Can you believe it?! Tuesday is Valentine’s Day! Yes, it’s the day Hallmark is king and restaurants are filled to the brim. If you haven’t made dinner reservations yet, you may be standing for hours at the door. For many of us, knowing that Valentine’s Day is the busiest night of the year for restaurants, we have choose to stay home and keep the home-fire burning instead. Think you might want to do the same? If so, then maybe some of these at-home date night ideas may be an inspiration for you as well. After all, the cost is usually cheaper, the atmosphere is often quieter, and the intimacy has no limits…well, unless you still have kids awake. In that case, I’d just send them to bed early with a good book!
Here is to a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Spend the night on the living room floor. Set up the air mattress. Roast marshmallows in the fireplace. Have a picnic dinner on the floor.
Make dinner together. Choose the menu and get the ingredients ahead of time, then have fun cooking, taste-testing, and eating together.
Have a board game night. Choose a favorite board game and feel free to play the traditional way or with an extra romantic twist. The choice is yours.
Watch a romantic movie together.
Turn your living room into a ballroom. Move the furniture out of the way, turn on the music and dance like prom night all over again. Don’t know how to dance? Rent an instructional DVD from your local library and use the night to learn together!
Read a book together. It could be something as romantic as a book on marriage or a silly as a favorite picture book from your childhood.
Set the mood. Think candles. Think flowers. Think multiple-courses or fondue. What would you expect to see and taste at a fancy restaurant? Try to recreate that atmosphere around your own dining table. For extra gusto you may even want to dress up in your finest attire. Woowee!
Revel in wedding day memories.This one will probably mean more to us girls than our hubbies but looking at old wedding albums or watching our wedding video is a great way to rekindle the fires.
Enjoy hot chocolate/tea/coffee on the back porch together.There’s nothing like sitting together in the peace and enjoyment of God’s creation to build a deeper level of communication.
Get your sport on. While it may not sound very romantic to start, playing soccer in the backyard or a round of H.O.R.S.E. in front of the basketball goal does wonders for relationships.
Give each other a massage.
Play a video game together.I remember when Goose and I used to do this when we were first married. We loved it. I think this may be one of our choices for Thursday, no doubt!
Create a campfire in the backyard or light up the grill. Roast hot dogs, wrap up in a warm blanket and just enjoy watching the fire burn.
Go star gazing. Put a blanket on the ground or wrap up in sleeping bags in your backyard and just enjoy gazing at the stars.
Go back and read your journals, letters, and memos from when you were dating.
Have a karaoke night. Get out your favorite romantic songs and have fun lip-syncing to each other.
Order in. Have pizza or Chinese delivered but be sure to use the chopsticks
Have a spa night. Think bubble bath…foot massages…the works!
Put a puzzle together, then glue and frame it.
Create sugar cookies. Bake them. Decorate them. And eat them. For an added Valentine’s Day flare you could even write your own little sweetheart messages on top and exchange them.
Write your lifelong bucket list together.
Look through your old high school yearbooks or baby photo albums together.
Get artistic. Try drawing or painting each other’s portraits and then framing them!
Make a list of all the places you want to visit together were money no limit.
Create a blueprint of your dream house.
Have a dessert cook-off. Each of you find a new dessert recipe you’d like to try, bake them side-by-side in the kitchen, and then taste test them both to see which you like better.
Write a gratitude list together. Make a list of everything you are thankful for as a couple and then tell God about it!
Create a love scavenger hunt
Have dinner on your roof. Talk about something you’d never forget. Make sure the roofline isn’t too steep though.
Choose a new hobby to try out together. For added inspiration you can always check out the World’s Longest List of Hobbies.