Great Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day When
You Aren't a 'Couple'
When we think of Valentine's Day, we tend to think of a man and a woman celebrating together. If you aren't paired at this time, here are 18 neat ways to celebrate Valentine's Day YOUR way.
Celebrate with a child! If you don't have one, borrow one! Invite your
grand-daughter over for an afternoon of tea with tiaras and tutus, making
Valentines, and reading
Give a party at a children's shelter. The Volunteer Director is trained
to help you! Simple refreshments, favors, plan a game, tie-dye t-shirts,
crafts, play the piano and sing.
Have friends over for a Valentine's Party. Sing love songs, watch a video,
make an outrageously beautiful buffet spread. Have everyone bring a grab
bag gift. Have a poetry
5. Call up your son and daughter-in-law and tell them you're coming for the weekend to take care of the kids so they can go celebrate. Bake Valentine's cookies with the kids and have a red dinner - red jello hearts, heart-shaped pasta with tomato sauce or heart-shaped pizza, Hawaiian punch and cinnamon hearts in hot cocoa. "Willie Wonka" video, everyone gets in the big bed with Nana, snuggle-time, dogs included. Woo hoo!
Celebrate with your animal companion. There's no more reliable source
of love in our lives. Get a deeper connection with your beloved animal
companion with Jacquelin Smith, Animal
7. Bake some homemade dog biscuits. Recipes here: www.gurney.co.uk/pads/bone.htm. Take your dog for a walk in the park, and on the way, drop off your treats at the local animal shelter.
Take your animal companion with you to a nursing home or convalescent
center. Many facilities are making this opportunity available for their
guests. You can deck your dog, cat, ferret or rabbit in a festive Valentine
scarf for the occasion:www.petbandanas.com/valentines-bandanas.htm.
9. Enjoy the day helping others. A local place of worship might be building a house for Habitat or going Valentine caroling at a housing project. If not, why not? If not you, who?
Book a Valentine cruise on the Costa cruise line and dance the nights
away. Be a gentleman host, or dance with one! Gentlemen dance hosts "work"
from 8 pm to 1 am every
Have friends over for a Valentine Day Brunch. Make pancakes and fried
eggs shaped like hearts http://www.romanticgifts.com/RomanticGifts/njscat.nsf/adminCatalog
12. Check for special events in your town. A romantic Valentine pops concert perhaps?
Get away for the weekend and see some great art. Strathmore Hall, located
in an historic mansion in North Bethesda, Md. is having their annual "Art
You My Valentine?"
14. Organize something with your civic group. If the New York Giants can do it, so can you. They'll be visiting patients in Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian on Valentine's Day.
15. Call your favorite aunt or your bratty little brother and head for "New York in Love." The Museum of the City of NY is featuring an exhibit of 19th Century Valentines.
16. Try something zany. The Embassy Suites, Richmond, Va. Offers the King's Dominion Package - 2-room suite, breakfast, reception, indoor pool and Jacuzzi and 2 adult tickets to go ride that roller coaster! There's more than one way to 'lose your heart' on Valentine's Day.
The Winter-storm adventure! Ancient Cedars Spa, Vancouver Island at the
Wickannish Inn, situated on a rocky promontory at the westernmost point
of Chesterman Beach, at
18. Feed your heart! Curl up with a good book. "A General Theory of Love," of course, by Amini, Lewis and Lannon.
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