Anyone can do a restaurant and roses for Valentine’s Day. But if you’re keen to stand out from the crowd, why not surprise your partner with something unexpected and a little bit corny. After all, it’s a day that begs you to wear your heart on your sleeve, and there’s no better way to tell them how much you love them. Here’s our favourite corny Valentines Day activities.
Up, up and away
The idea of going up, up and away in a hot air balloon may make you feel a tiny bit corny – and maybe anxious – but when you step into the basket and start your sky-high ascent, all of those thoughts will vanish entirely. In their place will come a sense of awe as a new vista opens up across the horizon – one you can enjoy in each other’s arms.
Your carriage awaits
One activity that romance movies, in particular, have helped to popularise is the not-so-humble horse-drawn carriage ride. There is just something so romantic about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the views as your horse and driver make their way through a park or other scenic area. It’s a great opportunity to cuddle up under a blanket – or even pop the question!
Put on your dancing shoes
If your partner loves to boogie, why not take them out dancing? Bear in mind, though, that we’re not talking about just any kind of dancing here – we’re talking the salsa, the tango … basically anything where you can have a mojito, get in the mood and unleash. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert. Plenty of places have nights where everyone is welcome to have a try.
Camping is fun, and a wonderful way to reconnect with nature, but not everyone thinks it is sexy or romantic. So dial things up a notch and go glamping, aka glamorous camping. Just grab your tent, set it up in the backyard, and fill it with pillows, blankets and some electronic candles. Sit around your fire pit under the stars and enjoy the romantic ambiance. Still too much for you? Well how about setting up in the living room or bedroom? Grab the candles, pillows, and a sleeping bag for two, put on the fireplace DVD and tada, romance lights up.
Picnic in the park
Romantic meals don’t necessarily require a restaurant reservation. So pack a picnic basket full of goodies such as wine, cheese, crackers, and fresh fruit, go to your favourite park and set out a blanket under a tree or out in the open. Relax and simply enjoy each other’s company, even if you do nothing more frenetic than watch the clouds wander by. It’s relaxing and romantic.
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Looking to do something fun with a twist that ups your togetherness? Create a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt that draws on special moments or dates from your relationship. For example, you could revisit the location of your first kiss or head to the beach where you enjoyed your first date. At each location, have a special prize waiting for them – the sexier and naughtier the better.
Let’s go for a ride
If the two of you love to cycle, consider bringing that famous song to life by renting a bicycle built for two. You can take it for a spin on a bike path around a lake, near the beach, or at your favourite park. And the best time to go? Well sunset, of course.
Take my hand
Looking to do something outdoors, that is firstly fun but can also turn romantic? How about slipping into your roller skates and wheeling around your favourite haunts? After a few hours of hand-in-hand skating – that will also be a great workout – you can stop in a quiet little bistro and have a romantic dinner for two.
Candlelight is always right
Anyone can prepare an intimate candlelit dinner – it’s almost the foundation on which romance was built. But what about taking that idea and putting a spin on it? How? By closing your blackout blinds and having a candlelight breakfast in bed instead. We guarantee that even if they’re not a morning person normally, they will be when they see the feast you’ve prepared.
Satisfy your sweet tooth – and each other
It’s very easy to go to the supermarket and buy chocolates, but if you and your partner are massive sweet tooth, try making your own. There’s plenty of easily accessible recipes online, and the romantic opportunities are endless – from feeding each other ingredients to making one in just the right space of heart.
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So there you have it, 10 wonderfully romantic – and slightly corny – Valentine’s Day ideas. And remember, if you do end up getting engaged on February 14, we want to hear your story.
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