The key to building a strong relationship is meaningful time spent together. Making memories together is an instant way to bond. Valentine’s day is the perfect opportunity to find things to do with your boo!
Of course, coming up with ideas for such activities can be tough, especially if you’re not the most romantic or creative person by nature. Never fear- I’ve got you covered!
Read on to find out what they are, and take the first step to strengthen your relationship with your S.O.:
1. Switch It up With an Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is one fun activity that you can share with your partner that is quite untraditional here in the US.
If you are unfamiliar with this very British tradition, afternoon tea is a light meal that comprises of delicate finger sandwiches, small sweet treats such as scones, and a delicious pot of freshly brewed loose leaf tea.
While preparing scones, tea and sandwiches at the house is an option, I suggest going to a hotel in the city you live in and experiencing tea in proper fashion. It’s always nice to get dressed up in the middle of the day for a fancy event.
2. Romantic Weekend Away
A romantic weekend away is always a great option. The key to making it special is making sure it matches your partner’s needs.
What this means is that you need to think about what kind of person they are and what type of activity and environment they will most enjoy. For example, someone that loves spending time in the countryside may much prefer a short break in a cozy B&B or cabin where you can hike during the day, and then snuggle up by the fire in the evening.
Whether you are celebrating with a long term love or a new partner, make this Valentine’s Night unforgettable by adding a little something extra in the bedroom to keep things exciting, like a sensual vibrator you both can enjoy.
3. A Couples Massage
Next, if you are looking for something that is more relaxing for the two of you to share, why not consider something like a massage?
A couples massage is quite a lovely and intimate experience. They’re especially helpful if you two have been battling a crazy amount of stress. Don’t be afraid to combine them with other treatments, or even go for a meal after as well, just to make it as special as possible for you both.
4. Get Crazy In the Kitchen
If you are looking for something that is a bit more out of the ordinary, there are culinary adventures you can take together. One in particular that you may like to try is attending a restaurant that offers a unique dining experience such as the ones that serve their entire menu in the dark. The idea behind this kind of dining experience is that the lack of your visual senses will increase your sense of taste and smell.
5. Create Something Together
Why not create something together? There are many classes and day experiences designed to do just this. Working together on something helps to improve communication and develop a feeling of emotional intimacy.
You may wish to try a cheese making class together, a DIY course or even something unusual like an ironing mongery day, where you can create your own gate or home decoration to take with you when it’s all over as a souvenir.
6. A Charming Night In
Staying in is rarely a bad idea, just be sure to kick it up a notch. Think about making a grand gesture by decorating your apartment with lights and serving an alfresco meal, or why not create a cozy fort in the living room where you can cuddle up, and enjoy some homemade treats?
7. An Adventure
The things about adventures are that they can build some of the closest bonds. In fact, when you get outside of your own comfort zone, you need to display faith in both yourself and the other person that is there with you, making it an experience full of memories.
Consider going on a white water rafting or kayaking trip, attending a bush survival weekend, or evening planning a camping and hiking trip.
8. Picnic in the Park
It’s an oldie but a goody! Yes, a picnic in the park can be truly special, as long as you put in the effort to make it so. You need to start with just the right location. That means finding somewhere picturesque and quiet where you can talk freely and be yourselves.
A botanical garden often works well for this because they are beautiful and large enough that you can get some space for yourselves. Extra bonus points for anywhere with a pretty pond or water feature!
Think carefully about what you will pack in the picnic as well. You’ll want some tasty food that is easy to eat, so go for bite-sized items such as fruit pieces, individuals tartlets, and small cakes.
You’ll want to provide some refreshments as well, and Bellinis are an excellent choice for a summer day if you are looking for something with a little kick. Although, you can find some superb virgin cocktails here if you want to stay away from alcohol during your romantic picnic.
9. A Challenge
There are a range of challenges you can choose from including sports-based tasks like batting cages and driving ranges, to something more out of the box like an escape room.
10. Plan your Future
Lastly, and perhaps the most ultimate and meaningful couples activity to do together is to sit down and think about what you both want in your future.
In fact, this can be a practically useful exercise because it can help you to see where your similarities and differences are, an as well as provide a basis for you to start planning out some of your joint goals.
Of course, not everyone is great at talking about their dreams for the future, or their feelings, so instead of making it super serious, why not do it in the form of a bucket list and use online resources like Pinterest to help you?
This list of things to do with your boo can be done year round, not just on Valentine’s Day! If you have any other ideas about things to do with your boo, let me know in the comments!
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