Valentine’s Day is around the corner and already many of you are beginning to dread it. But Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday just for couples. Love for your family, friends, and even love for yourself, is worth celebrating, too.
Here are some ideas on how you can make Valentine´s Day memorable this year:
v Be Romantic and Original:
Gifts don’t always have to be expensive and they don’t always have to be bought. Valentine´s Day is on February 14th so why not write him or her a letter telling them the 14 things you love most about them? Or maybe the 14 most memorable moments you’ve had together. There’s nothing wrong with being expressive. Create a collage with all the great pictures of the two of you. Don’t have many pictures? Then create a collage with clippings or with anything that reminds you of that loved one.
v Throw a Battle of the Sexes Party
If you’re single, stop worrying, because, believe it or not, you aren’t the only single person. Many of your friends would gladly to join in a Battle of the Sexes Party. Set up different challenges such as trivia, food presentation (creating food with play dough), home building (using blankets and chairs), fashion design (using toilet paper, paper towels, plastic bags) and communication skills (using Pictionary). This game could lead to intense competition, and will definitely get your mind off being single.
v Hand make paper flowers.
The usual flowers are, of course, a sweet gesture, but they do die after a week or so and can be outrageously expensive around Valentine’s Day. Instead, make your own flowers out of paper (some craft stores even have kits) for a present that will last a long time and remind your partner how much you care.
v Start an “All About Us” Book
You can start an “All About Us” book. Fill the blanks out in one sitting, or come back to it another time. As you fill out each section of the book you learn things about each another that can be surprising. The book allows you to have conversations you otherwise would never have. Working on the book together makes for a cozy night at home.
v Prepare a new meal together
Try a recipe you two have never attempted before. Make the list, go to the grocery store together, pick out the ingredients and start cooking! It is fun to try something new together, and enjoy the aftermath of a scrumptious meal.
v Set up a Group Date: Set up a group date at someone’s house and a play Xbox tournaments, board games, question games, anything that will lighten the mood and give you a few laughs. Order take out and just kick back with a close group of friends. If you’re single, this works well for you too! You don’t need to be in a relationship in order to have fun with friends. Who’s to say that single people can’t also enjoy Valentine’s Day in good company?
- If you’ve recently gone through a break up, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to catch up with some of your single friends you haven’t seen in a while.
- Be wary of going on a dinner date with someone as just friends. You don’t want to send the person mixed messages if they secretly have feelings for you.
- Don’t forget about your family! This holiday can be about all kinds of love. Set up a lunch or dinner date with one of your family members if you’re feeling alone on Valentine’s Day.
BY JOSEPHINE BEE