If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, I hope you’ve been getting inspired from the previews of this two-part Valentine’s Date Guide that I’ve been planning for you! I was so excited when Kimberly from Belle en Rouge and Fashion Junkee reached out to me about collaborating on this project. These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of brainstorming, planning, and shooting together with Caylee McFarland in various coffee shops and locations in Long Beach and Orange County. But all of our hard work has definitely paid off – today we’re both sharing our guide of fun things to do on three types of Valentine’s Day dates, no matter if you have a Valentine or not!
1) Movie Night with the Girls
Just got over a breakup or not in the mood to go out? This calls for a movie night in with just the girls! Rent some movies from your local Redbox or fill up your Netflix queue with all the rom-coms you can find. Add some popcorn and hot chocolate and you’re all set to go!
2) Dance Party
Dance the night away with your friends, yourself and of course T Swift! Must have songs include: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, Blank Space, Shake It Off, Wildest Dreams, Style, Out Of The Woods…. basically you should just download her 1989 album and put it on repeat. Trust me!
3) Spa Day
Spend the whole day pampering yourself at home with facials, mani-pedis and DIY refreshments. Check out my Pinterest board for at home face mask recipes, nail art ideas, and more!
1) Picnic in the Park
Picnics are a great way to get outdoors, share some yummy snacks and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re near Orange County, Huntington Beach Central Park is a great location to set up your picnic, walk your dog, and spend the day outside. I’ve also been wanting to check out the Redwood Forest that my friend Karen shared about on her blog Little Black Shell a few months ago!
Pretty much anyone who knows me knows how much I love going to Disneyland! It’s a great place to spoil your Valentine or have a blast with your siblings or girlfriends. If you don’t have a pass, day tickets are a little bit expensive but are definitely worth a whole day of fun with Mickey and friends! Plus, they always have the best seasonal treats there 😉
3) Beach Day
Growing up in So Cal, I’m a beach girl at heart and love spending my days in the sun and sand. There are so many great beaches to choose from depending on what you’re looking for. Huntington is a great spot to hang out downtown and on the Pier, Laguna has rocky ocean views and tide pools to explore, or Seal Beach for a quiet day of relaxation. Balboa and Santa Monica are two great options if you’re looking to have a some fun playing games, riding the ferris wheel, or strolling along the beach.
1) Long Beach Aquarium
Growing up, the Long Beach Aquarium has been one of my favorite places to go. They always have special events on their calendar, including this amazing three course dinner for two. Arrive early and enjoy beverages with a harbor view on the roof top, then enjoy dinner in the Great Hall for $74/person. The aquarium is open late until 10 PM, so if you’re planning on skipping dinner but still want to see the marine life, admission after 5:00 PM is only $14.95.
2) Newport Beach Dinner Cruise
Newport is a gorgeous area with lots of entertaining things to do. The harbor has various cruises you can take on Valentine’s Day to show that special someone how much you care. Watching the gorgeous So Cal sunset on the water with your loved one while enjoying a delicious meal… It doesn’t get much better than that! Click here to see a list of Valentine’s cruises starting at $66.95/person.
3) Gondola Rides
Who wouldn’t want to be serenaded on the most romantic day of the year? You can find Gondola rides in Huntington and Long Beach. The canals are definitely more of an expensive splurge ($75-$165 for the night) but will be a dreamy night you’ll never forget. (PS – Huntington’s includes a red rose and mini photo shoot, which I know every blogger will enjoy!)
Looking for more date night ideas? Check out Kimberly’s list on Belle en Rouge to see some other fun ways to spend February 14th!
This year it looks like I’ll be spending my day relaxing at home, watching movies and eating macarons. (Let’s face it, this is what I end up doing every year.) But honestly there’s no other way I’d rather spend Galentine’s than having some quality sister time and girl talk. What are you planning to do this Valentine’s Day?