Though many unhappy single women jokingly refer to February 14th as Singles Awareness Day, happily single women can sincerely enjoy Valentine’s Day with these tips.
These date ideas celebrate self-love for artists and other creative women, for those who are missing their childhood or feeling too uptight and stressed out in their life, and for those who want the romance without the hassle of a partner to please. It’s easy to enjoy these dates alone, and to go as all out or as relaxed as the individual wants to do.
The Creative Date
This is the date for women who consider themselves artists or creative types – the only hard and fast rule is that this date cannot be work! For professional artists, the key is to put away the current project for work or school and to try something new and fun, something that can be done in a day.
Some ideas include spending the day doing a photography project like a collage of the photographer’s favorite things, hunkering down in a coffee shop and writing a short story about an absurd romance, having a dance-a-thon in the living room to a favorite CD, composing an original song (or recording an original version of someone else’s), finding a prime outdoor spot for sketching or painting, or just taking a guitar outside and playing in the park.
Those who are nervous about creating but still enjoy their artsy side can go see a play or a musical or dance performance, or call it an inspiration day and spend the afternoon people-watching, assembling a scrapbook of favorite quotes, or cutting out beautiful pictures from magazines to stick all over a workspace.
The Kid-Again Date
#1. Backyard Movie Night
#2. The penny date
#3. Water Balloon Fight Surprise
#4. Spin the bottle
#5. Lay Under the Stars in a Kiddie Pool
#6. A Love Map
For this date, the challenge is to let go of the adult self, whatever that means to the individual woman, and have fun getting back to childhood – whether actual or idealized.
One way to do this might be going to the art store and getting fingerpaints, crayons, glitter, or any sort of whacky decorative accessories to work on a fabulously messy project.
Another is to play dress-up with the craziest clothes possible, or even go to goodwill and buy some really cheap stuff for an evening photo shoot. Or it can just mean picking up a favorite childhood pastime, whether that’s a trip to the ice rink, swinging on the swings at a local park, baking gooey chocolate cupcakes, or climbing trees.
The Romantic Date
This date is for women who are happily single, but also love romance. There’s no reason not to take oneself on a romantic date!
The first step is to dress up in whatever way feels sexy and comfortable to the individual, whether that’s super sophisticated with makeup and high heels, a flowing hippie skirt and bangles with absolutely no shaving of the legs, or a suit and tie.
Next, pick a small space such as the dining room table and decorate it to taste, perhaps with a tablecloth and some candles. Make a favorite meal, even if it doesn’t seem very “fancy,” and don’t forget dessert! This can go along with some sexy music or a romantic film after dinner, or just a nice, luxurious bubble bath to unwind.
The Outdoor Date
#1. Dating for singles that like running
#2. Mountain Biking Singles Club
Women who are physically active or live near some great scenery can take advantage of the fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday in 2019 and try this date that will get the blood flowing and adrenaline pumping. This date can take many forms, from a day hike up a mountain and a photography session and picnic at the top to a ski day with a hot cocoa and some time at the sauna to finish.
This is a great opportunity to go do a physical activity that there isn’t normally time for, even if it’s just Rollerblading around the neighborhood or going to a local pool and doing backflips off the diving board. This date might include a break for a picnic lunch or a trip to the spa for a massage afterwards to revive those sore muscles.
The Urban Date
This is a good choice for women living in more urban areas. It’s not often that one gets to be a tourist in our own city, or take the time to really enjoy the place where one lives. The first step for this date (or for any of the dates!) is to remove the wristwatch or hide the cell phone. This date is about wandering, not getting somewhere on time.
One way to do this is to get a travel book and pretend to be an actual tourist, or to imagine that out-of-town guests are coming and plan the day to show off some of the city’s best sights. Another tip is to look up popular walking tours online, or to tailor the day to individual interests.
Artists might like to spend the day museum and gallery hopping, while shoppers might prefer to take $200 out of the ATM and dedicate the day to the city’s best stores. Foodies can do a tasting tour of the city’s restaurants, cafes, markets, and wine shops.
With these ideas, anyone can enjoy fun and romance on Valentine’s Day even without a partner! And if none of these dates appeal, check out some great Valentine’s dates for athletic, urban, and nerdy women.