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.
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?