Valentine’s Day Three Different Ways

Valentine’s Day brings about mixed emotions every year. A lot of us can’t wait for a reason to celebrate love. But, even though love is the focus, so many of us hate it. Weird, right?

There are a few reasons why you might not be so stoked for the 14th. For starters, you might be single. But before we continue, let’s get one thing straight – Valentine’s Day is for everyone. It’s about love, not relationships! Another reason might just be the whole cliché aspect of it. Everyone is trying to get dinner reservations on the same night. Everyone is getting a box of chocolates. Everyone is spending a ton of money for just some random night in February.

We don’t like being Debbie Downers here at The College Juice, so we’re all about embracing this holiday. We do understand the Valentine’s Day obstacles, though. That’s why we came up with some non-cliché and inexpensive ways you can embrace the holiday whether you’re spending it with a date, your friends, or alone. Take a look!

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1. If you have a date…

Camp

What to do: 

Spend the night camping… with a twist! Yes, we know it’s February and we know there’s a good chance it’s cold where you are. But, we also know how hard it is getting dinner reservations and movie tickets on Valentine’s Day. And at the same time, it’s disappointing if you just spend the night in doing nothing with your date instead of making something special out of it. That’s where the camping comes in. Why not bring the campground right to you? All you need are some simple and cheap supplies, and it’ll feel just like a camping trip with your date! You’ll be nice and warm indoors, but it’s a creative way to have some fun and make memories that are special.

What you’ll need:

  • Pillows and sheets.
  • S’mores.
  • Glow-in-the-dark stars.
  • Some of your best ghost stories.

Putting it into action: 

Start by working together and pitching your tent – a pillow fort tent! Grab a bunch of pillows and sheets and bring out your inner child. Then, create the beauty of the night sky by scattering the walls and ceiling of the room with glow-in-the-dark stars. You know… the kind you had on your bedroom ceiling when you were growing up! After that, make some memories by digging into some s’mores and exchanging ghost stories. Oh, and no technology! So, put your phone away and get to know more about your date. If you really want that outdoor feeling, head to YouTube and find a nature sounds video (this will be the one exception to that ‘no technology’ rule!).


2. If you’re having a friends night…

Friends

What to do: 

Have a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt! The worst thing you can do with your friends on Valentine’s Day is sulk to each other about how single you all are. I mean, c’mon… you have the most important people right beside you at that moment! Instead, embrace this day of love and make an activity out of it.

What you’ll need:

  • Your friend group.
  • Some creative minds.

Putting it into action: 

Round up a group of your friends, put your thinking caps on, and come up with a Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt! Split into teams and scope out popular places for couples (i.e. movie theaters, parks, the mall, etc.). Come up with a series of things to search for, and see which team comes out on top!

Some things you might look for:

  1. A couple wearing matching colors
  2. Two people on a first date
  3. Dates sharing a chocolate dessert

Get as creative and quirky as you’d like. Also, put in a nice incentive for the winning team – such as having the losers pay for dinner!


3. If you’re stuck inside studying…

study

What to do: 

Make your own day about love… on a later date! Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day means everyone is trying to get reservations at the same restaurants and movie lines extend far too long. If you can’t make it out that night, think of it as you dodging a bullet. However, this doesn’t mean you should just forget about Valentine’s Day – you deserve a special night, too! Just take a rain check and grab your date or your bestie for a love-filled day on another night.

What you’ll need:

  • A date or your BFF, whichever you prefer!
  • A plan – and nothing else!

Putting it into action: 

Since you’re not trying to make your plans on the same night as the rest of the world, you’re really free to do whatever you please! Go to your favorite restaurant (without worrying about it being all booked), head to a museum, or try one of the fun ideas listed above! Just make sure you remember the sentiment of the day – love. Even though you’re not celebrating on the 14th, exchanging cards and expressing gratitude toward one another will make the night special.

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How are you spending Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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