Aloe you Vera much… in fact, are you a 90-degree angle? Because this feels just right! Okay, those were terrible. This Valentines Day, don’t be that person. Give your Valentine a day worth remembering with some of these Valentine’s Day date ideas!
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 relationship 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.
Fast-Food Fry Tour
Let’s face it: McDonald’s fries will always reign supreme over any restaurant appetizer. Well, maybe not, but you get the idea. Everyone loves fast food once in a while, and if they say differently, they’re lying. Map out your Valentine’s favorite guilty pleasure fast-food stops and order a small fry at each one. You might not feel great afterward, but it’ll be a night worth remembering. Hit the drive-thru and stay cozy in the warmth of your car. Afterward, head home and pop in one of your favorite rom-com.
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
Whoopie Pie Filling
- 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
- 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 1x1 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 mix in the sugar until mix is consistent throughout. Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. With a spreading knife, lather filling onto the bottoms of half of the cookies. Place remaining cookies on top to finish the whoopie pies and refrigerate until consumption.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas: Adventure & Fun
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.
Ahhh, bowling… If your date is one of those people who irrationally 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 cheap 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 go wild! The results might not be museum quality, but the experience is well worth the investment.
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?
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!