Love it or hate it, dread it or can’t wait for it… whatever your feelings are about this notorious celebration of love, one thing’s for sure: if you’re in a couple then you’d better start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Perhaps you’re not feeling super flush with cash at the moment and want to just enjoy a nice romantic evening in. However, that is easier said than done when you live in a flatshare and have multiple flatmates, who may spend the evening spouting anti-love stories from their most recent break-ups! Well, fear not, because we’ve got a few tips to help make sure you can squeeze every last ounce of romance out of the day without having to contend with a third (or fourth, or fifth) wheel ruining the mood…
Make use of outdoor spaces
Are you lucky enough to have a roof terrace, a garden, or perhaps even just a little communal gravel area where you keep your bikes? Anywhere like this can be made into an intimate love corner with a little help from some cupid-inspired props.
Simply visit eBay and buy up their stock of heart-shaped decorations, cute bunting or fairy lights. There’s nothing quite so delightful as the twinkle of lots of little lights to brighten up even the dreariest of outdoor spaces.
Next, you’ll need a makeshift table and chairs. And, with a white tablecloth (perhaps a re-purposed bed sheet) and some candles, you’ve got yourself a Lady & the Tramp moment to knock their socks off! Just remember, it’s February, and that means plenty of blankets and snuggling is mandatory!
Organise a night out that you fail to turn up to
For this to work, you’re going to need to start laying the foundations a few weeks before the big day. First, you need to find an appropriate “Anti-Valentine’s Day Event” somewhere nearby (but not so nearby that your flatmates might decide to bail and suddenly reappear at home earlier than expected).
Next, invite all your flatmates and convince them that this event is not to be missed. Work on your white lies here to make them believe that you and your loved one aren’t into celebrating this “silly holiday invented by greeting card companies”, and that you’d much rather spend the evening all together having a laugh. Tell them you’ll meet them there but then head back to your totally empty flat, feeling smug and ready to get your romance on!
Invite everyone to celebrate together
If you’re feeling a bit more magnanimous and genuinely want your flatmates to enjoy their Valentine’s celebrations alongside you, why not organise a party at home? You can invite everyone, couples and singletons alike, to come and celebrate love in all its many forms together!
It’s also a great excuse to indulge in your brightest, most sparkly and fluffy of pink fantasies. We’re talking roses everywhere, hearts stuck on every surface, pink drinks, pink food, pink clothes (just kidding ) … because when else will you get the chance to turn your flat into a giant candy floss with no stigma attached?!
“Do Not Disturb”
If all else fails, this one does the trick. Grab a bottle of wine and a few candles, turn off the lights, lock your door, get all cosy in bed, and simply pretend you’re not home!
Armed with these tactics, you’re ready to start planning a romance-filled Valentine’s Day with (or without) flatmates nearby!