20 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day

WOW! It’s Valentines Day and I have a confession to make. I’m not really romantic. 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 to me. However, I’ve 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 then 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. Be sure to write, “I LOVE YOU” in the sand.

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. 🙂

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?


  1. Such good ideas! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Cindy ~ I hate that I had to do some research and dig deep into my creative heart to find some of these romantic ideas, but I'm learning. 🙂

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