In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, you want to plan something fabulous – something that’s not too cheap, not too expensive, not too over the top, and not too unromantic. Impossible? Not at all. Here are 12 romantic ideas that are just right.

1.  Make a Hot Reservation… At Home!

Cooking a nice dinner together can be very special. Create a unique menu that you use just for Valentine’s Day. Take out your fancy dishes, cover your kitchen with flowers and candles, purchase a nice bottle of wine, and start a new tradition for just you two.

2.  Spa It Up

Book a couples treatment at a spa for the evening. Getting pampered and relaxed always sets a romantic mood. By the time you get home, you’ll be extra relaxed and in the mood for some late-night fun.

3.  Plan an Indoor Picnic

Bring out your low-key self and create your own picnic. Put a blanket on your bed with chocolate, wine, and cheese and get ready to camp out for the night.

4.  Stay Home

Order in from the restaurant of your choice and rent a romantic movie. An intimate Valentine’s Day can be every bit as special as an expensive dinner and night out on the town. The rule: Each of you gets to pick your favorite movie.

5.  Get Cultural

Try something new and atypical on Valentine’s Day. Explore a museum or art gallery. Channel your cultural self. It could spark a stimulating conversation.

6.  Have a Staycation

Change up your home. Decorate your space to give it a different vibe and pretend you’re on a getaway! Having a staycation helps you unwind and get into a different mindset.

7.  Go Ice Skating

When was the last time you went ice-skating? Hold each other’s hands, have some hot chocolate, and enjoy the rink. It’s the perfect winter activity.

8.  Plan a Game Night

Choose your own adventure and feel like you’re a kid again. Pick a game you both love and re-live game night.

9.  Be Tourists – In Your Own City

Do something touristy that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Perhaps a horse and buggy ride is something you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe a play is more your speed. Spend the evening doing something you’ve always wanted to do.

10.  Take a Cooking Class

A cooking class is a fun activity to do with a partner. Get all dressed up and make it a special night.

11.  Check Into a Hotel & Order Room Service

Spending the night in a hotel is a good way to spice up the romance. It creates an intimate experience for just you two. Order in some room service and enjoy some quality time with each other.

12.   Plan a Singles Party

Cupid pass you by this February? Then take matters into your own hands! Invite all of your single friends over for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Tell everyone to invite at least one other single friend (preferably someone you’ve never met) and next thing you know… you’ve got a huge singles party! Who knows… maybe you’ll even meet your forever-Valentine!


Carly Spindel is the Vice President of Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking Inc. She has seen the matchmaking business firsthand since she was 6 years old. As the daughter of Janis Spindel, Carly has been called mini Janis since she could walk and has learned the inside tricks of the trade from Janis! Carly has been matching her own clients for the past 6 years, and runs Janis’ Express Matchmaking and Junior Matchmaking divisions. You can learn more about Carly and Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking Inc. at
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