02/13/2013 01:51 pm ET

Valentine's Day Ideas: An Easy Vintage Cocktail Party Inspired By 1940s Glamour (PHOTOS)

Are you still contemplating Valentine's Day ideas and trying to decide how to have a red hot night with your sweetie? Have we got an idea for you: a 1940s-inspired cocktail party, complete with nostalgic decorations and deliciously authentic cocktail recipes straight from the era.

It's an unexpected idea that's miles away from tired "hearts, everywhere!" Valentine's Day themes and, in our opinion, is way more appealing than dealing with the restaurant crowds. Taking a cue from the New York City bar and lounge The Dove Parlour, whose low-key '40s glamour sets the stage for romance year-round, the table features refreshments in our finest glassware and adorable gift and favor ideas atop a lovely ribbon runner. Plus, we've added a simple DIY that'll dress up a box of chocolates (or, a tin of homemade goodies, if you're so inclined). And yes, we did say 'cocktail recipes' earlier -- and the era-appropriate libations don't disappoint. One offers a twist on an old favorite (a Hot Toddy!) while the other gets its gorgeous violet hue from a unique liqueur that will be your new favorite. Convinced yet? Then click through the slideshow below to see how you can pull it all together by Thursday!

Vintage Valentine's Day Ideas

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