Valentines Day. Most people either love it or hate it! I for one have always found myself in the middle of these emotions. I don’t like to buy into the hype and spend money on items with hearts plastered everywhere, but I always like an excuse for a good date night! Here are a few ideas that won’t break the bank and may even help you avoid the throngs of lovebirds at restaurants!
1. Living room sleepover
Feeling a little lazy? Have a sleepover in your living room! Drag your mattress out or blow up an air mattress. Add lots of pillows and blankets and even make it into a fort if you’re feeling extra adventurous. Break out the snacks, buy a fancy dessert or make Whitney’s Red Velvet Cheesecake to share together while you watch a Redbox movie.
2. Trivia Game with the Kids
Have kids but no babysitter? Make a trivia game to play with your kids about mom and dad’s love story! Have them answer multiple choice questions about how you met, when you knew you were in love, dates, places, etc. Or if you really want to make it more like a board game, follow the directions in this link! The winner gets to pick dessert or a movie for the family to enjoy together.
3. Scavenger hunt
Want to get out of the house? Make your own scavenger hunt! It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Decide on the places you want to leave the clues, write the clues and leave them. Then accompany your honey along the way! You can be as creative as you want to be. If you want an easier version of a scavenger hunt, make a list of things to spot together (i.e. person with blue hair, set of twins, a couple kissing) whether around town or at the mall, then go on the hunt together. Whoever finds the most wins a massage at the end of the night! Just try not to look too creepy while people-watching…..
4. Spa night
Need to be pampered? Plan an at-home spa night! If you look up an at-home spa night on the web, most sites suggest a romantic bubble bath together. But let’s get real here. If you’re like us and have a normal-sized tub, then you can’t both comfortably fit! And what is more UN-relaxing than being squeezed into a tight space? Have no fear, a spa night can still happen! Pick the most relaxing room of your house, (which will probably be the one that happens to be clean) and fill it with candles, towels, soft music, light finger foods, massage oils and lotions. My husband wouldn’t let me give him a facial if I paid him, but I know he would never pass up a nice massage.
5. Candlelight picnic
If it’s not too cold outside, plan a candlelight picnic in the most romantic outdoor area that will allow candles. If that happens to be your backyard, so be it! Make your own food or order your favorite meal to-go. Pack several blankets and maybe a couple of pillows if you feel like stargazing afterwards.
Written by: Lindsey Thompson – Lindsey is a new author for Sweet Cayenne and loves being a wife and homemaker for her husband and former Marine, Matt Thomspon. They are excited about starting a family and are always up for an adventure at the always bustling Hight hacienda.