We're now in that awkward time of year where Christmas and Australia Day are over and the kids are back at school and the countdown is on for Easter break. Snuggled in between all that, sits a day that we love to hate or secretly hate to love, Valentine's Day.
For some people, this is a tricky day, do you embrace it or is it just another day? I believe there are a number of different camps on this one. There are the couples who embrace the celebration of the day with flowers, sonnets, sunsets and all things romantic. Then there are the couples who feel it's a money making scam created by Hallmark. And then there are two categories of single people; the 'I'm going to buy ice cream, watch Bridget Jones' Diary and work out how to anonymously send flowers to to myself at work' group. Or there's the 'Valentines, Schmalentines' camp who couldn't care less about the day or better still, embrace the fact they are independently social and use this day as an excuse as good as any, to celebrate!
Of course, I'm being terribly general here. I've actually been part of all four categories, including some sub-categories! But if you are the latter, here are a few ideas to keep yourself entertained, this Valentine's Day!
Dust off the pearls, feather head bands and wingtip shoes and get ready to razzle and dazzle, all in the name of a good cause. The Valentine's Ball helps to raise much needed funds for the Variety Children's charity and promises to be a 'spectacular' evening with plenty of entertainment to keep you and your squad, amused. A swing band, roving performers and photographers, magicians and even a ladies makeup station, this will be one glamorous night indeed. There will also be an 'Unforgettable Experiences Auction' so brush up on your bidding techniques!
Image courtesy of Variety Childrens Foundation
Tickets are $160 each, with only 400 tickets up for grabs and each ticket goes into the draw to win flights over Antarctica.
Want to find a companion that will love you more than he loves himself and is happiest making you happy? Well, head down to your local Petbarn store on Saturday 13 February between 11am and 3pm to find your 'puurrr'fect match.
There are too many cats, kittens, dogs and puppies looking for loving homes. So if you have the room in your life, house and heart then why not help out the Pet Foundation by adopting your new sidekick and giving them a exciting chance at life.
Want the guarantee of seeing someone in their undies on Valentine's Day? Then the Gold Coast is the place for you!
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Cupid's Undie Run is an annual event to help raise money for the Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia. So get out your best Bonds, take part in the 'brief run' (approx. 1.5km), and celebrate your bravery at the after party! Not only will you have a great time but you'll be doing it for a great cause!
All the info about the charity and registration is on the website.
Eat Street Markets and Drive In
Why not grab a group of your besties, explore the amazingly delicious offerings of the Eat Street Markets before heading off to the drive in to catch the new Tina Fey and Amy Poehler flick, Sisters, in the comfort of your car or in the 'dress circle'.
So there are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing and remember, being single is not something that happens to you, it's a choice! Why not celebrate yourself? Check out my article on the perks of being single if you're not convinced!