1. Invite a few friends over for an appetizer exchange, a potluck dinner or a Decadent Dessert gathering at your home. Decorate your house and your table for the occasion and include festive drinks, such as champagne with a splash of Chambord (raspberry liqueur), Cosmopolitans, Shirley Temples with maraschino cherries or hot chocolate with pink marshmallows. Add touches like large glass brandy snifters (available at discount or dollar stores) filled with red licorice whips, chocolate kisses and of course, candy message hearts. Great music is a must and at the end of the evening, send everyone home with a cute token (a heart-shaped keychain, a small heart-shaped picture frame or a few foil-wrapped chocolate hearts in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon) as a memento.
2. Slumber parties are not just for kids anymore. Why not throw an old-fashioned slumber party! Get into your flannel "jammies" and have fun experimenting with makeup or taking quizzes in women's magazines.
3. Plan an outing to a place that is not a typical "couples" place to visit on Valentine's Day. For example, bowling parties are huge fun and inexpensive -- plus it is virtually impossible to be gloomy while wearing hilariously awful bowling shoes.
4. Treat yourself. It is not selfish and it is not greedy to take the time to pay attention to you. You deserve to be pampered and treated like the awesome person that you are and if this means that for the time being, you have to do it yourself -- then go right ahead and do it yourself.
5. Visit a department store cosmetic counter or have an at-home beauty consultant come in and try a makeover -- something completely different from your usual look. If you love it, you have just discovered a "new you" and if you hate it, it all washes off. Best of all, you can generally enjoy these kinds of makeovers absolutely free of charge.
6. Book a mini-massage or a single spa treatment, which also need not be expensive. You do not have to go to the Spa Du Jour for an all-day extravaganza which can be expensive. Do a little research or better still, consult your friends for recommendations.
7. Take a bubble bath. Pour yourself a cool glass of your favorite beverage; light an aromatherapy candle, add some bubble bath and jump in. No interruptions allowed.
8. Prepare a wonderful dinner for yourself with your favorite foods (steak, champagne and a fabulous dessert are my personal favorites). Pull out all of the stops.
9. Pick out one of your favorite restaurants and go enjoy yourself. Admittedly, you may be in the company of couples... but who cares? Plus, restaurants will pay extra special attention to you, which is a lovely feeling.
10. Volunteer. Why not take a platter or two of Valentine's cookies or brownies to a shelter, a soup kitchen or to the children's wing of a hospital (with prior permission). Visit elderly folks residing in a convalescent or assisted care facility. Send Valentine's cards to our troops overseas. Valentine's Day is all about love and that can also include love for our fellow man.