5 Tips For Surviving Valentine's Day 2020

article by Nicky Hoseck
December 29, 2019
As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us are racking our brains for the best way to spoil our loved ones and celebrate this international day of romance.
If you’ve been scratching your head for alternatives to spending Valentine’s Day in an over-priced restaurant with hundreds of other happy couples, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of 5 tips that will save you a lot of heartache and money when planning your Valentine experience in 2020, after all, money can’t buy you, love, can it?

#1 Make a Date with a Meal Kit

The restaurants are all over-priced and over-booked so why not plan a romantic meal at home? Thanks to the best meal delivery services like those provided by Home Chef, you don’t have to be a  kitchen connoisseur to treat your partner to a deliciously decadent meal. This year, Home Chef has created a taste bud-tingling temptation for you to sample.

The special Valentine’s meal is composed of a tender filet mignon steak served with a red wine chocolate bordelaise (or sauce to the uninitiated), green beans and sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. Finish off the meal with a suitably aphrodisiacal chocolate mousse before getting down to the most important part of the evening’s celebrations!

As sophisticated as this meal sounds (and tastes), it’s very easy to prepare and will only require you to leave your loved one’s side for around 30 to 40 minutes, after which you can slip into something a little more comfortable and revel in your partner’s company.

Meal-kit delivery services aren’t just a great alternative to expensive celebratory dinners at your local restaurant, but can also take a lot of the time and energy out of creating delicious, healthy, and varied meals on a daily basis. Once you’ve tried this delicious Valentine’s treat, you may want to consider using Home Chef on a more regular basis, adding a little more spice and diversity to your weekly meals while removing the hassles of both meal planning and grocery shopping.

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#2 Relive A Little

Remember all those years ago when you and your partner first met? Remember the excitement and tingling anticipation you felt as you got ready for your first date? Recall how you felt on that first date, where you went, and what you did and try to recreate the experience and reignite your love again this Valentine’s /day.

It doesn’t matter if you can no longer fit into the dress you wore way back when, or if the bowling alley you went to has turned into yet another Starbucks, just do the best you can to recreate the atmosphere and emotions you experienced on your first date together.

To make it really exciting, you could even decide to spend a couple of nights apart prior to your date, giving you both the chance to think about what you mean to one another and what you value about your relationship. You could even take this opportunity to go shopping for a new outfit that will really wow your partner and inject a little excitement into your evening’s entertainment.

This kind of celebration doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, after all, few of us had money to burn back when we were dating so, chances are, the local ice-skating rink, diner, or cinema was the venue for your first date, so you can enjoy a really special evening together without emptying your savings account.

#3 Play Hooky

Okay, so taking an unofficial day off work might not be viable or advisable for everyone but, if you’re in a fortunate enough position that you can call in sick and spend the day with your partner instead, then you should take advantage of it. Of course, you could book the day off in advance, but calling in sick adds a little more sparkle and spontaneity to Valentine’s Day and may inspire you to do to something out of the ordinary.

You could opt for a simple pleasure like a winter walk in the local park or if you’re based in New York, a stroll over Brooklyn Bridge. If a romantic stroll sounds like the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day 2020, then you might want to explore further afield. Stretching your legs around Heart Lake near Seattle could revitalize your relationship while a moonlight hike in Utah could reignite the passion.

If those options sound a little too ambitious, a winter walk around your local park could be just as rewarding, as could a visit to a museum or a ride on a train or ferry. In fact, you can do anything you want to do, just do it with love.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money – you could just have a snowball fight and head home for a mug of hot chocolate before curling up in front of the TV for a movie marathon – but, somehow, the fact that you’re sneaking off work together will add an element of adventure to the proceedings.

#4 Play it Again

When was the last time you and your partner actually took the time to play together? Ok, we know you’re not children, but a little healthy competition can pay dividends, especially if you select the right game! Games give you the opportunity to take a break from the serious side of life and simply have fun together.

While Jenga or Scrabble might seem a little sedate for a Valentine’s Day celebration, there are other games out there specially designed to reignite the passion and bring you and your partner closer together. For example, Monogamy is an exciting board game in which you move through different categories, starting with intimate.

As you play, you’ll be required to do different things depending on where you land on the board. If you land on a square with a shoe on it, you’ll need to part with an item of clothing, whereas an erotic dancing square requires you to do a bit of a sexy shimmy for your partner. There are even some activities that are designed for the pair of two to attempt later in the week, meaning your Valentine’s could last days, weeks, or even months depending on your enthusiasm.

If a sexy board game just doesn’t excite you, there’s no reason why a game of Monopoly shouldn’t get your hearts racing. All you need to do is come up with a few sexy tricks and treats to mark the progress of the game… you never know where it might lead!

#5 A Class Act

It may have been a while since you and your partner challenging yourselves to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby you can enjoy together. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Whether you want to learn to salsa together, take up pottery or hone your culinary skills, there’s bound to be a class nearby that will give you the opportunity to spend some quality time together and rediscover some of the things you’d forgotten you loved about one another.

Cooking classes are popular at this time of year and you’re liable to find a Valentine’s themed class somewhere in the local area. These are sometimes a little pricey so, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, why not consider a sensual bachata class? This type of bachata is an adaptation of the classic bachata which involves a lot of hip action and sexual body waves. Compared to cooking classes, which can cost as much as $180 per couple, a dancing class will probably only set you back around $15 per person.

If you want something a little more challenging, you could try learning to paint or even try your hand at a spot of pottery.

Bottom Line

Now that we’ve whet your appetite for Valentine’s Day celebrations, you can let your imagination run wild. After all, what’s to stop you from going on a scavenger hunt, spending the night at a museum, or learning how to make decadent chocolate truffles? If you’re feeling really wild, you could even encourage your partner to take part in the annual Cupid’s Undie Run in New York.

Don’t worry if you’re not in a position to splash out on an expensive restaurant or weekend away in a romantic rustic cottage – there are lots of ways you can indulge your loved one this Valentine’s without breaking the bank.

Use your imagination and remember what first sparked the passion in your relationship and try to reignite those feelings with an imaginative event that will blow your partner’s socks off without requiring either of you to blow your budget.