Before you go on to say Valentine’s Day is overrated, let me just stop you right there. I, for one, LOVE Valentine’s Day, (it’s a different story for my husband!). From surprise gifts and candlelight dinners to true romance and the festive ambiance, there is something special about the day that gives you butterflies in your stomach.
If you are like me, you must start planning to do something special for your special someone well in advance. Perhaps, you are completely clueless as how to go about it. Chocolate and roses are so overdone, and this year, you want the day to be absolutely unique. How about I share a few of the best romantic and cute ideas of things to do on Valentine’s Day? You can thank me later!
Things to Do on Valentine’s Day: Romantic Ideas and Cute Activities
1. Start a Couple’s Bucket List
Let’s start with my favorite Valentine’s Day idea of them all. Do you have some couple goals you wish to achieve this year? Jot it down on a notebook and create your very own bucket list. It can include anything you two dream to do in life together. Perhaps, it can be traveling to Ireland to sleep in a beautiful castle or going far into the north to see the glaciers. It can be a resolution to hit the gym and workout regularly. It can even include binging on Game of Thrones or catching up on your readings. Any fun activities or experiences should be on the list!
Need some ideas? Check out my bucket list, the Best Couples Bucket List or the Ultimate Travel Bucket List for 1,000s of the best.
2. Eat Breakfast in Bed
How about dishing up a little love by preparing a delicious breakfast for your beloved and serving it in bed? As they say, good food is the way to someone’s heart. You can make some waffles or pancakes and jazz them up with whipped cream and strawberries. You can even sprinkle some chocolate syrup. Break some eggs and cook a scrumptious cheese omelet with some toast. Most importantly, don’t forget the morning coffee! After it is done, place the food on the bed tray with some roses and a cute little love note.
Hey husbands, the wife loves breakfast in bed! If you’re worried about making it, heres some help:
3. Slow Dance to Your Song
Don’t we all have a song that reminds us of the time when we fell in love? Remember the early days when you both were nervous and giggly, and holding hands gave you jitters and enveloped you in warmth at the same time? The first kiss and even the first fight over the silliest issue… Oh, those lovely days! Bring them back by putting on YOUR song and slow dancing to it.
4. Stay in a Suite
Pack away a few belongings and go on a short couple’s retreat. I would especially recommend this if you are stressed out parents or burned out workaholics. Send your kids off to their dear old grandparents, cancel all the appointments, and book a cozy suite for just the two of you. Spend your time lazily snuggled up with each other in bed, watch a romantic movie on Netflix, order away your comfort food and talk to your heart’s desire with zero interruptions and diaper explosions.
5. Recreate Your First Date
The giggling girl, the lame jokes he cracked, and those stealing glances caught red-handed… Oh, and that restaurant with dim lights and weird food that somehow became a favorite place in your mind. Would you two like to relive that night? Dress up, be sure to put on the very same cherry-red lipstick and that green tie and plan to meet each other at 8. This year, your Valentine’s Day will be quite memorable! Recreating a first date is also very popular for marriage proposals. Just saying.
Here is some helpful resources for checking this goal off the Valentine’s bucket list:
6. Stay Up All Night
Do you remember when the two of you just started your relationship and would spend the wee hours of the morning just talking on the phone? Try to replicate that special period of time by planning an all-nighter that may include chatting, laughing, dancing or taking a late night stroll.
Need some ideas for this all nighter date? You can ask each other these 365 thought provoking questions or check out the top 20 stay-at-home date nights.
7. Take a Bubble Bath (with Champagne & Strawberries!)
Bubble baths are not only romantic, they are actually quite therapeutic. They have a power to cleanse and soothe you inside out. If you are a little harried and short on time, take out an hour and jump into the bathtub with your significant other. Set up the mood! Light scented candles, dim the lights, put on relaxing music, fill up the bath with water and add some salts and bath bombs, and plunge! Add some strawberries and a bottle of champagne and this is one of the must things to do on Valentine’s Day.
Want to make it the most memorable bath for the two of you? Get inspiration from Romantic Baths for Two and How to Set Up a Romantic Bath. Don’t forget these cute Love Bath Bombs!
8. Eat a Fancy Dinner Out
Sometimes it will be ages since your girlfriend and you went out to have a decent dinner without looking at your clocks. Plan to have a night out having a lavish meal in a five-star restaurant without having to worry about any pending housework that needs to be done or work commitments. Relax, head out to your favorite fancy restaurant and indulge in gourmet food in a midst of tranquility.
9. Create a Music Playlist of Your Relationship
Compile all the songs that have meaning to your relationship and put them on a cd. What song was playing on your first date? Before you had the title of boyfriend or girlfriend? What was your wedding song? Is there a band that brings back wonderful memories? You can make it a ritual to listen to the tunes on each Valentine’s Day.
Having a hard time thinking of songs? Marie Claire has made it easy with the 50 Romantic Love Songs Guaranteed to Make You Melt.
10. Stay in Bed All Day (& Night)
Do you often feel that you are losing touch with each other? There is this gap that keeps on stretching when you try to talk and connect, with running a household and busy careers, there just seems like too many other things to do. Reconnect now! Give up all the chores, take the day off and spend a lazy afternoon (and night!) in bed this Valentine’s Day. Talk, cuddle, gossip, laugh and much more *wink wink*. You will notice the difference instantly.
11. Eat Fondue Together
Are you two foodies who would simply love to dip in fondue and forget about everything else? Grab a huge pot of fondue, some bread, and forks, and eat away! It is a Swiss and French Savoyard dish that features melted cheese over a portable stove. If you want sweet rather than savory, you can go for chocolate fondue that has sweet tidbits of fruits and pastries. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?
This is a delicious recipe for fondue that I brought all the way back from Switzerland. And here’s the cutest red fondue pot or for something even easier, an electric one!
12. Share Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Do you want to keep your Valentine’s Day low-key with no expensive gifts or a lavish dinner? Just grab some strawberries, dip them in Nutella and devour them together. Honestly, you can’t beat that! Simplicity has its own charm. Sometimes you don’t need lavish activities, all you need is to lie down on the couch together, watch some TV and gobble down some chocolate-covered strawberries. Try it!
You don’t even have to do the work of making your own! Harry & David will deliver you 6 deliciously drizzled srawberries to your home. If you prefer milk chocolate, Godiva will do the same with their milk chocolate covered strawberries.
13. Get a Couples Massage
A couples massage is one of the hottest treatments at luxury spas all over the world. What could be more romantic than lying side-by-side with your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse in the most relaxing environment? If a full body massage is not your cup of tea, try a soothing foot massage, where you will get your tootsies rubbed by a professional. Or, for a even more intimate couples activity, you can learn how to give each other a sexy tranquilizing massage.
For help on giving the best massage check out this article on how to give a romantic massage, or this one: how to give him a massage he wont forget. Don’t forget the Kama Sutra Massage Oils!
14. Watch Your Favorite Romantic Movie
Watch a romantic movie together to reflect your lovey-dovey feelings on Valentine’s Day. From a romantic comedy like You’ve Got Mail to a tearjerker like Titanic, have a movie marathon or stick to your most favorite one. Laugh at jokes, cuddle, and don’t forget to have some popcorn and soda.
If you are have a hard time thinking of a flick, here are 32 of the most romantic movies of all time.
15. Watch the Sunset
To watch a glorious sundown across the horizon, you don’t need to be somewhere far off in a tropical isle. You can easily witness a stunning sunset in your very own town. All you need is a clear view. My husband and I often take a stroll to a field across our house, and when twilight strikes, we sit down on a bench, and quietly gaze at the sun disappearing below the horizon. It is simply serene.
16. Spend the Night at a B&B
A must on your Valentine’s Bucket List is to spend a romantic night at a quaint Bed & Breakfast. B&Bs are a nice alternative to a hotel. Not only are they generally more cost effective, but you will also be cooked a delicious breakfast in the morning that is much better than the typical continental buffet.
There are amazing bed & breakfasts all over the world, but it doesn’t even have to be far from home, B&Bs make a great overnight getaway too! And if you’ve never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, heres what you’re missing out on.
17. Make Love in an Exciting Location
Get out of the bedroom and take your lovemaking to a sexy location. Joining the mile high club, which is getting intimate in an airplane, seems to be a popular choice. But, there are many other creative ideas too. How about getting busy on top of the washer, on a porch swing, in a field of wildflowers or on a rooftop. Or possibly all of them?
If none of those ideas grab you, here are some others:
18. Fill the House with Candles
Want to send a secret ‘love’ message without resorting to fancy dinners and surprise gifts? Light up your whole house with scented (and unscented) candles! Create a calming ambience where you two can simply relax, talk to each other and gaze at the flickering flames surrounding you. If you are worried about starting a fire, then try these flameless tealight candles.
19. Write Each Other a Love Letter
About five years ago I wrote a love letter to my future self, but it got me to thinking that I had never written one to my husband of over twenty years. Lets bring it back to old school; the days where letters were handwritten, sealed with a kiss and mailed at the post office. Love letters are a physical memory that will last a lifetime.
Need Help? Read these 15 tips for writing an amazing love letter and this simple one on how to write a love letter. Dont forget to add one of the 52 Incredibly Romantic Quotes.
20. Tell Each Other Why You Fell in Love with One Another
That’s my favorite game! Asking my husband how and when he fell in love with me can’t help but lead to him asking me back! It allows us to relive the sweet memories amidst a chaotic life and reminds us why we are meant for each other. This February 14th, remind your significant other why you chose to be with them, and what’s so special about them.
21. Buy a Lottery Ticket and Share Your Dreams
Sometimes we are so lost in living and making both ends meet that we forget to focus on our dreams and passions. We have plans to achieve our goals and they start out good, but then comes responsibilities and the ever-increasing workload. Then, some of our dreams naturally get tucked away and then forgotten. This Valentines Day reawaken your dreams and take a leap of faith. Buy a lottery ticket! I know it sounds crazy but who knows, you might be lucky enough to win. But, even if you are not the winner, sharing what you would do with the winnings makes for a great conversation.
22. Take a Walk Holding Hands
There is nothing like being enveloped in the warmth of your loved one. On Valentine’s Day, a simple thing to do is to take a quiet walk while holding each others’ hands and just being in the moment. Make a beeline for a park where you two stole a quick kiss under the tree, or to the moonlit beach when waves crashed at your feet. If you are busy workaholics, it can be even be a walk from your home to the workplace!
23. Take a Pottery Class and Recreate the Movie Ghost
When you imagine pottery, perhaps ceramic bowls come to your mind. But if you have seen the movie Ghost, you know why I am bringing up pottery on Valentine’s Day. The movie has one of the most romantic scenes circling around pottery! If you and your special someone would love some creativity and romance combined together, take a private pottery class, and recreate the famous scene.
24. Kiss on a Ferris wheel
Funnily enough, amusement parks hold some power to ignite romance coupled with adventure. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a bustling park where you can have some cotton candy and hotdogs, and maybe win a cute teddy bear for each other. Hop upon a Ferris wheel and head towards the sky. Encircled by breathtaking views of the city and twinkling stars atop, share a lingering kiss!
25. Sunset Dinner Cruise
A dinner cruise fronted by a stunning sunset is a perfect way to finish your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Embark upon a ship together and experience a city (and each other’s company) in a completely different and exotic way. Faces kissed by sea breeze and alight with wide smiles, spend quality time and be treated with luxury. Have scrumptious seafood, indulge in cocktails, and watch the sun melt into the ocean.
26. Put Rose Petals on the Bed
Perhaps your partner has to work late, so there will be no time for a fancy dinner or night on the town. Still, you want to send them a message that how much them mean to you and put your point across. Have you considered arranging rose petals on bed that spell out your message? Turn your bedroom into a romantic retreat by showering some red roses throughout the bed. Say ‘I love you’ or any other message you choose.
27. Create your Couples Cocktail
When you can have a special song to dance to, then what’s stopping you to have your own signature drink? You know, something you cannot simply grab off the shelf or get in your local bar. Celebrate the day of affection and love by creating a cocktail that captures the intensity of your emotions and the fiery flavors of your love. Raise a glass to your relationship and drink away!
Not sure where to start? Check out these 10 Tips on How To Make a Great Cocktail and Your House Cocktail is the Most Important Recipe You’ll Ever Invent
28. Make Breakfast for Dinner
Have a busy routine but don’t want to miss out on Valentine’s Day? Give your day a fancy twist by having a platter of scrumptious breakfast items at dinner! Who says you can’t have eggs and sausages, and pancakes topped with strawberries and maple syrup at night? The delicious evening brunch will surely bring joy in your tiring day and spice up your night.
29. Feed Each Other
As they say the fastest way to the heart is through good food! Feed each other a handful of delicious goodies, giggle and fall in love all over again. I know it sounds cheesy, but the intimate interaction is a perfect solution to reignite the spark in your relationship. From saucy sandwiches to sweet candies, don’t hold back. Be careful not to bite each others fingers, but maybe a little nibble would be okay.
30. Shop for Lingerie Together
Do you think the romance in your relationship is wavering because of the monotonous routine and predictable hugs? You must get out of the dullsville and spice up things this Valentine’s Day! Make a beeline for your favorite lingerie shop with your partner and choose some sexy lingerie (and outfits) together. I am sure they can’t wait to see you in those spunky pieces!
If you’re a little too shy to visit a store in person, shop online together! For some super sexy styles check out the lingerie at Yandy, Frederik’s and Uye Surana.
31. Play a Sexy Game of Twister
Right foot on yellow…let foot on red…you can only imagine the pretzel-like positions you are your partner could get yourselves into. Get a little creative and turn this classic game into a sexy night at home. Hurry and buy your Twister game here.
32. Leave Love Sticky Notes all Over the House
Does your husband and you have a thing for love letters and sweet little notes? Do you leave them on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror and even in each other’s wallets? It is a rather pleasant surprise stumbling upon a love note and realizing how much you mean to them. Perhaps, there are things you wish to express but aren’t able to. Sticky notes to the rescue! Gather your thoughts, grab a pen or two, and jot down your feeling on notes and stick them randomly all over the house. By the way, they even make heart-shaped sticky notes for the occasion.
33. Have a Picnic
You will have to break out that dusty old picnic basket for this romantic Valentine’s activity. Pack it with your favorite bottle of wine, pick a secluded outdoor getaway and create a memory. Need a basket? Check out this cute wicker picnic basket or get a modern 2-person picnic backpack.
For some of the best picnic ideas check out these 37 ways to have the most delightful picnic ever.
34. Make Out at a Drive-in Movie
Believe it or not but drive-in theaters still exist! If you are yearning for love and nostalgia, head towards the nearest drive-in theatre and watch a romantic movie that will put you in the mood. Skip the popcorn and cuddle with your partner. It will take you back to the time when you first fell in love and the fluttery emotions that took over you. And all that can easily turn into what a drive-in movie is for a steamy make-out session.
35. Go to a Burlesque Show
Provocative and fun, a good Burlesque show can put you in a naughty mood, and don’t forget that it takes two to tango! If are you are looking for a way to spend your Valentine’s Day a little differently, buy tickets to a Burlesque show happening on February 14th. Watch the drama, and sway to the exotic dance sequences. You will have a wonderful time and come back fully charged up for an exciting night.
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I hope now you are all set with cute and romantic things to do on Valentine’s Day! It is only a day, but it doesn’t hurt to go an extra mile for your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other. Make them smile, give them a kiss and cuddle all you want!
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