Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated occasions of the year. But did you know that it was originally a pagan festival of fertility? Truly there are many interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. Today, the world still celebrates the occasion but in a much different way. Dinner dates, bouquets, chocolates. You know the drill. It’s all about love and romance.
The thing is, if you have been with your significant other for quite a long time, things can get a bit repetitive and predictable during this special occasion. For this reason, some people go out of their way to make the day extra special.
Looking for other ways to celebrate the day of hearts? Apart from the traditional giving of gifts and Valentine’s Day flowers, there are many fun and unique (even unconventional) ways to celebrate V-Day. Make the day memorable with these Valentine’s Day date ideas.
1. Recreate your first date.
The “firsts” are always special and these are some of the things you’ll never forget throughout your relationship. Remember how nervous you were before your first date? Or how you couldn’t seem to find the right outfit to wear? The butterflies in your tummy?
One of the most romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to recreate your first date. It’s a great way to ignite the spark once again. So go to that restaurant where you had your first dinner together or that park where you first held hands. Relive the times when you were just starting out.
For inspiration, watch how Henry re-enacted the first time he met Lucy in the movie 50 First Dates.
2. Have a cook-off.
Restaurants tend to be full during Valentine’s season and food can get pricey as well. While dining at one of your favourite places is fancy, you can skip the dinner out and prepare dinner yourselves. Cooking together is a sweet way for couples to bond. In addition, buying the ingredients you need means more bonding time. To add a fun twist to the usual “cooking together” thing, make it a cook-off instead.
Don’t forget to make the setting more romantic. Call for same day flower delivery and adorn with the place with some fresh blooms. Add scented some scented candles for an aromatic treat.
3. Create your own drive-in movie theatre.
Movie buff? Celebrate the day of hearts by watching your favourite flicks. Hello, movie marathon! But on this special day, you don’t have to head to the theatre (movie houses can get pretty crowded, too.) Instead, why not create your very own drive-in? It doesn’t have to be a huge parking lot, just put your backyard or garden to use. With a laptop and projector, you’re all set!
This idea is also great for mums and dads who want to celebrate V-Day with their kids. Don’t forget the popcorn!
4. Have an indoor picnic.
If you want to avoid all the Valentine’s Day buzz outside and just want to stay indoors, have an indoor picnic. Whip up your favourite dishes and enjoy a good meal. It’s definitely more intimate and so laid back.
Hey, V-Day isn’t all about smitten couples. It’s also about family. If you have kids, make it a point to celebrate with them. An indoor picnic is just perfect. You can even make it a family tradition. This is a way to let your kids know that the holiday is also about family. For sure, this will be one of the best things they will remember about you.
5. Watch the sunset together.
Okay, so you feel like going out. Head to a place with a clear view of the sunset. There’s nothing more romantic than watching the magnificent view of the sunset with the most important person in your life. If you head to the beach, you can bring some wine with you and enjoy the drink while taking in such a picturesque view.
6. Go stargazing.
If weather conditions permit, take advantage and see the stars. This is a romantic way to cap off the night after you’ve watched the sunset by the beach. But you don’t have to go too far for this sweet and intimate Valentine’s activity. You can simply stay at home and stargaze right on your rooftop, in your garden or at your favourite park.
7. Get pampered together.
Some people take the day off to spend quality time with their loved one on the day of hearts. If you are one of those people, consider treating your darling to a relaxing pamper session or better yet, get pampered together. You can opt for a massage, a foot scrub or any spa treatment of choice. If you want to do something more intimate, you can stay home and give each other a sensual massage.
8. Go to a concert.
The thought of rock and roll may not sound very romantic but this makes for a unique way to spend time together on this special day. Music brings people together and many successful couples have met at concerts. If the two of you have a favourite band, see them play live. Check out local music events in town. There is bound to be one what with all the festivities for the love month.
9. Go on an outdoor adventure.
Stray away from the usual laid back and sweet activities by doing something adventurous. If you are both outdoor enthusiasts, extreme activities are your best options for the day. Go kayaking or surfing if you want to be near the water. Mountain climbing and trekking will get you closer to nature. For a major adrenaline rush, you can try bungee jumping or skydiving. How’s that for a Valentine’s date?
10. Organise a party for single friends.
This V-Day idea is only for those who are open to the idea of sharing the day with other people and not just their significant other. Ever thought of organising a dinner party for your single friends?
If you have unattached friends, you can make their day special in a way (and show them how much of a good friend you are) by hosting a get together for them. You can invite your partner’s single friends to the party as well and get all the singles to mingle. Who knows, you both could end up being matchmakers.
These kinds off dates will surely make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable. But remember, you don’t have to wait for the 14th of February to act all sweet and romantic. You can always make every day Valentine’s Day with small gestures of love.
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