How to get a flower dance partner

A Complete Guide To The Flower Dance

By Chris Birsner

The Flower Dance can be a great way to bond in Stardew Valley. Here's all you need to know about the event.

Stardew Valley is a perfect game to allow a player to unwind and just enjoy building their farm at their own pace. But that doesn't mean that the game is uneventful either. In fact, there are plenty of events that occur in Pelican Town over the course of a year.

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During the spring, players can experience two holidays, the Egg Festival and the Flower Dance. While the Egg Festival is about a competitive egg hunt, the Flower Dance is more of a bonding experience between the player and their fellow townspeople. While the event doesn't take too much work while it's going on, there are some things to note about how to make attending the dance worth it.

When Is The Flower Dance?

Prior to the event, players will get a letter from Mayor Lewis informing them about the upcoming dance. In the letter, he will state that if players are able to find a partner, that they can even participate as well. The event itself is held on the 24th day of Spring from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To attend, players need to head to the southwest. The clearing is just across the bridge that is south of the Wizard's tower. Once there, the event will begin and once it is over, the player will be brought back to their farm around 10 p.m. that day. If players are looking to ignore the event, they are able to. However, all homes and shops are closed on that day, since everyone else will be celebrating.

Who Can Be A Dance Partner?

Because the event is meant to be romantic, eligible dancers consist of those who are currently single and able to be dated in the game. Unfortunately, players can't just simply arrive at the dance and pair up with someone without putting in some work prior to the event. In order to ask someone to dance, the player must have a friendship level of four hearts with said individual. There are few ways to go about increasing friendship level:

• Talking to them on a daily basis

• Giving them a gift they at least are neutral about

• Giving them two good gifts in a week

• Helping them deliver an item

• Inviting them to see a movie

• Purchasing a snack for them

• Making certain choices during cutscenes

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If players have reached that friendship level with the dance partner they want, they just need to talk to them twice at the start of the dance. Friendship level will go up a full heart upon dancing with the individual. Players can even participate if they are married and can dance with someone other than their spouse, although their spouse can dance with someone else as well. Note that a player will not be able to participate in the dance in their first year.

While at the event, players can swing by Pierre and purchase different spring-themed items and recipes. The list includes:

• Seasonal Decor (350 gold)

• Pink Seasonal Plant (350g)

• Yellow Seasonal Plant (350g)

• Tub o' Flowers (250g)

• Tub o' Flowers Recipe (1,000g)

• Daffodil (50g)

• Dandelion (50g)

• Rarecrow (2,500g)

• Wall Flower (800g)

• Small Wall Flower (800g)

• Ceiling Leaves Variant 1 (400g)

• Ceiling Leaves Variant 2 (400g)

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Getting a partner in the Year 1 Flower Dance for Dummies : StardewValley

tldr; Talk to the person you want to dance with every day and gift them twice a week, it's a tad more complicated than that so details below.

Many of us have been there, starry eyed and new to the game, you’re starting to get the hang of things as Spring comes to a close. Then the Flower Dance comes, you've been talking to the villagers a little, maybe you have one or two hearts with a few, so you ask somebody to dance only to be abjectly rejected. That was how my first game went, but ever since I've been able to consistently secure a partner every time. Here's how you avoid being the sad individual on the sidelines in your next game.

The goal we need to achieve is 1000 Friendship Points, that's the threshold for characters to agree to a dance. That might seem Like a daunting goal since even a Loved gift is only worth 80 points, but it actually is quite achievable if a bit grindy.

There are two main sources of points we'll be able to draw from, conversations and gifts. Every time you talk to an NPC when they aren't in the middle of a special animation you will receive 20 friendship points, if you talk to your desired partner every single day including on the flower dance day itself you'll get 480 friendship points from this source. That's almost half of what we need.

As for gifts, a neutral gift gives 20 points, a Liked gift gives 45, and a Loved gift gives 80 friendship points. If the gift has a quality rating a modifier will be applied to these points, 1.1 for Silver, 1.25 for Gold, and 1.5 for iridium. If you give someone two gifts in a week you will also get a bonus +10 points with them at the end of the week. You can give 8 gifts before the flower dance which would give you 390 points if you used basic quality Liked gifts. As for what gifts to give, this page is going to be your best friend

Now 390+480 still leaves us 130 points short of what we need so we'll need to do a little more work than simply talking every day and giving Liked gifts, even if all the Liked gifts you give are Gold quality you'll still fall a few points short at 960. So in order to reach the 1000 we need you'll have to take advantage of help wanted requests which give 150 points upon completion, or mix in some Loved gifts. The exceptions are characters who have birthdays before the Dance, since any gift given on a birthday has an 8x multiplier to the friendship gained.

Now let's break down the characters by how easy they are to get to 1000 points by dance day, assuming you talk to them every single day for the free 480 points.

Edit: Today I learned that the Introductions quest gives you +100 Friendship points with everyone. That doesn't necessitate any fundamental changes to what you'll have to do to build a full 1000 points, but it certainly makes things easier.


  • Shane: Shane's birthday is before the Flower Dance, and one of his Loved gifts is beer, which Gus always has in stock. All you have to do to get Shane to dance with you is talk to him every day and give him a Beer for his birthday. If you give him two gifts a week as well you'll actually overshoot the required 1000 points by a pretty large margin (he Likes Parsnips).

  • Haley: Like Shane Haley's birthday is before the Dance, however her Loved gifts are almost impossible to obtain during your first spring. With that said she Likes Daffodils, so if you give her a Gold Daffodil on her birthday you can get 450 points. Combine that with a few more Daffodils and talking every day and you'll easily reach or surpass 1000. Her two heart event also provides an opportunity for 30 more points if you select the "Haley, why not have this be your one weekly job?" option.


  • Maru: Maru Loves Cauliflower and Strawberries, both of which you can grow before the dance, although not during Week 1. Each Gold Quality Loved gift is worth 100 Friendship points, so if you give her 6 Gold Cauliflowers/Strawberries before the event and talk to her every day you'll reach 1000, Silver will also work, as will Regular if you give her two Quartz during Week 1 but with narrower margins. Scaring up 6 Gold of either crop isn't too difficult so I would personally go with that for safety.

  • Leah: Leah Loves Salad, Salad is always in stock for 220g at the Saloon. If you give it to her for all 8 gifts you'll hit 1150 points. You only need to give her 5 though, so long as you give her Regular Liked gifts or better for the other 3 gifts. For example if you give her 3 Driftwood and 5 Salad you'll still reach 1045.

  • Harvey: Totally forgot about him, he's basically the same as Leah, but with Coffee instead of Salad. He also has a pretty wide pool of liked gifts so it's quite easy to get him over 1000.


  • Sam: Sam is a lot Like Leah, he Loves Pizza which can be easily obtained from the Saloon. But Pizza costs 600g which is a lot in your first Spring. Basically the same strategy as Leah here, his cheapest gift ratio is 5 Pizzas, 3 Joja-Colas along with talking every day of course.


  • Emily: Tragically Emily's birthday is a few days after the Dance, but it is possible to obtain two of her Loved gifts (Topaz and Amethyst) very early on, she Loves all gemstones except quartz so if you get lucky with fishing chests you may find others as well. She also Likes Daffodils and Parsnips both of which you can obtain high quality versions of. The absolute minimum you can get away with for Emily is 2 Loved gemstones and 6 Gold Liked items, Parsnips being the easiest.

I would not recommend trying anyone beyond this point, getting them to 1000 points essentially demands that you complete one or more help wanted quests for them, either because their Loved gifts can't be obtained, or they don't Like enough gifts that have a quality rating. Emily is borderline, but getting 2 gemstone nodes in 18 days isn't too bad. On the other hand, everyone above will get even easier if you happen to complete help wanted quests for them.


Everyone Else. The basic beats will be the same for all the bachelors/bachelorettes not mentioned above with a few minor exceptions. An aggressive mine diver might be able to find some Frozen Tears for Sebastian, someone who gets an early crab pot and has good luck might be able to get some Lobster for Elliot, a fishing chest might give you an Emerald for Penny, etc. But other than those edge cases every other potential partner is going to play the same. Most people Like Vegetables so Gold Parsnips or whatever else you're growing will be your mainstay along with talking every day, but even 8 Gold Liked Gifts won't get you to 1000. So you'll need some help from RNGesus. One help wanted quest, in combination with 8 Liked gifts of any quality, and talking every day will let you squeak by at 1020 points.

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Balls and traditions.

Interesting facts

Ball, ball, ball!!!

Ball is always a holiday. Bright, colorful, sparkling, cheerful. And this holiday has always been desired and loved in Russia.

Balls were given all year round, but the season began in late autumn and continued throughout the winter. Often in one evening I had to attend two or three balls, which required considerable strength, besides, many balls ended in the morning, and the next day it was necessary to make visits and prepare for the upcoming amusements.

Balls and masquerade balls were divided into class, professional, age categories, timed to coincide with special celebrations, and were court, public, private, merchant, wedding, children's ...

Balls of the Noble Assembly, balls of artists and balls held foreign embassies, merchant balls.

History of balls in Russia

The first ball in Russia took place in Moscow at the wedding of False Dmitry and Marina Mnishek.
Peter I resumed the balls, and since then they have become loved and revered both in the capitals and in the provinces of the Russian Empire.
Peter's assemblies became the prototype of future balls. The assemblies were gatherings with dances. Assemblies began to be held in St. Petersburg and Moscow as early as 1717 in the homes of the Russian nobility.

Assemblies served not only as a means of entertainment - "for fun", but also a place "for reasoning and friendly conversations."

Then, during the reign of Anna Ioannovna, Elizabeth Petrovna and Catherine II, assemblies completely supplanted balls and masquerade balls.

A ball is a solemn public or secular event, the main component of which is a dance program.

Therefore, since the 18th century, dance has become a compulsory subject in all higher and secondary educational institutions, schools and boarding schools. It was studied at the royal lyceum and at modest vocational and commercial schools, at the gymnasium and at the cadet school.

In Russia, they not only perfectly knew all the latest and old ballroom dances, but also knew how to perfectly perform them. The dance culture of Russia in the 19th century stood at a high level.

Ballroom dress code

The ball has its own ceremonial and rules of conduct, which makes it so majestic and luxurious. All this allowed to maintain sophistication and attractiveness.

It was customary to come to the ball dressed smartly. Cavaliers - in a tailcoat pair, tuxedo or suit (depending on specific requirements and conditions), white shirt and vest. By the way, tailcoats were of different colors, only by the end of the 30s of the XIX century the fashion for black was established.

White gloves were an obligatory item of clothing for gentlemen. The civilians wore kid gloves, and the military wore suede gloves.
Moreover, according to the rules, the lady had every right to refuse the gentleman without gloves. Therefore, it was better to come to the ball in black gloves than no gloves at all.

Civilian gentlemen's costumes depended little on fashion and were recommended to be sewn in classical forms.

The military came in dress uniforms corresponding to their regiments.

Cavaliers came to the ball in boots. Ballroom boots were also worn by the military, and only uhlans were allowed to wear boots. The presence of spurs was not approved. The fact is that the spurs tore the dresses during the dance. But some lancers broke this rule for the sake of panache.

Ladies and girls dressed in fashionable dresses. As a rule, the dress was sewn for one ball and only in extreme cases was used twice.

Ladies could choose any color for the dress, unless otherwise specified. For example, on January 24, 1888, an emerald ball was held in St. Petersburg, at which all those present were dressed in the appropriate color.

Dresses for girls were made in white or pastel colors - blue, pink and ivory, that is, the color of "ivory".

Matching gloves or white gloves were matched with the dress. By the way, wearing rings over gloves was considered bad manners. Even more interesting facts can be found in the historical park "Russia-My History".

Ladies could adorn themselves with a headdress.

The girls were encouraged to have a modest hairstyle. But in any case, the neck had to be open.

The cut of ball gowns depended on fashion, but one thing remained unchanged in it - open neck and shoulders.

With such a cut of the dress, neither a lady nor a girl could appear in the world without jewelry around the neck - a chain with a pendant or a necklace. That is, something had to be worn necessarily.

Ladies' jewelry could be any - the main thing is that they were chosen with taste. Girls were supposed to appear at balls with a minimum amount of jewelry, for example, with a pendant around their neck or a modest bracelet.

An important component of the ladies' ball costume was the fan, which served not so much to create a fresh breath, but as a language of communication, now almost lost.

Recovering to the ball, the lady took with her a ball book - carne or agenda - where, opposite the list of dances, she entered the names of gentlemen who wanted to dance this or that dance with her. Sometimes the reverse side of the fan could be used instead of the agend. It was considered excessive coquetry to brag about your completed agenda, especially to those ladies who were rarely invited.

Rules of conduct at the ball

By accepting the invitation to come to the ball, everyone thus assumed the obligation to dance. Refusing to participate in dances, as well as showing dissatisfaction or making it clear to a partner that you dance with him only out of necessity, was considered a sign of bad taste. And vice versa, it was considered a sign of good education at the ball to dance with pleasure and without coercion, regardless of the partner and his talents.

At a ball, more than at any other social event, a cheerful and amiable expression is appropriate. To show at the ball that you are not in a good mood or are dissatisfied with something is inappropriate and impolite in relation to those having fun.
Starting conversations with acquaintances before paying tribute to the owners was considered indecent. At the same time, not greeting acquaintances (even with a nod of the head) was also unacceptable.

There was a special culture of invitation to dance at the balls. An invitation to a dance was allowed in advance, both before the ball itself and at the ball. At the same time, it was considered impolite if a lady arrived at the ball promising more than the first three dances in advance.

In the ballroom, order and dancing are supervised by the ball steward.
During the ball, gentlemen should monitor the comfort and convenience of the ladies: bring drinks, offer help. The gentleman had to make sure that his lady was not bored.
Talking at a ball is certainly permissible. At the same time, it is not recommended to touch on complex and serious topics, as well as to gather a large company around you.

Buffoonery is not appropriate at balls. Even gentlemen who have a too cheerful disposition are advised to behave with dignity at the ball. Quarrels and quarrels between gentlemen are highly discouraged during the ball, but if disagreements arise, then it is recommended to resolve them outside the dance hall. Ladies are the main decoration of any ball. Therefore, it behooves them to behave affably and nicely. Loud laughter, slander, bad humor can cause disapproval of a decent society. The behavior of the ladies at the ball should be distinguished by modesty, the expression of extreme sympathy for any gentleman can give rise to condemnation.

Most of all, any manifestations of jealousy on the part of ladies and gentlemen are inappropriate at the ball. On the other hand, immodest looks and defiant behavior that provokes other participants in the ball are also unacceptable.


According to the rules, the gentleman began the invitation to dance with the hostess of the house, then all her relatives followed, and only then it was the turn to dance with their familiar ladies.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the ball opened with a polonaise, where in the first pair the host walked with the most honored guest, in the second pair - the hostess with the most honored guest.
At the end of the 19th century, the ball began with a waltz, but court, children's and merchant balls opened with a majestic polonaise.

During the 19th century, the number of dances that a gentleman could dance with one lady during a ball changed. So at the beginning of the century this number was equal to one, and already in the 1880s two or three dances were allowed, not following one after another in a row. Only the bride and groom could dance more than three dances. If the gentleman insisted on more than expected number of dances, the lady refused, not wanting to compromise herself.

During the dance, the gentleman entertained the lady with light secular conversation, while the lady answered modestly and laconic.
The cavalier's duties also included preventing collisions with other couples and preventing his lady from falling.

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