As many singles would like to remind you the second the red and pink heart decorations go up, Valentine’s Day can be a reminder of what we’re lacking in terms of a romantic partner. I am not one of those people. Even at my most single status, I enjoy Valentine’s Day.
There are plenty of ideas out there for how to avoid the holiday or throw a party where people can express their bitterness, but there isn’t that much out there for those of us who don’t despise the holiday, even though we don’t have the couple status to celebrate in the typical fashion. You don’t need a soulmate (even though you may already have one) to share in the love.
This year, we propose that you throw a Single’s Night instead!
This party is all about the single people. Think of it as a great way to mix groups of friends so everyone can go about meeting new people. The focus isn’t on trying to hook two people up, but that would actually be an awesome meet-cute so we’re not opposed.
I’m kind of against parties that do not serve food, especially if you’re planning on serving alcohol. To make this easier on your budget and time, make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from throwing parties in adulthood is that if you ask, you shall receive. You don’t necessarily even have to serve alcohol if that’s not your thing, but they do call it a social lubricant for a reason.
You want your music to hit that sweet spot between songs that people can dance to and enjoy, and solid background noise. Spotify lets you create a collaborative playlist that others can add songs to if you’re like me and hate being in total control of something that important.
This all depends on the type of people your friends are. For fans of cutesy games and activities, you can plan some ice-breaking conversation starters that won’t make people cringe. If your group is larger, give guests a way to split into smaller groups for some activities so people have a better chance of conversing. Cards Against Humanity, board games and regular playing cards are great for this.
I think Valentine’s Day decorations are adorable, so I would suggest stocking up on as much stuff as you can. But you know your guests best: If you know that it will make people cynical at your party then maybe keep your decor on the “less is more” side.
Are you coupled up or celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Singles Night celebration? Show us your party pics on Instagram @feather_mag and be sure to tag #freeasafeather!