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Close your eyes and listen. Do you hear that deep rumble?
That's the sound of people of all over the world, regardless of relationship status, groaning with dread at the prospect of Valentine's Day.
Hey. We get it. Valentine's Day can feel like a lot of pressure, even when you are in a relationship. You go from your usual date night--watching a movie in sweatpants on the couch--to suddenly feeling like you need to be romantic, creative, and sexy.
Well, we've got good news. This year, we've done most of the work for you. All you have to do is assemble the materials and follow the instructions. Sounds simple, right?
This date takes the usual elements of a Valentine's Day date and packages them in a unique way so you can finally be that suave romantic that once a year you dream to be. Then you can go back to the couch--or better yet, start using our other dating ideas to kick up your dating game all year round.
Here’s how it works. Throughout the night, you will leave a trail of romantic surprises for your date. Each surprise will have a card that reveals each surprise, whether it is a night on the town or a romantic evening in (your choice!). You can download the entire date night kit below.
We made the cards somewhat vague so that you can use them in whatever way you wish. We recommend you choose several of them as it is a night full of surprises. Here are some ideas for what can accompany your surprise cards:
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
As per tradition, give your date fresh flowers. You can skip the florist and get fresh flowers delivered right to your door with Amazon Prime. Or go the super classy route and give them a corsage or boutonniere instead. Want to change it up this year? Write a handwritten poem to go with it.
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A Little Something Sweet
Make or buy your date's favorite dessert, or just take them out for ice cream. Want to spice it up this Valentine’s Day? You could even take this one into the bedroom.
This is Our Song
Play a song, artist, or album that has special meaning to the two of you. Even better, dance to it. You can learn to dance from your living room on YouTube, or go out dancing. Many places give a lesson before the dancing begins.
On with the Show
Go to a concert or the theatre, or even an opera, dance show, or ballet. Don't be afraid to get a bit out of your element and try something new. Sharing new experiences together, especially ones you are not familiar with, brings couples closer together and makes your Valentine's Day memorable.
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Dinner for Two
Make your date's favorite meal or cook it together. You could also take them out to their favorite restaurant or a restaurant where you have fond memories together. If you would rather change things up, try cooking something new and special, like Fennel Crusted Lamb Chops with Fresh Herb Risotto from Ashley Rodriguez’s couples cookbook Date Night In.
Setting the Mood
Dim the lights or light candles around the room (or avoid the fire hazard with flameless candles). Scatter rose petals on the bed. Fill the bathtub with bubbles. Pour some champagne or sparkling cider. Do something different that makes your date feel special.
Watch your date's favorite movie. If you already watched it recently, choose a romantic movie and take a turn at reenacting the steamiest scenes. Need ideas? Try Pride & Prejudice (2005), Titanic (1997), or La La Land (2016). If you don’t think you can stomach anything that romantic, choose something from a different genre that still has romance. The Princess Bride (1987) would be a fun choice, and Once (2006) or Moonrise Kingdom (2012) could be good options too.
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Something New to Sleep In
Buy yourself some fancy new underwear, lingerie, or even just goofy pajamas. Make the night feel different by wearing something you wouldn't usually. Alternatively, buy something new for your husband or wife. Just make sure they would enjoy that kind of gift in advance.
A Little Something Special
Give your date a thoughtful gift, something you know they have always wanted. It could be anything from jewelry to basketball tickets. Have no idea? Do the simple thing and ask. Your date will appreciate that you are showing interest in things they like. Just be sure to let them know you listened and buy them something they ask for. Here’s another hint: make a note in your phone of other things they asked for and surprise them next time.
A Place All to Ourselves
This can mean a variety of things, but for certain it means some alone time. Maybe you get a hotel room for the night, or maybe you have the kids stay with a family member so you can have the house to yourselves.
Download the entire date night kit below and get the step-by-step instructions on how to pull off the best Valentine’s Day ever.
Valentine's Day Surprise Date
Time: 1+ hours | Cost: $+ | Location: At Home or Go Out | Level: Easy
Deliver your date little surprises throughout the evening so they never know what is coming next. Our date night kit includes an invite for some excited anticipation, printable cards to deliver with the surprises, and some fill-in-the-blank notes to remind your date what you love about them, without having to be great with words.
Prepare your materials. Download the printables below and print. Insert the proper surprise cards into small envelopes. Arrange the surprises you wish to use.
Deliver the invite, letting your date know when and where to meet.
Fill in the blanks. Take some time to thoughtfully fill out the 5 Things I Love About You and 5 Memories with You cards, as well as the mad-lib style love letter.
On the night of, get creative with where you give your surprises and how. Give your date the envelopes (or have you date happen upon them) one at a time as the night unfolds.
When the moment is right, give your date the fill-in-the-blank cards. Read them together, laughing about your favorite memories and reminding your date how much you care for them.
Let us know how it went! Share a date night photo with us on your favorite social site @makeadateofit.
This post was last updated February 7, 2019.
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