For many people, Valentine’s Day is time for romantic, candlelight dinners. A night out at the movies. Or even a long walk on the beach. But what if you’re going through a break-up? What if you’re on a first date? What if you need a break from the romance? Good news! You’re in the right place! Check out these ideas for fun Valentine’s celebrations.
FUN VALENTINE’S CELEBRATIONS: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Ideal for any stage of the relationship, whether it’s a first date or the 300th. Instead of the usual dinner and a movie, how about a night of comedy. Grab your date/significant other/group of friends and laugh your night away. Don’t be quick to dismiss improv comedy clubs either. Sometimes the best entertainment can be found among those who have the least experience.
Check out this list, by Dead Frog, for comedy clubs throughout the United States.
MURDER/MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
And while we’re still on the topic of arts and entertainment, how about dinner theater? This isn’t just for people with graying hair. Murder/Mystery dinner theater is fun for all ages and once again, perfect for first dates. These live performances are often filled with humor, making the special evening a fun Valentine’s celebration.
The Dinner Detective has a list of theaters across the U.S. Find your local theater and contact them for showtimes!
The idea of putting together a flash mob performance with a group of your friends that your favorite person will never forget would be amazing, but it could take a lot of time to organize a flash mob. Also, each state carries its own set of regulations regarding how a flash mob can be organized and carried out. Quite frankly, that’s enough to suck the fun right out of it. So, instead of a flash mob, how about serenading the one you love?
A word to the wise, sometimes the most romantic love songs are also the most depressing love songs. Keep things light with love songs that are fun. To help you out, here are some songs from popular romantic comedies.
- I Want You to Want Me – Ten Things I Hate About You
- It Had to Be You – When Harry Met Sally
- Jump (For My Love) – Love Actually
- I Wanna Grow Old With You – The Wedding Singer
- You’re the One that I Want – Grease
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FUN VALENTINE’S CELEBRATIONS: A NIGHT OF ADVENTURE
In case you’re not familiar with the concept, an escape room is a place where an individual or group of individuals is locked inside of a room for an hour. The goal? To solve the riddle and escape. If you and your significant other have been having problems, being locked in a room together could be a good or bad thing. Use your best judgment. For everyone else, this adventure could be just what the doctor ordered for a fun Valentine’s celebration.
World of Escapes has a list of escape rooms across the country. Check out their website for more information.
Inspired by the movie, Ten Things I Hate About You, paintball is next on the list. This adventure is perfect for everyone! Couples who want something different to do. Single people who resent this beloved commercial holiday. And also a group of friends who don’t have a date. Visit Paintball USA to find a list of fields in your area.
It might seem unconventional, but why not give ghost hunting a try for a fun Valentine’s celebration. After all, many ghost stories often center around a tragic love story. Wives looking for their husbands. Lovers searching for their lost partners. Grab your partner’s hand and take a walk through a haunted land. These tours aren’t just creepy. They’re filled with historic facts about whatever time period it’s believed the ghost is from. For a haunting near you, check out Ghost Hunts USA.
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FUN VALENTINE’S CELEBRATIONS: AN EVENING AT HOME
MYSTERY SUBSCRIPTION GAME BOXES
While still on the topic of “creepy things to do on Valentine’s day,” now is the perfect time to talk murder. To have this by Valentine’s Day, you’ll have to order it early. Grab your favorite person and settle down for a mystery.
Hunt A Killer is a popular subscription game. For $25/month, you and your favorite person can solve a crime in the privacy of your home. Not sure if you want to commit to a monthly subscription? No problem. Purchase your first box through Amazon and cancel at any time.
For just about the same monthly price, The Deadbolt Mystery Society offers another fun monthly subscription game. Work together to solve the puzzles. Develop your communication skills, and enjoy the thrill of hunting a murderer.
If you like the idea of an escape room but aren’t sure you actually want to be locked in a room, you’re in luck. For another fun Valentine’s celebration, Amazon has a variety of escape room games that you and your favorite person can do while in the comfort of your own home.
AN ALFRED HITCHCOCK MOVIE NIGHT
For people who don’t like romantic movies any time of the year, curl up on the sofa and watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon. Mr. Hitchcock had a way of keeping his audience seated at the edge of their furniture while sneaking in a little romance at the same time. Anyone who says his movies aren’t romantic is just plain wrong. Grab your partner, popcorn, and beverage of your choice. And keep a flashlight by your side in case you develop a sudden fear of the dark.
Need a little help choosing a movie? Try Vertigo, Rear Window, or even The Birds.
READING IS ROMANCE
For some people, the key to a fun Valentine’s celebration might be unplugging for the evening. Curl up in bed next to your partner and grab a book. Any book. Maybe it’s a mystery. Maybe it’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Whatever you choose, take turns reading to your partner and feel the intimacy bloom.
FUN VALENTINE’S CELEBRATIONS: FOR THE SWEET TOOTH
CUSTOM CONVERSATION HEARTS
Thanks to businesses such as My Custom Candy, you can now put your feelings onto a heart-shaped conversation candy. Tell your favorite person how you feel and watch them spell it out on Valentine’s Day.
FONDUE DINNER OR DESSERT
Fondues are probably one of the most romantic and lifestyle-friendly ways to enjoy a fun Valentine’s celebration. The internet is filled with recipes that will accommodate low-carb, gluten-free, paleo, and even dairy-free requirements. Don’t have a fondue pot? No problem! You can purchase one from Amazon. If you have an Instant Pot, you can use the “saute” setting. And of course, a saucepan and low heat on a stovetop will also do the trick.
There’s more than one way to heat up the kitchen. Baking with your favorite person is one way to enjoy Valentine’s Day. But, it seems cruel that six-weeks after the New Year’s resolutions have been made, this sweet, chocolate-filled holiday comes around. Show your favorite person how committed you are to helping them achieve their weight loss goals by making desserts that won’t leave anyone feeling guilty.
Check out one of these cookbooks, available from Amazon for a decadent inspiration.
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For a fun Valentine’s celebration that keeps the pressure to be romantic low, consider one of these unconventional ideas. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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