Whether you’re coupled up, surrounded by friends, or catching up with family this Valentine’s Day, there’s no need to let your evening be dictated by clichés. Before you find yourself struggling to get an 8 p.m. reservation somewhere special or wondering how many times is too many to watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, give yourself permission to make February 14 a little different this year.
>Start by taking a quick survey of your crew: Who is always tasked with making the plans and would be relieved to piggyback for once? Who’s been saying she’s in a rut and could do with a changeup? Whether you go out or stay in, there’s plenty to do beyond dinner and a movie. For some fresh ideas, we tapped fashion stylist Mary Ellen Skye, who is forgoing her standard dinner date with her husband in favor of having friends over and getting artsy at home this year. Skye gave us several great ideas for a creative night in, and best of all, you can pick up every supply you’ll need on Jet.com.
>Whether you’re in the mood for a cozy Valentine’s Day at home or a night on the town, keep reading for four unexpected ways to spend your V-Day.
Host a ’90s-Themed Karaoke Night
You probably know every ’90s hit word for word, given the numerous hours you spent listening to your favorite boy bands on repeat. To this day, every time you and your friends go out, when one of these songs come on, you all lose it. Take that enthusiasm and host karaoke night at your house, where even your shyest friend can sing her heart out ALL night long.
Channel Your Inner Florist
Flowers have a special effect on us all, so we think channeling your inner florist is the perfect activity for getting creative with friends. Skye picked up her supplies ahead of time on Jet.com, so if you’re planning to do this with your group, consider adding her supplies to your cart. Plus, the final product of your labor makes a really nice gift, as Skye reminds us: “Floral arrangements can make anyone feel loved and special.” One helpful hint: Start by arranging the stems into a foam disc to help the flowers stay put.
Host Your Own Film Festival
If you’re lucky enough to have a French arthouse cinema nearby, snap up tickets for Amélie or whatever offbeat rom-com is playing on February 14. If not—or if you really need a night in—don’t settle for binge-watching something mediocre. Instead, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to make the extra effort of going online and discovering what’s new and noteworthy in the world of foreign films. Expert tip: Matching a bottle of wine and dinner delivery with your region of choice is the perfect way to complete your film fest.
Remember when making homemade cards at school was the best part of any holiday? Travel back to a time before e-cards, and put beautiful colored pens to paper; it’s the perfect way to spend time with any little ones in your company this Valentine’s Day.
With the money Skye saved on supplies for her floral arrangements (Jet.com drops the price of certain items when you add others to your cart), she ordered paper goods and crafting supplies. “It’s a lost art, so [making] a card and [using] your penmanship is special,” Skye tells us. “Experiences end up being tangible; it’s a keepsake.”
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Which activity will you be doing this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!