The day of love is upon us and this year, instead of settling for the typical roses, chocolates and dinner reservations, we urge you to think outside the square and get a little creative on February 14.

Valentine’s Day may be corny, but it doesn’t have to be clichéd.

We’ve put together five creative date ideas for you to try this Valentine’s Day.

1. February fruit picking

Fruit Picking

February is an excellent month for fruit picking, so grab a blanket and basket and prepare for a picnic of perfection.

With warm summer days lingering, February is an excellent time to get among the orchards and pick fruit. Take along a blanket and basket to prepare a romantic picnic for two, enjoying the “fruits of your labour”.

If it’s apples you’re after, head to Shields Orchard, a family owned and run apple orchard that’s been in operation since 1955. You’ll find it at Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, about a 90-minute drive from the CBD.

If pears and plums are more your style, try the Pine Crest Orchards also in Bilpin.

2. Bring the outdoors indoors

If the outdoors isn’t for you, unleash your inner child and build a romantic fort in your living room. Camping indoors provides all the fun of the great outdoors – without the cost, the gear or the creepy crawlies.

Simply grab some sheets, blankets and pillows to create your tent, a torch to find your way and some toasties and marshmallows that will make your indoor camping experience a unique lovers’ adventure.

3. DIY Date

DIY Date

There’s nothing quite like ticking something off the to-do list – but it’s even more satisfying when it’s a team effort.

Enjoy a productive Valentine’s Day with the ultimate lovers’ test – a DIY date. Now this may sound onerous but the trick is to find the fun in the doing.

Paint that wall you’ve never found the time for. With drop sheets protecting the floor, ensure a cheeky paint fight while working those rollers, or paint messages of love in the undercoat.

Build a vegie patch together and watch it grow or perhaps create a photo wall capturing all of the good times you’ve shared together, reminiscing along the way.

There’s nothing quite like ticking something off the to-do list while spending quality time together. The reward will feel even greater because it was a team effort.

4. Volunteer together

Share the day of love with those who need it most.

Ditch the dinner and volunteer in a soup kitchen for the night or run in Cupid’s Undie Run – a 1.5 kilometre run in your undies that raises money for the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

Find a charity that both you and your partner connect with and spend the day making someone else’s life that little bit brighter.

5. Go to a restaurant – in your own home

Restaurant at home

Decorate your home like a fancy restaurant. You don’t have to spend big – a quick visit to your local discount store will do – or even better, whip out your craft skills and get a little creative.

If you’re still keen on a romantic dinner for two, try a dining experience with a twist.

Decorate your home as an exotic restaurant – the cheesier the better! Set the table, create a menu, don your best apron and charm the one you love.

If you want the night off cooking, pull in a talented friend or professional to cook for you – and just like that you have a cosy, romantic dinner for two in the comfort of your own home.


This story was originally published on 11/02/2016