Valentine’s Day is about love of all kinds – not just romantic love – so we encourage everyone to take advantage of it. What other annual occasion gives you an opportunity to lavish all of your loved ones with affection and appreciation? So whether you’re single or happily coupled, check out our list of fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
When is the last time you sent valentines to all of your nearest and dearest? (Many of you are likely saying never!) Valentines aren’t always romantic; they can also be funny, sentimental, quirky, or very simple. Whether you make your own or purchase ready-made valentines at the store, consider sending valentines to the people you care about.
Decorate your home.
Creating a festive environment will help you get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to invest in expensive, elaborate decorations. Try these simple, DIY options:
- Hang garlands of paper hearts.
- Purchase a bouquet of fresh flowers.
- Make a bouquet of paper flowers.
- Create a wreath using faux flowers from the craft store.
Organize a party.
Valentine’s day provides a great opportunity to get together with family and friends. Consider organizing a party for the occasion – and remember that it doesn’t need to be big or elaborate. For example, if you aren’t much of a party planner, you could host a pizza party, a potluck, a game night, a barbecue, or a dinner at your favorite restaurant. Instead of party favors, you could hand out valentines! And if you’re hoping to play some games, you could try Bingo (using conversation hearts as markers), Name That Song (using only love songs), or trivia (focusing on topics related to friendship, romance, and St. Valentine).
Bake some treats to share.
Do you love to bake or cook? Or perhaps you just love to eat delicious food? Either way, consider making some homemade goodies to share with your friends and family. This is an easy way to spread the love. As they say, the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach! Check out these ideas:
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberries from Food Network Kitchen
- Conversation Heart Cookies from Martha Stewart
- Valentine’s Day Brownies from Good Housekeeping
- Rice Krispie Valentine Lollipops from Foodie Crush
- Chewy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Country Living
Watch a classic romance movie.
For a low-key celebration, invite over a friend or two to watch one of your favorite romance movies. If you don’t want to bake one of the treats above for your viewing snack, you could always pop some popcorn in the microwave and purchase your favorite candies. Not sure which movie to watch? The following are tried-and-true classics:
- His Girl Friday
- Singin’ in the Rain
- When Harry Met Sally
- Bridget Jones’s Diary
- You’ve Got Mail
- Roman Holiday
Share your love with your community.
If you’re feeling flooded with love and happiness this Valentine’s Day, enjoy it! But also, take a moment to think of the people in your community who aren’t so lucky. Consider making a donation to a local homeless shelter, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or donating food and supplies to an animal shelter. Share the love!
Valentine’s Day is for everyone – young and old, partners and singles, family and friends. Why treat it like any other day when there are so many fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
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