Have you been to the store and seen the HUNDREDS of candy heart boxes and decorations lining the shelves? Yeah, so have I… Valentine’s Day is less than a month out and Cupid is making his way on February 14th whether we like it or not. Planning something on this day of love can be really a hassle, especially since this holiday can be overplayed and can very much be a “Single Awareness Day.” With that being said, it is what you make it.
Below, I will delve into what will make for an enjoyable Valentine’s Day for you and your partner or your group of friends. Make it what you will and enjoy yourselves.
✰ BAKING & COOKING
Baking is always a fun and easy, yet simple way to have a relaxing night in. Make treats for friends, coworkers or church friends and see their eyes instantly light up. We all know how much homemade treats can go a long way. If going out to eat isn’t necessarily your thing, look up new recipes on Pinterest and also try out something you’ve both been wanting to try.
✰ DIY CRAFTS
Anything that involves arts and crafts is an automatic “go” for me. Find something that is simple and something both of you will enjoy. Things such as stringed canvas art or making homemade cards are both great options.
✰ GAME & MOVIE NIGHT
My husband is very much a “game” person. Card games and board games alike are a great way to put the phone down and have time set aside for each other. Pick a ole’ faithful or find a game you’ve both been wanting to try out. Valentine’s Day trivia is another fun, inexpensive way to have a friendly competition.
Movie nights in are another inexpensive way to have a night together without dealing the bank. Rent a movie on Redbox or on Netflix and have the snacks ready to enjoy!
✰ MAKE A COUPLE’S TIME-CAPSULE
Instead of making a typical scrapbook, consider taking items that mean the most to you as a couple and putting them in a time capsule.
You can bury the time capsule and dig it up years later when you are are further along in your relationship. Put in letters to each other, pictures or other little gifts and make sure to remember where you put it. Set a time frame, like a year or five years and have an unveiling party.
✰ PLAN FOR A WEEKEND TRIP IN THE FUTURE
If you are like my husband and I, we both enjoy visiting new towns and seeing new places. Pick a place, near or far, and plan for a weekend away. Discuss the logistics of your overall budget, how you will get there and sites you want to visit. We just got back from a weekend in Dahlonega, GA and had the time of our lives. A weekend away with your significant other or with a group of friends creates memories that last a lifetime.
OUT ON THE TOWN
✰ TRY A NEW RESTAURANT OR PROGRESSIVE DINNER
If you are wanting to try this option, make sure to make reservations far enough out in advance. We all know how quickly restaurants can fill up and how long the wait times can be. For Valentine’s Day last year, Chandler and I had just moved to the Asheville area and we did a progressive dinner the weekend after Valentines Day. Restaurants weren’t as crowded and we enjoyed doing drinks and apps at a local brewery, a small entree at a Cuban restaurant and dessert at bakery.
✰ PLAN A TRIP TO THE RIVER
Most places have a local river that has a nice dock area that you can sit and just watch the water while you enjoy a hot coffee and good conversation.
If you have this in your area, take advantage of this date because not only is it inexpensive, but it is a great way merely to spend time with someone you care about. In Asheville, we have the French Broad River, which is a beautiful, breathtaking view that is perfect for sitting and enjoying each other’s company.
Why not get dressed up and have a photoshoot? Now is a better time than ever! I know lots of local photographers are doing cute “Valentine’s Day” sessions. I know from personal experience how I wish I had more professional pictures of my husband and I, so sign up for a shoot and go for it.