Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Romantic love, sure, but we also believe that Valentine’s Day should be an opportunity to celebrate every type of love, platonic or otherwise. It’s a time to celebrate the special bond between you and your lover, pet, family member, best friend….or just an opportunity to show yourself some love!

Whether you’re celebrating relationships new or old, platonic or romantic, planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date is a great way to show your love and appreciation for the people in your life. In this guide, we will outline some tips for planning the perfect Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day date!

1. Set the Mood

Start by setting the mood for the evening. If you’re celebrating your love, choose a romantic setting such as a candlelit dinner or a cozy picnic in the park. You can also create a romantic atmosphere at home with some soft lighting, flowers, and music.

If it’s for your gal pals, create a playlist from songs you all choose together, cut up some fruits, and fire up the fondue machine! Or make it an indoor s’mores party if the weather is too cold. The cozy vibe will create the perfect atmosphere for sharing stories and laughs.

2. Plan Ahead

Make sure to plan ahead so that you can get everything you need for the date. You should also make reservations for a restaurant or book an activity in advance. Remember, this time of the year is always a hectic one for bookings, so make sure you think ahead.

3. Personalize

Personalize the date to suit your significant other’s or gal pal’s interests and preferences. For example, if they love art, you can plan a visit to a museum or art gallery. If they love nature, you can plan a romantic hike or picnic in the park.

Why not take personalization literally by customizing a sweet message, inside joke, or their initials on a MY DRAP napkin? It’s the sweetest way to show you care; plus, a very pleasant little surprise to unveil during a picnic or intimate dinner!

4. Get Creative

Think outside the box and get creative with your date or outing. You could write love letters to each other (a love letter to a gal pal works too!), take a cooking class together, or go on a scenic drive to a nearby town.

5. Show Thoughtfulness

Show your significant other how much you care by planning a thoughtful and romantic date. You could write a heartfelt poem or make a playlist of songs that are meaningful to both of you. Showing your loved one how much they mean to you doesn’t have to break the bank!

6. Focus on Quality Time

Valentine’s Day is about spending quality time together, so focus on being present and enjoying each other’s company. Avoid distractions like phones and electronics and instead, engage in meaningful conversation.

7. Have Fun

Above all, remember to have fun! Plan a date that you both will enjoy and look forward to. Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a fun Galentine’s Day activity, make sure to have a good time and make memories that you will all cherish forever.

In conclusion, planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date takes some thought and effort, but it is worth it. Whether you’re planning a simple or elaborate date; whether it’s for a romantic partner or a group of close friends or family; or whether it’s a day to show yourself some much-needed love and pampering, the most important thing is to show your love and appreciation for the people who mean the most to you. Happy Love Day!