval. Players form in a circle and
march to music. When the music stops suddenly each
players tries to find for herself a red heart and must
drop out if she does not succeed.
Players are divided into four groups called sopranos, altos,
tenors and bases. Each group selects a song to sing and at
a given time all begin singing. The group to first completely
finish it's song is the winner. Several attempts are sometimes
necessary before an entire song can be sung because of the
laughter and hubbub.
Cut four large hearts from strong paper. Divide players into
two equal lines, which face each other from opposite sides
of the room. Give two of the hearts to the first player in
one line, the other two to the player at the opposite end
of the other line. At a signal these players place their
hearts on the floor, one at a time, and hop on them to
the other line, whirl and return to their own line, passing
on the hearts to the player next in line who repeats. The
winning line is the one finishing first.
Tips for your Valentine's Day Party
Using these games and your imagination can turn your
Valentine's Day into a family party! Serve simple cookies
and punch on doily lined plates. Set up a table for the kids
to make homemade Valentine's while they are at the party.
Make sure you keep everything simple, no television or
fancy stereos. You could even set up another table for
everyone to decorate their own sugar cookies! Use this
opportunity to create memories of laughter and love in
a simple atmosphere.
About the author
Brenda Hyde is editor and owner of OldFashionedLiving.com.
She lives in the Midwest with her husband, Chuck, and three