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The How-To Lounge: Being Single on Valentine's Day

The How-To Lounge: Being Single on Valentine's Day

For those of you who are single on February 14, it can feel a lot more like Singles Awareness Day than Valentine’s Day. As if there weren’t already enough things making you feel inadequate for not being coupled off, along comes a holiday for couples. It can be disappointing to watch your roommates head out for dinner with their boyfriends or your coworker dish about the gift she thinks she’s getting, but there are ways to not only cope with your singlehood on Valentine’s Day, but enjoy it, too! To get the details,


  • Plan a dinner date with friends. You can either brave the expensive price-fixed menus that most restaurants offer (and most couples will be stuck with), or you can do something more exciting, like heading to your favorite Mexican place for tacos, guacamole, and a much-needed margarita!
  • Throw an anti-Valentine’s Day dinner party. Invite your single pals and ask them all to bring their favorite luscious desserts.
  • Embrace your lovelorn mood by renting your favorite drama or romantic comedy. Grab a bag of your favorite candy and just give into the laughter (or tears).
  • If you really can’t stand the thought of being at home, check online to see if bars and restaurants in your area have any single nights planned. Maybe you’ll end the night with your Valentine’s date for next year!

Try to keep in mind that your relationship will come soon enough, so enjoy your freedom while you can!

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stina829 stina829 8 years
Hmmm... I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, even if I'm in a relationship. I guess you would probably think that I'm dumb, but I feel like if a guy wants to show how much he cares, I'd much rather him do it on a day where he didn't feel he HAD to - Valentine's Day. To me, it's just another day. :)
animatedpunk animatedpunk 8 years
I usually don't mind valentines day but I hope this one is over quickly. My ex and I broke up only 4 weeks ago, after a 4 year relationship, and our first date was on Valentines day. Cheesy, but still, it packs double the punch to be single on this day.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
I don't hate valentines day...but to me it's just another day, nothing special.
socialitebabe socialitebabe 8 years
I loathe being single. Valentine's day makes me wanna jump off a roof. I hate going to class and seeing all the lucky girls with a bouquet of roses and holding hands with their bf. Ugh...I never had a valentine and it makes me depressed when I think about it! And no, going out with ur single girls is not always the answer..
CrystalRaquel CrystalRaquel 8 years
I object too. I'm perfectly happy being single and I actually enjoy V-Day because it's nice to see people happy.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Valentines day comes and it goes, I've actually just not acknowledged the holiday at all. Even though you might see a V-day commercial or heart decorations, it's just like any other day. I mean it seems like you're either having to celebrate the you're with or acknowledge that you're alone, but you really don't have to "do" anything at all on V day.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
The ONLY reason I like being in a relationship on Valentine's Day is that I can mock the holiday without being accused of being a single bitter woman. I never felt the need to do anything on Valentine's day when I was single--it's just another day.
krEnElk krEnElk 8 years
this is my first single valentine's day in 5 years, too, and it should be interesting to say the least! my ex and i never did anything for valentine's day, but this year should be a party: tequila all around!
Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 8 years
Actually this is my first Valentine's Day as a single in five years and I'm quite excited! Hearts and cutesy couply things don't make me bitter, then make me go "Aw!"
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I don't live my life by someone else's standards. End of story.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
well, as a matter of fact, i don't want to be alone. people say stupid things to me, like "it'll come along when you least expect it," etc. and then there's the lameness that is "why do you need to be in a relationship to feel complete?" i do feel complete. and also completely alone! i am an only child. I've spent my entire life ALONE and I am pretty used to it, but tired of it. I'm tired of being patient, and tired of being understanding when my friends don't answer their phones, don't ever go out anymore, etc. because they're all wrapped up in domestic bliss. but still, I try not to have crying meltdowns on the phone. i don't even rant to them anymore. it just seems pitiful. so, i'm not ashamed to say that i DO wish for someone. I've got plenty to do on my own, career, travel plans, volunteering, etc. I just want someone special in my life to come hang out inside the house that i bought by myself. they can even share my shower, which i sledgehammered out myself and retiled. And i don't mind fixing my problematic toilet once a week, but it would be heartwarming if someone else gave it a shot once in a while! i know they won't be able to fix it, but it would be nice. whew! that feels better. :)
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
you don't need to be in a relationship to be happy. I always hated when people felt that way.
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
I don't feel inadequate around Valentine's Day simply because it is a made up holiday. I felt that way even when I was in a relationship. Hallmark will not make me depressed.
Advah Advah 8 years
I don't mind being single, but seeing red hearts in every single shop makes me sick! :( Not sure there's anything I can do about that though, even the Sugar sites are (which is normal) full of Valentine's stuff.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
Why does it seem like we 'have' to be coupled up?? Statements like 'don't worry your day will come' annoy me
alltherage alltherage 8 years
i object too -- but i know people who feel that way. its sad.
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
"inadequate for not being coupled off"? Ouch. I object.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
The anti valentine's day party is funny. :)
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