Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all types of love, including friendship. If you’re planning to celebrate the holiday with your friend group this year, there are a variety of activities you can enjoy together. Whether you want to have a small gathering in your home, enjoy a night on the town, or get in some group exercise, the Corinth area offers a host of options for friends looking to spend some time together this year.
Host a Galentine’s Day Party
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Inviting your friends to a gathering in your home is a thoughtful gesture they’ll appreciate, and you can make it as simple or as fancy as you’d like. First, make some DIY invitations, and put them in the mail. After that’s taken care of, it’s time to choose place settings and a centerpiece. For food, decide if you’ll make it yourself, have it catered, or ask everyone to bring a dish. To get people interacting with each other, consider playing a few Valentine’s Day games.
If you’re not feeling up to hosting a party in your home, have it at a local eatery. Bella Maca serves Argentinian and Italian cuisine and has live music every night. If you and your friends are pet owners, check out Bones and Burritos, a casual, dog-friendly Mexican restaurant. For a fine dining experience, try Bistecca, an Italian steakhouse with an extensive cocktail menu. Wherever you decide to eat, consider making a reservation, since the week of Valentine’s Day is a popular time to dine out.
Enjoy a Spa Day
Who doesn’t love a spa day? For Valentine’s Day this year, consider organizing a trip to a local spa or arranging an at-home spa session with self-care gifts for everyone. If you opt for a visit to a local spa, check out Divine Indulgence Day Spa in Corinth or The Woodhouse Day Spa in Highland Village. Both spas offer a host of services, including massages, facials, manicures, and more.
For an at-home spa session, consider making everyone a spa kit. If you’re on a budget, assign everyone an item or two to bring, put the kits together at the party, and enjoy.
Send Handmade Cards
Handmade cards are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift if you can’t get together with your friends in person. They’re thoughtful, budget-friendly, and fun to create. With so much communication taking place digitally, receiving cards and other gifts via snail mail is more meaningful than ever.
Take a Class
Are you and your friends up for learning something new this year? Consider taking a class on Valentine’s Day together. The Creative Arts Center of Dallas offers a range of programs, including classes in ceramics, mixed media, drawing, painting, and more. Pure Synergy Wellness Studio and Inspire Yoga offer yoga and Pilates classes for friend groups interested in yoga.
If you’re interested in learning how to prepare a new dish, A Touch of Olive, owned by personal chef Demetria Olive, will come to your home and teach a class. The Cookery is another option, and it offers a wide range of interactive cooking classes focusing on seasonal, regional, and international fare.
Consider celebrating the holiday with a little retail therapy with friends. Bittersweet Ivy, The Palm Tree Boutique, and La Di Da are three boutiques in the area that carry a large supply of women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. If you’d like to venture a little farther out, Dallas is home to various places to shop as well. The West Village is an outdoor shopping area filled with boutiques, restaurants, and bars. For luxury shopping, try Highland Park Village, which houses brands such as Fendi, Dior, and Chanel.
Visit a Museum
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If you and your friends enjoy art, hop in the car and drive to Fort Worth to visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth or the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Around Valentine’s Day, many museums offer special events to celebrate the holiday, so check out their social media pages to see if anything fun is going on.
Run a Race
Skip the candy, treats, and wine, and lace up your tennis shoes instead. You could opt for a color run, a mud run, or a polar bear run, just to name a few. If your friend group is serious about running, consider a 5K, 10K, or marathon, but if you’d prefer to keep it simple, just sign up for a quick, 1-mile fun run.
Check out this race calendar that tracks events in Dallas and the surrounding areas to start planning, and don’t forget to look into virtual races. They’re rapidly gaining in popularity, and participating in one might be a fun event to pair with a Galentine’s Party.
Go On a Hike
Bundle up and spend a few hours hiking in the great outdoors. You’ll find plenty of trails in the area. If you and your friends are seasoned hikers, Cedar Ridge Preserve has several trails to choose from. The Cedar Brake Trail via Cattail Pond Trail is a 2.7-mile trail that offers lovely lake views and is dog-friendly. Try the Cedar Ridge Outer Loop for a longer hike, which is 5.4 miles and is also dog friendly.
If you’d prefer an easy stroll in the city, try the Katy Trail in Dallas. It’s an urban trail that links Dallas’ business district with restaurants, shops, and residential areas. Take an hour or two to explore the path, and end the day at one of the nearby restaurants, such as the Katy Trail Ice House, a casual beer garden with lovely views. The Mansion Restaurant is another dining option near the trail, an upscale eatery serving contemporary American cuisine that prepares meals using locally grown, fresh ingredients.
Here at Huffines Kia Corinth, we hope you found this list of ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends helpful. If you need more suggestions or have any ideas to share, please let us know. Just send us an email or give us a call. We would love to hear from you!