5 DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Unique of Heart
5 DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Unique of Heart
Alternative valentine’s plans for the rest of us
Bethany Rae, February 1, 2022
February 14th will forever be a holiday that caters to those couples who like to go to doctors’ appointments together. Recently divorced? Happily single? Secretly in love with your aunt’s butcher? Maybe it’s time you start celebrating Valentine’s Day your way. Check your mailbox because Northern Fork is about to deliver some alternative DIY V-Day Ideas…yanno, for the rest of us.
Host a Galentine’s Spa Day
Gather your girlfriends for a celebration that Leslie Knope would be proud of…spa style. We’re talking candles galore and enough cucumber water to drown your ex. Plug-in a bubbling fountain or play meditation sounds from an iPad app. Cover tabletops in platters of light finger foods and fashion and health magazines. Chill a few bottles of champagne and fresh-squeezed juices. Send guests home with favors like freezable eye-masks and travel-sized skincare.
Here are ScratchMommy’s recipes for edible face masks:
Charcoal for Acne-prone skin
- 2 Tablespoons Bentonite clay
- ½ Teaspoon activated charcoal (2 capsules)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Mix ingredients until a thick paste forms. Apply to a clean face and leave on for 15minutes (mask will feel tight) and rinse off with warm water.
Avocado Honey for Dry skin
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 Tablespoon raw, organic honey
- Mash or whip the ingredients and apply to a clean face for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Turmeric Yoghurt for Aging skin
- 2 Tablespoons plain, Greek yoghurt
- 1 Tablespoon dried, ground turmeric
- Stir turmeric into yoghurt and apply to a clean face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Make it extra: Hire a masseuse to come to your party and offer each guest a mini
Maybe we can be each other’s soulmates.” -Charlotte York
Indulge in an All-Day Movie Marathon with your Celebrity Crush
You’re never alone if the television is big enough. Pop round to the local bodega and stock-up on all your favorite theatre snacks. And we mean all. At home, gather necessities like every pillow and blanket you’ve ever owned. Fill a large, water-tight container with ice and tuck-in an assortment of bottled beers or sodas. Close the blackout curtains and turn down the lights…get ready to spend some serious time with the love of your life.
Here is Northern Fork’s recipe for Bacon Popcorn:
- Oil (1/4 cup for topping + extra for popping)
- popcorn kernels
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
Make it extra: Rent a projector from a library or electronics store. Hang a white sheet if you don’t have a light-colored wall.
“You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.” -Rhett Butler
Celebrate the Day of Love with your Special Pet
No relationship is as perfect as the one you have with your furry babe. Take the day to show them how much you care…by a shopping spree at a pet store, a stroll through a dog park, or a lengthy romp with a ball of yarn. Invite like-minded individuals on a pet playdate and send everyone home with a themed collar or toy favor. THIS is true love.
Here is Crazy for Crust’s recipe for an Easy Homemade Dog Cake:
Peanut Butter Dog Cake
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a 6” cake pan (or loaf pan) with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Gently mix ingredients and pour into prepared pan. Bake 20-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting (whip heavy cream until peaks form).
Make it extra: Spread the love by donating food or time at your local animal shelter.
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” -Charles de Gaulle
Babysit for a Couple who Desperately Need a Date Night
Be the hero this world needs by offering to babysit for a couple who doesn’t often get to hit the town for Valentine’s Day. Relax. They’re children. You only have to keep them alive for a few precious hours and they go to bed super early. Double-down by skipping the takeout and making pizzas from scratch. Turn the kitchen into a classroom or pretend everyone is on a cooking show.
Here is the Simply Recipes How-to for making delicious homemade pizzas:
- 5 cups warm water
- 1 packet (2.25 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 75 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Proof the yeast by pouring warm water into the bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer and sprinkling the yeast over the water. Once frothy, use the mixer’s paddle attachment to mix-in the remaining ingredients. Switch to the dough hook and “knead” for 7-10 minutes. Grease a large glass bowl with olive oil and place the newly formed ball of dough inside, cover with plastic, and allow to rise (1.5 hours in a warm place or 24 hours in the fridge).
Make it extra: Help the kiddos construct handmade valentine’s and write their family thoughtful love letters. What a wonderful surprise for them to share first thing in the morning…while you’re at home…sleeping in.
“The soul is healed by being with children.” -Erma Bombeck
Sweeten things up: Get Baking
Pies would never get into a fight with your mother. Brownies ALWAYS remember your birthday. Tarts? They have no hesitations about saying “I do”…
Prove your undying faithfulness to the wonderful sweet treats in your life by devoting the day to celebrating them. Splurge on some fancy bakeware or a new apron and get into the kitchen. Pack up some cookies for a friend or coworker or even a lovely neighbor (not the mean one!). All alone in life? That just means you don’t have to share!
If you’re hungry for ideas, Taste of Home offers 35 Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipes.
And if the batch gets burned, you can always order a Sweetheart Tray from Northern Fork. Sweet.
“Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile” -Anna Olson