Girls Night In

the blog for single, over-40 women

Dining Out on Valentine’s Day

on February 11, 2014

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Valentine’s Day can be a tough day for single people.

I’ve seen many singles posting on Facebook in recent years about celebrating SAD on February 14th. SAD stands for Single Awareness Day.

Dining out with your friends can be especially torturous on that one day since restaurants are full of happy couples. So, what’s a single person to do?

Several years ago, I was involved in a single’s group at church and as our first Valentine’s Day as a group rolled around, the single men got together and came up with a way to minister to the single women.

That first year the men asked us to join them for dinner. They made reservations at a local restaurant. As we arrived, a handsome man dressed in a suit and tie greeted each of us. We were presented with a single red rose and escorted to the table. It turned out to be an enjoyable evening among friends where we felt cherished. It went a long way to easing the pressure of that day.

Each year after that, the men would come up with a plan. One year they invited us women to the church where they cooked dinner for them. Another year they had a progressive dinner where they had appetizers at one house, dinner at another, and dessert at a final house.

Those dinners each Valentine’s Day were a welcome time of fun and friendship without the pressure of having to be a couple.

What are your thoughts on dining out on Valentine’s Day?

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2 responses to “Dining Out on Valentine’s Day

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Great ideas! I hope I can pass them on.

  2. Carole, I can’t take any credit for the idea, but I hope you are able to pass it along!

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