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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate a Solo Valentine’s Day

Spending Valentine's Day alone this year? No problem: Here are some great ideas for making it the best one yet.


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If you’re on your own this Valentine’s Day, there’s no need to feel down in the dumps. Whether you’ve got a sweetheart or not, it’s a great occasion to celebrate your love for the most important person in your life: You.

Here are a few ideas for treating yourself to a last-minute Valentine’s day celebration.

Host a chocolate fondue party - Stop by the grocery store to pick up a nice block of chocolate, some of your favorite liqueur, cream, and a selection of fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, and kiwis. Invite your single friends around for some dessert dipping fun—or keep it all for yourself, if you’d rather (no one will judge).

Treat your feet - In most of the world, winter isn’t exactly sandal time, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper yourself. Treat yourself to a foot soak and massage, and maybe even a pedicure (especially for the women, but hey, some guys like to be well-groomed too). It’s a simple luxury that’s well within most people’s budgets.

Have a movie marathon night - If you’re in the mood for romance, try a smart period piece like Pride and Prejudice (the full A&E version if you’re up for a late night), a sweet ensemble film like Love Actually, or pay tribute to the late great Whitney Houston with a viewing of The Bodyguard.

Make yourself a gourmet meal - Invite around some friends if you’re in the mood, but even if it’s just you and your dog, so much the better. Be adventurous with your cuisine choice and try something you’ve never made before—maybe homemade pasta, or a traditional Thai dish. If you mess it up, no one will know; if it turns out amazing, take some photos, blog about it, post on Foodspotting or Pinterest. In no time, your admirers will be gathering to see what you come up with next.

Chill out to your favorite tunes - Sometimes, there’s nothing better than blasting your favorite music as loud as you can and singing along. If you’re feeling soulful, try Aretha Franklin or Nina Simone; if punk’s more your style, bob your head to your favorite Ramones and Clash albums. You can make a custom mix instantly by downloading individual songs—it could be a great time to try out that new artist you’ve been dying to listen to at full-volume, especially if your neighbors have headed out for the night.

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