10 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Whether you just started dating or have been together for what feels like forever (because we all get to that point), it’s important to keep things feeling new and exciting. Valentine’s Day might sound like you need a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant with a bouquet of roses and a bottle of wine. But who in the world decided that that expensive, cliché, cheesy date night is the only way to celebrate your love? Plan a V-Day that will not only make your partner feel cared for and special, but will create new memories together.
1. Have a picnic
Because what’s more romantic than grabbing a blanket, packing up some food, and spending a sweet, simple, thoughtful meal together, just the two of you? There’s a reason it’s a rom-com classic! It’ll 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.
2. Listen to live music
Whether it’s 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’s a speakeasy, pub, or piano bar near you for some extra-memorable fun. You’ll sing, you’ll dance, and you’ll fall in love all over again.
3. Breakfast date
February 14 falls on a Thursday 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 Thursday, 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.
4. Spontaneous Trip
If you’re thinking about getting away for a night or two, don’t worry — it’s not 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, or make it a Staycation by booking a hotel room in your own city. You’ll feel like you’re 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.
5. Movie Marathon
Feel like just staying in and relaxing? You don’t have to resort to Netflix and Chill! Plan your own special movie marathon. Make it feel more exciting than just a typical TV night with a homemade dinner, or order from all your favorite takeout restaurants. Get your popcorn, chocolate, and wine ready, sit back, relax, and be so glad you’re not in a tight dress at an overpriced restaurant.