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6 Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you probably fall into one of two buckets – prepared or unprepared. There’s a few things to remember when it comes to the love that surrounds this heart-filled day. Valentine’s Day is just that, just another day. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself when you are trying to plan. Anytime you get to spend with that special person should be enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be a great day or night! But if you are still working out the details of how your day of cupid will go down, here’s a few ideas to get you started.
1. Game Night
As kids, we tend to think of game night as a family thing to do. But why not play just as couples? Sometimes we all need time to unwind and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun. A little friendly competition can really create some friendly tension between you and your partner. There are a lot of breweries and coffee shops that could make this an easy night out and a lot of them have game libraries to use so you don’t need to bring your own, unless you want to. If staying in, grab a charcuterie tray, some champagne and your favorite board game and enjoy some one-on-one time.
2. Cooking Class
A couple that cooks together, stays together, right? Or eats well together! Check out local cooking schools or even local cooking stores for special classes just for Valentine’s Day. Many of them have classes all year round but add a few more during this time of year. The best part about this is that you’ll have a great dinner at the end of the night and probably a few drinks in between. This is also a great one if you are open to doing something NOT on Valentine’s Day. They often have many options around this time and if you are flexible with dates you might be able to find just the right menu!
3. Fondue at Home
It seems like fondue restaurants are always the first to book up this time of year but if you are into fondue, it can be done at home too! Order a fondue set if you don’t already have one and purchase pre-cut food items so you don’t have to do a ton of work. Light a fire, lay out some pillows to sit on and pour a couple glasses of wine and enjoy yourself. This is also a fun night for the family if you don’t have a sitter!
4. A Stay Away
If you think about it at least a little in advance, book a night at a hotel for you and your loved one. Maybe choose a place a little nicer than you might normally stay or try a new spot! Feel free to select one with enticing amenities. Enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant downstairs, a couple’s massage in the spa or a drink at the bar before heading back up to bed. If you are the more quiet type, maybe order room service, rent a movie and cozy into bed. Even enjoy sleeping in the next morning. There’s so many options with a quick night away!
5. Planetarium or Stargazing
Almost everyone loves looking up at the stars. There’s something about that great, big open sky that is so intriguing. Depending on the weather, you might grab a blanket (or two) two chairs or the bed of a truck, a warm winter cocktail and just look up. There are some really neat apps out there that help you identify the constellations. Or, if you both know them, make a game of who can find the most or the quickest. If sitting outside isn’t in the cards, you might check out a local planetarium (if you have one) where you can spend the evening.
6. Have a Day (or Night) at the Museum
There are so many museums these days for kids and adults alike. But if you have kids, how often do you visit without them? It’s funny to think of going to a kids’ museum or a history museum in the evening without kids, but believe me, there’s a lot of fun to be had! Experience things without your kids pulling on you, or, if you don’t have kids, pick a place you might not have visited before. Sometimes there are even special evening events.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day!