Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5 Last Minute Valentine's Day Date Ideas

We love Valentine's Day around here. It's fun to have an extra special day to show even more love. But I think that for some people, Valentine's Day can be stressful. What is the perfect gift? What is the perfect outfit? What's the perfect date? I don't think it needs to be all that complicated. Actually, I think simple is great. Finding small special ways to celebrate your love is what really matters.

So if you are still at a loss for what to do this weekend, I thought I would share 5 simple ideas for romantic Valentine's Day dates that won't stress you out. There are simple, yet special. I hope you all have a lovely weekend with the ones you love!




1. Have a Progressive Dinner
Can't decide where to go for dinner? Try mixing it up a little. Have appetizers at one restaurant, entrees at a second, and dessert at a third. This is so fun and only takes a little extra planning. It doesn't have to be anywhere fancy either. The progression is what makes it extra special. And a little extra time with the one you love? Bonus. Here's a tip: beat the crowds and enjoy your Valentine's meal between lunch time and dinner time. Brad and I have done this for the last two years, going out around 3:00, and it was perfect. We were some of only a handful in the restaurants.

2. Make a Romantic Dinner at Home
Want to avoid the crowds completely? Stay home and cook up something delicious. Fondue, smothered chicken, or pasta with cream sauce are all romantic options. And don't forget dessert! Find our recipe for a romantic Red Velvet Cake HERE. Make sure to cook together. That's the most romantic part of the evening!

3. Go on a Gondola Ride
Many places offer gondola rides, and this is a date that doesn't take much planning but is uber special. When did this for our first anniversary and it was one of the most romantic dates we have ever been on. If you are on Arizona, check out the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale. And of course, there is always the Venetian in Las Vegas if you are in the area. Other areas offer gondola rides as well, so check out your options. Boat rides in general are romantic, so if you don't have a gondola option, just being out on the water is magical.

4. Go Dancing
I feel like there aren't many married couples who go dancing. But it is such a great, easy, romantic date night! If you are in Utah, there are Valentine's Day dances at the Provo City Library, and at Thankgiving Point. If you are in Arizona, check out Fatcats for a fun Ballroom dance lesson followed by a dance. If you don't want to go out on the town, have a fun and romantic dance in your own living room!

5. Go On A Sunset Hike and Picnic
If you are in to more active dates, enjoy a sunset hike or nature walk and bring along a romantic picnic. I absolutely love the sunset and watching from a mountaintop seems extra romantic. You definitely won't have to worry about crowds and will get some alone time with your love. Cuddle on a blanket while eating chocolate dipped strawberries and watching the sunset. Perfection.


BONUS DATE:
Have a Chocolate Tasting! Get some fancy Chocolate Tasting Squares  and have your own chocolate tasting party. Make sure to get different percentages of cocoa in the chocolates!

If you need more ideas, check out our stay-at-home date night ideas, or our 52 dates for newlyweds. Still want more, go through the date night archives HERE

I hope you all have a wonderful, simple, romantic Valentine's Day! Let us know how you are enjoying your weekend. We'll be sharing our Valentine's recap next week. Don't you just love love?

16 comments:

  1. Going dancing is the best! We have a fun place here in Austin we like to go to called The Broken Spoke!
    xo
    Lee Anne
    http://lifebylee.com/

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    1. That sounds like so much fun, Lee! I love to get all gussied up and go out dancing!

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  2. These are great ideas! I love the first one! I have never thought of that before! I think when I can finally find a sitter; I am definitely going to do that one with hubby! That sounds like a ton of fun!

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    1. Finding a sitter is definitely half the battle when it comes to date nights! I hope you can find someone soon so that you can enjoy a fun date night kid free!

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  3. Neat ideas! A progressive dinner with restaurants? what a neat twist!

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    1. It's so much fun! I hope you give it a try!

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  4. These are all really good ideas! I love the idea of a sunset hike!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I think a sunset hike is such a romantic date!

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  5. The progressive dinner idea is brilliant!

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    1. It really is so much fun! I love that it takes a "common" dinner date up a notch.

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  6. I still haven't planned anything for Valentine's Day with my husband - I love the progressive dinner idea!

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    1. It is SO much fun! It give dinner an extra special little twist! I hope you enjoy it.

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  7. Great ideas. We have always had a romantic home cooked dinner for valentines day. We love this tradition!

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  8. These are all very nice ideas! This year I think we'll stay at home - with all the work it will be nice to have some time just for us, with no interruptions :)

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  9. Great tips Kailei! We did a progressive dinner for an anniversary once. It really was fun! Rev got tips from some friends at work and each place was a surprise to me. It's a celebration we've always remembered. We also love romantic dinners at home. Enjoy a wonderful Valentine's weekend!

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  10. I love the progressive dinner idea!!! We are definitely doing that in the near future!

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