Its that time of year again, when teddy bears, chocolate hearts, and flowers start filling the shelves and taking over retail outlets. Yes Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, a time when couples in love can go on romantic dates, hold hands, and exchange affectionate glances. But what about the single people who have no one to share this day of love with? What can they do to make the day special, and not feel like they are missing out just because they are alone? Well they can celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day of course! By organizing a few events that are all catered around NOT being in love, singles can have just as much fun as their couple counterparts.
Valentine’s Day cards are a ubiquitous symbol of love and affection at this time of year. But what if you don’t have a Valentine to give a card too? Well why not make up your own Anti-Valentine’s cards? Decorate them with broken hearts, cupids who miss the target, or anything else that strikes you as the opposite of a Valentine’s symbol. Then put a little poem or funny limerick about why you are celebrating Anti-Valentine’s Day instead of Valentine’s Day on the inside of the card. Give them out to all of your single friends and family, and anyone else you feel would appreciate the sentiment.
Nothing says love is fleeting like a good slasher/horror film where a young couple is chopped down in the prime of their romance. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” are both great examples of this. Both have young, nubile couples who get to spend a few precious moments together, before being hacked limb from limb. By throwing a horror movie marathon with films that are filled with lovers realizing just how deadly love can be, you can prove how lucky you really are that you don’t have someone to cuddle -and ultimately be murdered – with.
If you feel like going out and having some social fun for Anti-Valentine’s Day, how about getting together a group of your single, same-sex friends, for a night on the town? All of you should get dressed up and fabulous looking, then head out to the bars and clubs where you know someone will try to pick you up. But when someone offers to buy you a drink or tries to get your number, make it a point to say “Sorry, no thanks” and walk away. Prove to them and yourself that you have no problem being single, you don’t need a date to feel special or important, and you aren’t desperate enough to fall for the first person that offers you a beer.
You can also be social and throw a themed dinner party, all around the idea of Anti-Valentine’s Day. Make it a point to negate all of the traditional Valentine’s symbols. Have your guests wear dark colors (and stay away from any pink or red). Serve foods that are fattening, messy, and definitely not meant to be shared by just two people. Serve any booze you want, and make toasts to being free and single.
Another party idea is a little less classy and adult, but could be just as much fun. Throw a “Hate” party for you and your friends, which will basically be the opposite of the “Love” parties that will be going on all over the place. Ask people beforehand what foods and drinks they hate, and then serve those exclusively. Also find out what kinds of music or specific bands your guests can’t stand, and play only those for the night. You can invent games around things you hate as well. Everyone can bring a picture of a person or thing that they despise, and then you can all take turns throwing darts at them or drawing funny things on them. Play charades, but ask everyone to only act out things that people dislike. As long as you stick to the theme of “Hate Party,” your options for the evening can be quite limitless.