Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2024: What are Good Things to Do to Celebrate the Event?
Whether you've been married 40 years, have just met your new flame or are happily single, this coming Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate the love you hold for that special someone in your life – even if it’s just yourself! It doesn't matter if you’ve been prepping for months or whether you’re only just starting to consider how best to celebrate the event, there’s no denying that Valentine's Day generally requires some creative, out-the-box thinking! Of course, gifts have an important role to play on V-Day, but nothing beats a specially planned activity as a way of displaying the depth of your affection for your beloved! This year, the 14th February falls on a Wednesday but, whatever your weekday responsibilities, make sure you carve out a window of time to spend with your other half or new romantic interest, or to kick back and indulge in some self-care! Whatever your situation, we thought we'd put together a brief list of date ideas – perfect for lovers who are seeking some inspiration – so that you can properly celebrate the occasion and enjoy Valentine's to the max.
How to celebrate Valentine's Day: why not start with a lazy breakfast in bed?
With Saint Valentine's Day 2024 falling midweek, why not set your alarm a little earlier and start the day off on a romantic note, before day-to-day distractions and obligations get in the way? Stay snuggled under the covers dressed in your finest pyjamas and enjoy breakfast in bed! Let that first cuppa of the day set the tone for a love-struck (even if it’s self-love!) 24 hours. By starting as you mean to go on, this may well end up being your best Valentine's yet! If you want to go all out, then think chocolate pancakes, waffles dusted in icing sugar and served with berries, or poached eggs on toast. If you’ve got a partner that you’re wanting to impress, bring everything into the room on a tray with a single flower balanced alongside your culinary endeavours! Of course, this breakfast bonanza can equally be enjoyed in your own company, and there's nothing to stop you heading out to meet friends and other family members for a cutesy start to the day.
Put romance on the menu: what can be more charming than dressing up for a stay-at-home, fancy dinner date with your boyfriend, girlfriend or life-long soul mate?
Of course, a restaurant reservation is a romantic Valentine's option but, perfect for the slightly less organised individual, a fine-dining experience at home is just as special... if not more so! Therefore, if your favourite establishment is already booked up, fear not... Thinking up an exciting menu and getting hold of the necessary ingredients still needs a bit of forethought, but dinner in takes the pressure off, and makes for a far more intimate set up. Even the simplest of lunches or dinners can be transformed into a romantic affair with the right add-ons – so here's some suggestions. Transform your dining room into a fancy restaurant with candles and flowers and delicate tableware, and dress to impress in a dashing shirt. If that's all a bit too glamorous to suit yours and your partner's personalities though, perhaps a relaxed indoors picnic will be more up your street? Set up a blanket on the floor and lay out your favourite finger foods. Alternatively, you could thematize your dinner date, recalling a romantic highlight from long ago (perhaps an anniversary, your engagement or a favourite weekend away) or setting the scene for a future bucket-list adventure that you hope to one day embark upon in real life (funds permitting!). If you're looking to span your romantic meal into an activity that takes up a significant chunk of the day, you could even settle upon cooking together. After all, it's a widely held belief that food is the way to many people's hearts! And, if you've got time to spare, why not follow an extravagant recipe from your best cookbook? Even if celebrating alone this year, remember nothing lifts your spirits more than a hearty meal! Regardless of your relationship status, there’s nothing more feel-good than whipping up a masterpiece and tucking into some great dishes.
A last minute, fail-proof date idea: explore the surrounding UK landscape
If you're looking for daytime date ideas, then look no further. Sometimes there is nothing more romantic than a taking a stroll among nature with your other half (even if just during your Wednesday lunch break!). Don’t be fooled though, for those who find themselves in their own company this Valentine's, this is the perfect day date to have with yourself too, and is one you can undertake spontaneously! Heading outdoors quite literally brings about a breath of fresh air. Dependent on what's on your doorstep, head to the local woods, the beachfront, a nearby park or field, a river bank, or a place with a viewpoint if you're walled in by a concrete city. Even if it's wet and windy, don't let the weather deter you – every good romcom has a heartfelt scene in the rain and there will always be somewhere to seek refuge! Throw on a thickly insulated, water-repellent coat and nothing can stop you. To make the walk extra-special (and to doubly ensure you stay warm) why not pack a flask filled with hot chocolate and bring along whipped cream and marshmallows. Sometimes the simplest displays of affection or most basic self-care treats end up creating the most memorable moments.
Kick back and relax: have a nice and easy Valentine's Day
For many, Valentine’s Day can bring about its challenges. If you’re wanting to lie low, then put your slippers on and your feet up, and cosy up next to the fire. Relax with your favourite series or book or, if you’re in need of an alternative distraction, opt for a craft or pamper activity. Of course, all these things can be enjoyed alone or shared with another – a pet, a friend or your husband or wife of many years. After all, true love goes beyond the extravagance, and sometimes sitting in comfortable silence can be the greatest indicator of wholesomeness or perfect companionship! You could even use the occasion to browse online and treat yourself or someone you appreciate (not necessarily romantically!) to a present they’ll love – here’s a few Valentine's gift ideas if you’re seeking inspiration.
Bring the day to a close with a cute, and undeniably romantic starlit experience
Sometimes it's worth saving the best to last. So, after you've exchanged gifts and gone about any daytime activities, why not add some glitz and end the day in true romantic style beneath the stars. If you're after a Valentine's Day date idea that will bring this annual holiday to an unforgettable close, then this is just the thing. If you're the outdoors type, how about setting up a tent and a small fire and camping out in your back garden? While hotels and overnight trips have their charms, sometimes happiness is best homemade. This back-garden alternative could still leave you feeling transported to a different place, and you're sure to gain full marks for effort! If camping is not your style though, we suggest sitting on your balcony or front step or even at an open window, snuggled under blankets with a drink in hand. If you've been indoors all day, a late-night moonlit walk is another option. Stargazing on your own is the perfect way to reset your mood or, performed beside that special someone, is a great way to stir up those head-over-heels emotions! And, if a cloudy sky unfortunately dampens your plans, a cosy movie night in your comfiest loungewear with an assortment of sweet treats is the perfect backup option (single or taken!).
Gift a memorable day!
Beyond all the presents, Valentine's Day is all about showing someone you care – regardless of who that person is! While romance most definitely needn't be reserved to just one day a year, this holiday is the perfect occasion to make those special gestures and show those closest to you just how much you value them. So, we hope our Valentine's date ideas will leave you feeling inspired and help you craft a romantic day to remember!