Single person’s guide to celebrating Valentine’s Day

women drinking champagneby Janet Grischy

On Valentine’s Day, singles have choices. If you’re single, you can ignore the sticky sentimentality of the day but take advantage of Valentine’s dining or drinking deals with a single friend or two. It’s a chance to show off your style without the pressure of dating. You can also attend organized Valentine’s singles events if you like. Or you can organize your own celebration a party on Valentine’s night or a bike excursion on the weekend after Valentine’s Day. Bikes make it a singles party with fun and fitness, and, of course, you can bring fabulous food.

Valentines for singles

Valentines events are easy to find. Search for Valentine singles and the name of your city or one nearby. You’ll probably find a long list of singles events, offered by museums, clubs or faith-based groups. Choose one that looks fun to you. Then choose clothing that acknowledges the holiday, with touches of bright red or a hint of shimmer.

In L.A., museums have singles events. Almost everywhere, restaurants and clubs throw parties for people who are single on Valentine’s Day. San Francisco has a pillow fight downtown in Justin Herman Plaza at 6 p.m. every Valentine’s Day. While it’s not for everyone, it does make it easy to strike up a conversation.

Your own singles Valentine’s party

Invite your single friends, and have them invite their friends, and soon you’ll have a singles crowd. Play some dance music, and offer Valentine snacks like a chocolate fountain with pound cake chunks, marshmallows and fruit. Cranberry juice tints drinks Valentine red, but then, pale sparklers are good, too, in tall, pretty champagne glasses. Decorate your table with supermarket roses, and you’re offering your guests roses and chocolate.

Another kind of singles Valentine party could be a few close friends who truly understand shopping. It’s so relaxing. Get the things you need and a couple of things you just want and then retreat to the sofa with wine, snacks and good conversation.

Or, if you’re not in the mood to mingle, why not throw your own Valentine’s pampering party? Give yourself a facial. Or, soothe stressed-out skin with a mud mask. Then watch your favorite flick with a strong female character, or just pick something with Channing Tatum.

Attitude for Valentine’s Day

Attitude is the key for Valentine’s Day singles. If you don’t like your blouse, you can get another. If you don’t like a party, you can find another. You are completely in charge of where you go, what you eat and what you do. You don’t have to consult anyone, or match anyone else’s plans. Because you’re single, you can please yourself on Valentine’s Day.


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  1. Good ideas!