Forget pity parties and anti-Valentine’s Day sentiments. Call up your best single girl friends for a Valentine’s Day party they will surely remember
If you’ve been single for a while and are about to do your best rendition of “All by Myself” a la Bridget Jones, stop, take a deep breath, and think about doing something more enjoyable and productive this Valentine’s Day. Since you’ve already decorated your home to reflect a romantic Valentine’s atmosphere, take it to the next level by hosting a terrific party for your fellow single friends. (If you haven’t decorated for Valentines yet, check out The Single’s Guide to Decorating for Valentine’s.)
The Venue: Your Home
When it comes to choosing a venue, it’s better to host intimate parties in familiar places. What other place would be more familiar than your own home? If you have a nice garden shielded from the cool winter breeze, you can host an outdoor party. If not, you can settle for a cozy party indoors. Glam up your home with lovely centerpieces and table decorations. We found this 11 unique table decoration ideas from the Inspiration for Home blog.
It’s All about Theme Spirit
Get everyone in the mood for your party by coming up with a theme they will be excited about. You may choose to have a color-coded party wherein all your guests must wear a top or shirt in a specific color that corresponds with their current status. For example, green can stand for single and ready to mingle, white for single but not in a hurry, and red for naughty and ready to party. Of course, you can always have a music-filled party. You can host a Valentine’s Idol karaoke party or a Classic party by renting a jukebox (a nice sound system will also do). Your guests can choose a song and dance around in their 50’s to 80’s costume.
Just One or Plus One?
While there’s no one stopping you from keeping your Valentine’s Day affair an intimate bonding experience with your friends, remember that parties are a great way to meet new people. Since you will be hosting a single’s party, why not aim for exactly that? Tell your single friends to arrive at your party with another single friend in tow. Make it clear that they should not bring their own romantic prospects, if they have one. You can even turn it into a game even before the party by putting all your names in a box and having each one pick out a name. Let all your friends be a “secret Cupid” and have them bring along a person they think is perfect or will get along quite well with the person whose name they have picked. If sparks don’t fly, you will all still have gained a new friend.
Feast for Hungry Hearts
No matter what type of party you will host, food should always be on top of the list. For a Valentine’s party, finger foods are recommended. If you want to serve something heavier, this Hearty Ravioli from Vegalicious.org is both hearty and healthy. We also found this list of heart-shaped foods created by Krista. For drinks, instead of stocking up on alcoholic beverages or purchasing a variety of drinks, you can prepare a “cocktail of the night” which will be the only cocktail to be served all throughout the party. We came across this recipe for Red and Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktails from Lou’s Cocktail Blog that you may want to try.
Make it FUN!
Just because you’re all mature, single people doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. If you don’t already have a gaming console, you can ask anyone to bring theirs along with some multi-player games. You can pair up or divide yourself into groups for a tournament. Preparing an awesome prize for the winning pair or team isn’t a bad idea either.
No matter what activities you cook up with your friends, one thing is for certain: this is one Valentine’s Day celebration worth remembering.