I’ve pretty much come full circle on Valentine’s Day. When I was younger, I had absolutely no time for it – “A blatant commercialisation of emotional vulnerability!” – I would rant at anyone who bothered to ask.
But, I’ve mellowed over time, through different relationships.
These days I’m fairly relaxed about Valentine’s Day, but I like to mark the occasion. It doesn’t have to be a big deal - no one really needs an over-priced Valentine’s Day special menu in a restaurant full of awkward couples - but it’s never a bad idea to celebrate love, however you choose to do that.
Whether you’re in a relationship or if you’re single, here’s some last-minute suggestions for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
- Invite your friends over for a pot-luck dinner. Everyone brings something to share. It doesn’t have to be a bake-off competition, but it could be.
- Have a party. The perfect theme is anti-Valentine’s. Invite your single friends over, have a few drinks, have a dance, have a laugh.
- Volunteer your time. There’s lots of charities and community organisations that would value you a bit of your time. Celebrating love on Valentine’s Day can include spreading a bit of love to the world.
- Have some fun. On Valentine’s Day, it’s pretty much guaranteed that your local bathhouse, sauna, or sex-on-premises venue is going to be busy.
In a relationship?
- Cook together. Plan a special meal with some of the favourite things that you both like to eat. Spend the evening together, cooking and eating and sharing.
- Do something cultural. Go to the theatre, or a museum, or a film. Share an experience together.
- Travel. Book that last-minute spontaneous mini-break.
- Treat yourself to a hotel. You don’t have to leave your home-city, but a night in a hotel is a great way to change the dynamic of your relationship and treat yourself to something a bit special.