20 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day

I have something to confess. I’m not romantic at all. I know it’s strange, but it all seems corny…kind of surreal. Like a musical. People just don’t do that in real life. It’s not that I don’t know what romance is or how to be romantic, it’s just that it’s not important me. However, I’v decided that I need to try to expand my horizons. It may freak my husband out a little bit, but I thought I’d try to do something romantic for a change.

I have to admit, I had to do a little research, but I came up with 20 tips for a romantic Valentine’s Day. I’ll start with our annual tradition:

1. Don’t Buy a Valentine’s Day card. Go to the store together, find one that expresses your heart, show it to each other & put it back. (Kind of a fun, free & quirky way to say “I love you”)

2. Candlelight dinner by the fireplace. (Don’t forget the chocolate covered strawberries for dessert)

3. Blindfold your husband, take him to the place where he proposed to you and propose to him. Tell him you’d do it all over again.

4. Set up a table & chairs at the beach or park and surprise him with a picnic lunch packed full of your favorite foods.

5. Beginning on February 1st, put a love note inside his lunch or in his wallet every day. On the 14th, write out your plans for that evening explaining how you two are going to spend the evening. He may enjoy the details more than your think.

6. Make reservations to have a couples message.

7. Surprise him with a weekend getaway to a place you’ve both been wanting to go.

8. Cruise the beach, a country road or meander your way through the shops of a small town.

9. Plan a camping trip in your living room and snuggle by your fireplace. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

10. Write a love letter to your husband and have someone read it over the intercom at his job. (O.K. – the romance factor will depend on his personality)

11. Take a train ride together. There’s something romantic about eating dinner together in the dining car of a train.

12. Go fishing together. You may not want to put your bait on the hook, but he won’t mind doing it for you.

13. Lingerie and rose petals. Need I say more.

14. Dance under the stars. Drive to a somewhat secluded area at night, turn on the radio and dance under the stars.

15. Plan dinner on the rooftop of a building downtown or in a restaurant or museum after it closes. This one may be a little more expensive.

16. Play spin the bottle with your husband. It’s o.k. when you’re married. πŸ™‚

17. Scavenger Hunt Valentine’s Day date.Leave clues describing where he is to go next until he finally reaches a romantic restaurant overlooking the water. Then continue to give clues to the next stop (possibly somewhere like rock climbing together-you’ll need to provide a change of clothes for him since he’ll be dressed up for the date).

18. Rent a classic car for the day. Go to dinner, the theater and dancing. Make a day of it. Just make sure the car is back before midnight so it doesn’t turn into a pumpkin.

19. Have a limo pick your husband up from work and meet him at a quaint restaurant overlooking the water or the mountains (something with a view). Enjoy the night being chauffeured around town in style.

20. Plan a trip in a sailboat, a moonlight boat cruise or take your Valentine to the zoo. Many zoos have special Valentine dinners.Just be creative and have fun together.

So, that’s the best this unromantic girl could do. How about you? What would you add to this list? How would you improve it?

(Don’t forget, we’ve got several special guest bloggers coming in a few days and I know you won’t want to miss them.)


  1. Good list, but I am pretty sure my hubby wouldn't go for any of them. I would…but not him. His idea of a good Valentine's day? let's see… NO pressure. No expectations. No worries of whether or not he “did good”.

    Maybe a good Valetine's day present for our hubsters would be to write a letter actually giving them the “day off”. You know, taking the pressure off…and really meaning it. Letting them know that Valentine's day isn't the measuring stick for their love or romance level.

    Yep – I think that is what I'm going to do for him this year. I was planning on writing/singing him a song – but I think he'll like this MUCH better. πŸ™‚

    Donna (who saw your tweet and had to pop in!)

  2. Hi Donna,
    I'm so glad you popped in. I love your “DAY OFF for the hubby” idea. No pressure, no plans…he gets a day to just “be.”

    I also thought it was funny that you called him the “hubster” since I call mine that quite frequently. I had no idea others did the same. Awesome!

    My hubster is a musician, so writing on song would be a bad idea for me too. He'd spend most of his time critiquing it and telling me why it isn't written well. πŸ™‚

    Great comment! Thanks!

  3. Even weirder…my hubster is a musician, too. (bass player). He's also a computer geek – and I love that about him! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Donna,
    It's funny that your husband is a musician too. Mine is definitely not a computer geek though. My son is like your husband…both.

  5. You inspired a Valentine's day post of my own. If you get a chance, hop on over!

  6. Hi WordWrangler (Donna),
    I loved your post…loved your poem. Awesome! I had never been to your site before. I really liked it.
    I also see you're a writer! I'm a newbie to the world of writing. I've been speaking for years, but I just saw my first book in the publisher's catalog yesterday. I'm so excited that God confirmed His work in and through me. As my husband would say, I'm totally stoked!
    Thanks again for sharing on my blog & for allowing me the pleasure of reading yours. I think I may just subscribe!! πŸ™‚

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