As a girl, there is nothing worse than knowing Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that you’re going to spend it, once again, alone. You’re not going to get a teddy bear or chocolate; you’re not going to upload pictures to Instagram in a red dress with your significant other. No — you will be sitting at home, binge-eating some discounted chocolate that you bought yourself while drooling over Theo James, or watching cliché Matthew McConaughey movies. You know the ones I’m talking about: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Fools Gold and Failure to Launch, among others. You sit alone, in your pajamas, wishing you had a boyfriend, hating all of your friends who have boyfriends and dreading looking at your Instagram newsfeed, but checking it every five minutes anyway, getting jealous each time you look at it.
Valentine’s Day focuses so much on romantic interludes, chocolate, classy dates and significant others that we, as single women, start to resent this holiday as it seems to remind us of one daunting thing: we are alone.
But the truth of the matter is, we aren’t really alone. More than likely, you have a least one friend who is also spending Valentine’s Day alone. They are binge eating chocolate in their pajamas watching How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days just like you, so why not spend Valentine’s Day together?
For the last few years I’ve spent Valentine’s Day with my single girlfriends, celebrating our single status and having fun with each other. There is nothing wrong with having fun and going out with your girlfriends, even on Valentine’s Day. Here are some fun ways to spend this “romantic” holiday with friends.
1. Go to the movies. You know what movie comes out the day before Valentine’s Day, right? Fifty Shades of Grey. Let’s be honest — most girls probably aren’t going to take their boyfriends to see that movie; at least, I wouldn’t recommend this particular movie for a date night. Go with your girlfriends instead! Tell each other you’re not going to make it awkward, then just go. If you’re not interested in this type of movie, there are a lot of other options. If you don’t want to watch a sappy romantic movie, watch something funny, or an action movie. Do whatever makes you and your friends happy.
2. Host a movie marathon. If you don’t feel like going to the movies and want to save money, go to your movie collection, pick out some of your favorites and then vote on which movies to watch with your friends. Pop some popcorn, pour some soda, gather up your warmest blankets and enjoy a night in with your friends. Make it fun! Tape a mustache to the TV and every time the mustache lines up with someone share a secret, or whatever else you can come up with. Whatever you do, just have fun.
3. Get dinner. Whether you order in Chinese food or pizza, getting dinner with your girls can be the perfect way to leave your Valentine’s Day blues behind. You could even meet up at a restaurant. You can eat good food, talk and catch up. Eat to your heart’s content — want that fifth slice of pizza? Go for it. You’re among friends. You don’t have to impress anyone; it’s a judgment free zone.
4. Host a game night. If you can manage to get a group of girls together to play some board games, do it. Games are fun, competitive and will make you forget about that person you wanted to be your Valentine. You can’t go wrong with a game of Clue, Monopoly, Pictionary, Charades or Euchre. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right?
Don’t let Valentine’s Day bum you out if you don’t have plans with that special someone. Spending time with friends is just as important and just as fun.
Caitlin Munch is a junior professional writing major with an emphasis in publishing and editing. Her list of books she wants to read is always being added to, and she watches more TV shows than she probably should. She writes best when there’s a thunderstorm, and she has a weakness for Rice Krispie treats.