Chocolates, cards, and flowers are de rigueur for Valentine’s Day. Sadly, not a lot of thought goes into the celebration. It’s easy (and lazy) to grab a dozen red roses from the local grocery store or florist. Instead of schlepping home with a heart-shaped carton of misery, break out of the box and score points with your sweetie with these five non-traditional ideas.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Let your ultimate destination be a suite (or room) at a hotel or resort. Leave cryptic clues directing your sweetheart to pick up fun items for your blissful evening. This can be as involved or simple as you’d like. He or she will pick up candles, wine, or massage oil. Or create your own theme. The point is to build anticipation. If all goes according to plan, your sweetheart will arrive at the destination eager to explore all options!
You can rent a car for the weekend and explore the countryside around you. Here in South Carolina there are lots of bed and breakfasts, cafes, and things to see and do all around the State. Car rental rates tend to go up around Valentines Day, but you can also use a coupon website to make this an affordable trip option.
Go on a picnic
Sure, this could be considered traditional. But your creativity will make it magical. Theme your picnic based on local cuisine or interesting places in your city. Be daring – not everyone wants candy. If she has a sweet tooth, impress her with dipping chocolates and fresh fruit, cookies, or cake. Grab a portable fondue pot, assorted cheese, chocolates, and fruit. Dip, drizzle, and swirl until the cows come home. If the idea of melted sweets is not your idea of fun, simply pack your basket with whatever makes the two of you happy. No matter what you decide, the key is to create a moment they won’t forget.
Binge on movies (or TV series)
Not everyone wants to compete for parking or tickets at crowded theaters. Have a movie night (or weekend) at home. Catch up on your favorite series or head back into time with the golden oldies. Stock up on snacks, treats, and beverages.
You can do this at home or head to a cooking class. Step out of your comfort zone and create something you’ve only seen on late-night cooking shows. The idea is not so much what you eat, but that you make the food together. Depending on your relationship this could be as simple as grilled cheese and tomato soup or as complex as shrimp and lobster paella.
Couples Game Night (or Spa Night)
The idea here is to have fun with your sweetheart and your friends. This can be tricky so make sure it’s presented in the right way. For new couples, this may be a way to ease the Valentine’s Day pressure. Invite friends over for board or card games. There are literally thousands of game ideas on the internet. Some can be downloaded right to your smartphone or tablet. Fire up the grill, open some wine, and relax with other couples. Share relationship goals or advice. Have friends that have been married forever? Ask them to share do’s and don’ts for successful relationships.
Some South Carolina Spas:
Valentine’s Day needn’t be stressful, boring, or routine. Flowers and chocolates are great, but find new ways to celebrate lover’s day. Once you put on your thinking cap, you’ll find that creating memories is easy.