Give your Valentine a day worth remembering with some of these Valentine’s Day date ideas!Jump to Recipe
Romantic chocolate assortments, beautiful bouquets of roses, fancy candlelit dinners, or all the above; Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to show that special someone just how much you care. There’s a fine line between scaring someone off and being romantic, so play it safe and check out these tips for data ideas on Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air, and Cupid is on the hunt.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas: Dinner-Dates
The Melting Pot Fondue Kitchen
Is it really Valentine’s Day without a healthy serving of chocolate? Break the traditional box-of-candies trend and take your date to The Melting Pot for some delicious fondue indulgence. Along with delicious entrees and their iconic 4-course special, The Melting Pot offers a wide variety of flavor-blended fondues for every taste!
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Reservation
If fancy romantic dinners are the key to your Valentine’s heart, date night at the nearest Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is the way to go. Steak isn’t for everyone, so check out California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, and other delicious eateries for annual Valentine’s Day specials. You really can’t go wrong with a high-quality meal.
If your Valentine is a wine-lover, a trip to a local winery for a flight of wine tasting is a killer date idea. Around Valentine’s Day, lots of wineries have specials and deals that get you more bang for your buck. Not only that, you’ll get to learn exactly what kinds of wine your date likes. Take notes, because that makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays!
Homemade Valentine’s Day Cookies
February weather can be rough, and sometimes Valentine’s Day is best celebrated at home. Baking cookies is a fantastic way to spend quality time together while scratching that sweet-tooth itch. Check out this recipe for creating some truly flavorsome Valentine’s Day whoopie pies!
Valentine’s Day Whoopie Pies
- 1 package red velvet cake mix
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz. package cream cheese ((softened))
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Valentine’s Day Whoopie Pies
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine cake mix, eggs, canola oil and vanilla extract in bowl.
- Mix thoroughly for 30 seconds. Continue stirring for two minutes until mix is consistent.
- Cut half-inch hole in corner of food-safe plastic bag. Transfer dough mix into bag.
- Squeeze 1×1 inch shapes (hearts for Valentine’s Day) onto greased baking sheets. Space shapes about 1 inch apart.
- Bake until edges of cookies are textured (about 6 to 8 minutes).
- Let cookies cool on pans for about 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to let the cooling complete.
- To mix the filling, mix cream cheese and butter until texture is consistent in a large bowl.
- Incrementally add and mix in the sugar until mix is consistent throughout.
- Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Spread filling onto the bottoms of half of the cookies. Place remaining cookies on top and refrigerate until consumption.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas: Adventure & Fun
While the skies are cold and gray, one fun winter activity makes the season a little brighter in a colder climate: ice skating. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete for this activity to be fun. Even if one of you has never been before, it’s a great chance to link arms and learn something new together. Afterward, head home and cuddle up with some mugs of hot cocoa and a good movie. If there are no ice rinks nearby or you live in a warmer climate, try roller skating instead! Most major cities and even small towns have roller rinks!
Despite potentially cold weather, an adventurous hike is a perfect way to get outside and stay active. Whether you live in the city or just outside of town, local parks and trails can be great places to spend time as a couple. Bundle up, map out your route, and get going!
Toasting S’mores by the fire… what could be more romantic? If a hike doesn’t strike your fancy, a good ole’ fashioned bonfire is another great way to dress warm and get outside.
We’re living in the age of technology when it’s easy to get sucked into screens at every turn. But on Valentine’s Day, try to unplug and spend more quality time with your Valentine. Why not have a night of board games? Crack open a bottle of wine and play a fun, two-person board game like Carcassonne, Patchwork, Ticket to Ride, Bananagrams, or Small World.
Ahhh, bowling…if your date is one of those people who hates bowling, then keep scrolling. However, it’s a great activity that can almost everyone can enjoy with the right company. Most of the time it’s not really about the sport, but the conversation and friendly competition that comes along with it. Order a few pizzas, a pitcher of beer, and two rounds of bowling and you’re set for a great time.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas: Creative Ideas
Pot’s n’ Paints Painting Studio
It might be time to roll your sleeves up and get crafty. Places like Pot’s ‘n’ Paints and Color Me Mine are a great way to spend time with that special someone while stretching each other’s creativity. Pick out a tile, mug, or pot, and let your imagination run wild! The results might not be museum quality, but the experience is well worth the investment.
Take a Virtual Cooking Class
Whether you want to make an authentic Italian meal, a charcuterie board, or a three-course meal, a virtual cooking class is a great way to learn a fun skill together. Grab a glass of wine and some aprons, choose an online service like Cozymeal or Goldbelly! Cooking and learning together is a great way to get to know your significant other through personal connection, and it may just become one of your new favorite dates.
Writing Endearing Letters or Notes
If kind words are the ticket to making your Valentine feel special, then don’t miss a great opportunity to write something sweet for them. Reminisce on the good days, past dates, or special occasions that went down as some of your favorite memories together. If you’re skilled with the pen, try writing a poem or two. Don’t worry about getting cheesy– it’s bound to happen anyway. Besides, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Schedule a Photo Session
For some couples, the only professional photos they have are from their wedding day. But whether you’re just dating or have been married for 15 years, a photo session is a special gift that will definitely stand the test of time. Make an album or have your favorite photo made into wall art!
The Love Language Quiz
When in doubt, the 5 Love Language Quiz is a great way for you and your Valentine to learn more about each other. The quiz breaks down 5 different ways each person prefers to be cared for– words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Some people value kind words over a nicely packaged gift. Others, however, might feel special with a simple act of service. Washing the car, cleaning the house, or taking the trash out– you name it. The Love Language Quiz is perfect for couples who’ve really gotten to know one another. We can’t imagine you’d be cleaning your Valentine’s house on the first date… that would be overkill (and weird).
Whether you’re single, in a long-term relationship, or on a first date, everyone can celebrate Valentine’s Day. And if you’re the eligible bachelor or bachelorette of your friend group, then Valentine’s Day might be the time to step outside of your comfort zone and invite someone new on an exciting adventure. If all else fails, just remember– chocolates and candies are almost always half-off the day after Valentine’s Day. Score.
Have more clever Valentine’s Day ideas? Let us know what we missed!