Valentine's Date Night Tips

Whether you're in the mood for a big night out, or some quiet cuddle time on the couch, I've got a few tips to make your Valentine's Day even more successful.

Your attitude matters so much. Be present. Keep the phones down (except for maybe a couple photos to remember the night), and really connect with your person. Smile, laugh, and be fun! This is not the time to talk about stressful work situations, chores that need to be done, or for starting an argument. Really just try to enjoy each other's company, and go with the flow if something doesn't go exactly as planned. 

If you don't want to be disappointed, let your man know what you want ahead of time. If you say, "I don't need anything, we don't have to go on a date." He's going to take that literally. He will end up doing absolutely nothing, you will be mad, and it's going to end up in a fight. If they take the initiative to plan everything on their own, that's great! But most men just don't. Guys need a little direction. It's perfectly okay for you to suggest a date idea, dinner spot, etc. I always let Cory know that I would like donuts for me and the girls on Valentine's morning. I remind him a couple days before, he does it, and everyone's happy. Lol! 

Lower some of your expectations. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don't compare your Valentine's date, gifts, etc., to what you see on social media. Everyone is going to be bragging about what their significant other did for them, and don't let that make you feel bad. Some people are going to be posting all their roses, fancy meals, and hand-written love letters. That's okay. Just don't let it make you feel jealous and resentful. Personally, I'm satisfied if I get a chocolate long-john donut. :) Remember that in the long-run, it matters more about how you're treated on the daily, not just 1 day of the year. 

Your appearance and hygiene matter. Prepare like you did on your first few dates together. Do your makeup, hair, and pull out that cute "going out" top that still has the tags on it. If you have kids, put them down for a nap (or quiet activity). Turn on your favorite playlist while you're getting ready, and really get in the right mind set for date night. When you feel your best, it's going to boost your mood and confidence. 

Here's a few Vday date ideas that we've enjoyed doing in the past. 

1. Traditional Dinner Date
Pick a new places you've been wanting to try. We are so bad about going to the same few places over and over. It's so fun to try out new restaurants, and create different memories. 

2. Active Date
Nothing gets the adrenaline and laughter going like physical activity. Even though it's cold, find something you can do indoors. Workout date at the gym (we do this on Saturdays), rock climbing, ice skating, indoor trampoline parks, or Top Golf!

3. Sybaris in Indianapolis
We tried this a few years back on Valentine's Day and it was so much fun! The rooms have pools, waterslides, waterfalls, a jacuzzi, sauna, massage chairs, everything. It was super romantic. We booked the "chalet suite". It was awesome to be able to walk out from the bedroom to a waterslide!

4. Hotel Overnight  
I just love spending the night somewhere without toys on the floor, and chores to be done. This would be one of my top choices for a date. We stayed downtown Indy for Vday a couple years ago, and it was so nice. We went to Palomino for dinner, chilled in the hot tub before bed, and got brunch in the morning. 

5. Movie Theater Date
If you haven't tried Flix Brewhouse, you are missing out. We did this for Valentine's Day when I was pregnant with Thea. You order your food and drinks from your seat, and everything is served before the movie starts. They have a full menu of real food. Snacks, salads, appetizers, meals, desserts, and drinks. There is even a huge bar outside in the lobby area. A lot of people get to the movie theater early to grab a drink before they are seated. It's like a normal movie date, but so much better. 

6. Double Date
This is a fun idea if you guys already get a lot of alone time, or really enjoy the company of other couples. It's a lot easier to keep conversation going, and some activities could be more fun in groups. Like the active dates I mentioned earlier! 

7. Date Night In
If you're short on time, energy or don't have a sitter, this one is for you. It can still be just as special. Clean the house so it's a relaxing environment. Put the kids to bed early. Order some of your favorite take-out, and mix up a cocktail. Rent a movie you've been wanting to see. Throw on a cute comfy outfit.  (My perfect night in would consist of all the sushi, homemade margaritas, and a classic comedy movie.) 

I hope this gave you guys some tips and ideas for your own Valentine's Day plans! 


  1. Oh my goodness! That sushi looks amazing!!! Is it from here in B-town?


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