Won’t You Be Mine?

gift ideas,arrangements
Valentine’s day. Depending on what your love life looks like currently, this day is either something to look forward to or something you’d prefer to forget. I remember being single in the past and feeling like a loser on this day (could you even imagine??). What made it worse was my friends who were in relationships carelessly going on and on about their planned romantic dinners.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as romantic as the next guy (confession: one of my favorite ways to pass time on long trips is watching romantic comedies and shedding a little tear over the sappy happy endings–one of my recent favorite movies was He’s Just Not That Into You), but sometimes it’s just too painful to hear about how everyone is happy besides you.

In the past I came up with the perfect solution for my single friends on Valentine’s day. I threw a dinner party where the only requirement was that you had to be single and you had to bring a single friend too. I have had great success with these parties. In fact, there has been more than one hook-up where a friendship turned into a relationship. (If I wasn’t an event designer, I would definitely have been a matchmaker.)
gift ideas
I really enjoy trying to find the perfect present for my partner and guests of Valentines’ past. I suggest you keep in mind all of your single friends this year, and offer to make them your “Valentine.” Please tell me the most memorable Valentine present you have received or given (or plan to give).

(And guys, we love the red roses, but let’s try to think a bit more out of the box this year…)

For all the single folks out there: check my Facebook and Twitter for a special announcement just for you. Don’t miss it.

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  • Will

    For the first time in a while I’m single and I was wondering what my plans for valentines day were this year. I think that’s a great idea to throw a party for all my single friends! Thanks for the tip.

  • Maria Diaz Pagan

    My husband Ramon and I have been married for 32 years. The most memorable Valentine present I received was a handmade bouquet of roses that he made with flowers from my own garden. The fourth Valentine Day we celebrate as a married couple our budget was extremely tight because of a very difficult financial situation.
    I was working in an office with maybe ten other females. We decided to invite our husbands and boyfriends to have lunch with us at the office. The beautiful rose’s arrangement started to arrive early that morning; I was one of the few ladies that did not received roses that day. When my husband came for lunch he saw all the roses at my coworkers’ desk and he apologized for not having money to send me roses.
    I got home before my husband and to my surprise I found the most beautiful little bouquet of roses with a little paper that said “this is just like the whopper from BK, made just for you”. Through out the years I have received many floral arrangements from floral shops, I know they were beautiful but I can honestly say I don’t remember how they look. But I have never forgotten that little rose bouquet made especially for me with flowers from my garden. I can even smell the fragrance 28 years latter.