We are officially ONE week away from Valentine’s Day, and if you are a chronic procrastinator (or it just slipped your mind because WHERE DID JANUARY GO?), then read on for some last minute date ideas, and the tradition my husband and I follow every Valentine’s Day.
Last Minute Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Grab your favorite massage oil or even warmed coconut oil for sensitive skin (or anything scented with lavender can help to feel truly relaxed). Set up some candles and prepare for a night of love and relaxation!
DIY Fondue Night
Melted cheese and chocolate dipped fruit? ‘Nuff said. If you need some ideas for how to make it, check out some tips here.
Picnic in the Park (or Home)
Set up a romantic evening under the stars, or in the comfort of your living room/bedroom. It can be as simple as a blanket, some wine and your favorite food, and dessert is up to your imagination 🙂
Hike to See a Sunset
Who says you have to stay in? This can be an adventure that you take together, while also creating some memories in the beautiful outdoors.
Whether at home, or a city-wide scavenger hunt, the possibilities are endless! You can take a trip down memory lane, or create entirely new ones in places that you have both wanted to visit.
Be a Tourist
If you live in a big city, head out to the must-see tourist spots! Being from the Bay Area, my husband has yet to see Alcatraz so that’s what sparked this particular idea. It can be fun exploring the city in ways that maybe you and your S.O. take for granted.
Day Road Trip
Head out to a place within driving distance that you’ve always wanted to explore together. Make a day out of it and get to know more about each other on the drive there!
Make Dinner Together at Home
This is by no means a brand new idea, but with the pressure of this holiday always seeming to build up, I wanted to remember what we are celebrating on this day. I know it’s highly considered a Hallmark holiday, but I honestly think there’s nothing wrong with having a day dedicated to love, whether it’s romantic or otherwise.
That being said, a few years ago, I asked my husband (then bf) if we could just make dinner at home and watch a movie. Sometimes in the busy schedule of our lives, we get home and we don’t always connect, and it’s more true now with having a toddler, than it was before. This way we get to really enjoy each other’s company and have our daughter be a part of the memory.
This is the tradition we’ve followed for the last few years, with the exception of lobster tail last year which will definitely be a repeat this year. I included some recipes I came across in case you’d like to have a full menu prepared.
Salad: This strawberry salad recipe looks amazing, and since strawberries will already be on the menu, it will be nice to incorporate these into the appetizer.
Appetizer/side: White truffle mac and cheese. This is my favorite/go-to recipe not just for this day, but for potluck’s and dinner parties. SO so good and always a hit.
Steak: I’ve grown very fond of steak being made with the Sous-Vide, so I looked up two different recipes, one that cooks with and one that cooks without. They both look drool-worthy. Sous-vide recipe here. Steak Diane recipe here.
Dessert: Strawberry and brownie trifle. I’ll be using this brownie mix recipe and the rest is relatively easy. Alternate with brownie layer first, then whipped cream, strawberries, brownies, ice cream, whipped cream, and more strawberries. You can add a drizzle of chocolate syrup or some chocolate shavings to make it more festive. Whatever makes you happy 🙂