Wow, I have read A LOT of negative words about Valentine’s Day this year and I just do NOT understand all of the hate. It has been my absolute favorite holiday ever since I can remember. What is wrong with an extra special day to celebrate love?
Trust me, I tell my boyfriend “thank you for everything you do” and treat him very well every day of our lives. I even give him a kiss (or two or three) and say “I love you” every single time I leave the room… even if it’s just for a quick whiz.
And for me? On a daily basis, he does more than I could ever ask for.
Yet, I STILL think celebrating Valentine’s Day is so very necessary AND so very fun! So what if everything is “overpriced” or “too extra”, for just ONE day? Come on, you can live a little…
BUT HEY, I do understand some people need to stay in and away from the crowds… and in that case, I hope you at least tried some of the romantic activities Rosie came up with in her list of 10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Homebodies and/or played a game or two off Michelle’s list of Board Games to Play With Your Significant Other.
For my boyfriend and I though, we both prefer going out and showing off our love to other couples who are out doing the exact same thing. Fortunately for us, every year that we’ve celebrated this special holiday together, we’ve been able to do just that. There’s NO other day like Valentine’s Day and since today was our FIFTH one as a couple, I wanted to compile (and share) a little photo diary of our Five Years of Valentine’s Day Dates!
Our first year as each other’s Valentine was 2015. We were living in Saint Paul, Minnesota so we made reservations for this lovely restaurant called, Basil’s located downtown.
The waiter told us that boyfriend and only one other couple chose for the holiday rose and note to be set at the table before we arrived. I felt so special. I can’t remember what we ate but, I know we ordered off a Prefix Menu.
In 2016, we had another fancy Prefix Menu dinner. This time at Cast & Cru; a restaurant located further away in Excelsior, Minnesota. I thought we would also be seeing a show at their theater so I figured it was going to be worth the drive when I made the reservation. I don’t know how I fudged up but I did and there was actually nothing showing that night. Luckily, the dinner we ate more than made up for my mistake.
We had Duck Poppers to share, a rack of lamb 4 ways for me, and a prime rib roast for boyfriend. There was a dessert but my phone died before it came out.
I also have this photo of boyfriend picking me up from work the morning of Valentine’s Day 2015. We went out for street tacos and I used one of Facebook’s festive borders.
In 2017, it was our first year in Las Vegas and it was our ongoing goal to hit all of the biggest buffets. The Bacchanal Buffet in the Caesar’s Palace Casino is outrageous in every single way. The size, the price, the hype. We used this Valentine’s Day as our excuse to finally splurge way too much money on way too much food.
By 2018, I had this blog up and running! I documented our entire Valentine’s Day in a Journal Entry that you can read in detail: here.
To sum it up, the day started off with a cheap couple’s massage.
Then, we waited for our dinner reservation over espressos at Starbucks.
We had the most perfect Surf & Turf dinner with a dessert at an uppity restaurant in the Boulder Station Casino called, The Broiler Steak & Seafood.
To cap the night off, we went to a movie theater inside the Palms Casino to snuggle up in big, cozy reclining chairs with popcorn and candy. We watched The Greatest Showman.
This year (2019), we made reservations for yet another restaurant with a special Prefix Valentine’s Day Menu. We did a couple things before and after dinner but, I’ll go into more detail when I write my Journal Entry tomorrow. 😉
Here’s a little sneak peek though:
Boyfriend surprised me with a couple gifts from the dispensary.
We arrived early for our dinner reservations so we had a little chat over coffee at Starbucks until it was time for us to be seated.
Finally, we had our three-course dinner that was absolutely delicious and so, so filling.
How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?!