Monday, February 9, 2015

25 Valentine's Date Ideas on a Budget

Valentine's Day is a wonderful holiday where we have the opportunity to show extra love to our special someone. But, when you're not in a situation where you want to spend a bunch of extra money, or you just don't want to give in to the consumerism of the holiday, you sometimes have to get creative. Miles and I are newlyweds expecting our first baby so we just can't lay down the cash to go out to a fancy restaurant for Valentine's Day. Actually, we've been together for a lot of Valentine's Days and have never gone out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate. It's always something simple and creative, but always a night to remember. Together, we made a list of what we think are fun, inexpensive dates for Valentine's Day. In fact, each Valentine's Day we've had together, we've celebrated by doing something on this list. So without further ado...

25 Valentine's Date Ideas on a Budget:

1. Have a bon fire and make chili dogs & s'mores. 
2. Dress up like you're going somewhere fancy but hit up Cafe Rio or In-N-Out, no one needs to know you don't have anywhere fancy to go afterward
3. Go to a sporting event at your local college
4. Take a walk somewhere beautiful. 
5. Go to the aquarium! The aquarium is one of my favorite dates ever.
6. Play games at an arcade, get tons of tickets, and win prizes. Then play with your prizes! One time I won a trick mustard bottle that shot out yellow string, but looked like it was shooting out mustard. I had a great time with that thing.
7. Obviously take photos in a photo booth
8. Make crafts. Draw pictures for each other, write sweet notes on cut-out hearts, make mini scrapbooks for each other or look on Pinterest for a fun Valentine-themed craft
9. Visit a local candy shoppe (watch out...this can get expensive if you're not careful)
10. Go on a hike
11. Watch the sunset cuddling in a blanket
12. Have a picnic in the backyard! You can make this picnic incredibly cozy because you can use so many blankets and pillows! 
13. Make dinner together. Try something you've never made before.
14. Do something active together... surf, skateboard, batting cages
15. Go bowling!
16. Get a group of friends together and rent a duffy boat with sparkling cider and sandwiches or burritos
17. Thrifty's ice cream sundaes
18. Check out your city's events on your city's website
19. Serve together: Volunteer at a shelter, bring dinner to someone who could use some help, etc.
20. Play your favorite game: We love the app Heads Up. 
21. Visit local tourist spots. If you're in Northern California, go to Golden Gate Park. If you're in Utah, visit Temple Square. Stuff like that. 
22. Use the gift cards you got from Christmas and go shopping or out to dinner and a movie.
23. Make dinner at home and go out for just dessert. If you want to splurge a little, try The Melting Pot. If not, just get shakes at Harbor House Cafe or split a cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory.
24. Order a pizza and binge-watch your favorite show together on Netflix. We just started "Friends" and we're hooked. This is probably how we will spend our Valentine's Day. 
25. Create a relationship bucket-list together!

Here is a mini scrapbook I made for Miles for Valentine's Day back when we first started dating.

This was from Valentine's Day 2009 taken in a Photo Booth at an arcade on Balboa Island. 

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  1. I love love love this list!! Thank you Sandy!

  2. I love love love this list!! Thank you Sandy!

  3. Thanks for sharing these ideas for valentine’s date parties. Coming valentine, I am going to arrange a party with all my couple friends. Booked one of excellent LA venues and hope to have a lovely party with all of them.