Valentine's Day Celebration Ideas

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:00 PM

Whether you're celebrating in or out this year, Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank to be extra special. Chances are your partner will appreciate the time and thought you took to plan a great experience rather than an expensive gift. Researchers from Cornell University have concluded "that experiential purchases (such as vacations, concerts, and meals out) tend to bring more lasting happiness than material purchases (such as high-end clothing, jewelry, and electronic gadgets)."

We hope you enjoy these fun Valentine's Day ideas. Be sure to share your special VDay experiences with us on Facebook.

Stay In Bed

When's the last time you spent the day in bed when you weren't sick? Talking, watching movies, drinking mimosas and eating takeout can all be done from the comfort of your bed. Don't forget to put the phones away for some uninterrupted partner play time.

Taste Test

Speaking of food, try a blindfold taste test. Choose your favorite foods for your partner to try. Do they know you well enough to guess them all?

Leave Your Inhibitions Behind

Choose your own adventure with a wireless remote control vibrator. Pack it in your purse for a dinner date out, knowing you're ready for anything, anytime. You'll be saying "check please" long before the dessert is served.

Just Desserts

Who says you have to eat dinner on Valentine's Day when all you really want is the chocolate soufflé? Make a nutritious meal together at home and then go out after for decadent dessert.

Anti Valentine's Day

Can't get a reservation at the hottest restaurant in town? Try the opposite! Celebrate at a local 24-hour diner. With diner prices, you can afford to order a bit of everything to try. You'll have more fun and you won't have to wait for a table.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Take turns watching your favorite comedies or stand-up specials. Laughter "can lead to a rush of endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals and then to other good things."

Try Something New

Whether it's rock climbing or skydiving, doing a new activity together may bring you closer. If you find a 2-for-1 coupon online, your new hobby won't have to leave you broke.

In Between Partners?

If you're without a Valentine this year, why not host a good old-fashioned slumber party for your single girl AND guy friends? Have everyone come in their PJs with their favorite romcom. Break out the sweet and salty snacks and the sleeping bags and stay up way past your bedtime.