I recently wrote a post about unique Valentine’s Day gifts if you don’t like to overdo things and want to be a little different. But what about the actual day? I think a lot of people, especially new couples, stress over what to actually do on the day. Dinner? If dinner, what restaurant? Going out? Drinks? Again, where? Stay in? Especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this can feel overwhelming (or maybe that’s just me) so I’ve compiled a list of ways you can have a romantic Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank or having the pressure of making all of those decisions.
Make a fancy dinner in.
Break open a bottle of wine, maybe even making dinner together, and make something out of the ordinary that you wouldn’t eat every day. I love roast dinners because they’re definitely not something I eat regularly, so it makes it feel even more special. Eat by candlelight (too cheesy?) and enjoy a fun, romantic, and affordable, night in.
Go ice skating.
This isn’t always for everyone, but ice skating can be really romantic and is usually going to be cheaper than going to a movie or an expensive restaurant. Plus, it’s something fun to do outside and in general I think the atmosphere of outdoor ice rinks can be so fun.
Go on a lunch date instead.
I think lunch can be really underestimated. Who decided that dinner should be more important or special than lunch? The best part about going on a lunch date is you’ll almost certainly get reservations everywhere you want because people are gearing up to go on dinner dates, and most restaurants have a lunch deal that’s much cheaper than the dinner prices. I realize this isn’t always doable, seeing as Valentine’s Day isn’t always on a weekend, but if you can make it work this can always be a great alternative.
Have a game night.
Game nights are totally underrated. They don’t always have to be cheesy or silly and it can be really fun to break out the competitive sides and just have some fun. You don’t even need to go with the usual games such as Scrabble or Monopoly, but try Cards Against Humanity, Pick Up Sticks, or even Trivia Pursuit. The options are endless and you spend time together having a good time, and there’s nothing better for the soul than laughter and fun.
Of course if you’re in a big city this might be a lot harder, but if you have the option there is sometimes nothing more romantic than sitting out in the cold huddled together staring up at the vast night skies at shimmering and beautiful stars. Weather permitted, this can be even more romantic than the standard dinner date. Bring some coffee, tea or hot chocolate and sit on a blanket and wonder at the world.
Have a movie night in.
Rather than paying to go to a movie theater and sit in relatively uncomfortable seats with other people, stay home and pick your favorite movie and snuggle together on the sofa with some wine and enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes there’s nothing better than staying in with one another instead of going out in to the world and socializing.
Head to a museum.
Lots of museums will stay open on certain days and I’ve found in certain cities Valentine’s Day is one of them. Dress up a bit and head to a favorite museum and spend the night admiring everything and learning. Museums are more fun at times like these because they’re not as crowded, don’t have school children running around, and if anything it can feel romantic (depending of course which museum you choose!) walking around in those huge rooms together.
I know karaoke isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and that’s totally fine, but it can be super fun to get up there and sing a song together and usually the only cost is the drink you might need before you get up there!
You don’t need expensive gifts or fancy restaurants to celebrate your loved one and to have a good time. Do your own thing and enjoy each other’s company, because that’s what is really important on this day.