How to Spend Valentine's Day: Date ideas whether you're with your boo, besties or by yourself

Valentine’s Day is no longer a cheesy Hallmark holiday purely for the loved up. This year, February 14 is a day to celebrate all kinds of love in your own way. Below we’ve got some ideas on how you can celebrate, whether it be with your boo, besties or by yourself!

Hit the hills with a picnic

Grab a bouquet and a blanket, pack your favourite wine (we recommend the Melton Estate Summer Love Rosé) and picnic treats, and hit the hills with that special someone. We recommend heading up at golden hour for the dreamiest vibes.

Images: Courtesy of Melton Estate and Charlie Rose Photography

Host a Galentine’s Dinner Party

Host a dinner party for all your besties. Decorate your table with florals, candles and fun linen and have your pals bring a plate to enjoy together. Create a playlist of feel-good tunes and dance the night away.


Enjoy a Themed Cocktail Night

Invite your besties over for a themed cocktail night where you each have to come up with your own cocktail concoction. Have a theme like your favourite movie, colour, or occupation and let the competition commence!

Attend a Paint and Sip Evening

Let out your inner Picasso and attend a paint and sip class, your local Paint & Sip studio might even have some Valentine’s Day themed nights for you to enjoy. We love this Paint your Partner idea from Pinot & Picasso in Christchurch. You could even host your own! Just find an inspo painting, and pick up some canvases, brushes and paints.

Take a Pottery Class

Channel some Ghost energy (IYKYK) and have some fun throwing clay! Learn how to make a vase for those Valentine's flowers, or paint and glaze a mug as your unique keepsake. Look up your local pottery studios to see what they have on offer.

Treat yourself to a self-care evening

Alone for Valentine’s? Embrace it and treat yourself to the ultimate self-care evening! Cook your favourite meal, put on your cosiest robe, light a candle and watch your favourite feel-good movie (we recommend The Devil Wears Prada, Mean Girls, or Mamma Mia!). Top the evening off with a skincare routine and face mask so you’re glowing from the inside and out.


We're declaring Valentine's Day this year as a celebration of all kinds of love. Whatever you choose to do and whoever you choose to spend the day with, have fun and do it with love.