Are you bored with the annual fuss of Valentine’s Day? Looking to spice up that yearly Valentine’s Day dinner party? Perhaps you’re new to dating and are looking for tips on how to make your evening special. Well, here are 9 ways you can make your evening a little more interesting.
Give It A Theme
It’s easy enough to have a standard Valentine’s Day dinner – a candlelit table for two will do in a pinch, but it’s also a tad boring. Try spicing up your romantic dinner by introducing a theme. It doesn’t have to be too dramatic, just something to add flair to your evening. Do you and your partner have something you both enjoy? Try planning your dinners theme around that. Perhaps you both love the same movie – you could have that serve as the inspiration for your evening.
Make It A Group Event
As they say, the more the merrier. Do you know other couples who’ll be having their own Valentine’s Day dinners? You should consider inviting them along. If you’ve been in a long-term relationship, this is an easy way to spice up what might now be a routine dinner. If this is a first date, inviting mutual friends can help alleviate any awkward silences. No one wants to be lost for words during the early stages of a relationship – having friends around can really be a helpful ice breaker during those awkward moments.
Play Party Games
If you are having a group dinner, what better way to spice up your evening than by playing games? Obviously, I’m not suggesting you play monopoly, but playing some form of group game can really shake up your evening. For the more reserved amongst you, something simple like (game) might do. For the more adventurous types, how about something spicier, like a saucy dice game? If you’re in a new relationship, a simple drinking game is a fun way to get to know one another. I’d recommend saving the drinking games for after dinner however.
Try Going Somewhere New
If you’re in a long-term relationship, consider using this Valentine’s Day dinner as an excuse to switch things up. Instead of going to your usual date night location, try going somewhere new and exciting. Has a new restaurant opened in your area? Take you and your significant other there. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in the same routines. Even something as simple as going to a whole new restaurant is a fantastic way to refresh your relationship a little.
Make it Personal
If you’ve been together for a long time, it’s very easy to fall into a Valentine’s Day routine. Doing the same thing year after year is boring, so try making this year’s Valentine’s Day dinner a little unique. Maybe you could make your evening a little more DIY? Cook a three-course meal based around your partner’s favourite foods. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture either. If you and your significant other aren’t into the traditional Valentine’s Day dinners, do something that feels more you. Into staying indoors? Stick on a movie and order a takeaway. Are you the outdoorsy type? Instead of dinner, how about a nice Valentine’s Day Picnic.
Make Dinner Together
Preparing a personalised dinner for your significant other is pretty romantic, but what about doing it together? If you’re in the early stages of a relationship, this is a great way to bond. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. You can get to know each other’s culinary habits while making the perfect dinner for the two of you. For those who are in more long-term situations, this is a great way to rekindle the flame between you. There’s nothing quite like cooking together to make you feel sparks again.
Make a Healthy Change
Valentine’s Day is a very indulgent holiday – all the adverts are trying to sell you romantic chocolates. It’s definitely not the healthiest day of the year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Take this opportunity to make a healthy change with you and your partner. Chances are you’ve already tried getting healthy for the new year, so why not carry on now. Swap out the fancy feast for something healthy – perhaps a low fat chicken salad for dinner and a fruit platter for dessert.
Make a Day of It
It’s Valentine’s Day, not Halloween – you don’t have to restrict yourself to just going out in the evening. Have you and your partner book the day off work and make a day of it. Have breakfast in bed, go for a romantic walk and enjoy your time together. Do something before your evening meal like go to a museum or see a movie. The meal is only one small part of the day. Something as simple as enjoying your day with your partner is a great way to spice up your Valentine’s Day dinner. You’ll appreciate the meal so much more if you’ve had a loving day together.
As a counterpoint to my earlier suggestion of doing something healthy, why not go all out? After all, it’s the one day of the year you’re really supposed to go all out in showing your love. Why shouldn’t this extend to your Valentine’s Day dinner? You and your partner can enjoy a giant, guilt-free, chocolate cake or an indulgent banquet of your choice. Seeing as most meals of the year are just a routine affair, why not make a big deal out of this one? It’s only one day of the year so there’s no harm in giving in to a bit of temptation, is there?