Valentine’s Day is just a little over a week away, so today’s post is centered around the theme of love. I’ve already covered a few things like some great gift ideas but what about on Valentine’s Day? What should you do with your significant other/girlfriends/family/self and what should you wear on that special night? I think by now, we’ve all come to the conclusion that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for lovers. Little holidays always make a great excuse to treat yourself or others- through big or little ways- it’s totally up to you! Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays as a couple. We spend almost every moment together, so it’s not like we don’t see each other but to us, Valentine’s Day is always a reminder to set aside distractions and just focus on the two of us. So this month, we’ve partnered with Express and put together a few ideas for date night with some we’ve already done and some we look forward to doing.
If we’re cooking at home for Valentine’s Day, you can probably find me in a comfy sweatshirt and jeans. But at the same time, it’s always fun to get dressed up. I know it can be a little cliche, but I still love it! I vividly remember being in third grade and so excited to wear my new heart printed Target dress to school and pass out Valentines. Clearly not much has changed. I love this ballet-inspired combo from Express. The light pink tulle skirt is so sweet and feminine and the black cropped wrap sweater pairs perfectly with it. This look is obviously better suited for a fancy night out but if you still want to wear something special for your date night, away from the crowds, here are some of my suggestions.
Naturally, you can go out to dinner. If possible, book now so that you can lock down a table. It’s best to know a bit about the restaurant before booking. One year, we spent Valentine’s Day in NYC. We went out to a fancy meal, but the restaurant was really tiny. The couples next to us clearly had no shame because they were pretty much all over each other the entire time, which made it awkward for us being 6 inches away.
If you are less into crowds or aren’t much of a PDA person, you can always cook a meal together at home. Separate out the meal so that you can collaborate together. Just make sure that if one of you is a Gordon Ramsey (very particular and hot tempered- hey, Thomas!) in the kitchen, that you’re able to take the night off from seeking perfection. Unless, you’re attempting a chocolate molten lava cake….. :) When we were dating, this was how we spent our Valentine’s Day. Since Thomas is the one that’s usually in the kitchen, it was my gift to him to go all out and whip up a fancy dinner for the two of us, plus dessert.
When Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, like it does this year, how about you celebrate the weekend before with a fully planned day or short trip together? This is always something that we love to do and there’s also less pressure on exchanging gifts or booking fancy dinners. And it ensures you get to spend more “us” time together.
Thomas and I love live music, especially Jazz. One year in NYC (we’re usually in New York for VDay because of NYFW) we went and saw a Jazz show. I’m not sure how we snagged such great seats, but we were front row with a view of NYC in the background. It was the best.
Book a last minute hotel stay-cation using deal sites (make sure to have a plan b) or find a valentine’s day package and book in advance. You never know what kind of deal you can find online on the day of or day before Valentine’s Day. If you live in a big city like NYC, LA or SF and you are open to it, this could be a fun option, especially if you want to check out a neighborhood you don’t spend much time in.
See a movie. There are so many great movies out right now. We are still dying to go see La La Land. Every time we go to the theatre, it’s sold out.
A tip from Thomas that your significant other might appreciate- make your dollars go a little further by trying to buy flowers from a wholesaler. The price of red roses nearly doubles on Valentine’s Day. You can save a lot of money by picking something other than roses.
Thank you to Express for sponsoring this post.