Ah – it’s Valentine’s Day. A day of love, busy restaurants, over priced flowers, way over priced chocolate covered strawberries, you get my point.
Don’t get me wrong – I think Valentine’s Day is sweet. But I think it’s sweeter to do something unique. We can fall into traps in relationships: our relationships can become mundane, scheduled, and predictable. Keeping it exciting and doing things that are different can help foster the kind of intimacy that keeps relationships and marriages strong.
So in the name of keeping things fresh in your relationship, here are three fun ways to take your average run-of-the-mill Valentine’s celebration and make it a little more interesting.
Top Chef It Up!
Cooking dinner together or for each other is a standard go-to. So change it up by adding some surprise!
Here are the rules: one partner takes dessert, one partner takes main course. The dessert partner chooses the surprise ingredient for the dinner partner, and the dinner partner chooses the surprise ingredient for the dessert partner. Each dish must include the surprise ingredient. Get creative and chef it up!
(Bonus points: have a Top Chef dinner a couple times over the course of the year and create a recipe book with the winners!)
Role Reversal Night!
Does one of you usually cook dinner? Buy flowers? Plan the date night? Write the sweet love note? Pick the movie? Switch it up and get a little uncomfortable with role playing your partner.
If you’re a 5 Love Language follower, this is right in line with that. Our love language is both the language we offer our partner AND the one we want in return. So by doing what your partner does for you, you’re speaking their love language to them!
Plan a Trip!
Sit down with your computer, set a budget, and start dreaming together about your next trip. Connect with your partner about a place you want to experience with them.
Drag this one out! Brainstorm places you’d love to see together. Write a pro/con list. Get deep about what feelings you want the trip to bring out. Talk about the kind of vacationers you are as a couple and how you want to spend that time together.
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