Early Bird Valentine’s Day Ideas

Ever since the new year commenced, Valentine’s Day has been on my mind. And I’m sure it’s been on your mind too. I mean, who can ignore that giant-sized teddy bear in aisle 2 at the nearest CVS or Rite Aid Pharmacy? Not to mention, the tons of heart-boxed chocolates calling my name simultaneously!

Since its been on my mind, I figured why not share some of my brilliant and not so brilliant ideas. First up is celebration. Every year there is mixed feelings about this holiday and this year is no different. So, I came up with ideas for both my ladies who are taken and for all my single ladies (in my best Yoncé voice).

COUPLES PAINTING CLASS

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Couples painting classes has been somewhat a trend lately (as per my Instagram feed) but I’m sure a majority of people, myself included, have given it a thought but not a shot. Well Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. This type of date will allow you the time to make a deeper connection with your beau and best yet it’s not your typical dinner and movie date. You can avoid the crowds plus leave with a keepsake: your artwork!

WINE TASTING 

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Wine tasting can be a really romantic date, making it a great choice for Valentine’s day. That is, as long as you skip the free events at your local wine and spirits store. Some cities, such as NYC, even offer wine tours. This adds a little adventure factor to the date. You can go from venue to venue nibbling on an array of desserts and savoring the best wines, all while learning about these wines. Lastly, by the events end you will already be prepped for a sexy night in. 😉

COUPLES MASSAGE 

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Start the intimacy on Valentine’s Day before night falls! You can book a couples massage for you and your special guy. Together, on side by side tables, you can let go of the stressors of life while enjoying one another’s company. Lots of massage parlors offer up special packages for Valentine’s Day. This often includes a romantic candlelit setting, as well as, champagne and chocolates. Just be sure to book ahead, don’t wait until the last minute. Last year, I learned the hard way that these appointments fill up quickly.

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY 

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Sometimes you may not be able to spend Valentine’s Day with that special person in your life. However, if this is your circumstance, you can still let him know that you are thinking  of him in a special way with boudoir photography. Not only will he appreciate your body as an art but you will be filled with a new found confidence and feelings of sexiness. This can only benefit your relationship. Every woman has insecurities about her body, and it’s normal. I think of boudoir photography as a way to combat those insecurities. I do recommend doing your research on studios before hand to ensure you will be receiving the shot quality which you are looking for.

BRUNCH 

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The brunch fad has been taking over for some time now, at least in NYC, but I’m not sick of it just yet. In fact, I think it would be a really cool date for Valentine’s Weekend. And not just for those coupled up but for singles too! Just grab a couple of friends and enjoy. Though you may not totally be able to avoid a crowd, it’ll most likely be easier to get seated than going out to dinner, there’s usually unlimited mimosa’s, and the majority of the day ahead will still be yours for the taking. Did I mention that there’s usually unlimited mimosa’s? That alone means you can count me in!

WEEKEND GETAWAY 

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This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, making it perfect for a weekend getaway. Again, this idea can go for singles or couples. For those love sick or plain ‘ole sick of the mushy holiday, you can take focus off the holiday. Although, no matter where you go, I’m sure you’ll see smooching love birds somewhere. And for those dating and in relationships, a getaway can allow you to put more focus on your relationship for a while. Maybe skiing is your thing, or perhaps you want to skip out to somewhere tropical? No matter where you deicide to go, don’t hesitate! Just plan and don’t look back. It’ll be a Valentine’s Day to remember. Instead of the cliche chocolate and roses, you’re gifting yourself an experience. It doesn’t get better than that!!! Thank me later!

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