1. Try a new restaurant
Charlottesville is full of different places to eat, so why not take the opportunity to try some food with your friends? Try going to a restaurant you’ve wanted to go to for a while and you might have a new favorite place to eat. I am personally a supporter of Villa dinner on Emmet Street and Guadalajara for some cheap to mid-range prices. You can even dress up and use the day as an excuse to splurge on a fancy meal you otherwise couldn’t justify spending the money on. If you are capable of splurging, you can check kiss Where the crucible downtown.
2. Edit each other’s dating profiles
No one is perfect, and that goes for dating profiles too. Whether your friend doesn’t have the right photos or their biography needs editing, another person’s opinion is always helpful in ensuring your profile gets plenty of swipes. You can do a photoshoot so they have more image options and even choose the right filter for each. If you’re bored, you can continue on Hinge and listen to the new voice prompts feature for fun answers.
3. Watch your favorite romantic movies
While watching a romantic movie might not seem like the best way to spend Valentine’s Day alone, watching movies you know well and reminiscing about cute love interests can be a lot of fun. Whether you like “Pride and Prejudice,” “Twilight,” or “10 Things I Hate About You,” put on that movie you know all too well and enjoy what you love so much about it. If the movies are cliché and cheesy, that’s even better. Laugh at all the bad actors and point out all the plot holes for an entertaining evening.
4. Have a study session
I have to include a practical item on this list. If you celebrate Galentine’s Day on February 13, it will fall on a Sunday, while if you celebrate February 14, it will fall on a Monday. We don’t always have time to do nothing, especially at the beginning of the week. Meet your girls at your favorite library or college building to make homework and studying more bearable. You can even eat sweets for each completed task to stay motivated.
5. Talk about potential lovers
Communicating about the people in your chat section you have a crush on or that Bumble match you really hit it off with can be really exciting. I know I love to hear about every detail of my friends’ love life, whether it’s looking at their potential partner’s social media or seeing how a date went. It’s also a great time to plan how you might ask someone out or think of ways to message someone on dating apps.
6. Make desserts
For me, the best part of Valentine’s Day is the baking. Gather your friends in the house of whoever has the best kitchen and cook whatever dessert you desire. Strawberries, cupcakes and chocolate covered cookies are easy to make and hard to mess up. You can try this recipe for heart-shaped Lizner cookies or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you do Chocolate fondant. Even if you overdo it to eat that day, you can still take the leftovers home to enjoy throughout the week.
7. Spend a day at the spa
The first thing many of us think of when we hear “Girl’s Night” is slathering on clay masks, painting our nails, and taking time to pamper ourselves. Try watching videos online for at-home facials and other DIY spa services. Right here is an example of an at-home facial treatment recommended by a skincare expert. If all else fails, a good sheet mask and a cup of tea will do. It can also serve as a self-care activity to unwind before the week gets too busy.
8. Have a karaoke night
Who doesn’t like to sign your favorite songs with your friends? Whether you want to sing cute love songs or shout out the lyrics to breakup songs, you can always find karaoke versions of whatever your heart desires. I personally recommend Taylor Swift songs. I know I’ll be shouting the lyrics to the 10 minute version of “All Too Well” and “Dear John” with my friends whenever the opportunity arises. When it comes to love songs, the early 2000s didn’t disappoint with songs like Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.”
9. Make Grade School Style Valentines
We all remember from elementary school, when we bought those little paper valentines with candies or stickers, and how fun it was to make them. You can get these valentines at a dollar store or drug store, or even make your own from online memes. Even if it doesn’t have the same effect as in elementary school, it can still be fun and nostalgic. Or, if you’re on a budget, you can raid the grocery stores for Valentine’s Day treats on sale February 15.
10. Take time to appreciate your friends
It can be very easy to focus on being single or not spending Valentine’s Day the way you want with your partner. While this is valid, it can also help remember and appreciate the people you have in your life. Remember that love comes in many forms and platonic love is just as fulfilling and special as romantic love. Take the opportunity to show how much you love your girls and friends this Valentine’s Day.