Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, I know, Valentine’s Day isn’t the most popular holiday. The holiday is an annoying reminder for those who are single, that they are still indeed single. For those in a relationship, Valentine’s Day causes last minute stress to figure out a gift or to send overpriced flowers. However, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a dreaded or a stressful holiday. Here are some tips and ideas for those single individuals, as well as for couples for a successful Valentine’s Day today.
All the Single Ladies
Even though I am married, I cherish my friendships with my girlfriends. Over the weekend I organized a “Galentine’s Day” brunch at South City Kitchen in Midtown Atlanta. “Galentine’s Day” is a holiday created by Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope that occurs every year on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show:
“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
Basically, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends. So, tonight spend time with your best girlfriend and have fun!
All the Couples
If you haven’t made a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation by now, it’s highly unlikely you’re going to find a reservation tonight. I do love going to fancy date night dinners with my husband, but on Valentine’s Day I’d much prefer to cook at home. Grab your favorite recipe and spend the evening cooking together with a bottle of wine.
Guys, don’t feel pressured to buy expensive flowers. If you’re going to see your significant other tonight, go to Whole Foods and grab some flowers. Whole Foods has beautiful flowers for a fraction of the cost of those online flower companies. However, if you’re like my husband and is traveling today on Valentine’s Day, you will have to use one of those online flower companies. If that’s the case, don’t feel pressured to buy the expensive flowers that come in a vase. I personally like my vases better and like arranging flowers myself.
Check out these two online companies that have options without vases:
No presents. Don’t feel pressured to get each other presents. I’m a card person and love giving and receiving cards. Write a heart felt card and exchange with your significant other. My favorite cards are from Papyrus and Rife Paper Co.