While I love what Valentine’s Day stands for (who doesn’t love love?), the past few years I’ve noticed that Valentine’s Day can feel a bit…crowded. With restaurants booked weeks in advance and florists selling out of red roses – I figured I’d give my two cents about a few V-Day options that are as fun as they are unique.
1.) Hire a chef to cook an in home meal. I love this date idea for many reasons: no dinner crowds, no wait to be seated, you don’t have to find parking, the list goes on and on. Best of all, you can enjoy a delicious meal in your own home, prepared by a gourmet chef. What isn’t there to love about this idea?
2.) Embark on a gondola cruise. Gondola cruises are something that I recently discovered in San Diego. The Gondola Company offers cruises through the Coronado Cays. Valentine’s Day packages include dessert plates and souvenier wine glasses (you can bring your own wine).
3.) Create your own wine tasting at home. This is one of my favorite things to do with my hubby – we try to do it once a month. Go to a local Bevmo and purchase a bottle or two, pair it with a cheese or two from Trader Joe’s along with some chocolate, and viola – instant romantic night in! You can light candles for some ambiance if you’re really trying to set the mood.
4.) Set up a romantic Pop Up Picnic. I learned about this idea from Lauren Sharon of Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals. The concept is simply genius. Pick a location and they will bring everything you need for a romantic set up – including a tapas style meal for two, champagne and dessert. This idea makes me swoon (note to self to not-so-discretely suggest this to my hubby). If you’re interested in booking, you can check out Lauren’s website: http://pop-uppicnic.com. P.S. This is my favorite date idea!!
Whatever you decide to do – have an amazing Valentine’s Day!