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Celebrating Valentine's Day, whether un or deux

Valentine's Day. It's one of those holidays which you likely love or hate solely based on your current relationship status. If you're in a relationship, pretty much every day is Valentine's Day. And if you're not in a relationship, you may not want to be reminded of this fact by seeing red roses everywhere, endless supplies of Russell Stover candy displays and Zales' commercials. So here's a list of things to do on Valentine's Day, no matter what your Facebook relationship status says.


Cooking Class: We all have to eat. But nothing's worse that paying a gazillion dollars for a meal on Valentine's Day or being surrounded by people who pretend on this day only, that they are head over heels in love with each other. So why not take a cooking class with some friends? Just Google Cooking Classes and you'll get tons of local options. This way you get to hang with your buds, cook some food and have a night out!

Throw a Party: Call them what you will, I've had a lot of girlfriends throw a "Happy to be single" or "Anti-Valentine's Day" party. You can make the theme whatever matters to you and ask everyone to bring over a dish. Make it a potluck. And don't feel like it needs to be gender specific. Invite a friend and ask them to bring a friend of the opposite sex. You never know who might show up. And if not, you're still having a good time with your friends.


Let your fingers do the walking: Get your mind out of the gutter. Instead of dining out and paying through the nose, open the cookbook and try a recipe you've always wanted to try. Shop for the ingredients together and cook the meal together. Make it fun, make it romantic and just enjoy the time together trying something new.

Reenact "Ghost": Remember that scene in Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze as they threw a pot? How about doing the less sensual but much more fun version? Find a local Paint Your Own Pottery place and make each other horribly awful knickknacks. Whether an ashtray, a mug, a vase or a plate, paint something for your loved one and you'll always have it to remind you of the fun time you had in not taking yourselves, or the holiday, too seriously.

What are you planning for Valentine's Day? Tell us here.

The 4-1-1 on: Chris Morin

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