Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day

Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day
by Jeff Cohen

Try one of these 12 romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day and you’ll keep your love alive forever. Better yet, try one idea each month and you’ll make your mate smile 12 times this year.

Celebrate on the 14th every month. Putting all your energy into one annual romantic day is a great start. However, show your mate how you really feel by planning something special every month on the 14th. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just an idea that shows you care and creates quality time for the two of you.

Enroll in a class together. Take up yoga together, join a bridge club, learn to cook. Pick a fun activity that you can do together every week. You’ll guarantee quality time together every week while sharing a hobby.

Try a unique cuisine. You may have a favorite restaurant or neighborhood diner. Still, Valentine’s Day is about doing something special. Try a new kind of food, maybe Mediterranean, Turkish, Indian, or any other cuisine you haven’t sampled before.

Make a photo album. Over the course of the last year, you’ve probably taken fun trips together, experienced new activities, and rejoiced at family functions. Take out all your old photos and create a “best-of” album. The reminiscing alone will bring you closer together.

Face your fears together. Afraid of heights? Try rock climbing together. Worried about your safety? Take a self defense class together. Self conscious about your appearance? Go for joint makeovers.

Live like a millionaire for a day. If you have the budget, rent your dream car for a day, spend the night at a luxury hotel, or buy front row seats to a hot, new play.

Camp out. If the weather is right, pitch a tent or roll out the sleeping bags in your backyard. You can tell ghost stories, sip hot chocolate, and maybe even make smores. If you live in an apartment, setup the camp site in your living room.

Make it a day of favorites. Make a list of each of your three favorite activities. Run around town doing all the things you enjoy most in life.

Go on a double date. Think about your couples friends and choose the couple that’s the most fun to be around. Schedule a double date and share in the festivities together.

Watch your wedding video. If you’re married, watch your wedding video together and relive the memories. If you’re not married but you once filmed a fun trip or experience, re-watch that video and experience the trip or activity all over again.

Ease the burden on your mate. Do a least favorite chore for your partner. Write an essay for him or her to help complete a graduate school assignment. You get the idea, do something that takes a to-do off your mate’s list and lets love in.

Write a journal together. Sit by a cozy fire or under warm blankets and relive all the great moments from the past year. Write the fun stories down to serve as an eternal reminder of why you love each other.


Cooking for Two or more?.. on Valentine’s Day

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There are many holidays that are meant to be a celebration of family, friends, and memories. Valentine’s day is a holiday that is meant to be a celebration of love. While that love can relate to family and friends it is quite often interpreted as a celebration of romantic love. While it would be nice if we could all go out and enjoy dinner together each Valentine’s Day at our favorite restaurant, that is not always possible especially during these challenging times. Restaurants will be packed, and the wait-time maybe discouraging (Don’t forget your Vax card). I recently went to a Seafood spot in LIC, NY to eat out (outside seating b/c of Covid) and the wait was more than an hour. Depending on where you go you may also need to show proof of vaccination.

If you’re like me and try to avoid crowds, cooking at home maybe a good option. Don’t despair however, cooking for two can be done and can be a lot of fun if you pour your heart and soul into the meal planning and preparations. It is even more fun if you do it together. I am talking about the cooking and subsequent clean up. Great Valentine’s Day favorites include dishes that we don’t eat every day such as Steak and Lobster, Steak and Shrimp, well Steak and pretty much anything but also include foods that are believed to be aphrodisiacs such as Oysters, Truffles, Chocolate (ever wonder why the stores fill with boxes of chocolate around Valentine’s Day?), and funnily Asparagus. :thinking:

If this isn’t your style or you just want a nice romantic dinner you might want to brush up on your Seafood recipes such as Shrimp Scampi, Roasted Salmon, Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, and countless other favorites that you and the love of your life may share. If nothing else seems appealing, go through his/her personal list of favorites, and cook something that is a personal favorite of theirs. Even if it’s Chicken and Dumplings they’ll appreciate the effort that you put in. It’s almost always the thought that counts and people will always appreciate “Real” thought.

Dessert is also very important when it comes to preparing the perfect Valentine’s Day feast. While you do not want anything so heavy that you can’t move afterwards, (you’ll want to be able to move) a light dessert of Chocolate Soufflé, or Cheesecake is an excellent ending to a beautiful meal. Be prepared to do a little moving around afterwards, maybe dancing in the den to get the blood flowing and work off those extra calories. Of course, both things can be a great prelude to other romantic activities that work off some serious calories. :wink:

In addition to cooking your favorite meal for two for your Valentine’s Day celebration of love, you will also want to set the mood for the evening with a nice setting. Get out the formal table cloth, the good China, the formal silver, and light a few candles in the room. Have Champagne on ice and tell Alexa to put on some romantic music. If you have a fireplace be sure to light a fire so that there is a warm glow in the room and dim the lights to set the mood. If not, you can put on a FirePlace app on your Smart TV and you’re set. You want your dinner to be an event rather than just another meal in the life.

Perhaps the most important thing about making your Valentine’s Day cooking worthy of a romantic event is to teach the little ones (if you have any children) about this important holiday in the lives of humans in the 21st Century. Traditions are quickly fading, this maybe an opportunity to cook together with the grandparents and the children before retiring to your special spot for the rest of evening. Make Valentine’s Day a great one.

Until Next Time… Stay Warm!

Cheers! :clinking_glasses:


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