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Remember lonely hearts, Ben & Jerry’s is not the only answer

So you’ll be alone on Valentine’s Day.

Before you decide on an early night in bed or stuff your face with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, don’t forget that singles can have a lot of fun tomorrow as well.

The Royal Gazette’s Lifestyle section has compiled a list of activities, which are sure to keep your mind off ‘coupledom’ for the day.

Instead of faking excitement when (yet another) work colleague gets handed a bouquet of flowers, or salivating as they gobble down fancy chocolates, aim to make them jealous with your own plans for the evening. Here’s some ideas:

Girl’s night: Gather a bunch of your coolest single friends and plan to hit your favourite restaurant, bowling alley or bar. If doing the latter, try and get dressed up to the nines; you never know, there might be some attractive single guys to buy you drinks.

Movie marathon: Spend the night watching movies starring one of your favourite celebrities but be wary of choosing too many romantic ‘date’ movies, which could put you in an even worse mood than you started with.

Plan a platonic date: Ask one of your guy friends if they want to go dutch on a meal at a good restaurant and spend the night catching up on good times. Try and make it even more fun by picking couples out from the restaurant and predicting whether you think they will last or not, based on their body language.

Treat a loved one: Who says you have to do something special for just a romantic love? Why not send a card to a single friend or make dinner for your grandmother, if she’s widowed. You’d be surprised with how much your actions might brighten someone’s day and it might even brighten your own day.

Buy yourself a gift: Treat yourself. Get your hair done or buy that dress you have been eyeing in the store window.

Present swap: Send an e-mail out to all your single friends and invite them to take part in a gift swap, similar to Secret Santa. After drawing names, you and your friends can swap those traditional Valentine’s items, like chocolates, flowers and stuffed animals, so that everyone walks away with something special. So things don’t get too expensive, set a price cap.

Games night: Just want to have some fun and not think about all the Valentine’s stuff going on around you? Try to break out the cards and board games for some laughter. You can try and even have a friendly competition of the sexes. See whether the girls can beat the boys at games like Twister or Scrabble.

Plan ahead: Instead of focusing on what you don’t have this Valentine’s Day, try to think of something you can look forward to in the next few months. Get a head start planning your St Patrick’s Day party or schedule your summer vacation. This could also be a good time for you to start writing down some of your own goals for the future — whether you want to learn Spanish or start volunteering.

Romantic date for one: Plan a solo spa night after you get home from work. Take a long bubble bath while listening to your favourite music and take a few minutes to paint your nails or put on a facial mask. In addition to catching up on some much needed down time, you might even look more rejuvenated when you’re done.

Invite close friends over for wine, appetisers and gossip. You can even mix it up by having a theme or dress code and encouraging everyone to wear pink.

‘Un-Valentine’ Party:

Most Importantly remember that Valentine’s Day is just that a day.

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Published February 13, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm)

Remember lonely hearts, Ben & Jerry’s is not the only answer

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