Romantic happy Valentines Day: Valentine's Day cards and some flower petals

Valentine’s Day is that special day of the year dedicated to romance. But if you’re looking for ideas that go beyond a bouquet of flowers and box of chocolates (although those are certainly classics for a reason), then you’ve come to the right place. Discover some of our favorite ideas, tips, and inspiration to help you plan an incredible date night. Plus, find a variety of romantic Happy Valentine’s Day card designs and messages that you can personalize for a truly unique expression of your love.

6 of the Most Romantic Happy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Romantic happy Valentines Day: An Understatement Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

There are many ways to celebrate the official “day of love” with someone special. Giving a card — like this gorgeous digital design featuring a love quote from author F. Scott Fitzgerald — is a beautiful gesture that works alongside any of the ideas below. With a little creativity and a few tweaks, you can also design your celebration at any budget. Take inspiration from these romantic Valentine’s Day date ideas to create memorable moments with the one you love.

1. Recreate Your First Date

Romantic happy Valentines Day: couple holding an umbrella while hugging each other

One of the sweetest Valentine’s Day ideas is to recreate your first date together. Think back to that moment when you first met and all the things that made you fall in love with each other in the first place. It’s the perfect memory to recreate for Valentine’s Day.

Plan out your day or evening so that it closely matches or honors your first moments together. Make a reservation at the same restaurant, head to the same movie theater, or enjoy a walk in the park where you first set eyes on each other. This is a cute Valentine’s idea that works no matter how long you’ve been together.

2. Create a Scrapbook of Memories

Whether you’ve been together for years or months, you’re sure to have plenty of great memories. One way to reflect on your adventures so far is to create a scrapbook of photos, mementos, and notes from your time together.

This makes a lovely (and affordable) Valentine’s Day gift idea and it could even be a bonding activity that the two of you work on together. Pick up a scrapbook from a local crafting supply shop as well as any other decorative items you might want. Then, gather your favorite photos and mementos and have fun creating a book of memories that tells your love story in a beautiful way.

3. Cook a Special Dinner at Home

Romantic happy Valentines Day: senior couple happily chopping vegetables

Treasure this day of love together by swapping the take-out (or your regular menu) for a special home-cooked dinner. If you love to cook this can make a wonderful gift idea, or you could shop for ingredients and put the recipe together as a couple.

Take a look through date night recipe ideas for inspiration, buy the ingredients from your local market, and have fun creating an atmosphere with your favorite playlist and some cozy lighting. Cook and enjoy a drink together, and laugh your way through any recipe disasters that happen along the way.

4. Enjoy a Spa Break Together

If you and your partner could use a little rest and relaxation, consider treating yourselves to a spa break. Book a couples massage at your local day spa or turn this into a luxury trip and book somewhere further afield. 

If a spa day isn’t in your budget, you can easily turn this into an at-home DIY experience. All you need are a few elements that you probably already have in the house. Light a few candles to set the mood, put on some soft tunes, and don’t forget the spa water! (Cucumber or citrus are always nice.) 

Take turns massaging one another, whether it’s a neck and shoulder massage, hand and foot massage, or full body massage. You could also put on face masks as you sip on bubbly and snack on finger foods. Regardless of the details, this is a wonderful way to slow down, connect, and enjoy each other’s company. 

5. Go Camping in Your Living Room

Family happily bonding at home

You don’t have to splash out on luxurious trips or restaurant reservations to have a great Valentine’s Day, and this idea is proof of that. Transform your living room into the great outdoors by building a cozy campsite.

This can be a fun activity from start to finish, as you gather things to make your fort and decide how best to build it — and get through those moments when it falls down and you have to start over again. What’s more, this Valentine’s Day idea is one that can include the kids. Sure, you could do this as a couple, but if there’s no babysitter (or you simply want the whole family together), it’s a fun experience that’s no less romantic.

Add some string lighting for a touch of whimsy, prop up plenty of pillows and cozy blankets, and grab some drinks and snacks. Then spend the evening talking, watching movies, and staying up late.

6. Plan Your Dream Vacation Together

If you’ve got a big trip coming up or you simply love to daydream, a fun and romantic happy Valentine’s Day idea is to plan a dream vacation. Not only will you have fun planning what you’ll do, but you’ll also feel motivated to save up for your big adventure. 

Think about the places you’d love to visit, and what you’d see and do while you’re there. Talk about what kind of accommodations you like best, where you’d save versus splurge, and what food you’re excited about tasting when you travel there. Create a vision board with photos of the places you love, or watch some travel vlogs to inspire you. This idea works as a stepping stone to other beautiful experiences you can look forward to.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Messages to Share with Someone Special

Outdoors Adventure Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Whether you’re planning to send an online Valentine’s Day card — like this outdoors adventure card — or you want something sweet to say to your beloved in person, these romantic Valentine’s Day wishes are the perfect inspiration. Use these Valentine’s Day greetings as they are, or add a few lines to make them feel even more personal and special.

  • I love you so much, [Name]. There aren’t enough words to express the joy you bring me every day. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • You’re the love of my life, [Name]. And I’ll love you forever more.
  • Here’s to a wonderful Valentine’s Day, my love.
  • I’m the luckiest person on the planet to have you beside me.
  • Have the best Valentine’s Day ever, [Name]!
  • Happy Valentine’s Day, my love. It doesn’t get any better than this!
  • I’m so glad cupid’s arrow brought the two of us together!
  • One in a million? Nah. Try one in a million trillion! Happy Valentine’s Day, my darling.
  • Ours is true love, and I’m so glad we get to be by each other’s sides forever.
  • You’re my best friend and keeper of my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day. [Name].
  • Every single day that we’re together is the best day ever.
  • I’m so glad I found my soulmate in you, [Name].
  • Let’s make today a special day, [Name]. Cheers to us!
  • You’re my forever Valentine and I’m yours. 
  • There’s nobody else I’d rather spend the rest of my life with than you, my sweet Valentine.
  • Sending you love today and always. You’re my friend forever, my sweet Valentine.
  • To the most special Valentine in the world, I love you.

Share Your Love with These Romantic Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day cards to give you the perfect backdrop for a sweet love message or Valentine’s Day quote. Each of our online cards can be customized, so you can turn your Valentine’s card into something unique by changing the colors, fonts, and wording. Use your partner’s favorite color scheme, find a greeting card design that has the flowers they’ve always loved, or opt for something that’s modern or funny. Whichever you choose, you can customize it your way.

Octopi My Heart Valentine’s Day Card

Octopi My Heart Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Make them say “aww!” with this adorable Octopi My Heart card. The adorable illustration and fun play on words make this a great way to express a sweet and simple Valentine’s Day message.

Bold Love Valentine’s Day Card

Bold Love Card

Design: Morgan Kendall

Celebrate your love by showcasing one of your favorite couple’s photos on this striking photo card. There’s space for a gorgeous photo along with a short message to wish your partner a lovely day.

Fun Love Valentine’s Day Card

Fun Love Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Take inspiration from the past with the groovy blooms on this Fun Love card. Available in six different colorways, this vintage Valentine’s Day card offers plenty of space on the back for even the longest of Valentine’s Day poems or messages.

Have a Wonderful and Romantic Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time for celebrating our loved ones and remembering all the things we enjoy about each other. Use these Valentine’s Day activity ideas and Valentine wishes to make your special someone feel incredible.

When it’s time to write a sweet message in a card and send it their way, choose one of our customizable online Valentine’s Day cards that leave no paper mess, just lots of warm, fuzzy feelings.