Church Valentine's Banquet Theme

A Night Under the Stars
Women's Ministry Theme

Julia Bettencourt

Posted January 14, 2002

This page has been updated periodically.

Spiritual Application

This theme revolves around love and romance with an Italian emphasis.

Can be used for a time of teaching on being a godly wife and focusing on loving our husbands.

Feel free to use the ideas for a church Valentine's Banquet.

Theme Verse Suggestions

Charity never faileth...  I Corinthians 13:8

...for God is love.  1 John 4:8

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest

of these is charity.  1 Corinthians 13:13

Devotional/Lesson Suggestions

Guarded Hearts by Julia

Conversation Hearts by Julia

Kisses Devotional Starter

More Devotionals by Julia

Alternative Theme Titles

A Night Under the Stars

A Heart for Christ

Abiding Love

Be My Valentine

Calling All Sweethearts!

God's Love Letter

Italian Night

Love...The Greatest Gift

Love Conquers

Love One Another

Love with Purpose

Love Runs Deep

The Measure of Love

Two Hearts

The Power of Love

See the list of Valentine's Theme Titles.


Color:  red, pink, and white

Lots of candles.

This idea takes us to Italy so set up your tables like an outside cafe. Make a sign if you wish such as "Cafe -your church name-".

You'll be dining under the stars so hang stars from your ceiling. 

You can use white twinkle lights, make white poster board stars, or purchase stick on stars. 

You'll find glow in the dark stick on plastic stars in kid's toy departments.

Lots of greenery

Check into Italian theme decorations at school supply stores.

Red and white check table cloths or placemats. Cafe type decor.

Mirror tiles to reflect the candlelight

Scattered rose petals on the tables

Italian Backdrop

Make a romantic backdrop for your couples to have their pictures taken with. 

Use a background of a starry sky and a large arch. 

It could include a few buildings. 

If you have the resources for someone to make a wooden backdrop for you to paint, that's great, but you can use installation foam board to paint your scene on.  It's lightweight and easy to move around.


I'm sure you probably don't have a gondola (long narrow boat used in the canals of Italy) just sitting around but a small row boat will do! 

Place a container or two of roses in the gondola. 

If it's an old boat, drape some material and a little lace over the seats and floor of it to perk it up (as people will have their good clothes on). Why not have someone dressed for the part with an oar in one hand to be on the gondola? 

Take pictures of your couples sitting in the "gondola".

Famous Italian Architecture Murals/Backdrops

Make some backdrops with some of the great places of Italy. Sketch them out on paper covered panels.


Biblical Couples 

Biblical Couples Game

Download in a PDF File

Download Answer Key in a PDF File

How do I love thee...

Fill out 10 reasons why you love your husband, mother, sister, friend, etc.

How Well Love Valentine's Icebreaker

Download in a PDF File

Various Valentine's Icebreakers

Valentines Games Printable

Download PDF File

Icebreaker Index


Jesus Loves Even Me (Philip P. Bliss)

The Love of God (Frederick M. Lehman)


Attach stars to goodie bags.

Chocolate candy - Any chocolate candies or heart shaped red hots tied up in cellophane bags.

Chocolate roses

Valentine's Candy Sayings

Valentine Sayings

Download PDF File

Valentine's Gift Sayings

Download PDF File

See my blog for creative favor ideas.

Door Prizes

Gift Certificates for two to a local Italian restaurant

Couples Devotional Book

Box of Chocolate Candies


Book of Love Poetry

Anything with hearts

Popcorn and Movie Bowl

Popcorn, movie, etc. placed in a large popcorn bowl for container.

Comfy Basket

One pair men's slippers, one pair women's slippers, two coffee cups, some specialty coffees, sprinkled with chocolates.

Fruit of Love Basket

Basket filled with clusters of grapes (to feed to their spouses of course!) 

Tea for Two Basket 

Basket filled with two teacups and saucers, specialty teas, 2 novelty tea spoons, sprinkled in with chocolate kisses candy.

Door Prize Ideas for Couples

Door Prize Ideas for Women

Door Prize Tips

Food and Serving




Anything Italian!

Hospitality in Women's Ministry

Copyright ©2002 Julia Bettencourt
Any Scripture quoted is in the King James Version.

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See my Valentine's Pinterest Board for more ideas!

Heart and Valentines Pinterest Board

This theme is geared for you to take a few ideas for a small meeting or take several for a larger event. These are suggestions for you to build upon.  Be creative...Julia

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