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valentine's day isn't just for couples anymore
Beachell Gasner | 1
many singles out there are dreading Valentine's Day? It's OK -- raise
your hands high. On the "most romantic day of the year" every
one of my single friends just hates feeling like a dateless wonder. And
they're not alone -- most of the couples I know hate Valentine's Day
just as much. Just as they're beginning to recover from the holiday
bills, Valentine's Day forces them to spend buckets of money to honor
loved ones with expensive dinners, gifts, and chocolates. Who needs this
kind of pressure?
This year, why not take the
pressure off everyone, married, dating, or single? Skip sulking at home
alone! Skip the expensive dinner for two at Chez Beaucoup Monée! This
year, host a fabulous V-day fête for everyone you know. Not just for
couples anymore, Valentine's Day is the perfect way to bring your
extended friends, family, cohorts, associates, and comrades-as well as
your loved one-together for one big love-in. A "Share the
Love" party offers not only a chance to eat, drink, and be merry
together, but may also open up new possibilities for all the singletons
in your life.
a party that provides all the trappings of romance and adds a
nostalgic twist that will take your guests back to school, to a
time when Valentine's Day had nothing to do with pressure and was
all about the love.
Remember those little Valentine's cards your mom bought by the box for
you to hand out to your classmates at school? They're still available at
your friendly neighborhood grocery store. Buy a box, and use them as
invitations. Your friends will feel the little thrill of receiving a
Valentine in the mail (maybe for the first time in years), and the sight
of those cards will bring back a flood of warm and fuzzy memories of
V-day parties past. The more heart stickers you put on the envelopes,
the better. Include the usual info about time and place, but also make
sure to get them into an "anything's possible" mood by
indicating a dress code. If you want the night to be full of
possibilities for your single friends, you don't want them showing up in
their usual schlubby t-shirts. Dress code: Hot!
Encourage everyone to bring
guests. Friends of friends of friends are the new faces you need to add
into the mix for sparks to fly. Tell every guest to bring at least one
new face to the festivities. It's not a date -- it's the opportunity to
meet a potential date!
Even though the invitations are evocative of kindergarten parties past,
you don't want to extend the theme to the décor. Resist the impulse to
furnish with pint-sized chairs and a sprinkling of chalk dust. Instead,
combine elegant and sophisticated with a hint of junior-high dance.
lounge . nourish
host . laze
. home .