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Top 7 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909.
Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let this Valentine’s Day be the occasion for you to make memories alongside your loved one. With the holiday as the incentive, here are seven ways to celebrate and inspire you to develop your own plans.

7. Ask your crush out

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Instead of complaining about being single this year, ask somebody to be your valentine. Ladies, this is the third millennium — it is now socially acceptable for you to ask someone out rather than wait to be asked.

Make a card. Sing a song. Buy a bouquet. Offer some candy. If they say no, you may go the rest of your day knowing they said no, but you will not go the rest of your life wondering if they might have said yes.

6. Be spontaneous

Turn back time all the way back to high school and the theatrical stunts people would stage to ask their dates out for prom. Interrupt your partner’s class. Embarrass them at work. Do a dance, give balloons, use Styrofoam cups to spell their name across a chain link fence.

Whatever you do, do it taking advantage of the opportunity behind Valentine’s Day coming but once a year. Act like it is once in a lifetime.

5. Dress up for dinner

Your restaurant of choice should require reservations and enforce a dress code, serving you bottles of wine and not mugs of beer. Any other Friday night out can take place at the bar or the sports grill, but tonight is Valentine’s Day.

For parents, Olive Garden, the (very) casual substitute for the five-star restaurant, is paying for local My Gym daycare to babysit couples’ children during date night, as long as Mom and Dad present their Olive Garden receipt to My Gym.

4. See a movie

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‘Tis awards season. This weekend’s theater outing together ought to be as decorated and as historic as the evening itself. There are some great blockbusters hitting theaters on Valentine’s Day, so why not take advantage of the opportunity for some cuddling, cute hand-holding and a giant tub of popcorn?

3. Or, just stay at home

Prove your loyalty to one another by attempting to cook the other’s favorite meal, and dare to laugh should it go wrong. Rent a classic romance. Escape the traffic and the weather and relax in the pure enjoyment of each other’s company.

2. Make it last beyond Feb. 14

Do not allow the day’s end to stop the love story. Go blues dancing Saturday, Feb. 15, at Old Town Yoga, with a lesson in swing from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., a $5 entry fee from 9 p.m. till 11 p.m. and free dancing thereafter through 1 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be the only excuse you have to do fun things with each other. Show you care even after the holiday passes.

1. Make it last forever

For those of you whose relationships are (much) older than the first date, get down on one knee in the heart of the Oval, next to the dinner table or in the flickering light of “Casablanca,” hold up the diamond ring, ask the question and have every subsequent Valentine’s Day be a memory of true love.

Whether this Valentine’s Day is the first or the newest voyage for your relationship, treat it like it will be your last and love it as though it is your one and only.

Collegian Entertainment Staff Writer Hunter Goddard can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

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