Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the pressure of taking your other half on the perfect Valentine’s Day date? Fear not. Whether you’re going to go big or plan something low-key, we’ve put together a range of date suggestions to help you pull off the perfect evening.
The big gesture date
If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a big romantic statement, Valentine’s Day is the time to do it. This is a chance for you to get really creative and let someone know how you really feel. If you can, try to keep your big gesture a secret for as long as possible (if they like surprises). As you near the big event, you could leave clues or instructions for your other half, directing them to the location of your date, or hinting at what the activity might be. Our advice would be to really think about what your loved one will want to do; if you stray too far from their comfort zone, that big gesture might not go quite as you’d planned. Some of our favourite ideas are; take them away on whirlwind city break, book a hot air balloon ride, hire a private pod on the London Eye (complete with champagne), take a trip somewhere exotic or stay in a luxury hotel for the night. Make sure you budget for room service.
The traditional dinner and a film date
For a fail-safe V-Day option, go back to basics. Wine and dine your loved one with a classic dinner and a film date. Avoid large, impersonal restaurants and choose a quaint and charming dinner spot. Do your research before you go to make sure other diners have enjoyed their experience there. Meals to share are the ideal food for a romantic date; there’s never been a better time to re-enact that spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. Follow dinner with a trip to the cinema (their choice of film, of course). We love Picturehouse cinemas, where you can enjoy a wide range of films and sip wine from the bar. Snuggle up in the back row and don’t skimp on the pick ‘n’ mix.
The sentimental date
A good date doesn’t have to involve food at all. Why not go for something a little less ordinary, but none the less romantic? Plan a visit to a place that holds sentimental value for the two of you; this could be the place you met, the location of your first date, or just somewhere you’ve been together and loved. Wrap up warm, prepare a hot toddy and a posh picnic to take with you and go on a romantic stroll down memory lane. Make sure you take pictures of the two of you in your most-treasured locations and use them to create a memento of your day.
The home-cooked meal date
There is an expectation that a romantic Valentine’s Day date must be a grand occasion with a jam-packed itinerary, planned down to the very last firework. If that’s not your style, you could plan a stay-at-home date that’s just as romantic. Channel your efforts into cooking an amazing meal (we love some of these ideas), spend a bit of time decorating your home and stock up on sweeties to spoil your other half. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could even prepare some homemade treats; grab your favourite biscuit recipe and use these heart-shaped cookie cutters to add a touch of romance.Top image: Kissing Couple Bone China Plate by Melody Rose