It happens to all of us: In the midst of our crazy lives, Valentine’s Day sneaks up out of nowhere. On February 14, panic ensues. There’s a mad dash to find a sitter and purchase overpriced flowers, a card, and the last remaining box of Whitman’s Samplers at CVS in order to declare your undying love. But as much as you love your spouse and are desperate to have an evening out, the pressure to have the ultimate romantic evening of reconnecting with your special someone is daunting: You’re surviving on four hours of sleep, have leaky boobs, and aren’t sure when you last shaved. (Oh wait, that’s just me?) I digress. Hopefully some of these out-of-the-(Russell Stover)-box Valentine’s Day ideas will help inspire you or your partner to try something different for the romantic holiday.
The best part about living in the Boston area is that there’s no shortage of fun classes to take together to celebrate the holiday. Sign up for a glassblowing class together. Register for a paint night and enjoy wine and a bite to eat while you create a masterpiece with your loved one. Embark on a chocolate tour and sample some of Boston’s finest treats. Or sign up for a class to learn more about chocolate and create your own truffle delights. Choose your favorite cuisine and take a cooking class or a wine, beer, or spirits course.
Relax and reconnect
Working and raising children is stressful, so it’s hard to find time to relax. Make the time to unwind together by pampering yourselves with a couples massage. Grab a cup of coffee and munch on a bakery treat. Or spend some time outdoors, either hiking or strolling through botanical gardens and greenhouses.
Relive the ’90s
Find some blissful youthfulness by kicking it old school and reconnecting over those activities you rocked in middle school. Go bowling, shoot some pool, play skee ball, and challenge each other to a game of air hockey. Play laser tag. Or, lace up your roller skates and hold hands as you twirl around the roller rink here, here, or here.
Find some naked people
Oh please, I know what you’re thinking, and get your mind out of the gutter. But if you’re looking for something fun and truly off the beaten path, sign up for the Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt, where you’ll head to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and spend two and a half hours following the clues to search for all the “titillating” works of art. No degree in art history required.
If your husband isn’t fond of shopping for Valentine’s Day, send him off to Calliope Paperie for Sip & Shop For Dudes on Thursday, February 9, from 4–8 p.m. The owner, Kristina, will help your spouse find the perfect card and gift, and Stacey Lee of Paeonia Designs will be there to help husbands create stunning bouquets to be delivered to your door. And, most important: There will be a keg. Just give your husband the address, mention the keg, and you’ll be all set!
Snuggle up at home
If none of these ideas have inspired you to leave the house, make it a night at home. Turn off the TV, eat your favorite take-out on your wedding china, and play Bananagrams or Battleship. Dance in your living room to your wedding song. Flip through your wedding photo album and relive the memories. Write down a list of reasons why you love your spouse. Make sure you gaze lovingly into your partner’s eyes and remember why you fell in love.