By the time Valentine’s Day comes round, the parties are over, your year’s well underway and you’re caught up in the full flow of life again. Without realising, you’re about to miss out on a good excuse for romance. Here are our top 10 last-minute V Day ideas to get you out of trouble and into some good luvin’!
Valentine’s Day is always one of those dates that sneaks up on me. I think it’s partly to do with the way January dissolves as fast as that New Year’s Day Berocca, and February doesn’t give you any warning about how busy it always gets.
You look around and it’s mid-Feb and you’re completely unprepared for romance!
Here are some of our tried and tested winners (and others we might try this year!) that ensure romance stays around but require minimal planning.
1. Backyard camping
Set up your tent just outside – you don’t have to go anywhere, you’ve got proper toilets nearby and you’ll still have WiFi! If you don’t have a garden, set up in the living room. No camp fires though.
2. Go on a picnic
Buy a hamper or put together your favourite bits and pieces, and find a spot in the shade. If it’s raining, set up at home – but try to sit somewhere you don’t usually eat.
3. Saturday Valentine’s brunch
Forget going out to dinner – it’ll be murder this year. Take your Valentine out for a nice brunch instead. This leaves the rest of the day free to do whatever you feel like together.
4. Day trip somewhere different
Take a drive out to a beach you haven’t been before or into the countryside. Get lost with your loved one and enjoy the day away.
5. Dinner might still be an option
If you’re intent on dinner reservations, look out for specials at your local favourite restaurants. Places often have fun set menus or activities you can go on. In Sydney, for example, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s 50 Shades of Bay extravaganza or The Morrison has a 2-course meal and romantic cocktail deal.
6. Movie night
Pick some of your favourite movies – make sure there’s something there for everyone – and set up on the lounge floor with a blanket and cushions for a snuggle. After some inspiration? Here are some ideas you can download straight from iTunes: Warm Bodies, This Means War, Adoration.
7. A day halved is a day shared
You each pick your favourite activity and drag your other half along to do it with you. When you’ve finished whatever you want to do, your partner takes you on their activity.
8. Recreate your first date
Mrs Romance and I did this a while back. It’s a lot of fun, and a real trip down memory lane.
9. Cook a fancy dinner at home
Cook your loved one a 3-course meal and crack that bottle of wine you’ve been holding onto. Cook their favourite food or find inspiration from one of these cool apps from the Apple store: Foodie Recipes, Shari’s Berries, Raw Desserts.
Mrs R always makes my favourite dessert – her magical chocolate mousse.
10. His and hers spa treatment
This might take a bit more organising, but it could be fun. Or even better, treat each other to a massage at home.
A couple of extras:
– Head to your local cinema.
Try going during the day rather than at night – or later around 7pm when everyone’s having dinner.
– Go to the dark side
If you’re over V Day and whole Feb 14 hype, turn Valentine’s into Valenstein’s and create a monster. Get like-minded friends round, order in the pizzas and watch something like Fatal Attraction or The Hangover or Derailed. Not romantic, but a lot of fun!
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you get involved with Feb 14 or do you do your best to ignore it? Do you have any tips for a poorly-organised V Day? Tell us in the comments!