Valentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day, or as Liz Lemon would call it, Anna Howard Shaw Day. Whether you anticipate, dread, or attempt to ignore February 14th, one truth remains: that no matter how sweet this holiday was intended to be, it has the stigma of being completely cheesy. It’s no wonder that everyone thinks of those same cheap red chocolate boxes, candlelit dinners, hallmark cards, and tiny fuzzy bears wearing mini t-shirts that read “I heart you.” But collegiettes, it’s a new year, and this year February 14, 2014 is not going to get cheesy. Why? Because HC is here to help make it creative. Here are 10 creative things to do for you, your boyfriend, and all your friends to do on Valentine’s Day.
1. Chocolate Making
We know we just put chocolate in the cheesy category, but making your own? That’s creative—and not to mention cheap! How many times have you seen that golden Godiva box and just walked away because it was too pricey? No more, collegiettes. You and your boyfriend (or your girls!) can bond over tasting too much of the recipe before it’s finished, or even adding your own ingredients to the mix. And hey, if the recipe goes awry, switch to plan B: head to your favorite bakery and pig out! Find a chocolate recipe here.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Pick out your favorite spots on campus as a couple and bury your clues there for the ultimate scavenger hunt. Your first clue can start off with a modern-day twist on the Cinderella: instead of a glass slipper, leave behind a cowboy boot or a five-inch heel and set your prince out to find you on campus. You can even have your friends pitch in to help him out with the clue process. Have him set up a scavenger hunt for you, too, so that he won’t have to do all the hunting. ;)
3. Middle School Dance
Maybe it’s just our desire to relive the age where Britney Spears just wanted to hit it one more time and Ricky Martin was livin’ la vida loca, or, maybe it’s just a well-known fact that the 90s was the best decade EVER, and we were too young to really appreciate it. So put a playlist together of the greatest hits, invite some friends over (couples and maybe a few friends you want to set up ;)) and rage like it’s 1999. You can slow dance and have all the cheesy games like Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. You can have bowls of punch and tortilla chips and those metallic balloons that read “Be Mine.” If you really want to kick it up a notch, you and your guests can even dress up like your favorite pop star of the decade. Because there ain’t no party like a Valentine’s Party.
The paintball scene in Ten Things I Hate About You? Those weren’t paint streaks, guys. They were fireworks. And if it was good enough for Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, it’ll be amazing for you and your boyfriend. An all-out paint war? And bragging rights if you win? Doesn’t get much better than that. Not to mention that when your single friends ask what you and your guy did on Valentine’s Day, this response won’t make them want to barf.
5. Ice-skating or Roller Blading
Nothing says love like someone who’s there to catch you when you fall. Literally. Whether you’re both Olympic skating champs or only one of you could really work a job at Sonic, it doesn’t matter—it’s bound to be fun whizzing around the skating rink, holding hands. Or holding on to the railing, holding hands. And if your school has an ice hockey rink that’s open to students, say hello to free fun!