The over commercialised holiday for loved up couples doesn't have to be a reminder to us single girls that we are missing out because we don't happen to have a special someone in our lives at this point in time. This day is about pulling together with all your single gal pals and making it about fun and friendship or even a new date perhaps?
1.Be arty and see a play, musical or exhibition
Some suggestions are:
4000 Miles, Red Stitch Theatre
- a play about a 20 year old man and the difficult nature of his relationship with his grandmother as both try and understand the others perspective. Set in New York. A love of different kind. Tickets $37.
Hair the Musical, Chapel off Chapel
– set in New York in 1969 a group of hairy hippies band together to take a stand against the political unrest in the world. Free love and politics. (contains nudity). Tickets $46.50.
Closer, Chapel off Chapel
– a dark witty look at modern relationships. The focus on four main characters and what they want out of a relationship and who gets what they want in the end. Mod Love. Tickets $32.50.
A culinary history of Victoria on display at the State Library. On Valentine's Day you can be guided through the exhibition by curator Tracey Judd Iva and food critic Rita Erlich. For the love of food. Cost is free.
2.Head out to dinner
With your posse of single girlfriends have some fun trying to work out if couples dining nearby are long term or if its their first V day together.
3. Attend a singles event such as speeding dating or a singles party
have four different aged speed dating events around Melbourne. The cost is $89.99 for champagne, canapés, up to 14 speed dates, a host and chance to exchange details with those you connect with.
is throwing a Back to Love Party which claims to be the biggest singles event this Valentine's Day. The cost is $15 which includes a drink, some finger food and match making games.
4.Host a girls night in
Get everyone to bring a plate of something delectable, have some sparkling wine, pamper sessions with facials and pedicures while watching some of the best chick flicks such as Valentines' Day, New Year's Eve, Love Actually, Bridget Jones for example.
5.Bake a chocolate cake
Don't feel guilty for trying to eat all of it in one sitting. Give yourself permission to have a night off the diet to indulge in woman's best friend chocolate.
6. Moonlight Cinemas
Take in the romantic classic Breakfast at Tiffany's. Take along food, wine and tunnel vision so you don't have to see any of the nearby couples canoodling. Tickets are $18.
7. Go Shopping
Luckily V Day falls on a Thursday this year, which means there are a number of shopping centres around Melbourne that are open until 9pm. Buy yourself a treat.
8. Go to your favourite bar
With any luck all the couples will be out at restaurants and parks having picnics so you may find you have the bar to yourself. Or find a new bar - WeekendNotes - Melbourne Bars
9. Do a project around the house
This will make you feel good upon completion and confirm that you don't need a man in your life despite the pity looks you get from married friends. Suggested projects – hanging a picture, doing the gardening, mowing the lawn, changing a light bulb. If you get stuck head down to Bunnings warehouse for advice as most stores across Melbourne are open until 9pm.
10. Book in for a massage
Treat yourself instead of someone treating you to a massage, find a massage package that suits your budget and enjoy.