Five Ways To Make Valentine's Day Romantic And Adventurous
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top
If, like me, you’re the kind of woman who prefers clifftop kisses to fancy lingerie on Valentines Day, you’re in the right place.
Forget teetering stilettos, starched white tablecloths and fancy tables bunched up in a room full of couples – we’ve got lots of ideas to make sure your Valentine’s Day is both romantic and adventurous… celebrating the popular lover’s day, Wild Women style.
It takes love, forethought and planning to create a truly memorable romance. Here’s how to do it.
Find a stunning, nature-rich location.
These can be tricky to find in the city so get your Google Maps out, switch the setting to “Satellite” and “3D”, and go exploring mother nature to find the perfect location. Keep an eye out for secret coves, bays, clifftops, nature reserves, parks and rock shelves. Make sure you consider all weather options or an alternate location because wind and rain could either make it more, or less, romantic.
Once you start exploring, you’ll be amazed at all the little sheltered spots you can find for your romantic date. Consider natural shelters such as fig trees, overhangs and rock ledges as well as man-made ones such as picnic shelters. Download the Willy Weather app on your phone for the wind direction and strength as well as rain, sunset, moonrise and temperature. And check the forecast wind direction and rain probability again the day before to fine-tune your location.
Organise some luscious lighting and mood music.
You may need to prepare your location before your lover arrives, so ensure you have a good supply of fairy lights, a candelabra, of course, and tea candles in transparent jars in case it’s windy, as well as speakers with your partner’s favourite music ready to roll. Don’t forget the matches.
Think about delicious drinks.
If your love likes bubbles, pack a champagne bucket and ice, as well as champagne flutes to get the full experience.
If they prefer cocktails, mix them up before you go and carry chilled in a wide-mouth thermos. Pour into cocktail glasses and add garnish and ice on arrival. Wine is easy, but don’t forget your picnic rug and a tablecloth for a touch of luxury as well as tea towels to protect and transport the glass.
Prepare some rude food.
Make time to contemplate what your lover likes to eat and how you’ll go about transporting their favourite cuisine to your romantic location. A big backpack is awesome for this and you’ll be amazed at what you can carry. Consider how you’ll present and serve it. If you’re a night picnic virgin, have a practice run with your girlfriends to perfect your skills.
Wild Women are experts at this, but the secret is careful planning of recipes and thoughtful consideration on serving. For example, if your lover likes curry, you’ll need a food thermos and some lovely china plates or bowls and cutlery to serve. If seafood is their thing, you might want finger bowls with lemon water as well as re-usable bags to carry the rubbish out. You can make an epic cheese board, served on a big wooden chopping board if your lover prefers antipasto. Don’t forget the linen tablecloth and napkins, of course.
Make time for delectable dessert.
Your lover’s favourite dessert is the penultimate element in your romantic evening but if you’ve got too much to carry, you could always consider serving this in bed afterwards. Simple, yummy treats are often the best. If you can carry their favourite ice-cream in a chilly bag with ice bricks, they will be most impressed. Ice cream can keep for up to 3 hours if you have the right kit. Other great options include chocolate-coated strawberries, Bailey’s and milk, or their favourite tart.
All this requires a lot of effort and love, but you’re guaranteed to get rewarded for it later ;)
If nothing else, you’ll get a good night’s sleep after all that planning and adventuring.
Recommended gear list:
- 60 litre backpack
- Head torch
- Stylish flat shoes
- Picnic rug
- Table cloth
- Fairy lights
- Champagne bucket
- Rubbish bag
- Mugs and a thermos of hot water with their favourite tea and milk.
- A warm jacket
- Massage oil, etc etc….