There’s no one perfect way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, romantic, or family-oriented, we have ideas for everyone. Also, be sure to check out our Events and Local Experiences (see the Table of Contents for page numbers) for more ideas!
Spoiling your loved one doesn’t have to mean a flashy night out. Some of the most romantic moments can be found right at home. For the introverted couple, I love the idea of getting takeout from your favorite restaurant for a candlelit dinner at home. Add special touches like battery-operated twinkle lights and rose petals. Pick up dessert from Cameo Cakery & Cafe or make something sweet together. This idea can also apply to a romantic breakfast in bed or a picnic lunch in your back yard (temperatures permitting!).
Let your partner shine like the star they are! Dance lessons could be the perfect date activity – ballroom, ribbon dancing, even pole dancing! Check out our Local Experiences for specific suggestions. Or, consider the Chocolate, Wine and Whiskey event at Main Street Station on Feb. 11 (see Events). I love these options because they’re not limited to the evening of the14th. Gifts for the outgoing partner could also include new experiences: rock climbing, kickboxing or a cooking class (Wine and Dine Your Valentine. Feb, 14, 6:30 p.m., Publix Aprons Cooking School in Glen Allen, apronscookingschool.publix.com). Don’t be afraid to extend your celebration all week or even all month!
I am such a romantic myself!! Why not pull out all the romantic stops this year? For dinner, think about where you went on your first date or where you had a memorable moment in your relationship, and reprise that experience. Follow your romantic meal with an evening carriage ride from Hundleycarrages.com (see Local Experiences). End the evening with a special dessert or nightcap from your favorite bar or confectionery, such as Bartizan, The Jasper, Tarrant’s West or The Desserterie. A true romantic will always appreciate a handwritten valentine – be sure to allot time to compose your feelings – your Valentine is sure to save your card as a keepsake!
The Family Affair
If you count your kids among your Valentines, why not include them in your celebration? For a family night out, head to the Altria Theater on Feb. 13 for Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. For an at-home celebration, make Valentines for one other. Gather your materials: construction paper, felt, glitter, sequins, markers, felt paint, glitter glue, glue sticks, stickers and crazy scissors – let your creative juices flow! Spending quality time creating cards will bring everyone together and give each of you something to exchange on Valentine’s Day.
Meghan Butcher is Midlothian Lifestyle’s stylist. Learn more about her and her work at thedirtyblondestylist.com