Whether you think it’s over-commercialised or you’d rather have someone to spend it with, there’s no denying that Valentine’s Day is a huge phenomenon in the UK. Over the course of just five years, Valentine’s Day spending has increased by over £300m.
With thousands of couples opting for lavish weekends away – and many more heading to local restaurants to celebrate – it’s not always the easiest time for the singletons. But if you’ve got a group of girls and you’re up for a good time, you could start your own party instead.
Our best ideas for spending Valentine’s Day with friends
Book a cooking class
If you’d like to show your besties how much they mean to you, why not book a private cooking masterclass? From sweet treats to savoury delicacies, learning tips and tricks from the experts could be the best way to step things up in your own kitchen. Sharing the experience of learning new skills could be a fantastic way to catch up and make memories together.
Try getting arty together
Embracing your artistic side could be the best way to spend Valentine’s Day with your friends. Whether you prefer landscapes or still objects, you’ll only need to buy a few art supplies to be prepared. You could even host a next-level art class from the comfort of your own home.
And if you’re hungry for more, booking a life model could provide the finest private entertainment possible. Your host will provide the supplies, so you’ll just need to bring your best efforts. After you’ve finished creating your masterpiece, your handsome model will serve you a drink or two to conclude the session on a high.
Host a murder mystery dinner
Fancy protesting the idea of Valentine’s Day? If you’re feeling creative, you could throw a themed dinner party with a murder mystery twist. Using either a classic film or a cheesy rom-com, set the theme in advance and ask your attendees to dress up as the cast. With just a few clues and a poker face required, it’s easy to host a murder mystery – and cheap, too.
Head to the forest
Unwinding in a natural environment could be a wonderful way to reconnect with your friends – especially during a stressful time of the year. Whether you book an isolated cabin for a night or choose an adrenaline-boosting treetop adventure instead, heading to the woods promises something for everyone to enjoy.
Throw a party
At least one third of Britons admit that they’re unlikely to do anything for Valentine’s Day with their significant other – so why not get your friends together for a big night to celebrate?
With many couples opting to avoid joining in with typical Valentine’s Day activities, you could make it a night for dancing instead.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be just for couples. Whether you’re treating yourself to a self-care day or getting the girls together, it’s still possible to celebrate the occasion without a three-course dinner!