Throw an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all romance and chocolate; it can be a fun excuse to get together with your single friends and celebrate your freedom! Lean into the anti-Valentine’s vibe with sarcastic decorations like broken hearts, black attire, and bitter banners. Make it an interactive affair with fun group activities like destroying old love letters or photos in a ceremonial “bonfire of exes.”
Signature anti-Valentine’s cocktails and treats add to the theme. Try setting up a “Bad Romance” or “Love Stinks” drink station with spiked punch and heart-shaped cookie cutters for guests to create broken sugar cookies. The possibilities for activities, decor, and food that play into Valentine’s Day bitterness are endless when you get creative. Turn the holiday on its head for a chance to mock romance and have some naughty fun with your fellow singles.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
What better way for singles to pamper themselves on Valentine’s Day than with a spa day? Treat yourself to some relaxation and self-care with a luxurious spa treatment.
Get a massage to melt away any stress or tension. A Swedish massage can boost circulation and loosen tight muscles. Or opt for a more specialized treatment like a hot stone massage or deep tissue massage to target problem areas.
Get a facial for a deep cleanse and glow. A classic European facial includes cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and a face mask, leaving skin smooth and radiant. Or opt for a specialty facial to target your skin care concerns, like anti-aging or hydrating.
Beautify your hands and feet with a manicure and pedicure. Get your nails shaped and polished in your favorite colors. Add in a paraffin dip or a sugar scrub exfoliation for ultra-soft skin. It’s amazing what pretty nails can do to lift your mood.
You can also create your own luxury spa experience at home. Draw a warm bath scented with essential oils for a soothing soak. Try a DIY mask with ingredients like avocado, honey, or turmeric. Light candles to set the mood and play soft music. Being kind to yourself is the ultimate act of self-love.
Finish off your home spa pampering with relaxing activities like sipping herbal tea, taking a nap, or meditating.
And be sure to buy yourself some flowers or treats, too. You deserve it! A spa day is a great way to celebrate being single on Valentine’s Day.
Go On a Solo Adventure
A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day solo is by going on an adventure just for yourself. Take a day trip somewhere new that you’ve been wanting to explore. Pick a destination within driving distance, like a charming small town, a beautiful state park, or a famous landmark you’ve never visited before.
Solo travel allows you the freedom to set your own schedule. You can spend as much or as little time as you want at each attraction, stop to take photos whenever inspiration strikes, and grab a bite to eat wherever you please. Driving and exploring alone also gives you plenty of time for self-reflection.
For an active adventure, consider a scenic hiking trail you’ve been wanting to tackle. Not only will spending time outdoors lift your mood, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment from conquering the trail on your own. Pack a picnic, your camera, and binoculars if you want to go birdwatching too.
Visiting a museum or art gallery solo is also wonderfully relaxing and stimulating. You can marvel at your favorite exhibits and really immerse yourself without having to accommodate anyone else’s interests or timetable. Make a whole day of it by browsing the gift shop, enjoying a bite at the café, and sitting in the sculpture garden afterwards.
Traveling solo takes courage, but a Valentine’s Day trip somewhere new will create priceless memories. Immerse yourself in sights you’ve never seen before and activities that ignite your passion for life.
Have a Galentine’s Day Celebration
Plan a fun outing or gathering with your close female friends to celebrate Galentine’s Day on February 13th. This is a chance to get together with the special women in your life and show appreciation for your friendships. You can keep it casual with dinner or drinks out, but make it a little more festive by exchanging small, thoughtful Galentine’s Day gifts with each other. Bake heart-shaped cookies or cupcakes, and bring them to share. Pick up some cute mugs or wine glasses and fill them with candy or other treats for your friends. Even homemade gifts like friendship bracelets or framed photos work beautifully.
The most important thing is to spend quality time together, so turn off your phones and make it an intentional bonding experience. Reminisce over fun memories, discuss positive goals for the upcoming year, or simply relax and enjoy each other’s company. End your Galentine’s Day on a sweet note by expressing what you cherish most about your friendships.
Consider making Galentine’s Day an annual tradition to look forward to each year. It’s a great alternative way to celebrate love on February 14th that doesn’t involve romance or significant others. Surround yourself with supportive, empowering girlfriends, and celebrate the beauty of female friendships.
Volunteer for a Good Cause
Give back this Valentine’s Day by volunteering your time to help those in need. Animal shelters often need extra volunteers to walk dogs, play with cats, and socialize the animals. Food banks and soup kitchens also tend to be busier around the holidays and appreciate any help preparing food packages or serving meals.
Volunteering is a great way to lift your spirits and feel good by helping others. You can volunteer for just a few hours or make a whole day out of it. Not only will you get out of the house and engage with your community, but you’ll also make a positive difference in the lives of people or animals who could use some extra love this Valentine’s Day. Consider recruiting a group of your single friends to volunteer together. That way, you can turn it into a fun social experience while also doing good.
Take Yourself on a Date
Who says you need a partner to go on a date? Take matters into your own hands this Valentine’s Day by planning a special date just for yourself. Get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. Order yourself a glass of wine and a decadent meal. Savor every bite without having to worry about entertaining anyone else.
After dinner, go see a movie, concert, play, or show that you’ve been looking forward to. Buy yourself whichever tickets or seats you want without having to compromise with someone else’s preferences. Laugh, cry, and absorb the performance without any distractions.
At the end of the night, pick up some dessert, like a slice of cake or some ice cream. Head home feeling refreshed after an evening spent intentionally appreciating yourself. Treating yourself to solo experiences on Valentine’s Day serves as a great reminder that you don’t need to be part of a couple to have fun and enjoy quality time.
Host a Singles Mixer
Why spend Valentine’s Day alone when you could meet other singles looking for connection? Hosting a singles mixer is a fun way to bring people together and potentially make romantic connections.
Rent out a private room at a restaurant, bar, or lounge and invite other singles in your friend group or from around town. Make it a speed dating or mingling event where people can rotate partners every 10–15 minutes to meet new people. Provide name tags so everyone can easily identify each other.
Offer catered food and drinks to keep the mood festive. Finger foods like sliders, wings, and flatbreads work well for mingling. You can also set up a bartender to serve signature cocktails or wine.
Plan some icebreaker games to get the conversation started. Fun options include “Two Truths and a Lie,” “Most Embarrassing Moment,” or “Never Have I Ever.” You can also have game prompts or thought-provoking questions on tables for people to discuss.
Decorate with red, pink, and white balloons, streamers, candles, or flowers to set the Valentine’s Day mood. Play upbeat music in the background to keep the energy high.
The mixer gives singles a chance to meet like-minded people in a casual, low-pressure environment. They can flirt, dance, chat, and potentially make a love connection.
You may even meet your match!
Plan a Fun DIY Project
Get creative this Valentine’s Day by planning a fun DIY project just for yourself. Cooking, baking, painting, crafts—the options are endless when it comes to enjoying some therapeutic me-time. Make your own self-care products, like sugar scrubs, bath bombs, or scented candles, to relax and pamper yourself.
Look up DIY recipes online or get creative with ingredients you have at home. Another idea is to decorate your living space with some Valentine’s-themed crafts. Make paper roses, heart garlands, or pink and red pom poms to liven up your home. Display your favorite photos in decorative frames or print out inspirational quotes for your walls. Getting crafty doesn’t have to be expensive. Use materials you already have: construction paper, magazines, cardboard, markers, glue, etc. Don’t worry about perfection; just enjoy being creative on your own terms. DIY projects help spark joy and make your space feel cozy for an evening in.
Have an Indulgent Movie Marathon
Queue up rom-coms or anti-rom-coms and make themed snacks and drinks to fully immerse yourself in the movie experience. Cozy up with comfy blankets and pillows to optimize your indulgent movie-watching.
Plan out your ideal movie marathon lineup and make it as long or short as you want; when you’re flying solo, you have full control. Movie marathons are the perfect antidote to Valentine’s Day blues or an alternative way to celebrate if romance isn’t your thing.
Make your favorite movie theater snacks like popcorn, candy, or nachos. Or go all out with a charcuterie grazing board and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Mix up cocktails like Cosmopolitans or mocktails to sip while you watch.
The possibilities are endless when curating your solo movie marathon. You can go for romantic comedies and dramas or opt for anti-romantic options like action flicks. Choose old classics, new releases, or your personal favorites. Make it a themed marathon of just holiday rom-coms or movies set in a certain city. Have your own premier private screening!
Book a Solo Getaway
One way for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by planning a weekend getaway just for themselves. Taking a solo trip can be incredibly rewarding, allowing you to explore somewhere new and exciting without having to compromise with anyone else’s interests or schedule.
A Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to book a trip focused entirely on rest, relaxation, and indulgent “me time.” Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or resort where you can sleep in, order room service, hit the spa for massages and facials, lounge by the pool with a good book, and soak up the ambiance. Consider destinations known for their wellness offerings, hot springs, natural scenery, or overall serenity.
Flying solo allows you to create an itinerary based solely on your own whims and preferences. Go hiking or biking, wander through museums and galleries, take a cooking class, go on a photographic excursion, or simply relax to your heart’s content.
The long Valentine’s Day weekend provides enough time to immerse yourself in a new destination without rushing. You can set your own pace and do exactly as little or as much as you desire. Booking a trip centered around self-care and indulgence is a liberating way for singles to make Valentine’s weekend their own.
Exploring a new place independently can be exhilarating. And there’s something profoundly rejuvenating about focusing completely on your wants and needs for a few days. A solo getaway is a gift to yourself that keeps on giving.