Well not anymore.
Valentines day is all about celebrating love,
and who says you have to be "in love" to celebrate it?
Here are some fun ways to spend Valentines day alone, with a group of friends, or helping others.
Let's take back the holiday!
1. Plan a romantic date for someone.
Yeah, you heard me right. Plan a romantic dinner/ day for someone and make ‘em feel like a million bucks.
Whether it’s your kids, your brothers or sisters, parents, friends etc…
Let someone know they are special!
I use to be a part of a small traveling internship,
and on Valentines Day most of us found ourselves with a very familiar status,
But the guys (who were like our brothers) of the internship made us girls queen for the day.
Our day started with a ring at the doorbell around 8am.
When we opened the door, we saw a grand display of our favorite candies and hand written cards with instructions for dinner later that night.
When we got all dressed up that night,
We would drive over to their house and the place would be transformed.
Lights, Long candles, music…
And the boys would have a big table set up for us,
then they would serve us stakes, or pasta, or whatever they had cooked for us.
And the night would end with a fun little song they wrote about us.
They weren’t hitting on us or anything like that.
They were just trying to make us feel special.
Let us know we were appreciated.
We all had a great time, and we were all single!
Single parents, I think it would be great to plan a nice date dinner with your kids!
Send them off to grandmas earlier in the day, or while they are still at school, you get ready
and when they come home,
Maybe you all can write down things you love about each other.
Think of it as setting the tone for dating in their lives.
Let them know they are worth something really special!
2. Visit a nursing or retirement home:
If there is a place full of people feeling alone and unloved, it's here.
Many haven't had a visitor for years.
So call some retirement and nursing homes in you area and ask if it would be okay to come pass out flowers and handmade cards.
(keep away from bringing sweets, because you never know if a person if diabetic and you don't want to make anyone sick or have them feel left out from the fun)
I promise you- you're going to have a lot more fun than you think and you will leave with your heart full.
3. Love yourself day:
Take off work, turn off your phone and plan a spa day, shopping trip, manicure, or massage with just you.
Never be afraid of being alone.
Some of us actually need to be alone, and take some time to recharge.
Believe me, You need this.
4. Valentines day themed scavenger hunt:
Get a group together or your kids and make a list of Valentines Day themed things to find.
Get in the car and have a fun time.
Take a picture with the biggest stuffed animal you can find.
Buy a carnation or some flowers and have someone from your team give them to a stranger working in a drive-through (while you take a picture).
Sing a love song to a random couple on a date, while someone takes a video.
A cooking class, one of those group painting classes, an aerial silks class etc...
How can this not be fun, right?
6. Volunteer with a cause or charity:
Habitat for Humanity, a Dog Shelter, a Homeless Shelter, volunteering at a hospital... etc...
Help someone who needs it.
Spread the love all around.
7. Go out on a goofy date with friends:
Get a group of you best friends together.
Maybe dress up in your old prom/ homecoming dresses, rent a limo and have a goofy night on the town.
Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself (and your friends lol)
Go somewhere and be "that one group".
You know the loud obnoxious group that is having the best time of their live?
Yeah, do that.
And maybe end the night with a late-night swim in your party dresses?
Challenge yourself not to stay this February 14.
You can have fun celebrating love, by yourself, with your friends , family or kids, or by spreading it to people who need it the most.
Hope to hear some good Valentines Day stories soon.
Until next time my loves