Love really must be in the air because it was around this time of the year that I first told Carson that I loved him.
We were lying on the top bunk in his college dorm room (sidenote: just imagine all 6’4” of him and 5’10” of me somehow trying to tetris our bodies on a twin bed…a little squished haha) and I just couldn’t hold it in anymore. I literally OUT LOUD counted to three and just blurted it out! We sat in silence for what seemed like a lifetime — realistically it was probably like 30 seconds — when he finally was able to squeak out three small words after being in shock…
“Say it again?”
He followed that up with a kiss and told me he loved me too…and the rest is history! Since then, we have been through quite a few Valentine’s Days together and trust me, we’ve tried it all when it comes to Valentine’s Day plans.
No matter who you’re with (or how serious you are) a good date is a good date. On Valentine’s Day, I think we all can agree that the last thing you want to do is end up at a cheesy, overpriced, and horribly unoriginal dinner. Ensure your date night is free of clichés with these not-so-boring ideas no matter what type of couple you are. Don’t overthink it, just have fun!
The Boujee on a Budget Couple | Fancy Pants
This holiday is notorious for big showcases of love and even bigger price tags. It’s not easy when you want to have the same effect as a large romantic gesture on a reasonable budget. Even cooking a nice steak dinner at home can add up pretty quickly. Instead, host a wine tasting for two! You can still set a luxurious mood by getting dressed up, lighting candles, and laying out some simple snacks. Whether you’re sipping on white or red, the price points are totally up to you!
The “Mom and Dad” Couple | Get Physical
If you have been in your relationship for a while, getting creative with your Valentine’s Day plans gets more and more challenging. Completely change it up and go to a workout class together! I’m a true believer that couples who workout together, work out together! Carson and I had the best time ever sweating it out at a spin class a few Valentine’s Days back, pushing each other to be better people in an out-of-the-box way.
The Procrastinating Couple | Take Out & Make Out
Quality time together doesn’t necessarily have to be planned out months in advance. For all of you who may have forgotten to prepare for this Hallmark holiday, fear not, I’ve got you. Send him a sassy text before the end of the work day asking him if he’s down to “Netflix and chill.” Make a fort, order your favorite kind of takeout, and get your cuddle on while having a movie marathon! Pillow fight or Nerf gun war optional.
The Rom-Com Wannabe Couple | Kiss On The First Date
Channel your inner Jennifer Garner and get whisked off your feet again by recreating your first date together. Talk about all the gushy stuff – reminisce about funny memories, simpler times, memorable moments, and how far you’ve come together as a couple. You can bring back those butterflies (minus the awkwardness, uncertainty, and nervousness) and spend a night walking down memory lane together.
The Honeymoon Stage Couple | Let’s Play A Love Game
If you and your sweetheart are in a new relationship, it’s normal to feel pressure to deliver the perfect date night BUT don’t force yourselves to act in a way you normally wouldn’t together. Forget the clichés and take the opportunity to actually build your relationship — get to know each other better by playing “The Newlywed Game”! (You don’t have to be newlyweds to play it, I promise) Even the silliest of questions can spark some deep conversations.