There are many great ways to celebrate the loves of your life on Valentine’s Day. I don’t have any memories of Valentine’s Day from my childhood as I’m sure it was just another busy day in the household of 12. My first memorable Valentine’s Day was the vase of a dozen roses that arrived on a cold February day back in 1978.
Separation brings a sudden halt to any thoughts of having a memorable Valentine’s Day. Through the years, I’ve banked wonderful February 14th memories. What I know for sure is there doesn’t have to be a special one in your life to have create a memory! All you really need is someone you love, be that person a child, a parent, a friend, relative, and/or neighbor. Everyone wants to feel loved on February 14th.
Here are six suggestions on how to create memories sans a boyfriend, significant other or husband:
- Visit a cosmetic counter at the local retail store and ask for a makeover. Of course they hope you purchase something, but it’s not required. The people behind the counter are happy to make you beautiful! They are makeup artists; let them practice their craft on your face. You’ll definitely feel better!
- Plan a “red” Valentine’s Day dinner with your younger kids! It was a treat to have the kids plan the menu. Red lettuce and tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, beets, jello and strawberry ice cream! The beets weren’t a huge hit, but they still passed the “red” test!
- Invite friends and their children over to work on a V-Day craft project and then have a simple pot luck menu. You’d be surprised at how many of your friends are available and happy to join you for a special afternoon or evening working on a craft with their kids and later share a glass of wine and appetizers with friends. Don’t assume that every married friend has a “date” on February 14th.
- A good idea for older kids is to have the kids plan, cook and serve the dinner to the moms. This was one of the most special Valentine’s Day memories. There were 4 busy kids donning aprons and chef hats working diligently to present a special meal to their four moms. The kids also had a newfound appreciation for the work required to put a meal on the table.
- Everyone loves a pot of soup, a salad and a loaf of bread to provide warmth and comfort on a cold night in February. A friend who had a hearing scheduled in divorce court for Valentine’s Day (of all days), invited a table of her friends to join her that evening so she could focus on the love of friends on this particularly challenging day. It worked. Years later, she still talks about it.
- Celebrate with family. A wonderful wrapped salmon (pink) dinner with an adult daughter and an elderly mother provided another opportunity to make a memory. The heart shapes cut into the dough brought smiles to their faces. It was a very special VDay dinners because it brought together three generations of loving and (happily) single women.
Make Valentine’s Day a special day for you! Join with someone else and make a memory that you’ll remember next year and hopefully for many years to follow. At some point, there may be a significant other in your life, but until then, continue to celebrate the love in your life – regardless of where it originates.