Whether you and your sweetie bicker like an old married couple or you are still lovey dovey eyes for each other, you’ve all felt the pressure of cooking up memorable and romantic Valentine’s Day plans.
When everyone is out trying the same recycled ideas you have done and read for years, how do you plan something original, sweet and not necessarily and extravagantly expensive?
If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, you know that the best dates are the ones that:
- Keep a little element of surprise or at least allows him/her to experience the feeling of something unexpected or “new”
- Keep the energy going and the body moving (this is why I always recommend interactive activity dates and having more than one location/environment to go to in one date)
- Shows thoughtfulness, meaning or relevance because you remembered something about them
Dates are about stories. How would your sweetie retell the story of what you guys did together to his or her friends.
Today, Thuy shares her 7 Valentine’s Day date ideas if you live in Los Angeles or Orange County.
Valentine’s Day is here!!! What to do, what to do, what to do?
Should you stick to the safe bet and make reservations at a fancy restaurant and buy her a bouquet of flowers?
No… impossible. Every other guy is doing the same thing!
Planning dates in LA on Valentine’s Day must be the worse. Traffic on that day alone can take up to two hours to get anywhere. That surely will kill any romantic vibes you were trying to set.
You can’t order off the regular menu and the prix fixe menu is completely overpriced. There are hundreds of other couples to wait on so service is bad. You can’t talk intimately to your sweetheart because you’re elbow to elbow with the table next you. I’m cringing at the thought already.
Personally, I don’t like to go out on Valentine’s Day. If you have a gift, exchanging them to each other on that day is great but reserve the outing for a less crowded day.
One year, my sweetheart and I chose to go out the Monday after Valentine’s Day, President’s Day.
I gave him a big hint on where I wanted to go for dinner and like the good guy that he was, he made the reservations.
“Perfect,” I said. “Meet me at the parking structure two hours before dinner.”
He seemed skeptical but I claimed I wanted to walk and catch the sunset before dinner. It made sense. The restaurant was near the pier.
We met in front of the parking structure as planned. I led the way. Unbeknownst to him, I made a couple’s massage appointment for us. After the relaxing massage, we laid out on their rooftop deck in our robes. We were the only couple up there, which made it even more special when we gave each other personal massages as we watched the sun set over the ocean.
After we cleaned ourselves up, we walked to our restaurant. Being Monday, wine bottles were half off and we had the whole patio area to ourselves!
We sat in the booth with a bunch of pillows, caressing and kissing each other. There was no crowd, no rush, no chaos. It was like we had our own private oasis.
None of that could have happened if we had planned our outing on Valentine’s Day.
While I love a decadent dinner and a nice stroll on the beach as much as anyone, I understand that the basic romantic dinner may have gotten stale for you. So let me start out with some twists on the same old, standard ideas and continue with more arousing date ideas:
1. Give Her the Moon and Stars
Free public star parties are held monthly at the Griffith Observatory from 2pm to 9:45pm. They give patrons the opportunity to look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.
Take her on Saturday, February 16th, and give her a kiss underneath the stars
2. Serenade Her
You’ve lost that loving feeling? Get it back by singing to her! Get a NRB (Noraebang), aka “private song room”, at one of the many Karaoke bars in Koreatown. Many serve alcohol. Some are BYOB. Prices usually start from $20 an hour for a small room.
Enjoy some Korean bbq beforehand or if you don’t want to be stinky to your sweetie, go to the popular gastropub Beer Belly.
Private dance optional.
3. Dinner and a Movie
Bring a little nostalgia to the night by taking her to a drive-in. Electric Dusk Drive-In in downtown LA has a special showing of “When Harry Met Sally” on Valentine’s Day at 8pm.Get the Valentine’s package, which includes two tickets, a dozen roses, and a box of candy of your choice.
Or enjoy some cocktails and entrees as you watch that latest rom-com with your honey.
AMC recently opened its very first dine-in theatre in Marina del Rey. Right now, you can enjoy a free entrée with the purchase of an entrée and two drinks.
4. Take Her on a Heart-Pumping Adventure
Your palms sweat. Your heart pounds so fast you can feel it in your mouth. Is this fear-induced arousal or sexual attraction? Many times, the brain can’t even tell the difference.There was a scientific research experiment in which many of the candidates who walked across a shaky bridge, then accidentally attributed their fear-based arousal to attraction.So if you want to induce a girl to feel the hots for you, take her on a wild ride!
5. Give her the world
Or at least a sweeping view of Orange County…The Great Park Balloon holds up to 25 to 30 passengers and soars up to 400 feet. The rides are free. They are open during the day and in the evening too, if you want to have a view of the city lights.
If you go on Sunday, you can make a day out of it by going to the Farmers Market and have a picnic at the park.
6. Baby, it’s cold outside
Weather is bad so you two don’t want to venture outside? Instead of take out and a movie rental, why not make it an indoor picnic? Clear out your living room floor. Place a blanket and have some wine and cheese with your honey. Then, play a game of Twister or some other contact-sport.
Nice, warm bubble bath are always a hit. Get some hand made bath bombs at Lush. They have one specifically called “Sex Bomb” to get you in the mood.
There are some waterproof sex toys from Jimmy Jane you can add into the mix too. If you don’t want it to get too sappy and romantic, bring out the rubber duckies and squirt guns!
7. Give the gift that keeps on giving
Getting a couple’s massage is great but it’s an indulgence that you can only have every once in awhile. Why not indulge each other more often by learning how to give one to each other? Living Social currently has a deal for a two-hour couple’s massage class. Get it before it’s gone!
Here are some other locations that offer massage classed for two:
Lastly, if you want your Valentine’s Day to feel special and original, make it personal!
How quickly we forget this fact.
What did you two do on your first date? Was it just a coffee date? Be her Starbucks barista and bring her a latte and a scone for breakfast in bed.
Met her around Halloween? Instead of giving her a heart-shaped box of chocolates, give her a jack-o-lantern filled with chocolates.
What was the dessert that you both had on one date that made her swoon? It doesn’t matter if it seems cheesy to you. What matters is that it brings a smile on her face. You remembered the little things. You are flooding her with fond memories that you’ve built together.
If you can do that along with introducing her to a new experience on Valentine’s, I can bet that whatever happens after will be even better.
Whatever you end up doing for Valentine’s Day, share your stories and tell us how your sweetie reacted!