Valentine's Day is traditionally a way to celebrate the romance in your life, but it's also a good way to show friends how much you value them. There are as many ways to do this as there are friendships, and no way is right or wrong. With some friends, you might give a card to say "Happy Valentine's Day," while with others you might go all out with a big party. Here are some ideas for different ways to celebrate. I hope they inspire you to create your own unique experience.
Annual Movie Date on Valentine's Day
My friends and I used to get together every February 14th to see a movie. It started out as a way to bond since we were all single and unattached. However, we kept it up for many years, and even included our significant others along in the celebration later.
Movies are great to see on Valentine's Day because some of the biggest holiday blockbusters are still around and the Academy Awards are right around the corner. A couple award shows (The People's Choice and SAG Awards), are also aired just before Valentine's Day, so you'll have plenty of information on which movies to see.
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What not spread the love of Valentine's Day to those in need? Call up a local soup kitchen, church, or community center to see how you can give back. Or check out our list of volunteer organizations
that are always looking for help. Volunteering is a good way to meet new friends or bond with the ones you have. Make it a tradition. (So much better than flowers and candy.)
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Craft nights are a great way to celebrate with your friends and kids. Get everyone together and be prepared with some Valentine's craft ideas that are perfect for kids
. You'll keep them busy while you catch up on your scrapbooking or craft projects as well. Order a heart-shaped pizza from your local pizza place, and you're all set.
Dinner Party With Friends
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Dinner parties are great for a larger groups of friends, and Valentine's Day is the perfect time to get your single and coupled up friends together. Some couples skip Valentine's Day, which is perfectly okay. Others may want to pop in by you before heading out for a night on their own.
Your single friends, meanwhile, will appreciate the chance to hang out and have fun on a day that is traditionally reserved for romance. Have everyone bring a dish to pass in the theme of Valentine's Day, such as all heart-shaped items or everything in the colors of red and pink.
Social Networking Valentine's Day Greetings
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Not every Valentine's Day celebration needs to be complicated or involved. Using Facebook or Twitter to say "hey" to a friend on Valentine's Day is still a good way to show your love. There are also plenty of Valentine's Day e-cards available that will brighten your friend's day on February 14th as well. Social networking
is a fun and fast way to spread some good Valentine's Day vibes.
Pamper Yourself Party
If you and your pals are in need of some R&R this Valentine's Day, why not pamper yourself with a spa night or overnight getaway? The guys can take part just as much as the girls in this case. Or, if you can't sneak away, see if a local spa can come to you. Home spa parties
are one way to indulge in the comfort of your home. Treat your friends or have everyone chip in for the cost, and then enjoy.
Gifts That Give Back Party
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How about putting a twist on the traditional Valentine's Day party by inviting friends over to do good for a local charity. Exchange envelopes that contain promises to volunteer with your friend in mind, or show them that you appreciate their personal struggle and make a donation to their favorite charity instead.
This is a particularly good idea if your friend has personal experience with a certain disease or cause. It shows your friend you are aware of what is close to their heart, and that you care about the things important to them.
Send Out Kid's Valentine's
Remember how fun it was to exchange Valentines with the other kids in school? Recreate that feeling by buying a box of Valentines and sending some to a few friends. On each card, what you love about your friend, and send one or even two or three. Your pal will appreciate that fun surprise of seeing something so nostalgic in their mailbox.
How do you and your friends celebrate Valentine's Day?