Most of us do our best to show the ones we love our care every day. But on February 14th, we collectively remember what those casual “Love You’s!” to pals or quick pecks on the cheek before dashing out truly mean. Relationships, after all—whether with our friends, kids, partners or pets—are how we refill our cups. Each of them deserves to be celebrated in full color. For those who want to show their loved ones how much they mean—but feel stumped about how to celebrate Valentine's Day this year—consider these three festive ideas as your source of inspiration.
01) With Pals: Celebrate Friendship
Friendship could be one of the most unsung types of love in history, but true friends are the bedrock of a rich, resilient life—and they deserve to be celebrated! Depending on who’s in your inner circle, make new memories with your closest companions by day or by night (or both). If you’re planning on giving them a present, there are plenty of ideas you can get from our Valentine’s Day gift guide for her.
Host a Galentine’s Day Tea Party
For an elegant daytime V-Day celebration, break out your tea-time finery and invite your girls over for a vintage-inspired salon at home. Update the classic tea aesthetic with an elegant, modern tea set and whip up some classic tea-time eats. Think cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, mini pink velvet cupcakes and some tiny fruit tarts to nosh on. Pinkies up, ladies!
Connect over DIY Craft Cocktails
Bring back the millennium at home with a Sex and The City-esque evening of mix-them-yourself craft cocktails. Clear off the kitchen counter (or roll out the bar cart, if you have one) and assemble every bartender’s essentials for these 90s-inspired craft cocktails:
- The Hanky Panky, a twist on the classic martini
- Strawberry Cachaça Shake, to spice up the night with Brazilians’ favorite liquor
- Cosmopolitans, a must for long debates deciding who’s the Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha of the group
02) With Partners: Lean Into Your Romantic Side
Whether you’re seeing someone special or are on your umpteenth Valentine’s Day as a couple with your loved one, celebrating with your favorite cuddle buddy is all about the classics: wining, dining and