5 alternative Valentine’s Day date ideas 

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s day comes around every year. Last year I penned an article on reasons not to hate on the day of love. And this year I’ve come up with a few alternative Valentine’s Day date ideas that are a little bit different. 

As JLO famously said, “my love don’t cost a thing”

I love a boujee night on the town as much as the next girl (probs a bit more if you ask Dem) but the only problem with going out for dinner on Valentines is every other bugger has the exact same idea. And don’t get me started on how busy it is everywhere, with tables upon tables of people sat on their phones not talking to each other. Make it stop!

So here are a few alternative Valentine’s Day date ideas that don’t involve the rest of the cohabiting population… 

Valentines Day date ideas

AD-GIFTED: In this post I’m wearing the Black Satin Polka Dot Wrap Midi Dress in a size 10 from ANGELEYE which is a perfect day to night Valentines date dress. This dress was gifted in return for blog coverage (affiliate link). 

1. Make a meal of it

Laughing to myself as I type this, as I can hear Dem’s outrage at my liberal sprinkling of baked beans in our spaghetti bolognese. 90% sure he would pick any restaurant over my baked bean bolognese extravaganza! But for those less culinary challenged…  the sentiment is, instead of heading out to eat with the rest of the British public, why not fancy up your dining table. Crack open the champagne, light some candles, chuck on a cute outfit and take your date night indoors. 

2. Stand up comedy

We went to a stand up comedy show in Newcastle a while back and it was bloody hilarious. Which is just as well, as we didn’t go all the way there to sit and discuss the current political situation. Shudder. We enjoyed it so much that we recently booked another comedy night out in London. So why not have a giggle at a stand up show with your S.O, just don’t park yourself too near the front otherwise you might go from being entertained to becoming the entertainment (speaking from experience). 

ANGELEYE polka dot dress

3. Head to a museum

Again I can just see Dem’s deadpan expression here as he’s not a museum fan. I think he managed an hour in the Louvre before I found him languishing by a window internally pleading to be let out into the fresh air… But for those that are exhibitionists (behave) there are so many photography/art/history exhibitions to feast your eyes on. Just recently I visited the V&A for Tim Walker’s exhibition which was a dream and would thoroughly recommend. That particular one is only on until March though, so you had better be quick if you want to grab tickets.  

4. Buy each other a date night outfit

There’s only so many bunches of roses and chocolates you can receive, right? And I well and truly exhausted my obsession for “me to you” teddies back at secondary school, so why not go a little rogue this year. Put your relationship to the ultimate test, set a budget and shop each others Valentines Day outfits. Plus you can always drop subtle hints or send him screenshots of cute dresses if your beau doesn’t know his Balenciaga from his bargain basement…

Valentines Day ideas

5. Have a threesome 

OK well that’s not entirely what I mean. Bring your dog in on the action, oook nope that sounds even worse. What I mean is, why not bring your dog to dinner. 

Oh you didn’t think you’d escaped an entire blog post without me mentioning a dog did you, lol. Sozza! But your four legged friend needn’t be left at home on Valentines Day. Why not find a pooch friendly place for V day dins? For all you London dwellers I’ve got a whole host of top notch pup friendly eateries in my #DiningWithMyDog series.  

So there we have it – 5 alternative Valentines day date ideas. And not one of them involves a 2-4-1 at Prezzo. So are we suitably impresso or depresso with these unusual recommends? Let me know if you have any other alternative date night ideas I can add to this little list! xo

Valentines Day date ideas

AD-GIFTED: In this post I’m wearing the Black Satin Polka Dot Wrap Midi Dress in a size 10 from ANGELEYE which is a perfect day to night Valentines date dress. This dress was gifted in return for blog coverage (affiliate link). 


  1. Sarah January 23, 2020 / 1:46 pm


    • misshldolan
      January 23, 2020 / 1:54 pm

      Which ones your fave? xo

  2. Victoria January 27, 2020 / 11:34 am

    Love this post. I hate going out on Valentines Day, way too busy for my liking. We always jazz up our dining table and get a M&S dinner as they have some cracking deals. Fab post 🙂

    • misshldolan
      January 27, 2020 / 11:52 am

      Oh it’s so nice avoiding other people isn’t it ha. Ooh yes love an M&S dinner, Tesco do a £10 finest meal for two as well that includes wine which I’m always here for!xx

  3. thelifeofashleighdavis January 28, 2020 / 8:25 am

    Aw cute! What cool ideas!

    I love anything that’s not cliche! I don’t see it as a Valentine’s Day anymore now I’m older but more just time for us to have a date and spend time together 😊 – now we have a little one we don’t get it as much! Also must add in the threesome bit made me laugh! shame I don’t have a dog! 😂

    Thanks for sharing lovely!


    • misshldolan
      January 28, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Haha yeah forced fun and meals out with everyone else in the world just doesn’t appeal at all 😂😂 glad you enjoyed it lovely xx

  4. BeccaLois Blogs January 28, 2020 / 10:00 am

    I usually hate the thought of going out for Valentine’s Day and have always cooked a nice dinner at home previously, but because it’s a Friday this year I think I want to go out. I’m usually down for a fancy dinner but I’d rather go for after work drinks then grab a burger on the way home on this occasion though!

    Becca x | http://www.beccaloisblogs.co.uk

    • misshldolan
      January 28, 2020 / 10:27 am

      Grabbing a burger on the way home is ALWAYS a good idea – I’ve done it on the way home from dinner before ha not my finest moment tbh haha! Hope you have a fab V day xx

  5. Lisa Alioto January 28, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Love your list and the humor in it! Thanks for sharing! I would add cooking a special meal to the list – for some reason there’s some romance in that (except for the cleanup)

    • misshldolan
      January 28, 2020 / 2:17 pm

      Aww glad you liked it! Not sure my other half would appreciate my cooking efforts but he’s a fab cook so I’d take that anytime 😅😅 xox

  6. makeupmuddle February 13, 2020 / 11:15 pm

    A stand up comedy event would be such a fun way to spend Valentine’s night! xo

    Makeup Muddle

    • misshldolan
      February 17, 2020 / 8:52 am

      Comedy nights are the best – can’t believe I’ve only just discovered them ha xo

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