Yes, it’s January, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. February 14th will arrive faster than you thought it would, and if you want to plan something special for you and your loved one, now is the perfect time to start. Whether you just want to plan the perfect romantic evening for two or are throwing a blowout for all of your single friends, we have a few tips and tricks to get you started and make sure your Valentine’s Day is perfect.
Just the Two of Us
If you’re planning a date just for you and your sweetheart, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our first five tips, for those of you who are planning an intimate evening.
1. Don’t skimp on decorations. Even if you’re going out to your favorite restaurant for dinner, you might still want to spend some time decorating the house. Every party supply store will have mounds of Valentine’s Day decorations to choose from, whether you want to go sweet and kitschy or upscale and elegant. Decorating your house is a great way to set the mood, even before you leave on your date.
2. Get some flowers and chocolate. It may seem cliché, but chocolate and flowers are a staple of the holiday for good reason—nothing says I love you like a single rose (or a whole bouquet, if you’re feeling fancy) and a box of chocolates, even if you just picked them up last night at the grocery store. This is a tip especially for guys: even if she says she doesn’t want anything, you might still want to consider picking up a flower. It’s a nice gesture and a good way to show her you remembered that today was special. If you really want to spoil your significant other, send flowers to his or her office during the day.
3. Write a love note. If one or both of you have to work on Valentine’s day, a cute way to get ready for a romantic date tonight is to write a sweet note and slip it into their lunch before they leave home. They’ll find it when they open that sack for lunch and it will definitely bring a smile to his or her face. You can use a paper heart left over from your Valentine’s Day decorations or even one of those cheesy kids’ Valentine’s you can buy at any grocery store. Even if you’re not a poet, just a few nice words will do.
4. Do something different. Valentine’s Day should be special. If you always grab a bite to eat and then go see a movie, maybe try something new (unless your significant other hates change—you know him or her best). A ride in a carriage through the park, a walk along the river, ice-skating, or even just staying in if you always go out can be a nice change of pace on the most romantic day of the year. Better yet—have your first date over again or take her to all your favorite spots.
5. Get outta town. You could use this day as an excuse to get away for the weekend. Chances are, everyone else that you know will also be out on Valentine’s Day in your city, which might make it difficult to have a nice evening, just the two of you. Instead, why not go where no one can find you? A bed and breakfast out of town or a snuggly cabin in the woods?
For the Singletons
Just because you don’t have a significant other on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time. This holiday isn’t just about couples, it’s about love in general. So, why not use this time to throw a party for all of your loved ones? Here’s how to do your Valentine’s Day party up right.
1. Time to decorate. Hit your favorite party supply store (you’ll probably find the best deals online), and get lots of decorations for your venue. You can stick to the traditional pink, white, and red, or you could go extra classy and go with black and gold. Whatever theme you choose, keep in mind that hearts are the name of the game when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Whether you buy all of your decorations or spend an afternoon cutting them out of construction paper, you’ll want to fully adorn your venue prior to the start of your party.
2. Get the food ready. While you might want to just do heart-shaped cookies and chocolates, if you are only going to have a few people over, you could have a fancy pot-luck or catered dinner, just for the single ladies or lads in your circle. Just because you don’t have a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend to spoil you on Valentine’s doesn’t mean you can’t spoil each other.
3. Pick a playlist. Your playlist will likely depend on what theme you’re going for, but love songs are always a good bet. Your favorite artists probably have plenty of them, but if you’re at a loss, check the Top 40 list.
4. Choose some activities. Do you want to watch a sad movie? A romantic comedy? Just a regular comedy? Play two truths and a lie? Have some games on hand so once you’re done eating, you can have a little fun.
5. Pick the right time. If you want to invite friends that do have significant others, holding your party on Valentine’s Day might not be the best bet, as they’ll likely already have plans. Additionally, if Valentine’s Day is on a weekday (in 2015, it’s on a Saturday), some people might not want to stay out too late if they have commitments or work in the morning.
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