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Five Fun Valentine's Date Ideas

Hello from snowy Boston friends! I didn't hate having a snow day yesterday - something about getting to work from home makes me super productive! Since Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday this year I figured a lot of people would be celebrating this weekend or keeping it a bit more low key so I thought it would be fun to share a few date ideas that you could enjoy! 
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1. Brunch instead of dinner

Going out to dinner on Valentine's Day is such a nightmare - overpriced meals & nothing romantic with tons of people around you. A couple of years ago Gary and I decided to forgo the usual dinner for a super fun brunch and it was so much more enjoyable!! You get to enjoy a leisurely brunch with a few cocktails if you'd like. If you're looking for a few great brunch spots in Boston I highly recommend Bostonia Public House and Brownestone. 

2. Make dinner at home

Another tradition we have is making something fancy for dinner on Valentine's Day and cooking together. Even though it's on a Tuesday this year, we'll still be making something together, keeping the TV off & just talking! 

3. A little game night 

If you (and when I say you, I mean your significant other) have a gaming console like a PlayStation or xbox - download a few games that you can play without having to leave the house. Maybe it's a little corny, but you could put wagers on the games - winner get's to choose the next movie! We have fruit ninja & bowling which believe it or not are both really fun and great workouts!! You'll wake up the next morning really confused why your arms are sore! 

4.  DIY the gift  

I'm a huge Newlyweds fan - you remember the show with Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson right? Well I love the episode where they institute a $20 maximum spending challenge for a valentine's day DIY. Gary and I actually don't gift each other anything for valentine's day and haven't since we've been married - I love the idea of making my own card or even trying to get creative with what I can make for him with a $20 limit! 

5. Bar Crawl, but make it romantic 

We actually did a version of this with South End Wine Tour and had a blast! What you could do is revisit all the restaurants / bars that you've been to during your relationship. For instance if I were planning ours I'd start with Clery's where we had our first date, Met Bar where we celebrated our engagement, we'd make a stop at Top of the Hub where we celebrated my 25th birthday right before we got married, and finish the night off at The Palm where we celebrated Gary finishing his master's! 
What do you have planned for Valentine's Day - do you celebrate or do you keep it low key? Hope you have a great weekend! 

58 comments

  1. Love all these ideas!! We've never done #5, how fun to revisit all our old stomping grounds. Great idea gorgeous....here's to a loving and sweet weekend!!

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  2. All these are such great ideas. Brunch is a favorite and I can definitely see that being not as busy as dinner which is a definite win. I LOVE doing a bar crawl that revisits some of your favorite places that have significant meaning. Might have to do that one just because!

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  3. I am all about brunch!! I am not really big on v-day....so I think just my kids will be celebrating. LOL!

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  4. All such awesome ideas! I am a little jealous of your snow...it has been so warm here which is awesome, but i always like at least one good snow day :) Have a great weekend!

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  5. Champs and a homemade seafood risotto in our house! Great ideas!

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  6. Just going out to dinner can be a bit boring, but these ideas are great for keeping Valentine's Day interesting and fun. We are keeping it low key this year for sure.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  7. We aren't big Valentine's Day people ever especially since our Anniversary is a few days after, we really just celebrate that ;-) I like your wine tour idea!

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  8. These are all great, simple ideas! We are going to a concert this year, that just happened to fall on VDay, but other than that I plan to make a fancy dinner at home for Jason, for when he gets home from studying. The first year we were dating, he booked a super fancy dinner out, but the only time left was 5pm, so we ate super early and the food wasn't worth the pricetag, so ever since then, I'd rather make something at home. I like the video game idea...I can't even attempt to play half of the games he has for his XBox, but I liked your suggestions!

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  9. YES to brunch! You already know how much I love brunch and bubbles, and I'll take that over a fancy dinner any day! Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

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  10. So much fun to have a snow day at home! I love, love, love brunch. It's totally my favorite "meal!"

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  11. Love these ideas! And so jealous of your snow! I could have brunch everyday :)

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  12. Great ideas! I especially love brunch rather than a crowded restaurant for dinner! We always either celebrate a day or two early or at home, because you are so right, there's nothing romantic about going out with a ton of people around you in overcrowded restaurants that night. Wishing you a fantastic Valentine's Day next week! xo - Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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  13. These are great ideas, Biana! We normally go out for dinner for Valentine's Day and we are again this year, but my husband is actually cooking dinner for me on Sunday! I'm super excited because I cook almost every night so this is going to be a real treat haha! I hope the snow has finally stopped -- I cannot believe how much you got!! Have a great weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  14. These are all such awesome ideas! It's so fun to switch things up every year with the man! I love the game night idea--Steven and I actually love playing video games together!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  15. Love all these ideas! I used to be obsessed with that show and I'm still obsessed with Jessica Simpson... Love the idea of a DIY gift! I can get my son involved too! Happy Friday!

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  16. We always pick a special recipe to make at home too! The restaurants are just too insane that day!

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  17. Wow...these are indeed awesomely lovely ideas babe...!
    xo, Neha
    www.theinstylejournal.com

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  18. So many fun ideas for Valentine's Day! I don't like to celebrate it but I could definitely get on board with brunch, I never say no to bacon and mimosas :) <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  19. Yes to brunch instead of dinner! A bar crawl sounds fun too!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  20. We usually do dinner at home! Ps. I tried those gummies over the weekend and the Champagne bears are so much better!

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  21. The idea of doing a bar crawl with all the places you've gone in your relationship is so fun! I haven't heard of that before. Happy for the snow day too, to cap off a crazy week!
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams 

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  22. These are all such cute ideas!! :) Since I'm solo this year I'm having a little Galentine's night & we're headed out to a beach bar for drinks!

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  23. I love these ideas! Especially because I'm not big on Valentine's Day to begin with. Also, brunch is the best.

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  24. cute ideas! i love a good DIY when it comes to valentines and brunch instead of dinner is fun too! have a great weekend and stay warm!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  25. Love the idea of a homemade gift- I made Ryan one of those man bouquets a few years ago and he loved it!! Hope y'all have a great weekend :)

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  26. I love the idea of brunch, we've never done that before! We've either dined out or Eddie will typically make us a romantic dinner. I'm the one who does most of the cooking in the house, since he gets home so late from work and I prefer cooking over ordering out. So, when there's a holiday, specifically Christmas and Valentine's Day, he takes over, which is so nice. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  27. I think my husband and I might just do brunch this weekend! Love the idea of having a DIY & spending limit...so sweet and cute! Hope you guys have a great weekend!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  28. Happy snowy Friday! I'm kind of hoping this will be the last for us this winter even though it hasn't been a horrible one this year. You know I love brunch so I would be so happy with that! And I love the idea of a game night. Hope you have a great weekend xo Beautifully Candid

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  29. I love the idea for the romantic bar crawl, and you could even add in parks, coffee shops, ice cream shops, etc. if you wanted to limit the drinking. Great idea! Cheers, Laura

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  30. The brunch idea sounds incredible! I love it!

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  31. I love the cash limit. I already told Ricky to NOT spend $75.00 for roses that on any other day cost $25.00... its crazy what they jack prices up to.

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  32. Love these ideas and I loved Newlyweds and when they did that! We are doing a VDay lunch this year since Josh will be working late and I am kind of excited to change it up!

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  33. Great post! Such wonderful ideas, I especially love the bar crawl!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  34. I was sooo productive yesterday! It really confuses me on how the days I don't even change from my pjs/hang in bed all day working I get the most done! Love these ideas,I'm all about a casual Valentine's day and then a hot date night on a random night :) Can't wait for Sunday <3
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  35. Love the idea of brunch. It is always a favorite of mine!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  36. These are some great ideas! With the kids and it being a school night we don't have any special plans, but I am going to make dinner at home. Our first Plated delivery comes Tuesday and I am going to make a nice dinner and I added on a special dessert. Hope you two have a happy Valentine's Day!

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  37. We always keep our vday low key. I make homemade lasagna every year and we exchange cards and sometimes we will get a fun bottle of wine. I like your idea of going to brunch instead of dinner if you are going out. That is so fun. Have a great weekend!

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  38. I LOVE the brunch idea! You can never go wrong with brunch. EVER.

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  39. Love these ideas! Stephen and I cooked last year and it was great to have dinner at home just the two of us.

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  40. These are all great ideas. Love those candies up top too. I think a date night at home cooking your favorite meal or take out is definitely the way to go. Have a great weekend!

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  41. I love the brunch idea! We are moving to Boston this summer and I can't wait to visit/see all of the places you've talked about on your blog!

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  42. Such cute ideas! I love the idea of doing brunch. And to game night, I am pretty sure I fell in love over a date that included a game of Cards against Humanity with someone. Enjoy your weekend!

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  43. Brunch sounds heavenly especially as we have a totally un-romantic Tuesday lined up (Mike has to go to court to testify against a guy who hit him [car accident, not physical altercation]) and I have to teach til 10pm. BLEH!!! But brunch... now that's something I can get behind!!! Hope you're all cozy and warm! XOXO, R

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  44. I LOVE your idea of brunch instead of dinner. Chris & I have been trying lots of brunches in our area while he still has weekends off, so that sounds perfect!

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  45. Such great ideas! I love how personal they are! We're planning to cook at home then have a games night :-) Thanks for linking up! Nikki x

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  46. How cute are those gummies?! We're "celebrating" V-day tomorrow but it's more like an outing to the theme parks with some music and dinner in there. Nothing particularly romantic but a full day of spending time together I think is a gift in itself.

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  47. These are all such cute ideas! I really love the going for brunch instead of dinner and the bar crawl. Both of these would be so fun!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  48. I love to celebrate, but don't always like going out to dinner for all the reasons you named! We're going to do dinner at home this year and try and make something new, I love the bar crawl idea though-- such a sweet idea!

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  49. These are all great ideas girl! Kellen will be on travel (not surprising) so we probably won't do anything but I love the idea of a brunch. Wine tasting is always a good idea in my book, haha!

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  50. We have a cards-only Valentine's day gift rule, but I love to make him something too! Just because I'm a craft nerd :) I love all these ideas, especially the brunch one!

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  51. These are all perfect - we did brunch last year and loved it! I love the idea of cooking at home, we're sort of doing that aka ordering pizza haha!

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  52. Love your pub crawl (romantic) idea! Thanks for sharing 😊

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  53. I love that bar crawl idea! Although, Ryan and I would have to go back to Iowa to do it, lol. Ryan unfortunately works late on Valentine's Day, but we always exchange cards in the morning.

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  54. All such great ideas, we love having game nights and cooking dinner together!

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  55. all such great ideas! we don't really do valentine's day but when we do 'dates' we generally do brunch instead of dinner. love the idea of a bar crawl!

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  56. some great ideas. we don't usually do much for Valentine's Day, with our birthdays the week before that is where most of our focus lies.

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