Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Plans: A Cheat Sheet

By Ashley Braz |

Valentine’s Day is here! Did planning slip your mind? It happens! Perhaps you’ve been too busy getting that promotion at work, or strategically plotting your PTO around all twelve weddings you were invited to this year. Maybe you’re naturally more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person? Whatever the reason, here are a few quick ideas to help you pull off a night to remember for you and your Valentine.

 

Raise the Bar

No reservation? No problem. You can snag a couple of seats at a restaurant’s bar for a more casual meal. Not only is it more relaxed, but sitting at the bar can sometimes be an even better dining experience – from the bustling kitchen views, to the shorter wait, to the quicker access to drinks.

For those who also call NYC home: With a sure-to-please menu of creative cocktails and shared plates, you can’t go wrong with Colonie in Brooklyn Heights. Live in one of the other boroughs? Think of your trip out to Brooklyn as a romantic adventure.

 

It’s Showtime

Gone are the days of simple popcorn and soda (although arguably, still great). Head to a luxury movie theater, like Alamo Drafthouse, where they bring full-on food and booze right to your reclining lounge seat. It’s the ultimate date-night experience, and the perfect solution to an easy, stress-free Valentine’s day. What more could you ask for?

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For a total splurge: iPic offers ‘Premium Plus’ seating, which includes a pillow, blanket and unlimited popcorn. Swoon.

 

A Spa-tacular Evening

If you’re preparing to pop the question, or in the midst of planning a big wedding, chances are you could use some quality relaxation time. Make a last-minute appointment for a couples massage, followed by an hour sweating in a sauna or soaking in a luxurious Turkish bath.

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Icing on the cake: A bathhouse is the ultimate winter escape!

 

DIY Wine & Dine

Looking to keep it low-key this year? You and your sweetheart could whip up an elegant meal together, topped off with ‘wine tasting’ at home. Ask your local wine store to guide you through selecting a few bottles of red and white to sip and sample in the comfort of your living room.

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Take a trip: Make a meal that pairs perfectly with the wine, or even dream up a unique ‘round the world’ theme. For instance, you could head to Italy with a pesto gnocchi and Pinot Grigio, or embrace your inner Francophile with beef bourguignon and a Red Burgundy (beret, optional).

 

Will You Be My… Fiancé?

Have a ring in-hand, but not sure of your proposal plan? Proposing on Valentine’s Day is sweet and romantic, and while yes it can feel a little sappy, we say embrace the holiday. 

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The pros to a Feb. 14th proposal: You’re already planning a special occasion, so chances are your partner won’t be suspicious – like if-and-when you order that extra-fancy (and pricy) bottle of champagne. And not only will you never (ever) forget the day she said yes, a winter engagement will set you up nicely for that coveted Fall or Spring wedding date.

   

Word on the street 

Our Diamond Concierge let us in on a little secret... there are some Couple.co couples going in for a Valentine’s Day proposal tonight. Share in the love on instagram @couple.co, and stay tuned to The Blog for the Top Ways to Announce Your Engagement.

 

No matter how you celebrate, Happy Valentine's Day! Cheers to what #asharedlife represents: partnership, commitment, joy.