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TEN DATE IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY TO CELEBRATE YOUR WAY…
Whether you just started dating or have been together for what feels like forever, it is important to keep things feeling new and exciting. Valentine’s Day might sound like you need a candlelit dinner at an expensive restaurant with a bouquet of roses and a bottle of champagne.
Well, it is time you get inspired regarding your date ideas for Valentine’s Day and celebrate it your way. The day of love is an important opportunity to take a break from the craziness of everyday life and celebrate your relationship, remembering how lucky you are to have your partner, and creating new memories together. Plan a Valentine’s Day inspired with these ten Valentine’s Day date ideas that are anything but cliché.
ONE. HAVE A PICNIC
What is more romantic than grabbing a blanket, packing up some food, and spending time together enjoying a sweet and simple meal, just the two of you? There is a reason it is a rom-com classic! Even if you live in a cold climate, surprise your partner with a candlelit picnic spread out on your living room floor. It will be a thoughtful, romantic gesture that feels so much more special than a normal dinner at the table or dressing up for a restaurant meal.
TWO. LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
Whether it is a concert for your favorite artist or a speakeasy with a swing band, hearing live music will be so much more fun than just sitting at a boring restaurant! Check out a local band, find out which major artists are coming to your city, or for a more romantic vibe, see if there is a speakeasy, pub, or piano bar near you for some extra-memorable fun. You will sing, you will dance, and you will fall in love all over again!
THREE. TAKE A CLASS.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be boring, and romance doesn’t always have to be, well, romantic! Sometimes learning together and seeing each other in a new setting feels just as romantic as candlelight and fancy food. Whether it is an art class or cooking class, consider trying something new with your partner for a Valentine’s Day you will surely remember.
FOUR. BREAKFAST DATE
Why not start off the day with romance? February 14 falls on a Friday this year — planning a breakfast date or coffee run before work will set up the whole day to feel extra special and more exciting than your typical Friday, plus, having that bonding time in the morning will make you even more excited to see each other at the end of the day. Even if you both have early mornings and fitting in a date before your day starts is hard, making your partner pancakes or their favorite omelet would go a long way.
FIVE. BE A TOURIST
In the mood for a little adventure? Look up your city’s local museums or favorite tourist sites. If you would rather be more active than intellectual (and live in a warmer climate or can brave the cold), take your significant other to your local amusement park. Riding roller coasters and eating cotton candy will be so much fun for you two to do together, but there is also something romantic and playful about amusement parks.
SIX. MOVIE MARATHON
Feel like just staying in and relaxing? You don’t have to resort to Netflix and chill! Whether you want to be festive and watch rom-coms, horror movies are more your vibe or are both Harry Potter fans plan your own special movie marathon. Make it feel more exciting than just a typical TV night with a homemade dinner, or order from your favorite takeout. Get the popcorn, chocolate, and wine ready, sit back, relax, and be so glad you are not in a tight dress at an overpriced restaurant.
SEVEN. SPONTANEOUS GETAWAY TRIP
If you are thinking about getting away for a night or two, don’t worry — it isn’t too late! In fact, many of the best trips come together last minute. Sneak away to a nearby town for the chance to do some exploring and the luxury of staying in a hotel, or make it a staycation by booking a hotel room in your own city. You will feel like you are on vacation without the bummer of travel time. Whether you want to see all the sites and experience new things, or you end up staying in the hotel the entire time, a night away from home will reconnect you and build memories you will never forget.
If you and your partner are seasoned campers, a fancy picnic with champagne, a campfire, and a pitched tent might be the perfect and personal Valentine’s Day. If you aren’t seasoned campers set up some sleeping bags or blankets on the floor, put on a fire – either in a fireplace or on your TV screen – and get creative with indoor s’mores, to get the full effect. It is creative, cozy, and will be so much fun!
NINE. CHANNEL YOUR INNER CHILD
If being playful and having fun sounds so much better to you than dressing up for a sophisticated evening, consider going roller skating, bowling, or ice skating. There is just no way you won’t have fun channeling your inner-child with these go-to activities, but one of you is just bound to be much worse than the other, providing adorable moments. Think, holding hands ice skating, laughing over falls and tumbles, etc. Or you are both equally as competitive and it results in some flirty competition – either way, it is a win-win, no matter who actually wins!
TEN. PLAY HOOKY
If you can, take the day off of work and stay in bed all day for some relaxation. Have breakfast in bed, watch your favorite movies, give each other massages, or go to a matinee movie. If you can’t call off work, you can plan an R&R day for the weekend and celebrate Valentine’s Day then. Because what better way is there to celebrate your relationship than to spend an entire day with just your partner, and no other distractions.