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14 Wacky Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Original date night idea?

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Bored with the Valentine’s Day routine?
Let’s get creative, shall we?

While originally seeped in history, Valentine’s Day is now less about history and more about Hallmark. Drawing billions of dollars annually in chocolates and roses, many people share in the sentiments of Jay Leno, when he said,Valentine's Day is February 14.

“Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day.”

That’s no reason we can’t have fun with it anyway, right?
Cynics unite!

Drum roll please…

  • Celebrate on a different day
  • Give an alternative bouquet — how about a huge bouquet of Alstroemeria.
    They last a long time and are inexpensive!

    Fruit roll-up fortune cookies (Photo:

    Fruit roll-up fortune cookies from

  • Gender role reversal — do like they do in Japan. In Japan, the Valentine’s Day tradition  is for women to buy chocolates for men. It dates back to a custom of women giving “obligation chocolates” to male colleagues and employers, something that began in the 1930s with a push from the confection industry.
  • Deliver flowers by drone. They’re working on it.
  • A snack with a special message — fruit roll-up fortune cookies!
  • Celebrate by making pink mashed potatoes! That’s right — this recipe uses beets instead of yucky food coloring to keep it healthy.
  • Eat…and eat more…sweets. Skip your workout that day and let yourself cram as much chocolate into your mouth as you can. It only comes once a year, after all. If you’re diabetic, don’t do this. There’s always the pink mashed potatoes! (And, in that case, use the food coloring — see above.)
  • Call your crush. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to call an old fling. You can text, and make plans and…





I mean it. You’ll be so sorry.

And if none of these ideas tempt you, make crafts!

Valentine craft ideas from

Valentine craft ideas from

Printable 'Jar of Hearts' Color Me Greeting Card from Artkin

Printable ‘Jar of Hearts’ Color Me Greeting Card from Artkin

  • print and color some ‘Color Me’ Valentine cards — yes, they’re my designs  😉  Print some for the kids, too! (And, you can click on ‘Freebies For You!’ at the top of that page for a few, well, free ones, or shop for lots more in Artkin Shop)
  • here’s a recipe for making your own bird seed birdfeeders.  (Love the name of her blog—Wine and Glue.)
  • Michelle at has some super- cute ideas for the kids to create special paper Valentines
  • lots of no-candy ideas here
  • feeling particularly romantic? Here’s a free poetry generator, and
  • if none of those tickle your fancy, check out my Pinterest boards here and here, and create something.

Just for fun, some Valentine facts:

— there are around 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sent each year, which puts it at # 2, after Christmas.

— for Valentine’s Day, 15% of American women send themselves flowers. Really? Do they act surprised when they receive them? Who are  these women? And, why??? And,

— in 1537, England’s King Henry VIII declared for the first time February 14th  a holiday .

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.    — Charles M. Schulz

Tell Us-

22% leave Valentine’s Day plans until the last minute! What are your plans? Typical? Unusual? Let me know below.

Barbara Balkin, Founder and ARTkinIST 


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