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Valentine’s Day Ideas With Your Date and Friends

[ 1 ] February 12, 2012 |

Valentine’s Day is about spending time with those you love most and showing them how much you care — whether that’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, family or friends.

And with Tuesday only two days away, I know a lot of us are worried about planning that perfect date. We at The Student’s Life, however, believe that the best dates are the simplest ones. So if you’ve got that special person in your life that you want to wow, take a look at our top 5 suggestions for the ultimate Valentine’s Day dates:

1) Zoo

A few years ago around Halloween, my boyfriend at the time took me to the Calgary Zoo. And I just have to say, it was one of the most fun outings I have been on with a guy. Many post-secondary students feel like they may be too old to enjoy the zoo, but I’m here to tell you that’s impossible! If you both love animals, or simply enjoy not acting your age, the zoo is the perfect Valentine’s Day date.

2) Picnic

We’ve all seen those movies where the couple goes out for a leisurely stroll, only to stop in a meadow and enjoy and impromptu picnic. Well, why not make this happen? It made me February right now, but depending where you live, the weather just might be the perfect temperature to enjoy a brisk picnic at a nearby park. Or if it really is too cold for you to go outside, then I suggest you take your picnic indoors. If you’ve ever seen this McDonald’s commercial, then you’ll understand just how cute an indoor picnic really is. Set the mood with lights/candles and low music, and you’ll be sure to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

3) Stargazing

Maybe your boyfriend/girlfriend is the ultra-romantic type, and that’s why you’re finding it hard to think of something other than the standby dinner date. Well, why not take your date outside? Walk along a river or in a park, and then just lie back on the grass or your car hood and gaze at the stars. It’ll give you the perfect opportunity to get away from all the stresses of a student’s life, and just connect with each other. And then on your way back home, stop by at an ice cream shop or cafe to satisfy your sweet tooth.

4) Cook together

Who says you need to spend a crazy amount of money on dinner at a restaurant when you can spend even less to cook at home? Buy ingredients for your favourite foods together and then make the meal in the comfort of your own kitchen. If you love to cook, this is the perfect date for you because you can just have fun while creating something amazing.

5) Dine out in style

If cooking at home isn’t your thing but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then try this unique idea: Get dressed up in your finest wear and then dine at your favourite fast-food restaurant. Sounds crazy, right? But just think of how much fun you’ll have being the center of attention there, and it’ll definitely create lasting memories that you’ll no doubt want to repeat. And if you’re both the goofy types, go all out with bringing your own flower centerpiece, tablecloth and mood music (just make sure your iPod volume is low, so you don’t annoy those around you too much).

So what if you’re single?

Remember, Valentine’s Day isn’t only for couples! This is just another perfect opportunity to get your friends together and show each other just how much you mean to one another. Check out our top 5 ideas for having the best Valentine’s Day with friends:

1) Skating

Get your group together and test your skills on ice, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Sure, the rink may be filled with couples, but that’ll give you the perfect chance to show those couples up. Hold each other’s hands and skate circles around them. Or if ice skating isn’t for you guys, check out your local indoor roller-skating rink. What’s not to love about retro music, disco balls and pizza?

2) Bowling

I have yet to meet someone who does not enjoy bowling. And no matter how much you and your friends may like it, there always seems to be more important things to do during the school year. But take this one day to spend a couple of hours playing 5- or 10-pin bowling with your closest friends. Call different places to see what specials they might have on Valentine’s Day (like glow in the dark bowling!)

3) 80s movie night and potluck

Stay in and invite your friends to watch a bunch of movies from the 80s — like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, etc. And to make it easier on your budget, make it a potluck dinner, so everyone pitches in. This is a great way to just relax after a day of school and still lets you spend time with those who have been there with you through it all.

4) Dance

We get it: Days like these make you just want to let loose and have fun, to remind you that you don’t need a guy to be amazing. And besides, we’re students — we’re supposed to enjoy dancing and meeting new people. Well, there’s no day like Valentine’s Day to get dressed up and enjoy a night out on the town with your friends. Whether you go to a dance club or a country club, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. Who needs love when you’ve got drinks, right?

5) Host an Anti-Valentine’s Day party

Gather up all your single, heartbroken and bitter-about-love friends and enjoy a night that has nothing to do with love. This party has began gaining popularity over the years, and for good reason. It’s the perfect chance to rebel against romance and remind everyone that you don’t need a significant other to have fun. Check out our very own how-to guide on creating the ultimate Anti-Valentine’s Day bash.

So whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your love or with your friends, we hope these ideas will help you enjoy your day as much as we will! 

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