The holiday we love to hate and hate to love is fast approaching. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be an extravagant night out; simple and thoughtful often beats expensive and impersonal. Decide which budget bracket is realistic for you and plan a romantic night with your special someone.
It’s true that the best things in life are free. Show your loved one that you care by planning a thoughtful evening that will create long lasting memories.
1. Ice skating and après skate
Search the skate times for your public rink or better yet find an outdoor rink in your neighbourhood. Dust off your old skates or rent a pair (rentals typically range from $5.00- $10.00 per pair). Hold hands and skate around as if you were in the movie Serendipity. Warm up after skating with a nice glass of wine and some cozy blankets at home.
2. Living room Karaoke
No need to head out in the cold to an overpriced Karaoke bar when you can do it in the privacy of your own home. Download a Karaoke app and sing your heart out. The best part about doing Karaoke at home is that no one can hear you screeching out Backstreet Boys and Cher. Plus, the money you save on going out can go towards a bottle of wine.
3. DIY Gifts
Skip the expensive gifts and make your own homemade presents. Some great options are candleholders, personalized photo frames or Valentine’s Day themed baking. If you aren’t crafty or gifted in the kitchen, make a playlist for a little romantic nostalgia.
1. Be your own TV Chef!
A home cooked meal almost guarantees admiration. Take a look through old recipes from your favourite TV chef and find one that will dazzle the taste buds of your date.
2. Recreate your first date
Because Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, it only seems fitting to have a “Throwback Thursday” themed date. Depending on how elaborate your first date was you can always scale it back to remain on budget.
3. Local Tourists
Be tourists in your own backyard. Web search “top ten things to do in (name of your city/town)” and see the sites that you never have time to see. Plan to see as many you can (depending on admissions prices), and if you have some wiggle room in your budget then throw in a couple stops at breweries or wine bars.
1. Attend a cooking class
As the proverb goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”-- or as we like to say “give a man a lasagna and you feed him for day. Teach a man to make a lasagna and (hopefully) he will make it for a lifetime.” There is truly nothing more romantic than sipping on wine and cooking together. Take a look at cooking classes in your area, the average price ranges from $75.00- $200.00 for making a full-course Italian meal.
2. Scavenger hunt / restaurant crawl
Why sit still at one restaurant when you can cruise around from place to place? Instead of eating one big meal, sit at the bar and have a few appetisers at a couple of the restaurants on your list. Make a fun scavenger hunt with challenges for you and your partner to do at each place. Some fun challenges to add to your list are:
Strike up a conversation with a stranger
Take a selfie with the bar staff
Take a shot in a restaurant/bar you’ve never been to
3. Get scared
Find something neither of you have done before such as a trapeze class, comedy/improv or a singing lesson. Not only will it be hilarious to scare the pants off your partner, it will be a great bonding activity for you both. The average price of a trapeze class is $75.00 for a private 1-hour class.