I can hardly believe Valentine's Day is here again so soon, but as it is just around the corner I thought I would compile a quick list of fun ways to celebrate it. I know there are lots of people who like me, don't go for the commercialised aspect of Valentine's Day, with all of its marketing and production line-style gifts. I have only once fallen prey to the set menu dinner, which was a whirl of food slammed on the table, a packaged rose and then out! Never again! I also prefer to wait until the actual day is over to mark the occassion, if I do decide to go out for a meal, to avoid the manufactured feeling and price-tag! If you are trying to think of a more home-made way to show your love and have a little fun, maybe my list will help!
1. Make your own card - Let out your inner artist and create something original.
2. Go for a walk - Try a new place that you have always wanted to go to, but haven't got round to. It's fun to explore a new place together. Secret London is full of hidden gems!
3. Play a game - Embrace that inner child and play a board game or make one up with its own rules, forfeits and prizes!
4. Cook a meal together - Choose a course each or share the prepping, cooking and cleaning up.
5. Bake biscuits - Fun and delicious! These biscuit recipes are from BBC Good Food.
6. Write a love letter - Or write one each and read them out together. Make it even more special with beautiful handmade or recycled paper. You could use tissue paper or create a wash with water colours.
7. Dress up, wear a wig, choose outfits for each other and go out! This one is really fun as no one else will get the joke!
8. Have a living room disco - A personal favourite!
9. Leave love messages around - Write on the mirror with soap and stick up Post-it notes declaring your love!
10. Create a photo montage - A fun way to remember shared memories.
11. Try out a Treasure Trail or guided walk - This is similar to Number 2, but the research and hard work is done for you. Treasure Trails (UK-wide, downloadable or they can come by post) and my favourite London walks - Green City Walks. Inexpensive and loads of fun!
12. Paint a picture of each other (It doesn't matter whether you can paint, it's about having fun!)
13. Make a music compilation - Remember the days of the mixed tape? A lovely way to capture your favourite special songs and share with your lover.
15. Create your own floral display - Using a little imagination you can make a supermarket bunch of flowers look more original. Mix two small bunches together, unwrap and re-wrap with your own paper, or mix in some foliage you have picked yourself. I prefer simple flowers to overly dressed-up bouquets :) Try this spring flower arrangement video by Mel1408 for inspiration.
16. Make cocktails - Whatever your tipple, alcoholic or non, teas, coffees or juices, be creative and name your new drink for your lover.
17. Take a class together - Learning sparks the creativity and imagination, so doing a new activity together is not only fun, but can be a bonding experience!
18. Try out a new sport - similar to Number 17.
19. Watch an old movie - Snuggle up and enjoy!
20. Talk to each other - If you do nothing else, do this one! And talk whenever you can - this is what keeps us connected and bonded to one another.
Of course they say the best things in life are free, so let your imagination go wild! I could have mentioned poetry, writing a song, making a gift, performing a dance...
And there are dozens of single's Valentine's events, for example: Where to Celebrate Being Single by Fluid London.
I will be marking the occasion with The Muppets new film and watching my cousin's band Leo's Garden perform at The Water Rats, London, and a combo of ideas from above. Have fun whatever you do and leave me a comment if you have an idea to share! :)