Not every couple is able to spend Valentine’s Day together. And not everyone is part of a couple. Those facts are often lost on this “holiday,” which has turned into one of the more expensive days we celebrate. So since Beyonce just performed at the Super Bowl, this post is focused on the Single Ladies!
Instead of going out for an expensive dinner, try hosting a girls’ night in. The color pink, lots of sweets and wine. Think about it — Valentine’s Day is the girliest holiday of the year, so why not spend it with your favorite gossip girls?
Gather them up and spend the night watching movies, baking sweets and knocking back a few cheap bottles of wine. Chocolate, chick flicks and great company — does it get any better? You can host a stellar Valentine’s night in on a budget. http://theglitterguide.com/2012/02/06/valentines-day-girls-night-in/
Let’s start simple. There’s no reason not to treat ourselves to a little Valentine’s vino and chocolate exchange. We’re not talking Hershey’s Kisses here. If four girls are coming over, swing by a gourmet chocolate shop like Christopher Elbow’s or Andre’s and buy five small pieces. Have everyone else do the same, along with a different type of red wine to share.
While we’re on the candy kick, another great idea is spending the evening in the kitchen to see who can create the most decadent brownies. Oreos, cookie dough, candy bars … oh, the possibilities! All it takes is a cheap box of brownie mix and imagination. After the flour has settled, enjoy the fruits of your labor, hold a vote and crown the Brownie Queen! http://www.marthastewart.com/275179/valentines-day-dessert-recipes/@center/276967/valentines-day
For the more disciplined dieters and drinkers out there, I’ve got some ideas for you, too. Ask everyone to pick out a Pinterest craft idea they’ve been wanting to try (we all have them) and do the projects at the same time together. It’ll be good for a few laughs, and maybe even result in a successful craft or two. http://pinterest.com/
One of my favorite things to do with a close group of friends is to take turns asking challenging, thought-provoking questions we all write on index cards beforehand. Some examples:
What is something you believe that most people you know thinks is crazy? Before I die, I want to…
What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?Which activities make you lose track of time?What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?What is your most beloved childhood memory?
Those are serious questions, for sure, but you can always go the funny route, too. The best part is, it’s completely free yet helps us to connect as friends and better appreciate the love we all share! Boyfriend? What boyfriend?
Kat's Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little one, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, click http://twitter.com/savinmavens.