Ahh, Valentine’s Day. It can be the bee’s knees for star-crossed sweethearts, a qualmy conundrum for the newly twitterpated, or a day of dread for the singleton Scrooge. But, be careful Miss Lonely Heart, stare long enough into that abyss and the abyss stares back at you (xoxo, Nietzsche). So trash your “anti” Valentine’s Day notions, and let Hallmark know who’s boss by seizing the holiday and making it your own. After all, there is plenty of love in your life, no? Buy your own damn box of chocolates, gather your team around you, and celebrate the annual day of love with those that have given so much of it to you. Here are some ideas and local events to consider, so start planning now!
Host a “self-celebration” Valentine’s Day potluck: Forgo the pity party, and celebrate yourself instead. Potlucks are easy to organize and a great way to unify a group of friends over a communal experience. “Ask each guest to bring their own favorite food dish and a wrapped gift to give to themselves,” said Lauren Mackler, author of Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness & Transform Your Life. Go on. Be good to yourself.
- Plan a comedy movie night: In a recent nationwide Redbox survey, “The Hangover” was voted the best movie to watch for those unattached this Valentine’s Day, followed closely by Will Smith’s “Hitch.” Laughter is the best medicine, so be sure to stock up on sampler chocolate and champagne, bust out the comedies and let ‘em roll. Hint: “Welcome friends who are alone into your good times,” said Tina B. Tessina, PhD (a.k.a “Dr. Romance”). “Everything you give will come back to you multiplied.”
- Treat a friend, family member or co-worker to an evening out: “Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to return a kindness or to reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a while,” said Mackler. Go where the focus is on fun, not romance. Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake is serving up their “Love Unleashed” menu, February 10 –17. Be sure to try the "99 Problems But a Fish Ain't One," entrée or a “Feel Me Up Buttercup” for dessert.
Organize a day at the spa for you and your best friend: Valentine’s Day spa specials are not limited to love birds. Friends looking to indulge in some well-deserved pampering can also enjoy these delightful holiday offerings. Bella Sante is welcoming singles with chocolates, strawberries and champagne, as well as treatments for two at select locations this February 14. Nami Spa Boston is offering a Valentine’s Day Blend Sugar Body Scrub and aromatherapy massage ($140 for individual, $280 for two), and Melt Boston is offering a Chocolate Cake Manicure and Pedicure (70 Minutes $75).
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February 14: Boston Young Professionals Association’s Hollywood Nights: A Classy Valentine's Singles Event