I'd completely forgotten about Valentine's Day until I came across my first meme of the year: Valentine's Day approaching! What y'all gettin'? The response: A snap from team Snapchat. Yep, it's that time of year again. Bring on the memes from the bitter single folk and those obsessed with their significant others. Thankfully, I've got a boo thang that's going to keep me from being bitter this year. But then I started thinking about what we were going to do.
Every year, this particular holiday sneaks up on me and I end up ordering something last minute. It never fails! If you plan it right, however, you won't have to worry as much about pulling out all the stops – especially in the gift department. I was thumbing over the idea of buying a subscription to Datebox around Christmas time, and now's as good a time as ever to revisit.
The concept is fairly simple – which has the tendency to get on my nerves when I think about how easy it could be to become a stay-at-home mom. Your monthly subscription includes a fully planned date delivered straight to your door. You could choose to get the details of your date delivered to your email or, if you're willing to pay more, delivered to your door. Of course, Charlotte isn't on the list of cities available just yet. But I immediately started thinking how easy it would be to put together the perfect Valentine's Day in the Q.C. without a pricey subscription.
Here are some ideas of things you can do with your special someone on V-Day around the Queen City that won't disappoint:
Get buzzed at a Hornets game. Have you been putting off inviting your sweetie to a sporting event? He or she may not be as invested in the game as you are (or maybe he/she will be) but I guarantee you a nice buzz at a game will lead to a good conversation about the birds and the bees once you leave. There's even a game on Valentine's Day.
Try a new local restaurant. Let's be real, dinner would probably win the award for most popular response on Family Feud. However, you don't have to stick with the stereotypical, break-the-bank restaurants. Instead, look up a local restaurant you haven't tried yet. Hi Tide Poke & Raw Bar is amazing. Not to mention, some bowl ingredients (plus, the raw oysters) are aphrodisiacs.
Get active. Maybe you're not ready to showcase your sensual skills at a couple's yoga class at Blue Blaze Brewing. But that doesn't mean you can't get active with your boo thang somewhere else. Yoga with kitties at Mac Tabby Cat Café or axe throwing at Lumberjaxe are great alternatives to a very public display of affection, wink wink.
"Wine" down. Grabbing a bottle of wine and getting your sip on is a good date that very few people would argue with (except maybe your friends in recovery). However, you can switch up the scenery and get away from slapping the bag at home to keep it interesting. Snag a tree house dinner with a beautiful view and a bottle – or two – of wine at Treehouse Vineyards' just a short drive away instead. Or, look up local wine and design classes and take home a memento of #VDay2018.
Give "love is blind" a whole new meaning. I was out of town when an intriguing charity event benefiting the blind took place. The idea was that guests would eat their meal "in the dark" opening their minds to the lived experience of those without eyesight. At the same time, patrons would be awakening their other senses. Take "nightlife" to a whole new level when you rent a private room at your fave restaurant (or at home), blindfold one another and see where the meal takes you ... yum.
Bring your favorites to the crib. Come on, sometimes "Netflix and chill" is all you need to enjoy time with your favorite person. You can even do it big by picking up food from your favorite restaurant or better yet, head to the grocery store and make dinner together - #sushichallenge. What's even better? Valentine's Day is on a hump day and you'll already be home. Thank me later.
Those are just a few ideas for you Queen City lovebirds. But don't forget, almost all of the things on this list can be just as fun for the single folk. Grab your girls or your guys and celebrate the love you have for your favorite pals – y'all won't have to worry about a petty fight either! What are your plans for an epic Valentine's Day night out in the Q.C.?! Share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'm trying to have an amazing hump day!