This is a guest post by Katie of My Sweet Home Life.
Valentine’s Day – the 14th of February.
A day of red roses, chocolates, and large soft toys.
But let’s be honest. While such things are exciting and romantic when you’re a teenager, they become a little cliché once
you hit adulthood, and even more so once you’re married.
Of course, you might think Valentine’s Day itself is a little cliché – and yes it can seem so – but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important day on the love calendar.
You see, when we’re super busy, our relationships can take a hit. Everything else can become more important than making time for our loved ones. That’s why I believe in married couples having weekly to monthly date nights to actively prioritize their relationship on a regular basis.
I also believe celebrating as much in life as you possibly can! Therefore taking the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day hits both of these important targets. And so that you can do so, without resorting to any of the above clichés, here are some creative Valentine’s Day ideas.
Some can be done at home, some can be done on a budget, and some are designed to splurge all the way!
Have an around the world breakfast
This activity is perfect if you’d like to start Valentine’s Day right!
Do you and your spouse like to travel together? Are there places you have visited around the world that are special to you?
Or are there a few places on your travel bucket list that you’ve yet to experience but can’t wait to get to?
Pick one country that meets one of these criteria, and do some research into their traditional breakfast.
Gather the necessary ingredients and prepare this breakfast for your loved one.
You could have a French style breakfast, for example, with croissants, butter and jam, and fresh coffee of course! Or how about some Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and some baklava for a decadent way to start the day? Or simply go all American with pancakes drizzled all over with maple syrup?
Get some bonus points by serving this breakfast in bed!
Indulge their love language
I’m a firm believer in the importance of knowing your love language.
If you haven’t heard of the five love languages, they’re the brainchild of Gary Chapman. Everyone has one main love language though you can score highly in more than one. You can easily find a love languages quiz by searching online (or check out the book here).
The love languages are acts of service, gifts, physical touch, quality time, and words of affirmation. How you express love and, more importantly, how you FEEL loved, depends on your love language.
Once you know your spouse’s love language, plan a day which indulges this.
For example, if they are acts of service, then spend the day doing thoughtful things for them, like making them a coffee in the morning, ironing a shirt, or running an errand. If it’s physical touch, go for a walk hand in hand and then enjoy a couple’s massage. You can also find some great physical touch ideas here.
If it’s gifts, arrange small gifts to be delivered all through the day.
By speaking to them in the love language they understand the best, they’ll feel truly loved by you!
Make an easy Valentine’s Day dessert
Just because I said chocolate was a little cliché, didn’t mean that the day should have no sweet treats in it whatsoever!
This Valentine’s Day task is a great one for those of you who don’t want to leave the house but want to try something little different – something that involves working together and then being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
These easy dessert recipes have minimal and commonly found ingredients, are simple to make – and importantly, absolutely delicious!
All you need to do to get ready for this date is to ensure you have purchased the necessary ingredients and equipment.
Maybe select one each and have a contest to see which one tastes the best! Or make several and have a blindfolded taste test!
Have fun preparing them together and then sit down and enjoy them – maybe while doing the next idea below!
Watch a romantic movie marathon
Another at-home idea for Valentine’s Day is to watch a romantic movie marathon. While this may seem like an easy option, it’s a great one for a number of reasons.
Firstly, you’re at home, in your pjs, on the couch cuddling. That’s pretty much my definition of perfect right there!
Secondly, watching romantic movies will actually make you a better person. Yes, according to findings from the study, “repeated exposure to romantic films led to increases in sensitivity for four of the five moral intuitions” – those being your ability to care for others, to be just, to respect authority and to be disgusted by disgusting things.
Wondering what the best romantic movies are to watch?
My top 10, totally subjective choices would be:
– 10 Things I Hate About You
– 50 First Dates
– Crazy, Stupid Love
– Groundhog Day
– Love Actually
– Mamma Mia
– The Big Sick
– The Notebook
– The Princess Bride
– When Harry Met Sally
Any combination of these will make for a fun Valentine’s Day at home!
Recreate a famous love scene
This creative Valentine’s Day idea is sure to appeal to anyone who likes a bit of drama. It also is inspired by the movie idea above. Select a famous love scene – one that you and your partner will both recognize, and then recreate it.
For example, the notecard scene in Love Actually. Now why I actually think there is something pretty wrong about telling your best friend’s spouse that you are in love with them (really, what was he hoping to achieve?), the idea itself is pretty fun! Grab some large cards, write a series of love messages on them, and then manage to surprise your significant other with your declarations of love.
Living together shouldn’t stop anyone from attempting this – surprise your spouse as they enter the room, or tell him you’re just going to get the mail and then knock on the door upon your return. Probably skip lurking outside the toilet door though!
This idea can also take you out of the house, depending on what movie you select.
Repeat your wedding vows to each other at sunset
This idea is one for the true romantics out there – and as an extra bonus, it’s a no cost way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Firstly, you need to locate your marriage vows. Hopefully you have a copy of your service. If for some reason you don’t, see if you can find the readings that were spoken or worst case scenario, the songs that were played.
Find the perfect spot as the sun goes down. Depending on where you live, this could be in your backyard, or you could go to a local vantage point.
As the sun starts to set in the sky, repeat your vows to each other (if you couldn’t find them, this is when you break out the wedding music). Remember how special it felt on the day you were married. Finish by sharing with each other how happy you are that you are husband and wife.
Create a scavenger hunt for places of importance
History also repeats itself in this Valentine’s Day activity.
Make a list of all the places that are of significance to you and your loved one. Maybe it was the location of your first date, where he proposed, where you got married….
Create a list of clues that you give out as you arrive at each new destination. Try to get inventive – refer to events that only he or she would know, use rhyme and so on.
At each destination, take the time to talk to each other about the memories you hold in relation to that place. What did you think of him on that first date? What were your goals as a couple when you first got married? How have things changed since then?
Perhaps finish the scavenger hunt by going to your favorite restaurant and having dinner there!
Write a love dictionary
If you’ve been together any length of time, chances are there’s a whole other language the two of you speak.
We have special words that refer to each other, terms for things that are totally made up, and funny sayings often sparked off real-life events.
When I did this activity for my husband, I did it by going through my phone and writing down all the terms and then a definition for them (when appropriate). I was amazed at how long it ended up being!
This Valentine’s Day idea is totally free – but nevertheless an extremely thoughtful and personal way of marking the day.
Dance it out
Depending on your vintage, there’s probably some couple’s dance scenes in movies that you once watched with open-mouthed awe.
Sandy and Danny in Grease with “You’re the One That I Want.”
Baby and Johnny in Dirty Dancing with “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.”
Make for a super creative date by hiring a dance teacher to teach you the dance. Or if that seems a little too out there, sign up for dancing lessons.
You can go traditional with ballroom dancing, or rock and roll, or even try hip hop together!
The next time the two of you are on the dance floor, you can wow everyone with your new moves! This idea will give you something to talk about long after Valentine’s Day is over.
Adopt a persona
For our last idea, this is a Valentine’s Day activity and a half!
For this activity, you and your husband adopt a new persona of a cashed-up couple looking to spend big! Have a cover story invented that is as close to the truth that you can make it.
There are three parts to this date idea. You can decide which of these three activities to do – or have a go at all three.
First, dress up in your nicest, “casual” clothes. Next, head to your local car dealership – the nicest one you feel comfortable going to, and ask to take a luxury car for a test drive. After that, arrange to view some prestigious properties, pretending you are in the market for a new home (either attend open homes or arrange this in advance). Finally, check into the best hotel in town and stay in the best room you can comfortably afford.
Enjoy living the high life!
Valentine’s Day can be just another day. It can be full of clichés. It can also be one of the most fun days of the year. With these creative Valentine’s Day ideas, you’ll celebrate your love for one another in a fun and unique way that both of you will remember for years to come.
About the Author: Katie is a wife to the world’s most supportive husband, and a mom to two adult children and two griffon furbabies. She blogs at My Sweet Home Life, where women find inspiration and motivation to organize their homes, nurture their relationships and develop themselves. She believes that with small steps daily in the right direction, anything is possible!