Valentine’s Day Dance Party

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by , posted on February 9th, 2012 in Parties & Celebrations, Valentine's Day

images by Dave K Cooper

This Valentine’s Day go crazy with a family dance party. Move the coffee table, clear the living room, and get on down to funky town. I know, I can’t believe I just wrote that line either.

Why a dance party? Why not. We put together three easy steps to throwing the ultimate* family dance party.

*use of the word ultimate may be subjective

1. Keep decorations simple. Honestly, you could probably skip decorations all together. All you really need is an open space. But since we wanted to make it festive, we chose two inexpensive decorations to hang from the ceiling—pompoms and hearts.

My kids loved the heart project. In fact, and I’m not even lying when I say this, my daughter said, “This was a lot of fun. And it’s all thanks to Martha Stewart.” I don’t know if I’ve had a prouder moment. *tear*

2. Leave behind any self-consciousness you have about your dance moves—Your kids don’t care if you look like Elaine when you dance. There’s something pretty special that happens when we bust a move together—it frees us up. I think, and I fully acknowledge I may be a tad crazy here, but allowing ourselves to be ridiculous at times is a life skill.

3. Play the right tunes. I’m a terrible DJ. I’ve never been good at mix tapes. So I called on some friends to help. I asked them what they’d put on a Valentine’s mix tape for their families. Here’s what they said…

Caroline Smalley | Push the Envenlope

The Smalleys definitely know a thing or two about music. Caroline is an accomplished artist and uses music as inspiration in her work. Her husband Dave is a writer who also just happens to be a punk rocker.

“The Fam Jam” Our family’s #1 song is: Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart by Elton John & KiKi Dee
September – Earth Wind and Fire
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Rainbow Connection – Rivers Cuomo & Hailey Williams
Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World

PS. Caroline designed some awesome music inspired Valentines for you! Just click on the picture below to download and print. How cool is she?! Bet you didn’t realize this was a post with a super awesome bonus in it did you?

Josh Solar | Happy Family Movement

Josh and his wife Jenny are true music lovers. Once, I put a call out on twitter for music suggestions to cheer me up on a rainy day, and within seconds Josh had a whole play list for me. I’m pretty sure Josh and Jenny host regular dance parties in their home. They’re totally the type of lovable-crazy people who’d do that sort of thing so I knew they’d have no trouble coming up with a mix.

Life is Beautiful – Keb’ Mo’
Life is Sweet – Rabbit!
The Lucky Ones – Tim Myers
A You’re Adorable – Emilie Mover
You Always Make Me Smile – Kyle Andrews
Blessed – Brett Dennen

Aliza Worthington | The Worthington Post

Aliza and my friendship was sealed on the dance floor during a highly amusing reenactment of Thriller. The rest, as they say, is history.

Our House – CSNY
Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog
Octopus’ Garden – the Beatles
Diamond Road – Sheryl Crow

Why yes, I *am* totally and completely ridiculous.

Carla Molina Martins | All of Me Now

Carla and her girls, ages 2 and 4, love soundtracks. So she put together a special mix of her favorites for Valentine’s Day.

Life’s a Happy Song – The Muppets soundtrack (track #3)
The Sweetest Gift – Sade (holy tear jerker)
Everybody – Ingrid Michaelson (Ramona and Beezus soundtrack)
Hakuna Matata – Zimba The Lion King Soundtrack (track 4)

Now you have everything you need for a proper dance party. Even a bit extra—print out the images Caroline made for you and use them for invites to your dance party.

So people, this Valentine’s Day, get out there and DANCE!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone

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14 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Dance Party”

  1. Aliza Says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Bwahahaha! I love the look on Winnie’s face in the picture where you’re jumping in the air!!!

    And, thanks for including me. You know I love you and everything you do. :-)


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    That poor dog. She’s had learned to live with our crazy.

    And I totally love you right back!

  2. Mithi Says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    God I love your family … have a great valentines with much danidng and boogie-ing…

    We’re probably going to hold of till the 15th when its our swing dance club night valentines special .. woo hoo … bring on da mooozik babeeee!

  3. Mithi Says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    “danidng”??? I meant DANCING …

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    And here I thought danidng was cool-speak for dancing. It kind of has a ring to it!

    Wishing you and Mr. D a fab-u-lous time cuttin’ a rug on the 15th!!

  4. estelle Says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Jen, this is awesome! Love every single thing about this post. You rocking out with your kids, all the pretty little hearts and the playlists. So great.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thank you Estelle! I must admit, we had a ridiculously good time with this one.

  5. Shawn Stout Says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I love this! You’ve inspired me to come up with our own “Fam Jam”…and of course, DANCE!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Shawn!! Can I just say, the Smalley’s Fam Jam has been stuck in my head ALL DAY?! Love it.

  6. Caroline Says:

    February 9th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Just wait until the Smalley kids hear the Fam Jam has gone viral! Love the post Jen, as always – smashing pics, too. Thanks for including us.

  7. Jillian in Italy Says:

    February 10th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    That last photo is epically cool. You all look so INTO it. And to top it off you have the classic dance-face-lip-pucker to prove it was a blast. Awesome Jen. Jill x

  8. erin//suchsmallsteps Says:

    February 10th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Those pictures are priceless! Love this post :)

  9. Carla @ All of Me Now Says:

    February 11th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you so much for letting me be a part! The pics are amazeballs =) Totally thinking we need to do a dance party and get a tripod for our camera, probably a good sneaky way to snap some shots of my always camera shy girls!

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