Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just flowers, nice dinners or cards. Rob and I enjoy thinking of new ways to spend time—not only by ourselves, but also with friends and family. Check out these 6 suggestions for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your partner, friends, family or yourself!
- Get Creative!
- Find a paint your own ceramics store near you! Tap into those creative juices and paint a new water bowl for your dog, a butter dish for your mom or a pair of matching mugs for you and your partner. This is a great activity to do solo, with a group of friends, or your significant other. It’s an inexpensive, no-pressure activity that will leave you with something to remember the day by.
- Give Quality Time!
- Offer to babysit for a friend or family member! Once a family has expanded to include kids, it gets harder to carve out time for the parents to be together. Bring over some movies, a few arts and crafts projects, your comfy clothes and spend the day or evening hanging with the little people you love in your life. You will have a blast and their parents will get some much needed quality time together.
- Pop the Bubbly!
- Host a champagne tasting party for all your friends! Have everyone bring over a bottle and test your champagne tasting palette. Who can guess the most varietals correctly? Who’s bottle was the favorite? We did this a few years ago and it was a lot of fun!
- Variations- chocolate, scotch, cookies, or even tacos!
- Start a New Gift tradition!
- Swap silly gifts with those you love! I started giving Rob silly pajama pants a few years ago and it is a fun tradition that has stuck. I love trying to find the most outrageous pair and he loves having something comfy to wear around the house. Added bonus: you can’t help but smile and think of the person each time you see or use their gift!
- Be Couch Potatoes!
- Stay in your pjs and binge watch every sappy love movie there is! Nothing says love like being comfortable enough to park it on a couch all day watching movies with a friend or your partner. Some of my favorites are The Notebook, Titanic, Wall-E, When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, The Proposal, Casablanca, and Before Sunrise. The key word here is some, this list was much longer in my first draft, but I restrained myself a bit.
- Send a Valentine!
- Download Emoji Me Facemaker and make an emoji of yourself, your friends and your partner. Then pick from the Valentine’s Day scenes and messages, and send all your loved ones an emoji Valentine. It is quite fun to see you and all your friends in emoji form!
- Rob’s Twist on the Traditional Activities:
- Go to dinner! But not on Valentine’s Day. Pick a restaurant you have always wanted to try and make reservations for a day or two before Valentine’s Day and celebrate early. You will still enjoy a special night together, but you will beat the crowds and obscene Valentine’s Day prices.
- Buy Flowers! But not just any flowers. Learn your partner’s favorite flower and buy a large bouquet of those! The extra thought and effort put into this simple gift will make anyone feel special.
What are your unique Valentine's Day traditions?