January 29, 2010

Icebreaker Idea: Pet-Name Place Cards

Do you have a nickname for your lover? My hubby has always called me "peaches," a pet-name he created way back when we first started dating. At the time, my signature scent was "fuzzy peach," a perfume oil from The Body Shop. When we went on our first date he said I smelled sweet, "like fresh peaches," and my nickname has stuck ever since.

Icebreaker Idea: Pet-Names Placecards

Pet names can be generic, but most of the time they are really unique or funny and have great back-stories! If you're hosting a Valentine's Day party, get the conversation started with this easy place card icebreaker.

Pet-name Place Cards


1. As guests arrive, hand each person a place card and ask them to write down a pet-name they use for their significant other. This should be done in secret-- they shouldn't show the name to anyone else, including their partner. When finished, each guest should return the place card to you, the hostess. (Tip: Make sure to collect the cards from your guests in order, so that when you place the cards on the table, each couple will be sure to be seated next to one another.)

2. While guests mingle over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, take the handwritten place cards to your dining area and place them around the table in the correct order.

3. When it is time for dinner, invite guests to take a seat at the card that matches their pet name. Guests will have a great time searching for their name, as well as poking fun and telling the story behind the unique and laughable nicknames that are sure to pop up.

* Heart swirl place cards available at FineStationery.com.