Valentine’s Day is fast approaching- as if you could miss it from all the red and pink paraphernalia cropping up in stores. Many couples celebrate their love with the typical dinner and red roses, but for some people this just isn’t a viable or attractive option.
Maybe you start work early the next day (Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year), perhaps you didn’t get organised quickly enough and everything is booked out, or Covid-19 restrictions mean you have to stay at home. You might not want to pay for ANOTHER dinner out when the silly season has just wrapped, you might think it’s super cliché, or maybe, like me, your birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day and overshadows it completely.
Whatever the reason, I still believe that a little effort can go a long way, especially in a relationship, so I’ve put together a list of alternate activities for you to try on February 14th.
1. Make each other dinner. A few years ago, Jarrad and had a date night of competitive cooking. We had 5 minutes and $25 to get what we needed and get out of the supermarket, and then an hour at home to put it all together. We had so much fun, and you don’t have to be a genius in the kitchen to whip something up! You could even simplify it to making the best toasted sandwich combination, or the best home-made pizza for your special someone.
2. Take a picnic or dinner to the park. In Australia, we have barbecue facilities in most public parks and along many of our beaches. All you need is a cheap picnic set, like this one, and either a pre-made dinner, or the meat, bread and salad (most of us would probably already have these in our refrigerators) to whip up some burgers and get some fresh air.
4. Go and see a movie at the Drive-In Cinema. Not that there’s a heap of new stuff coming out, but sometimes they replay old childhood favourites that can be really fun to watch. Take some pre-made snacks and you never even have to leave your car.
5. If restrictions allow in your area, why not book an Escape Room (this works particularly well as a double date) to really encourage you to work together, or go to mini-golf. If your partner is super competitive like mine, you’re in for a fun time.
6. Have chocolate fondue together. You can buy some seriously cute fondue sets, like this one and this one if you want to be really fancy, but a bowl of melted chocolate, some strawberries or other cut-up fruit, marshmallows, waffles, cookie dough, biscotti or plain biscuits are the perfect compliment to a night-in.
7. Get active. Go for a walk or learn a dance. It sounds super cheesy, but if it’s just the two of you home alone, there are some great YouTube tutorials that you could really have some fun with. Worse case scenario, you’ll have a wonderful memory to giggle over in future.