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Non-romantic Valentine’s Day ideas

Valentine's Day isn't just an occasion to celebrate romantic love. It's a great time to catch up with your best mates for dinner, indulge in a delicious afternoon tea with the girls or enjoy a games night with your family. From recipes to activities, we've got you covered with five fun ideas for spending time with loved ones on February 14.

1. Galentine's afternoon tea

Galentine's Day technically falls on February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, so why not celebrate both? The unofficial holiday was coined by the character Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation back in 2010 and salutes the power of female friendship. To get into the Galentine's spirit, grab your girlfriends and set the scene for a beautiful afternoon tea with pretty pink servingware and playful candles. It isn't a party without cake, and we've rounded up our favourite slices and treats to inspire your spread, best enjoyed alongside champagne in beautiful glassware.

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2. Family games night

Nothing brings the family together like silliness coupled with healthy competition. Board games and puzzles are a great way to entertain big and small kids alike, and you can follow up the fun with a movie and snacks to keep everyone sustained. To create an extra cosy cinema in your living room, hang party lights and get out the bean bags and floor cushions—you could even construct a blanket fort for little ones.

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3. Dinner with the gang

Good friends are as important as partners, and Valentine's Day provides the perfect excuse to treat your mates to a home-cooked meal. For a casual vibe, check out our guide to how to cater for a crowd with cheese boards, platters and share plates, or try a themed dinner that spotlights your favourite cuisine.

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4. Potluck picnic

Make the most of the warm February weather by hosting a potluck picnic and inviting all the special people in your life. From picnic baskets with the works to food storage sets and picnic chairs, we've got everything to make picnicking easy. All you have to do is decide on the spot.

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5. Date night with your furry friend

Snuggling up to your pet is one of life's simple pleasures. Make it extra comfy by investing in a plush blanket that's just for them, or, if they need a little extra TLC, try an orthopaedic or cooling bed. Round out the luxe night in by lighting a scented candle and fixing yourself a  classic cocktail.

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Natalie Mell 09 February, 2022

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