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60 Fun and Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day

Updated on June 25, 2014
Looking or a fun way to impress your romance-loving Valentine this February 14th? This list of ideas is sure to spark some inspiration!
Looking or a fun way to impress your romance-loving Valentine this February 14th? This list of ideas is sure to spark some inspiration! | Source

Looking for something fun and romantic to do this Valentine's Day? If your sweetheart loves romance and you want to do something special for him or her, you should find some of these ideas inspiring! From date ideas to gift ideas, this comprehensive list will set your mind off into a storm of ideas to make this February 14th special for your valentine!

While some people enjoy going for pure traditional romance, others may wish to do something a bit more unusual. This page covers a variety of options for differing tastes, so you should be able to easily find something that will excite and entertain both your lover and yourself!

Remember when choosing a gift and/or activity you should focus on your partner's needs before your own -- but only within reason. If you're terrified of heights, taking your partner bungee jumping might be silly.

Everyone defines "fun" differently, so don't be afraid to create your own definition for what's fun for you and your partner!

These ideas are broken down by category in order to make the page somewhat easier to browse.

Why not craft together for Valentine's Day? This is a fun and romantic activity you can do with your partner, but most things you can make do well with your children as well! Making something together is great bonding time.
Why not craft together for Valentine's Day? This is a fun and romantic activity you can do with your partner, but most things you can make do well with your children as well! Making something together is great bonding time. | Source

Things to Make for Valentine's Day

  • Hand-Made Valentine's Cards
  • Jar Crafts
  • Candles
  • Ceramics (Painting)
  • Candies
  • Potpourri
  • Heart Wreaths
  • Teddy Bears

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Make Together

Why not get together with your honey and make something special? This idea is romantic because it's excellent bonding time with your sweetheart, but it also works for children or groups of single friends as well! Even if you're not in a relationship, there's a certain romance to enjoying this kind of bonding time together.

You have all sorts of things that you can make with your sweetheart (or your children). This is just a fun, short list of items that you can make -- together -- for Valentine's Day. All of these activities can be done by two or more people and aren't solitary projects.

Why is it Romantic?

Making something together is romantic for different reasons for different people. Many women who enjoy crafts will find it romantic because their man wishes to spend time with them doing something she likes -- making her feel loved. Some men will find it romantic because men often enjoy bonding silently and without a lot of conversation.

When couples make something together, they get to spend time together doing a project (which appeals to men) usually chosen by a crafty woman (which makes her feel loved). This is a fun way to spend time together for Valentine's Day, and you get a finished project out of it too!

Have romantic fun with your valentine this year by baking up some sweet treats for friends and family! You get to bond together and the results are delicious too!
Have romantic fun with your valentine this year by baking up some sweet treats for friends and family! You get to bond together and the results are delicious too! | Source

Things to Bake for Valentine's Day

Wilton Nesting Heart Cutter Set
Wilton Nesting Heart Cutter Set

Most Valentine's cookie recipes call for a heart shaped cookie cutter. These can also be used to cut out heart-shaped brownies, and other cute heart-shaped baked goods!

 

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Bake Together

Valentine's Day is a great time for baking. As with the Christmas holidays, there are plenty of recipes that are just perfect for this holiday! Think red and pink as much as possible, and opt for red velvet or dark chocolate whenever you can. Remember: Chocolate is considered romantic because it produces a hormone that makes you feel like you're in love. If you're looking for something romantic you really can't go wrong with chocolate.

Suggestions are listed to the right, with links to appropriate recipes.

Why is it Romantic?

Baking can be a lot of fun, especially in small groups, so this is something you can enjoy with your partner or with you kids! Make enough of whatever it is you're baking to share with the people you love and you'll have it made!

As with "making together," baking together gives you and your partner something to do together. It's fun and can lead to a lot of laughter as one or both of you get covered in flour or frosting. Make the most of this one! It can be a fun way to produce gifts as well as to enjoy one another.

Cooking together can be incredibly fun and it makes a fantastic date for you and your valentine. Put this to good use and make it a romantic night of cooking up something special!
Cooking together can be incredibly fun and it makes a fantastic date for you and your valentine. Put this to good use and make it a romantic night of cooking up something special! | Source

Things to Cook for Valentine's Day

  • Steaks (Porterhouses are almost heart-shaped! and ribeyes are good too!)
  • Lobster
  • Oysters (raw oysters are considered an aphrodisiac)
  • Meatloaf (use a heart-shaped pan)
  • Tuna
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Souffle
  • Rack of Lamb

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Cook Together

Cooking together provides you and your valentine with a tremendous opportunity to provide a sumptuous meal for two that you'll enjoy eating when you're finished cooking together. It allows the both of you to be involved in the menu choices, which is a great touch for those who normally do the cooking and menu planning alone. Have fun and get a great dinner, too!

Why is it Romantic?

Cooking together is romantic because it allows you time to bond and to work on communicating with one another. Doing something together which involves a skill set and team work is a great way to keep up the dance that is regular communication with your partner. It's good practice and you're doing something together, giving you time to bond.

Plus some of the listed foods are considered to be aphrodisiacs! Combined with chocolate, you could be in for a real treat!

There's something very pleasant about sitting with your honey and sipping something sweet -- or something tart, if you prefer! Hot chocolate and wine are both good choices.
There's something very pleasant about sitting with your honey and sipping something sweet -- or something tart, if you prefer! Hot chocolate and wine are both good choices. | Source

Things to Sip for Valentine's Day

  • Hot Cocoa
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mocha
  • Red Wine
  • Blush Wine

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Sip Together

There's something cozy about snuggling down for a nice hot cup of cocoa or hot chocolate, or sitting with your lover and listening to romantic music while sipping a glass of red wine. Many people have been taught to associate relaxing with sipping something hot or something alcoholic, and winter is a good opportunity to treat yourself to such pleasures.

It's recommended to choose either the hot beverages or the alcoholic (or something that combines the two) instead of going from (for example) chilled wine to hot chocolate. Choose one or the other, and of course those who are under age should always choose the non-alcoholic versions!

Why is it Romantic?

Sipping wine, hot chocolate or hot cocoa (or even mocha latte) is romantic because it helps the body to relax and it warms you up. These drinks are long associated with relaxation, and when you and your partner are able to relax together, you open the doors to communication, honesty and intimacy that may not have been open before. Sipping hot chocolate in particular may increase feelings of love for one another!

Fondue is a fun activity that you can do with your partner, and the possibilities are endless! See below to the right for the different bases and things to dip into your fondue!
Fondue is a fun activity that you can do with your partner, and the possibilities are endless! See below to the right for the different bases and things to dip into your fondue! | Source

Things to Dip in Oil for Valentine's Day

  • Beef, Chicken or Pork
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables

Things to Dip in Cheese for Valentine's Day

  • Bread
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables

Things to Dip in Chocolate for Valentine's Day

  • Strawberries
  • Apple Cubes
  • Pineapple
  • Marshmallows

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Dip Together

Fondue can be a lot of fun, and it makes a great Valentine's treat because of all the possibilities for what you can make. Imagine leaning over a fondue pot together (not too close if you're using oil!), hands brushing one another as you dip your skewer into the pot. It's a romantic scenario, isn't it? With a nicely set Valentine's Table, this a very sweet meal.

Even better, fondue comes in various forms, including oil, cheese and chocolate. You can have a three-course meal (cheese, meat and dessert) right there in your fondue pot! Some people may wish to have three pots available for this.

Why is it Romantic?

Fondue is romantic because of the food involved, and because it's an excellent opportunity for communion with your significant other. The two of you can chat over the fondue pot and talk about things that are important to you, while preparing your own food just the way that you like it. This often means that the food tastes better, as well, because you're the one who's doing the preparation!

Rival FD300D 3-Quart Fondue Pot, Black
Rival FD300D 3-Quart Fondue Pot, Black

Your ideal fondue pot gets very hot, and this one is exceptional if you wish to use the pot for different kinds of fondue. This pot can handle oil, cheese and chocolate with its adjustable temperatures, and it is the recommended fondue pot. Make sure that if you choose something different that you know its heat settings!

 
This Valentine's Day, make sure that you and your partner are giving together. You can exchange gifts to one another, but that's only part of it. Why not give to someone who's lonely this year?
This Valentine's Day, make sure that you and your partner are giving together. You can exchange gifts to one another, but that's only part of it. Why not give to someone who's lonely this year? | Source

Ways to Give on Valentine's Day

  • Make valentines for widows
  • Host a singles awareness party
  • Give to charity instead of to one another
  • Volunteer in a soup kitchen on February 14th
  • Participate in RAK Week
  • Give away baked goods
  • Take Valentine's treats to the pediatric oncology ward

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Give Together

Valentine's Day happens to fall in the middle of RAK week every year. This week is a way of emphasizing the importance of random acts of kindness and gratitude in the world, and February 14th is a great time to do something nice for somebody else.

The options for this are endless, but you'll find a few suggested ways of giving listed to the right. Of course you can always give to one another, too, but giving to others is an amazing gift to them and to yourselves. The more giving you are, often the more grateful you are (and vice versa) and gratitude affects happiness!

Why is it Romantic?

Giving to others is romantic because it's something that you and your sweetheart can do together. You can bond over a common cause with one another. When you do something for other people, you open up your heart for loving others, and this also means opening yourself up for romantic love with your partner as well. Giving together often creates an environment that fosters affection between two people.

Valentine's Day is known as a day to take your sweetheart out for dinner, so why not do something special this year? Try something you've never done before!
Valentine's Day is known as a day to take your sweetheart out for dinner, so why not do something special this year? Try something you've never done before! | Source

Where to Dine Together on Valentine's Day

  • Japanese Teppanyaki (Hibachi)
  • Sushi
  • Traditional Japanese dining
  • Indian dining
  • Moroccan dining
  • Traditional Steakhouse
  • Steak on the Stone
  • Picnic

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Dine Together

Many couples enjoy spending Valentine's day eating a nice dinner out together, and this is a marvelous opportunity to do just that! Choosing a restaurant can be quite difficult, however, and you should think about what it is that you and your partner enjoy. Pick something that you both enjoy but don't get to do very often, unless you are particularly adventurous. The more adventurous readers may prefer something different, such as trying out a new type of food or going to a restaurant that serves it in an unfamiliar way. The link above will take you to a brief list of suggestions. See more to the right.

Why is it Romantic?

Dining out is a traditionally romantic activity. For those in new relationships, this is a great way to get to know one another, but even for married couples, this is a great way for couples to regroup and spend time continually getting to know one another. No matter how well you think you know your partner, there will always be something to learn!

When you take your partner out to eat, you're giving yourselves an environment where you can focus on one another and prioritize your relationship over outside distractions.

A hot air balloon is one romantic way that you can spend time with your honey this Valentine's Day. Have fun playing together and bond all at the same time!
A hot air balloon is one romantic way that you can spend time with your honey this Valentine's Day. Have fun playing together and bond all at the same time! | Source

Ways to Play Together on Valentine's Day

  • Go skiing*
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Go skydiving
  • Go scuba diving*
  • Go fishing*
  • Go ice fishing*
  • Go hiking
  • Go rock climbing/rappelling
  • Go dancing

* If the climate is right.

Fun and Romantic Valentine's Idea: Play Together

Playing together keeps you active and young together with your romantic partner. Having fun should be at the heart of romance, and finding something that you both enjoy and can do together will keep your minds active with one another and spark conversation between the two of you for years to come. This part of your Valentine's Date is where the real memories are made!

Why is it Romantic?

Playing together is romantic because it keeps you fresh in one another's minds. When you play together, doing activities (particularly ones you haven't done before) together, you spark conversation and make sure that you're building memories together. If you engage in activities which are new to both of you, you'll have something to talk about well into the future, and conversation is the heart of romance for women! The experience alone will be romantic for most men.

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Make it the Best Valentine's Ever!

Hopefully something on this page has helped to spark ideas for ways that you can entertain your partner and yourself this Valentine's Day. Many of these ideas will work for children and their parents as well as for romantic couples, but the most important thing here is to make sure that you're having fun this February 14th. Enjoy the time that you have with your children or your sweetheart, because Valentine's only comes once a year!

Feel free to add ideas of your own to the comments!

© 2014 Becki Rizzuti

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