11 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there’s so much pressure to make it the most romantic day of the year! But coming up with fun, original, and romantic ideas isn’t easy. Which is why we’ve done all that for you!

Go Back to The Start

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Reminiscing is fun for a reason so lean into looking back and remembering the beginning. Remember that day? Your belly was full of butterflies, you didn’t know what to wear, and you weren’t sure if you smelled (you didn’t). Reliving those first moments with your now partner/s can be a great way to bond (they were nervous too!) and likely won’t cost you too much (depending on how fancy you went for your first date).

Play some Cooperative or Competitive Video Games

If unwinding isn’t your thing, perhaps video games is right for you. There are so many video games that are cooperative, meaning you have to work together to complete it. Something like the game Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (set in a universe where love powers everything—perfect for a romantic element in your video gaming) could be right for you. On the other hand, you and your partner/s might be the competitive type, in which case more traditional games might be right for you. Just remember to keep in mind that it’s only a game!

Go to a Nearby Small Town

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If you live in a city, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get away for a little while. Hop in your car or on a train or bus and head out for a quiet day together. Grab fresh baked goods from the local bakery for afternoon tea. Or maybe just stroll along the quiet streets, holding hands. Stop for ice cream before heading back home at the end of the day as the sun sets over a perfect day together away from all the craziness of the city.

Head Out on a Wine Tour

If you live near a wine region (or even if you don’t and you’re happy to splurge for a weekend away) and have always wanted to head out on a wine tour then give it a go this Valentine’s Day. It’s smart to book ahead and maybe even participate in an organised tour with a bus so that one of you doesn’t have to be the designated driver all day.

Try out all the wines you’re offered and if you like one, consider buying a bottle to take home. This means you’ll have both a fun day activity and something to remember it later when you crack open the wine you buy.

Try a Cocktail/Wine Bar Crawl

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On the other hand, sometimes the city is the perfect place for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Where else can you go cocktail bar hopping, trying all of the Valentine’s specialty cocktails? (You can even try to make some cocktails of your own at home if you like.) The best way to do this is to never stay at one location for more than one or two drinks. And it’s also a good idea to try bars that you don’t normally frequent. Sure we all have our favourite watering holes, and there’s no problem with stopping in, but this Valentine’s Day activity is also a great opportunity to explore your city. You never know, you might find a new favourite spot that will hold special memories of your romantic bar crawl together.

Try an Escape Room

Escape rooms are super trendy right now and it’s not hard to tell why. If you’ve not heard of them before, it involves getting plonked into a room and trying to work together to complete the puzzles and find your way out. If you struggle, the staff member running the escape room is likely to give you a hand, so don’t worry too much. But if you manage to complete the escape room you get to brag about it together for months!

Have a Theme Night at Home

Ivory Polka Dot Teacup & Saucer Set

No, not a themed party (though there’s nothing wrong with throwing a Valentine’s Day bash) but we’re talking a night at home where you totally commit to a theme together. Something like the 1920s could be fun, as you can put on some old black and white movies, dress up in theme, and even commit to the kind of language popular at the time, “old sport.”

Of course, you can pick any theme you like, but if you totally commit to it, you’re sure to have a good time and great memories when looking back on it later.

“Remember that time on Valentine’s Day when we stayed in and dressed up like the characters from that movie/show/game/book?”
“Oh yeah that was so fun!”

Try a Classic Date Night

 

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Much like having a themed night, classic date nights are all about the commitment to the idea. But this one you can totally surprise your partner/s with it.

By ‘classic’ we mean Archie comics and Grease-inspired dates. Go roller skating, go bowling, get one large milkshake and share it, drinking from one straw each. Head to the drive in and snuggle up to finish of the night in true retro fashion.

Enjoy a Pamper Day Together

No one said that Valentine’s Day has to involve crazy adventures, and sometimes a little pampering does us all some good. You can head to a spa for the day or you can even pamper yourself at home, creating a personal oasis in your own bathroom. A professional massage to relax together or massaging each other can help you totally unwind and just enjoy each other’s company.

If you’re planning on heading out to a fancy dinner together for Valentine’s Day, then a pamper day together is perfect to make sure that everyone is feeling refreshed and looking amazing for the big date.

Go to the Beach or the Pool for the Day

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The weather has been heating up and it’ll still be warm enough on the 14th of February (in Australia, at least!) to head out to your local beach or pool and splash around with your partner/s. Lie back and soak up the sun together on a floating device (just remember sunscreen) and let your worries float away.

Host A Romantic Tea Party

Signature Teacup & Saucer Set

Step back in time for a moment and have a romantic tea party, just like the heroes in a romantic regency novel, for your Valentine’s Day. Embrace the cliché, let your eyes meet theirs as you lift your teacup to your lips. Maybe even offer to split the last macaron or cupcake. To step it up a notch further, match your tea to the genre of romance with rose or berry flavoured teas to bring out the colour and taste of romance.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking, playing video games, playing board games with friends, or binge watching whatever's new on Netflix.