Who says you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day just because you’re single? Sure, it can be a letdown to see all of your friends and family celebrating and snapping photos for social media. However, Valentine’s Day can be a great excuse to spoil yourself. Whether you want to get together with friends or party solo, we’ve got several ideas that are fun and easy on the budget.
Get together with some single friends and host an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” party. You could go all out with this, but one idea is to load up some playlists of breakup music (ideas below) and doing some karaoke. You can view a tutorial on how to do this here. Great songs for this include “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, and “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon. See more ideas here. As for food ideas, this website has a lot of menu ideas for sticking it to Cupid!
Meet new people with similar interests. Meetup.com offers an innovative and creative way to meet people who share similar interests and sorts them by geographical area. Some meetups, like this one, even organize Anti-Valentine’s Day parties with thousands of party-goers! Whether you enjoy hiking, art or just hanging out, you can use Meetup.com to find people in your area who appreciate the same things you do. The possibilities are endless, and you might make a new friend in the process.
Attend a performance. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – local school band performances, high school plays, poetry readings, and comedy shows are a few ideas to get you started. Many of these shows are free or very low cost. Check local bulletin boards in stores and shops or search online for performances in your area. If there isn’t anything specifically on Valentine’s Day, you can still plan ahead and buy tickets to an upcoming show and call around to see what’s available.
Have a makeup party with your best single girl friends. You can view countless makeup tutorials on YouTube, but some fan favorites are Jaclyn Hill, Kandee Johnson (her videos are hilarious if you need a good laugh!), or Michelle Phan. Use what you already have on hand and have a blast doing makeup for each other.
Have a movie night at home. Grab the popcorn and sweet treats, your favorite funny movie and snuggle up under a blanket with your favorite pillow and enjoy a fun evening at home. You could do a comedy movie marathon. Depending on your budget, you could treat yourself to a newly released title, or rent from places such as Redbox, Amazon, or your local digital cable provider. Here are some easy ways to get free Redbox codes!
Catch up with an old friend. Reconnect with someone you haven’t for a while. Talk on the phone, text, or video chat – your choice! Having fellowship and friendship time is a valuable and easy way to lift the burden of loneliness or boredom. You can even be someone’s “secret Valentine” and leave funny or cute notes to a close friend for them to find. If you can’t think of anyone close to your location, get out your address book and write an old-fashioned letter to a friend or family member.