I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Whether I was in a relationship or not, I don’t believe we need a Hallmark holiday to show those around you how much you love them. Instead, try showing the people around you kindness, love and support on the daily. Also, as I get older, date-night no longer consists of going out, I’d much rather spend time with Derek in my pjs and from the comfort of our own home. I am more than happy to skip the “getting ready” process and avoid the long lines and crowds of restaurants and movie theatres.
I often get asked, what are some fun things that Derek and I do at home. Of course we love a good classic movie and popcorn, cook together session or game night challenge, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to think outside of the box every once in awhile. Today, just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing 5 innovated date-night ideas. Ones that just so happen to work for both date-night and day dates.
Create your own wine tasting experience. Pick up a few bottles or red and whites, along with either a bottle of champagne or prosecco for toasting, that you haven’t tried before. Have fun swirling, sniffing, and sipping, picking out your favourites and ones you would buy again. You can even draw up some rate cards, based on price, flavour, uniqueness, quality, etc and then see if you’ve picked the same. You can also treat yourself to a cheese board or fruit tray.
Role play. This doesn’t have to play out a secret fantasy or be sexual, instead try creating a fictional character to play throughout the evening. Start off by pretending you’re on a first date, asking “first date” questions and have fun making up stories about your new identity. Have fun playing someone totally different than yourself, someone with a different personality, thoughts, wants and needs. Stay in character the entire evening.
Spa-day for two. As much as I love pampering myself and practising self-love on the daily, there’s something incredibly romantic about doing it with your partner. Treat yourselves to a face mask, relax and unwind in a soothing bubble bath and indulge in some sweet treats. Line your bathroom with candles, put on some soft and calming music and just enjoy each other’s company. You can even treat one another to a back massage, a foot rub or even a head massage.
Chocolate fondue night. There’s nothing more romantic than feeding each other fruit dipped in chocolate. There’s something incredibly sexy and sultry about it. Who doesn’t love chocolate, but when it’s melted and paired with other sweet treats, it’s extra special? Have fun the day before, shopping for snacks you want to pair with the chocolate.
Dance party! Maybe you’re missing the night clubs, or you just want to practise and show-off your sweet dance moves, well there’s no better place than the kitchen. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Derek letting loose, on more than one occasion on my stories. We love feeling young, wild and fancy-free by shaking our tail feathers and just acting silly. It’s a fun bonding experience and all you need is music.
What I Wore- Sweater- c/o Zink Made, Skirt- Target, Purse- Rebecca Minkoff, Watch- Cluse, Kicks- Adidas
Makeup done by Samantha Blatnicky Makeup & Lash Artist