Valentine’s Day is coming and all relationships need a little bit of romance from time to time. Whether you’re newly dating or have been married for years, it’s nice to add a bit of spice to things once and while. Here’s some ideas for a romantic Valentine’s Day to make things really special for your partner.
It doesn’t need to be a special occasion to do something romantic, though, so even if it’s not “love day” these ideas can help spark romance all year long.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. But that’s mostly because my partner and I spend a lot of time together and we’re lucky enough to have romance in our lives. We’re raising kids, but we share custody with their other parent which means it’s much easier to get together for date night.
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Most of these ideas are things that we enjoyed doing together – hopefully you’ll feel the love just as much while you celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day.
Food Related Ideas for a Romantic Valentine’s Day
Food is one of the key ingredients to a successful (and romantic) Valentine’s Day. Here’s some ideas:
Breakfast in Bed
It’s cliché, but still a great idea. Breakfast in bed is a great start to a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration. It’s more than just food or relaxing with your partner; you’re setting the tone for everything else that follows. How you do this is up to you and really depends on your schedule for the day.
You can order take out from their favourite breakfast place, grab a cup of coffee and doughnut from a local coffee shop, or (and especially!) make something special yourself. Personally, I don’t like eating first thing in the morning – but even a cup of coffee and a small gift (or rose) greeting someone can really say “I love you.”
Candlelit Dinner Out
Nothing says intimacy like candlelight. Make reservations for restaurants well in advance if you don’t want to end up scrambling and disappointed. Sorry, dinner at Applebee’s is not romantic. Of course, there are alternatives to going out if that’s not your thing.
Cook For Your Partner
You could prepare something yourself, which can be very romantic and pretty thoughtful too. The biggest downside to this, though, is you spend a lot of time cooking and not hanging out with your partner. It’s a good move early into a relationship because they can come over just as you’re finishing up, but for married couples (especially when the partner will inevitably help with clean up) it’s a bit less romantic.
Ordering in is a great compromise, especially if you have kids at home. Put them to bed and have your food delivered so you can enjoy a romantic dinner together – no babysitter needed.
Hire a Personal Chef
Last, but definitely not least in the romantic dinner department is hiring a chef to come to your house and prepare dinner. It’s a little pricey, but the experience is absolutely amazing. Just make sure you book well in advance – Valentine’s Day is a popular night for this service!
Chocolate is an aphrodisiac – and the types of foods you dip into it (especially fruit) can be pretty sexy, too. Serve this on its own or as a dessert. It’s intimate, delicious, and playful too.
Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Go to a Show or Event
Get tickets to something you both can do together. This can be a sports game, a concert, the theatre, really anything that you’ll both enjoy. Getting dressed up and spending time together can feel romantic even if you’re not doing something especially lovey-dovey.
Go on a Romantic Scavenger Hunt
You can buy these pre-made for most cities or put one together yourself. It takes a bit of planning, but the payoff is huge. Not only is a romantic scavenger hunt fun for both of you, your partner will also appreciate the amount of effort it took for you to pull it off.
See a Movie Together
Valentine’s Day ticket sales always tempt Hollywood into releasing perfect date-night movies around this time of the year. Take advantage and go see a movie together for Valentine’s Day.
Flowers for Valentine’s Day Romance
Flowers are personal, so really think about the recipient when you gift them. Some people are very practical and don’t enjoy them at all, others melt over a dozen roses. If you want to meet them in the middle, you can give a bouquet of mixed flowers instead of roses. They’re less expensive, but still beautiful when displayed.
Sprinkle Rose Petals
Another Valentine’s Day trope that will take your partner completely by surprise. Even if it’s not all that romantic on its own, enough movies have taught us that seeing a bunch of rose petals mean something sexy is going to happen. Just make sure your partner actually wants to spend Valentine’s Day in the bedroom with you before you pull this move.
Have Flowers Delivered
This is great if you have a long distance relationship or want to surprise your partner at work. Send them flowers right to their home or office so they’re thinking of you (and hopefully, the nice evening you have planned) all day long.
Other Ideas for a Romantic Valentine’s Day
Recreate Your First Date
This is especially romantic if you’ve been together for a long time. Who knows, it could even rekindle some of that spark you felt when you first met. Try and get it as close to your remember as possible. To take this one step further, try and find similar outfits to what you wore (if you have any pictures they can help.)
Play a Sexy Game
I like board games, but they’re not very romantic. There are, however, some great couple games out there. Depending on the mood you’re going for you can either pick something that helps you connect emotionally or one to spice up the bedroom.
Buy a Great Gift
It’s not all about the gifts, but it gifts still matter. Especially if you want to show your partner that you care about them. Valentine’s Day gits can be expensive, but they don’t need to be. Just make sure it either comes from the heart or it’s something you know your partner will like.
Why You Should Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day
A lot of couples treat Valentine’s Day like just another date night. They do something, but it’s not necessarily super romantic. While it’s great if you can have fun with your partner, it’s also important to be romantic too. Use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to add some romance. Even if it is just once a year.
Use these ideas for a romantic Valentine’s day, or think up something you know your partner will love. Either way it’s going to be special!