After walking home from a first date one night in college, I texted my new crush and set up a second date for the following Sunday, February 14th. A few blissful moments of ignorance passed and then I realized the significance that the 14th day of February held in the hearts of millions: It was Valentine’s Day. I had inadvertently set up a second date (which is basically a first date with slightly less nervous sweating) for the most romantic night of the year…no pressure. I had only a few short days to pull off a flawless yet low-stakes Valentine’s Date — AKA Mission Impossible, and no, it wasn’t a fun experience.
In case you’re finding yourself in a similar situation as this year’s love fest approaches, fear not! We’ve compiled four awesome and low-key date ideas that are foolproof and require minimal effort. Going out to dinner and a movie is nice, but often forgettable. Plus, there are so many more fun and meaningful things you can do with your sweetheart on this love drenched day. So live a little, and even if you’re single this year, just grab a friend and add a little color and flavor to your V-day, even if you aren’t spending it with a sweetheart.
Take a pottery class. Not a paint your pottery with glaze situation, but an actual pottery class with a spinning wheel and some clay. It’s super fun to try and you leave with a little token of your time spent together. Even if what you make doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, the process and playfulness of creating things together is pretty awesome and helps you to really get to know someone.
“Remember that Valentine’s Day I tried to make you a mug, but it just turned into this crumpled lump of clay?”
“Aww. Yes, yes I do.”
Use an App
Old-fashioned romantic dates can be cute but they can easily end up feeling, pardon the pun, a little “dated.” It’s 2016! If you’re a tech-savvy child of the millennium why not use your powers for good? There’s this awesome app called Klikaklu that lets you create a customized photo-based scavenger hunt. You can lead your loved one on a futuristic photo safari through your town that ends in modern romance — or just a simple kiss, but either way it’ll be a totally fun experience.
Mix Your Meals
One of the things I love to do with a free night is cook a great meal. To spice it up this year why don’t you and your boo head to the grocery store and split up. Set a spending limit, let’s say $20, but don’t let the other person see what you’re dropping in your cart. After you’ve made your purchases, go back home and try to incorporate everything you have into one beautiful meal. It can turn into a delicious meal for two or you might end up with what could only be described as a “Doritos ‘n’ Steak”, but you’ll probably never forget the day.
To remedy my accidental Valentine’s date in college I decided we should do something that was fun but not oversaturated in romance. After I made a reference to Silence of the Lambs on our first date (casually), it came up that he hadn’t seen the film so I decided we should watch it. No, it wasn’t romantic, but it was certainly memorable, and a little anti-establishment. This Valentine’s Day, if you decide to stay in and watch a movie, why not pick an an adrenaline-filled horror flick instead of of sappy love story?