Anybody else kind of surprised that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day? I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday since it feels so commercial, but I do like what it stands for. Letting your loved one know how much you care? Nothing wrong wit that!
Austin and I have been so busy lately that we kind of didn’t even give Valentine’s Day a second thought. We’ve also been limiting the number of times we eat out. This initially started as a way to save money, but it has also allowed me to gain more confidence in the kitchen. (I had basically none up until now.)
So now that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (and a Tuesday) we’ll be celebrating with dinner at home. But that sounds absolutely perfect if you ask me.
So, here are some ideas to help make your Valentine’s Day special, but low-key and affordable!
No.1 Cook A Fancy (or Special) Dinner
Look for a recipe that screams “fancy” like Steak & Lobster, Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Balsamic Chicken, etc. Also, make the meal a few courses. Include an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert course! Or, if ‘fancy’ isn’t what you’re going for, make your loved one’s favorite meal. Whatever that is, find a recipe and make it at home.
My one advice here is to have a backup plan just in case something goes wrong. I’ve messed up many a recipe before, so it’s always good to have an alternative. I like to have the ingredients to make a pizza, or the ingredients for spaghetti and garlic bread, just in case.
No.2 Make A Yummy Dessert
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a dessert that is yummy, and red + pink. I rounded up some quick and easy recipes that would be perfect for your dinner in the slider above. Get baking!
No.3 Watch A Movie
I’m not talking about watching a chick flick, but making a sacrifice and watching a movie that your loved one has been wanting to watch but you haven’t wanted to. For Austin and I, that’s the new Star Wars movie or (re-watching) John Wick. It’s so easy to get caught up in ourselves and what we want, that we stop making sacrifices for those we love. Let tomorrow night be different than that.
No.4 Game Night!
Think of any game that can be played with two people!
“Board” Games: Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne (this one can be downloaded on your iPad!), Scrabble, Chess, Jenga, Scattergories, or even a puzzle. There are also card games you can play (I’m not an expert on these though). And, there are tons of “questions to ask your spouse” lists on Pinterest that are fun! These will work whether you’re married or not.
No.5 Do Something Active
Since it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone is likely to be out doing something, you can bet that there won’t be anyone in the gym. So get active! Find somewhere to shoot hoops, go to the golf range and hit some balls, go on a walk, etc. These dates are always some of the most memorable because learning something new comes with a lot of mistakes. I can hit one or 2 solid golf balls out of 20, and don’t get me started on basketball. It’d be cringe-worthy. But I definitely want to do one of these tomorrow!
Just a quick word of advice on this one though, places like Top Golf are going to be busy, so maybe don’t go somewhere like that when looking for something easy and low-key.
No.6 Coffee Date
Since Valentine’s is on a Tuesday this year, there’s always a chance that you might have some work to do. I’m not at all anti-working dates, and I actually think that working alongside each other is way better than staying late at the office.
If you both have some work to do, I recommend getting out and finding a low key coffee shop with some comfortable chairs. Bring your stuff and basically move into that place! Just make sure to take regular breaks to chat and bond as you work.
What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day!? Leave a comment below!!
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