Valentine’s Day for many couples (and singles) can be one of the most stressful holidays of the year. It’s filled with expectations – with hopes of romance, gifts, and even proposals. Add to that the whole cost of flowers, candy, romantic dinners and you’ve got a recipe for potential disaster.
Why not mix things up and create your own new traditions for Valentine’s Day and night? Here are nine unconventional Valentine’s dates that are sure to impress your love and win their heart (and some fun ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your friends if you’re single).
1. Re-enact your very first date
Did you go to dinner and a movie? Book a table at the restaurant where you had dinner. If that’s not possible, make your date an at-home version! Cook the meal you had on that date and rent the movie that you saw.
2. Go camping in your own backyard
Set up a tent, sleeping bags, and a Hibachi so you can make mores.
3. Do a round-robin
Stop at one restaurant for appetizers, then another for the entrée, and finally, one for dessert. The restaurants don’t have to be fancy or expensive. If everything in town is booked, check out local indie restaurants or those off the beaten path that couples might not think of feasting at on a romantic evening. They’ll be less crowded and you might get to try new dishes you’ve never tasted before.