Being single doesn’t mean you’re anti-Valentine’s Day. Why would you be? Single Awareness (or Appreciation) Day awaits only twenty-four hours later and this year you’re guaranteed to have a good time. You can spend the day however you like–your options are limitless. If you need some ideas on what to do on your special day, here are a few suggestions.
Throw a Tea Party
It’s February. It’s cold. There’s rain or snow. And you’re single. So you know what that means–Let’s party! A tea party is the perfect opportunity for you and your single friends to stay indoors, enjoy some warm drinks, indulge in a few treats, and celebrate yourselves. Because, why not?
Here are some helpful steps to ensure that you throw a tea party fit for a queen (and your girlfriends too).
- Send out Invitations: There’s nothing like getting a formal invitation in the mail, even if your friends already know that you’re planning the tea party. Invitations make everyone feel special. If you’re feeling really creative, try sending out DIY invites.
- Prepare Dinnerware: Now’s the time to dust off all of your best china, check for cracks, and set your tables. Or if you’re like me, locate your tea cups and saucers, figure out if they match, and take it from there. If you don’t have any dinnerware that’s tea party-appropriate, don’t worry. Head to your local thrift or home store to scope out china-like tableware at reasonable prices.
- Buy Lots of Tea: The choices are endless. There’s white tea, green tea, and black tea. There’s loose leaf tea or teabags. It can be hard to choose, so why not provide your guest with options. Earl Grey, Chamomile, Lavender, and Mint Tea are a few favorites amongst tea experts and novices alike.
- Prepare Snacks: The night before your tea party, prepare snacks to go along with the tea. Tea sandwiches, scones (orange poppy seed scones are delicious), fruit, and cakes are traditionally served during tea time. Drop the notion that tea sandwiches have to be fancy–they can be as simple as mini egg salad sandwiches.
- Rejoice: You’ve sent out your invitations. Your table is set. The tea is brewed and the snacks are warmed. Now, wait for your friends to arrive and rejoice in the fact that you’re never too old to have a tea party!
Host a Wine Tasting Night
Paint and Sips are fun, but sip and stays are too. Throwing a sip and stay is your opportunity to be the hostess with the mostest. Bring your single male and female friends together (maybe match maker is in your future too). Have your guests sample a variety of wines and treat them to a customized wine adventure without the expense hassles that come with trips to a winery.
How to get your sip and stay started:
- Choose a Theme, Choose the Wine: Choosing a theme is a fun way to decide which wines to server your guests. Think of a country that you’d like to visit, like South Africa for instance. You can serve your guest 5-6 wines based off of different regions.
- Prepare your food: Stay consistent with your theme. Try serving food native to the location as well or cook a recipe native to that region using the wine.
- Tips and Tricks: Don’t rinse out the wine glasses in between tastings, as that may alter the taste. Instead, set out a water pitcher and glasses nearby. Your friends will be able to cleanse their palates in between tastings. Plain crackers also serve the same purpose as water.
- Make it Fun: Do a blind wine tasting. Cover up the name of the wine and have your guests guess which variety they’re drinking.
We’ve all heard of the expression ‘treat yo’self.’ Now here’s the chance to treat your friends. Normally on Valentine’s Day, significant others spend the day exchanging gifts. There’s no need for you and single friends to feel left out. On Single Awareness Day get together friends and exchange gifts. Here are a few easy gift ideas:
- Baked Goods: Try exchanging homemade baked goods.
- Valentine’s Day Gifts: Flowers are always nice, no matter who you receive them from. There’s nothing wrong with exchanging traditional Valentine’s Day gifts with your friends.
- Do it yourself: Decorate a mason jar and fill it with inspirational quotes or put together a book of your favorite recipes to share.
Be Single. Be Proud. And enjoy Single Awareness Day!