And when we say plan, we don't mean wait by the phone and read Eat, Pray, Love again–we mean plan to do something fun, something that doesn't entail having to be around your love-struck couple friends and something that won't have you ending the night crying into your pillow. We suggest hitting a bar with your single pals and have a blast with the other people who are flying solo and looking for fun on VDay.
4. Refrain from drinking an entire bottle of wine by yourself.
Yes, fine, this could be considered "making your own plan" but just trust us on this one, okay?
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5. Reevaluate the potential relationship post-VDay.
After the holiday comes and goes, take stock as to how you feel about how the whole thing went down: Did the guy stand you up after he said he would meet you out (ignoring your five very carefully-worded texts)? Did he creep you out by hitting on your best friend in front of you? Or did he hit your pal's party with you, then give you a kiss you'll never forget at the end of the night?
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A guy who can handle Valentine's Day maturely and gentlemanly, despite not actually being your boyfriend, is a keeper. One who acts like a dick because he's worried that you're going to read too much into whatever small gesture he does do for you is not worth hanging out with any further. The bottom line: If a guy's going to get all skittish on you over an over-hyped Hallmark holiday, that a pretty big red flag.
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