By: Michelle Peterson 2017
Photo courtesy of Unsplash by Laura Ockel
Many people find themselves single on Valentine’s Day each year, whether due to breakup, divorce, or just not wanting to deal with the complications that can come along with a relationship. Sound familiar? If your answer is “yes” then you’re not alone.
One way to make the most out of a romantic holiday when you’re single is by throwing a party. Recent divorcees can plan a Divorce Party, a trend that is becoming increasingly mainstream. “Galentine’s Day” (or a celebration of the women in your life) has also become a new option for anyone looking for alternatives to Valentine’s Day. Or, you can throw traditions to the wind by putting your own unique spin on the idea of hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day party.
When it comes to party ideas, the sky’s the limit. Here are a few tips for throwing the ultimate party that your friends will love.
Choose a Theme
As with any well-planned party, choose a theme that makes sense for the type of party you are throwing and the types of people you are inviting. Will there be decorations? Will there be costumes? Will there be games? Prizes? A potluck? Karaoke? Will you watch movies or a Netflix TV show marathon? How will you entertain your guests? The overall theme of your party is completely up to you, and will influence everything from the party decor to the games you play to the choices of foods you serve. Choose wisely and have fun with it!
Theme picks: Galentine’s Day, Divorce Party, Single Awareness Day party… just don’t make it a pity party!
Invite your guests
This one is pretty self explanatory. Choose the people you’d absolutely love to see at your party, and invite them in the ways that are most convenient for you and for them.
Guest picks: friends, family, coworkers, singles, and of course, people who are positive, supportive, and uplifting – and who you’d actually want to celebrate with!
Serve Your Favorite Foods
Want a breakfast-themed divorce party? Cook up all the waffles, eggs and bacon you want! Not a cook? Or just too exhausted with the divorce to even think about cooking right now? That’s absolutely okay. Take-out from your favorite restaurant is always a great option. A potluck is another affordable option that still allows you all to enjoy some tasty home-cooked items.
Food picks: Potluck
Grab your best Galentines
Watch uplifting movies. Some ideas could be anything that takes your mind off the divorce. Avoid romantic comedies and sappy love stories. Stories about the bonds you form with your close female friends (and the adventures you have together) are encouraged. True stories about people overcoming bad breakups to go on incredible, soul-searching journeys and having the times of their life are definitely recommended. Here are some ideas if you’re looking for other recommendations.
Movie picks: Thelma & Louise. Eat, Pray, Love. Amélie. Under the Tuscan Sun.
February 14th doesn’t have to be the most dreaded day of the year. Even if you’re not in a relationship, you can reclaim Valentine’s Day to make it your own. There’s plenty of inspiration out there. Now’s the time to get creative and make it happen! Worst case, if your party plans fall through, you’ve got lots of half-priced candy to look forward to on February 15th. Have fun planning!