Valentine’s Day is great if you’re dating, engaged, married or otherwise ‘coupled’. It’s great for breaking up the post-holiday winter months and adding some color to the house while we all patiently wait for spring to get here. Kids love it. Overall it can be a lot of fun. But there’s something about Valentine’s Day that never settled well with me.
A lot of people I love are sad on Valentine’s Day.
For them, it’s a reminder that they’re single, divorced, or that their spouse has passed on. Maybe their husband is on call, works shift work, is a first responder, or is deployed. My husband travels a lot so there is a good chance every year that he’s going to be out of town on Valentine’s Day. With all the jewelry, flower, and other romantic gift commercials, it can get depressing.
So a couple of years ago, I decided to invite all of my girlfriends over who were also going to be alone on Valentine’s Day and have our own little celebration. I love these ladies and isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is really about? Love?
We call it the Valentine’s Day Ladies Luncheon and let me tell you…we have a lot of fun. Sometimes we dress up, sometimes we just wear our comfy clothes but there’s always pretty tablescape, fresh roses and great food.
It’s just a group of us gals who, for whatever reason, are alone on Valentine’s Day. We get together and have an afternoon (or evening if it falls on a weekday) full of laughs, good conversation and great food. The table will be all fancy and on every place setting will be a little box that is full of notes to each woman from the rest of us telling her why we think she’s so fabulous.
You can personalize this idea any way you want. Include the kids, make it a potluck, whatever you want to do!
Since it’s going to be just us ladies, here’s what we’re doing this year:
Cards Against Humanity
Just good conversation with my girls!
I can’t tell you what a difference it has made for all of us. Where we used to dread the endless romantic commercials, the flowers showing up at work for other people, and the non-stop romantic movies on TV, now we look forward to getting together and having fun.
What about you? Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition that isn’t so traditional?
Table cloth and lace table runner–H&M
Mercury glass votives–Michaels
Plates, bowls and mugs–Used
Wine glasses–Pier 1
White pitcher and mason jar–Michaels
Glitter ‘Carry Out’ boxes–Michaels