Are you looking for some wonderful ideas to get you through a lockdown Valentine’s day?
One glorious autumn day, we said ‘I do’. It seems like a lifetime away since last September. Similialy, if you have faced a year where you got married or are hoping to get married, there are many positives to taking this huge step in the middle of a pandemic. Although, celebrations might be small or your honeymoon is postponed due to restrictions. This is still one of the biggest events in your lives. Firstly, the beginning of an exciting life journey of hope, laughter, commitment and love. And secondly, one that has no end. As a romantic, Shakespeare is one of my most loved and idealistic romance poets and playwright. One of his famous quotes, ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.’ (Midsummer Night’s Dream Act I) most certainly outlines that feeling we all can experience.
Who is your favourite classical poet? The month of February is where the world turns a spotlight on love and Valentine’s day is one of many days you can express your love for each other.
This post outlines 14 date night ideas that you can steal with inspirational love quotes to bring out the romantic in you and ‘your nearest and dearest’
Date Night Idea #1
Why not spend the evening having a games night, playing his or her’s favourite game. Any one like a game of pool?
Love leaves a legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth.Rick Warren
Date Night Idea #2
Jigsaw puzzles are back. Where you either love it or hate it, if you do – make it a happy evening by attempting to put a 1000 piece puzzle together.
Love is worthless unless it acts out, unless it’s expressed in deed and behaviour.David Jeremiah
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Date Night Idea #3
Proven to improve your strength, balance and flexibility, yoga is so calming and relaxing, not to mention good for various health ailments. There is little to stop you from trying a yoga workout together.
If we claim to love God, but don’t love each other our love is nothing and meaningless.May C. Teal
Date Night Idea #4
Home decorating can be so rewarding and unique.Transform a blank wall into a work of art. Design a mural or abstract feature wall, showcasing your interests. Ideas include line drawing, optical illusion, geometric, vibrant watercolours or calming landscape.
Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.Mother Teresa
Date Night Idea #5
Vote for each other’s least liked film (draw out of a hat) and make an effort to enjoy watching it.
Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.C.S. Lewis
Date Night Idea #6
Spend a whole evening ensuring you have each other’s undivided attention – that includes listening, being there in the moment and time to relax with a candle lit dinner. In a themed setting from bohemian to enchanting or exotic.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV
Date Night Idea #7
Have a mini competition, attempt to have a game’s evening to bring out your inner child. See who can do the Rubik’s cube the fastest, or who is the best at wordgames such as Boggle or Scrabble.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.Maya Angelou
Date Night Idea #8
This is my favourite because all through lock down I have been that girl who has always got dressed up on the weekend. So, make an extra effort if you don’t. Pretend you have some fabulous girls’ night you are off to and get ready to look and feel like a million dollars.
But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It’s a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.Bob Goff
Date Night Idea #9
Have your own pub quiz at home, with themes and your favourite drinks. It’s great to get thinking, test your general knowledge and have a prize for who gets the most points.
To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.Jean Vanier
Date Night Idea #10
If you live in a warm country, create a cosy and idyllic outdoor setting. From turning your backyard, or garden, beach or park into a dreamy atmosphere with fairy lights, candles and bunting just for two.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.Judy Garland
Date Night Idea #11
Watch a funny film, comedy or tell jokes to make each other laugh as the main aim of the evening. To not talk about the stresses or worries of your day or work, complain or be negative. Instead be mindful of the moment and each other’s sense of humour.
Great marriages don’t happen by luck or by accident. They are the result of a consistent investment of time, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, affection, prayer, mutual respect, and a rock-solid commitment between a husband and a wife.Dave Willis
Date Night Idea #12
Dancing is a great way to exercise and create your own entertainment. If one of you is a better dancer, turn your living area into a dance studio and try a mini dance class to learn basic steps. Learn to laugh at the silly moments where you get it all wrong and end up standing on each other’s toes.
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.Andre Maurois
Date Night Idea #13
Think about your best date, then try replicate that. There are so many ideas. Recreate a new recipe. Refurnish a piece of furniture. Go through the the photo album. Create a playlist of your favourite songs. Whether you make bacon roses or sushi, get thinking and devise inventive ways to turn any date night at home into something exciting. While learning more about each other’s personality.
Marriages, like a garden, take time to grow. But the harvest is rich unto those who patiently and tenderly care for the ground.Darlene Schacht
Date Night Idea #14
There are at least 10 things on my travel bucket list, but until the situation changes, there won’t be no fun adventures like walking with rhino’s or going for a helicopter ride over a famous landmark. However, it still means you can put together that to-do list and step outdoors in a nearby woods, parkland or your home city and savour the season’s scenery, until you can travel again.
Walking with your hand in mine and mine in yours, that’s exactly where I want to be always.Fawn Weaver
Love spotlights from other passionate women…
Here’s how Arica Hess outlines creative ways to show your family love this Valentine’s day and where you can find heaps of her inspirational tips to encourage moms to find joy and rest in parenting!
According to these brilliant highlights from Meghan Villatoro, Christian Marriage Coach on romantic Bible passages from Song of Solomon to enrich your relationship, she is passionate about helping others restore and revive their marriages!
Can we every wrap up the definition of love? For to love and be loved is probably one of the most amazing emotions we will ever know in our lifetime. So, I will let someone more poetic say it with these famous words of love and wisdom.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height,
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
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Would like to hear some of your favourite fun date night ideas or quotes.