I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Sure, I love any excuse to eat a bunch of food and exchange gifts with people you adore, but I get really overwhelmed with the build up and hype. The past couple of years my favorite way to celebrate the big ol’ day of love is either out with my closest friends stirring up dance parties wherever we go, sneaking Five Guys into the movies (not as special because this is truly my favorite date night and all too common), and lastly, staying in and being your comfiest, truest self. I think Cher said it best in Clueless, “I know it sounds mental, but sometimes I have more fun vegging out than when I go partying. Maybe because my party clothes are so binding”.
So, if you too are into the idea of avoiding all of the schmoopy-gushy-commercialized-love fest the world has to offer on the 14th, here are 5 ways to be a curmudgeon and stay in with your sweetie (or loved pals) as well as an upbeat playlist that will make your heart warm but won’t make you cry.
1. Play board games and drink heavily
Theres nothing like some unhealthy competition to really stir up a relationship. If you’re prepared to test the limits of your love this Valentine’s day then have at a bottle of whiskey and that dusty Game of Life board you have hiding somewhere.
2. Set up camp in the living room and roast marshmallows on the stove
Yes, setting up a tent in your living room is very adorable and also kind of makes you feel like you’re 10 years old, building pillow forts, but that’s the fun of it. Toss some mallows on a stick, roast them on your stove, and bam you’re on a romantic camping extravaganza.
3. Have an intense karaoke night and eat some sushi
Nothing gets you laughing like some really off key belting of Alanis Morissette. Keep it authentic with a plethora of take out sushi. And this is important: make sure to over order.
4. Play exquisite corpse and sip martini’s
If you’re not familiar with this game, you are missing out. For the amateurs out there - you take a piece of paper and fold it into threes (you can fold it in half for two people) and each person draws half of a person/creature/something without peaking at what the others have drawn. It is a riot and gets better with each sip of a martini you take.
5. Have cheeseburgers on the roof
Too much romance gives me a stomach ache so I like to balance it out with something very adolescent like cheeseburgers or hot dogs. Set up a little picnic on your roof and star gaze with ketchup running down your chin.
Cover photo by Joseph Lacy