Whether you’ve been dating for two weeks, two months, or twenty years, it’s never too early (or too late!) to come up with creative ideas for how to spend Valentine’s day. Take advantage of the hype that comes with the day and plan a romantic evening of activities you know your girl, or guy, is bound to be a fan of. Rather than sticking to dinner and a movie, pick one of these ideas and have fun celebrating your relationship. If you happen to be single on this special day, don’t let that stop you! Grab a friend, pick an activity and head off for an equally fun night.
1) Tickets To A Show
When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choices. One idea that encompasses both a gift and a plan for the evening is tickets to a live show. You can show your thoughtfulness and sensitivity to your partner by picking one that is exactly suited to their tastes. From musicals to comedy shows, you are bound to be able to find something you are sure they will enjoy, that varies from the typical routine of going to the movies. The excitement of watching live theatre is bound to heighten the feeling of romance between you two on your night out.
2) Take A Class Together
Learning a new skill or hobby together will be heaps of fun, allows for a great lot of couple bonding and might even teach you a thing or two in the process. You could take a cooking class and then perhaps even use your newfound knowledge to cook dinner together. Alternatively, a sensual ballroom dance class is the perfect idea for a romantic night spent in each other’s company. Learning something new together is not only interesting, but also allows you to grow as a couple.
3) Karaoke Night!
Although it might not sound terribly romantic, this one is good for a couple who are goofy and enjoy a laugh, or perhaps a pair who haven’t been seeing each other for very long and just want a casual night chilling together. Whether you have a host of songs you already know and love singing together, or you’re in the process of discovering your couple playlist, this is the perfect plan for a night full of giggles, music and not taking yourself too seriously.
4) Have A Get Together With Your Closest Friends
If you feel like mixing things up this Valentine’s Day, invite your other couple friends over and make an evening of it. You could organise games, food and music all around the theme of the special occasion. This way you get to spend time with your significant other and all your other favourite people simultaneously. What could be a more love-filled day? Alternatively, if you are single, have a get together with all your girl pals or lads, and spend the night celebrating instead of sulking!
5) Go Out Dancing!
If you’re a couple that enjoys a crazy night out, why not hit up the nightlife in your city and enjoy some quiet drinks in a cozy bar followed by dancing the night away together at your favourite nightclub. Enjoy the fact that you have a dance partner with you, and enjoy jiving and twirling away to your favourite hits. It will undoubtedly be a fantastic night out, and an exciting alternative to a quiet night in or at a sophisticated restaurant.
6) Garden Picnic
Why buy a bouquet of flowers when you can surround yourself with them? It’s hard to think of a venue more romantic than your local botanic gardens, or anywhere where you are surrounded by nature and greenery. This option is perfect for a Valentine’s Day when the weather is fine, and you can pack a picnic to take with you and enjoy a luxurious few hours lazing together in the sun, and maybe even watch the sunset! Sometimes simplicity is key, and this is one low-cost romantic evening plan that will leave you feeling closer than ever to your loved one.
7) Have A First Date Do-Over
For couples that have been together a long while, this will be especially fun! Spend the evening recreating your first date. After all, it symbolises the beginning of your relationship, and the reason you’re together celebrating Valentine’s Day in the first place. Not only is this extremely romantic, it can also be really amusing to see if you remember things the same way, or if time has got the better of you! There’s no limit to how far you can take this, and you can even go as far as to try and wear similar outfits as you did that first destined evening.
8) Couples Photoshoot
One unique idea to have a celebratory Valentine’s Day and simultaneously make memories that will last you a lifetime, is to book a couples photoshoot. This is the perfect way to capture this particular moment of your relationship and keep it for years to come. Not to mention getting dressed up, posing romantically and spending a few hours with your attention fixed solely on one another sounds like the perfect date night anyway!
9) Low-key Night In
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you just can’t find it in you to muster up the energy required to plan a night out, get all dolled up and head off. This doesn’t mean you are any less loving of your significant other, but could simply mean you have a lot going on in your life at the moment. In which case, it is completely fine to have a night-in, perhaps with some takeout, relaxing on the couch with a few good movies or simply talking. Sometimes the nights that require the least effort are the best ones.
10) Embark On A Creative Project
Another out-of-the-box romantic idea is to start a new, creative project together, the perfect outlet from other stresses you may be experiencing in your life. This could take the form of a piece of writing, a painting, drawing or even singing and songwriting together. Although it might feel strange at first, there is evidence to suggest that couples that unleash their creative sides together have a stronger bond, due to the shared joy they undergo during the experience. If you are far from artsy, make it a sport! Regardless, pick an activity that you both love, and chances are you will love doing it together.
With no shortage of ideas to get you going, you best begin planning as your special day is right around the corner. Happy Valentine’s Day!