It's a day for couples! Lovely and fun! And you... are single.
If this has you down, then here's some stuff to make it a little more fun!
There are some simple solutions for making the day something nice!
1. Make Valentine memes
Believe it or not, it's a pretty fun way to spend Valentine's Day! I used to make some pretty punny memes when I was single and share them with friends online. It's simple, but it gives you something to focus on that could give others a good laugh, too!
2. Make a Valentine themed date box for a couple you know
One of our date ideas is to actually make a date box for another couple, but you can do this while single, too! If you want you can get some friends or family in on it, but just making a gift like this for someone else and then presenting it to them for Valentine's Day could be a really nice experience!
3. Ask someone to be your Valentine
Finally, you could just choose to make Valentine's Day the day of days to ask someone you know to be your Valentine this year. If you don't have someone you're interested in, then stick to the other suggestions or make your own tradition! But if you do happen to have a crush, what better time to ask them out? Just don't go trying to get a date for no reason other than not wanting to be alone on Valentine's Day. Relationships on this level should always be taken very seriously!
All five matter, so let's make them happen!
You've probably heard of the five love languages;
Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.
Why not put all five of them into practice?
Sit down with your sweetheart and write out the five love languages on a sheet of paper, then ask for your dear to fill out what way they would like to receive these from you this week. Allow them to take their time to think about it. If a day is needed, that's fine! It is to fulfill their desires, after all. You can mention you might not be able to meet every need, but you will do your absolute best!
Right after it's filled out, find something on the list you can do right then--and do it!
After making up my list I found that not only are these films completely clear of sex and nudity, they're also really clean in every other department! (and no less enjoyable for it!)
1. Cinderella (2015 live Disney version)
This is likely the best take on the classic fairy tale. It is a stunning romantic drama with good character development. Very clean and very much recommended!
About a failing marriage, Fireproof hits some pretty heavy topics, but you'll never see anything inappropriate. The movie focuses around a man on the edge of divorce who receives a book called The Love Dare from his father. He tries to follow it day by day to win back his wife.
3. The Matchbreaker
This romantic comedy is about a guy who actually gets hired to break up couples, but ends up running into his childhood crush along the way. It's a great choice for just about any couple to watch!
Hope this helps with your romantic movie watching!
Valentine's Day at a distance? Yes!
Make sure to share street addresses for this date!
Each of you either buy card kits or gather some craft supplies for making cards, just like kids would!
Start a call on speaker or use a webcam to communicate. Being able to video chat is typically ideal, but this date can be fun with voices alone since it adds a surprise aspect!
Both of you gather your card making supplies and begin writing out Valentines for the other person. Talk about the process as you do it!
At the end of it, when your cards are filled out, mail them to the other person! Happy Valentine's Day!
Marriage is an absolutely beautiful thing! For some of us, the wedding or what followed might have been less beautiful and more stressful than it ever should have been. If you feel like you had a rough start, it's never too late for the happily ever after!
Similar to restarting your day or beginning a new year, if you feel like your wedding memories aren't quite what you hoped for, it may be best to start fresh! Consider a Vow Renewal for you and your spouse!
This is not saying your vows ever expired! Not even close! Marriage by design lives as long as you do. This is, rather, to say that you are just as thrilled to give yourself to the love of your life now as you were back then.
Maybe you had a very small wedding and you wanted to have a huge one. Well, you can start planning the big event now! Make it into everything you wanted it to be! Have a planner and be extravagant!
Or maybe, and more likely, your wedding was fine but there was just unneeded stress from people in your life the days leading up to (and even on) your big day. There are plenty of circumstances that could steal a bit of the joy from your big day. If something like that is the case, try this:
An intimate setting with just you, your spouse, and God.
Say your vows before one another and Him, because you're already married so this is all that is needed. Set it up as a day for just the two of you, no invitations needed. You may consider setting up a camera to record your private event! After which, eat out somewhere nice, and even have yourselves a wedding night where you just really enjoy one another! And if you'd like, presents are always an option, but the biggest thing is the mental reset and starting fresh with the person who means the world to you.
A date 1 year in the making!
For this date, you'll need a large box or chest to store things in!
On New Year's Day, you and your special someone start filling a box with things to make up a date with. Things like wrapped gifts and cards for each other as well as games you can play together, movies you can watch, or candles you can light are all good ideas! Continue adding to the box all throughout the year, but don't go digging through it to see how full it is or what's inside! Just add your items and leave it alone. Wrapping things helps prevent the other person from getting too curious and spoiling things.
On New Year's Eve, take the box of goodies and set it out, then at midnight (or in the morning on New Year's Day,) open up the box and explore its contents together!
If you both enjoyed the process, start a new box for next year!
When the good packing snow blankets the streets, it's the perfect time for a snow date!
Start off by setting out two mugs with cocoa mix inside on the counter. (Alternatively you could set things up for making tea if you're just not a hot cocoa fan!)
Place a kettle on the stove, leaving it off for now and switching it on when you get back! (even if you're only going as far as your own backyard!)
What does one do on a snow date? There are the usual options;
And then there are some more unique ideas. I recommend gathering buckets you'd use for building sandcastles and building a snow castle! You can also mix it up and build fort walls, then have a snowball fight from behind them as you try to take down your darling's defenses!
Snow leaves a lot of options, so bundle up and go have some fun with it! When you're ready to call it a day, return home to some hot cocoa and cuddle up next to each other as you reflect.
It's almost Christmas time, which means many neighborhoods will have lovely displays outside!
With your dearest, take a walk around town at night, looking at Christmas lights. This date is best when there's snow!
Too cold and icy? Or are you not able to do the walk? A slow drive with Christmas music on can also be romantic!
End the evening inside with some hot cocoa, tea, or coffee, while Christmas music plays softly in the background. Talk all about the Christmas holiday and enjoy it to the fullest together! Also share some of your best memories from a Christmas in the past, then memories since times together, and what you imagine for future holidays.
If you’re not a big fan of the cold and love baking, then this date’s for you!
The idea is to make something together, set the table and enjoy it over some candlelight.
Turn on some music and preheat the oven, it's time to bake something delicious with your darling! For this date you'll want to gather the needed tools and ingredients first, then get together and start baking! It can be anything from pizza to steak, just depends on what you both like.
Don't forget dessert!
Make the date extra sweet by being romantic about the process! For example, when rolling out cookie dough, extending your arms around the other person is a very intimate way to go about it.
What you’ll need:
Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl. Blend in the rest of the ingredients. Chill dough for an hour. Set oven for 400 degrees fahrenheit. Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes, and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes.
For frosting mix powdered sugar and milk in bowl until you get a consistency you like. Separate into smaller bowls and add food dye to get desired colors.
All done! Enjoy!
You read that right! For this date you're going to make a date!
You and your special someone will need a box to place the items in and, of course, have a couple in mind to gift it to! The nice thing about this date is that it can be tailored to your liking!
Step one: Pick a Theme!
It's good to have a theme in mind for the date. Having an idea in mind will help prevent aimless shopping or struggles to think up what to add to the Date Box.
Will it be a date for indoors or outdoors? Romantic, funny, or both? Will it involve a movie or an activity? Work together with your sweetheart to come up with a plan, or use one of the dates on here as your theme!
When Andrew and I made a date box for another couple, we did a movie theme which included a bowl for snacks, the snacks to go into the bowl, a blanket to snuggle under, and the movie. We also threw in a little joke gift!
Step two: Shopping!
Recommended: Take a trip out to some stores and buy things that fit the theme of your date idea for the couple! Grab something to drink on the way there, have fun and tease about the possibilities!
Alternative: If you don't really like browsing stores in person, or if it's hard for one or both of you to get out, you can shop online! This can make it a lot easier to find something you know they'll love.
Keep in mind that you can also always make gifts, which turns the gift box into a fun project for you and your honey to do! Consider printing out Date Cards (index cards with a different date idea on each one) and packing them in your couple's gift box.
No matter what, be sure to treat yourselves to something nice while you're shopping!
Step three: Packing!
Once you've got the presents, it's time to pack up the box! You could use a gift basket or bag as an alternative to a box.
Step four: Give it to your couple of choice!
I hope you had fun making it! Now gift it to the couple and enjoy their surprise!