Do you normally eat in the kitchen or dining room? Set up a formal dinner in a different room of the house, says Teri Gault, CEO of TheGroceryGame.com.
Break out the fine china, formal table cloth, the best flatware, and your favorite crystal, she says. Send your partner an Evite — and attire is formal or semiformal.
“It’s very romantic and sexy to be eating together at home in a different room,” Gault says. “It’s one of my favorites.”
“When you do Valentine’s Day dinner at home, you save so much money,” says Gault. “And it’s one of the cheapest times of the year to buy steaks, lobster, shrimp and crab,” she adds. So you can eat like kings.
Prep everything ahead of time so you don’t have a lot to do, she says. One of her favorites for the meal: kabobs. “They marinate fast,” and are simple and quick to cook, Gault says. Finish the last details in the kitchen together.
If you are intent on finding unusual Valentine’s Day ideas for couples this year, consider nurturing your originality. Whether it’s throwing or painting pottery, or creating a picture in oil or watercolor, it can be a lot of fun to indulge your creative sides together, says Orbuch.
A variety of businesses let you do just that, she says. Some are set up as cafes, others like more formal painting classes. Many serve wine and food, while others allow you to bring your own, she adds.
Orbuch took a 2-hour class that cost about $20 per person. A group of attendees, with professional instruction, paint the same subject or scene. “You can bring a bottle of wine and learn how to paint,” she says. “It’s a great activity to do as a couple.”
Whether you opt for cooking, pizza baking, pastry making, painting, pottery or any other creative pursuit, “you’re doing something with a partner,” Orbuch says. “It’s fun, it’s different, and it’s a little offbeat.”
Want a quick trip down memory lane, along with the chance to learn more about your beloved’s childhood?
Take your significant other to the playground, says Kendal Perez, spokeswoman for CouponSherpa.com.
Swing on the swings, spin on the merry-go-round and give the monkey bars a try. “Channel your internal playfulness,” she says. Or find a hill and go sledding, she says. “Think about the things you enjoyed as a kid and how to incorporate them into the day’s events.”
For new couples, it’s also a great way to get to know more about each other, she says.
Enjoying playful activities together can bring back memories of childhood and school days, says Perez. It can help you learn a lot more about each other.
Want to enjoy the romance, ambience and indulgence of a Valentine’s Day bite out — without the cost of a big meal?
Go out for dessert, says Perez. “Dessert is the best part.”
Whether you opt for a rich, chocolate fondue or 2 pieces of your favorite pastry, it makes for an affordable treat and a splurge that you can enjoy together. “You can still have the dining out experience for $25 or less,” says Perez.
So have brunch, lunch or dinner at home — and let the pros do the heavy lifting for your sweet treat, she says.