Celebrate The Love of Friends & Family in February
When February rolls around, the word ‘love’ is often thrown around due to Valentine’s Day approaching. However, it isn’t just about sharing that time with a romantic partner. It is also a time to spend with friends and family.
You can celebrate the love of friends and family, too, which doesn’t have to involve red roses, chocolates, and cute teddy bears. Instead, you may want to throw a special potluck dinner, have a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a board game, or plan a trip to a nearby town.
Whatever you decide to go with, you can leave society’s expectations of “Valentine’s Day” at the door and just enjoy your time with the ones you love. For ideas and inspiration, read on to find out what you can plan to celebrate the love of friends and family in February.
1. Host a potluck dinner party and ask everyone to bring a dish
A great way of spending time with loved ones is by hosting a dinner. Whether you haven’t seen each other in a while or you just need some quality time, an intimate dinner for everyone to enjoy is a must.
However, to keep the stress down, a potluck dinner is a great way to go. This means that everyone brings something to eat and enjoy, rather than one person having to cook the whole dinner.
You can also delegate different types of food, too. For example, some people can bring main dishes, while others can bring side dishes or dessert. This means you will have a mix of different foods, rather than everyone getting something similar.
2. Have a board game night — choose your favorite games from childhood
If you don’t want to have dinner, or you want to do something else beforehand or afterward, why not try a board games night? It is a great way to add some nostalgia to the evening, especially if you play a board game you used to play growing up with the family.
Playing a board game doesn’t have to be serious, even though there will always be competitive family members. It is a great way to let your hair down with the family without feeling any stress from trying to entertain.
You can also try some new board games too, or find some games using an app. There are plenty of choices when it comes to board games, which helps when you want to play either longer or shorter-timed games.
3. Make Valentine’s Day cards for your friends and family members
These days, Valentine’s Day cards aren’t just for giving to romantic partners. You can also make a friend or family member’s day by sending them a wonderful Valentine’s card — just remember to say who it is from. If you don’t, they might think they have a secret admirer!
There are many Valentine’s Day cards out there that are suitable to send to a loved one without it being romantic. Just shop around and see what works best. You can even send something funny if you know the person on the receiving end enjoys that.
Adding a treat with a card isn’t necessary, but it does add something extra. For example, a box of chocolates or a skincare gift set — just something to show them how much you care.
4. Stargaze on a clear winter night
Spending time outdoors at this time of year is lovely. When the sky is clear, you can see all the stars up in the sky. It is one of the best months to see the beautiful constellations that fill up the night sky.
Some of these include The Big Dipper, Orion, and the Auriga. To make it even more exciting, find a book or an app that shows you what to look for. Use either a telescope or the naked eye to see the different constellations.
Remember to wrap up warm and bring a flask of cocoa out with you, too. Even better, find a dark (but safe) area to see the stars the best.
5. Spend time at the local library or bookshop reading new books
If you and your loved ones love to read, why not spend a few hours surrounded by books? While you can go to a bookshop to search for new readers, you can also enjoy the local library.
While at the library, you may be able even to sit and read together, or just be able to go through books and discuss them before taking them home.
Why not meet up again in a few weeks to discuss the books you have been reading over a cup of coffee? It is a great way to spend loving time with family and friends, all while sharing the same passion.
6. Plan a day trip in a nearby town
You do not have to stay at home to enjoy spending time with friends and family. Instead, you can go on a road trip to the next town and explore.
You might come across some historical facts and explorations, or you may want to enjoy the local entertainment and shopping.
It doesn’t matter why you have decided to visit a neighboring town; it just means you can explore together. Even if you’ve already been there, there’s always something new to explore together.
A day at the theater, or even a meal out — whatever it is, embrace the moment with loved ones.
Valentine’s Day, and February itself, isn’t just for loved-up couples. It can also be a time to show your friends and family how much you care.
Love isn’t just romantic; it can be platonic too. For this reason, you may want to start a tradition of making an excuse to spend more time with your loved ones during February.
There are many things to do, from dinner to board games — so enjoy your February!
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