One of the hardest parts of Valentine's Day is deciding what the hell to do to make it ~*perfect*~. Cosmopolitan.com asked 10 women for their favorite Valentine's Day dates ever to get a little inspiration for something other than Netflix and chill.
1. "One of my favorite Valentine's Day memories is when my boyfriend decided to make a home-cooked meal. He surprised me with a dozen roses, a giant fuzzy heart with chocolate inside, and a handmade card. We didn't have much money back then and he still lived with his parents, so he brought up a bunch of chairs to his room and used his nightstand as our table. He also lit candles, put on Frank Sinatra, and opened a bottle of Moët. We spent the rest of the night watching the first movie we ever saw together and playing video games. It was the best."
2. "The best Valentine's Day I've had was the first one with my boyfriend. We knew it was supposed to snow later that day, so we had to alter the plans we'd previously made to go to an extravagant dinner at a fancy restaurant, and instead chose to go out to brunch and spend the rest of the day at home. We exchanged gifts after brunch and spent the afternoon simply being together and enjoying our uninterrupted time. That night, we made a delicious dinner at home and watched many corny Valentine's Day movies. It was perfect because it was simply us spending time together and enjoying the love between two people."
3. "We started the evening by cooking a meal together and it was amazing. Getting to create something romantic together was beautiful. After we finished dinner, he brought us to the same place where we had our first date, Hyde Park, and we held hands while we walked around. At the end of the night, he surprised me by booking a hotel room. When we got there, he had my favorite kind of chocolates laying out on the bed. It was so simple yet so perfect. Best Valentine's Day ever."
4. "My long-distance boyfriend was too busy with his new job to visit me regularly, but on Valentine's Day, he mailed me a plane ticket and told me to come and visit him. He even rented a hotel so we could be alone without his roommates. When we got there, he'd laid roses all over the bed, and there was Champagne and fluffy robes. We ended up ditching dinner reservations and stayed in all night with room service. It was like a movie."
5. "My boyfriend at the time had left the cheesiest teddy bear in front of my dorm room on Valentine's Day along with a note that said, 'I'll pick you up for dinner at 6. Dress warm!' We ended up having a super-romantic peanut butter and jelly sandwich dinner with a bottle of wine on this giant hill that overlooks our campus. It was probably the sweetest date ever!"
6. "My high school boyfriend asked me to come over to his house on Valentine's Day weekend to help him with chemistry homework, which I thought was really weird because he was taking chemistry classes and I was obviously not, but I didn't hesitate to come by. I went to knock on his front door and there was a note saying 'walk in' on it. I walked into his house and heard my favorite sappy love song playing and a huge trail of rose petals leading into his living room where he was sitting with all of my favorite things. There were candles and Disney stuffed animals and it was so romantic. Even though we're not still together, it will definitely be my top Valentine's Day memories!"
7. "I was out of town on business on Valentine's Day and my boyfriend was really bummed about it because apparently he had this whole big thing planned. When I came home a week later, he ended up making a whole Valentine's Day meal and celebration anyway. He cooked steak and even bought a super-sweet cake that said 'Happy (kind of) Valentine's Day.' He also got me flowers and chocolate. It was so sweet, especially because he sucks at keeping secrets and I had no idea he was planning this."
8. "Last year was the first Valentine's Day my long-distance boyfriend and I got to celebrate together in person. He came to visit me on Valentine's Day and we went on an amazing hike. When we got to the top of the mountain, it had a beautiful view, and we got to sit down and eat a late lunch together while watching the incredible sunset. Before we hiked back down, he grabbed my hand and told me he wanted to be together forever and gave me a promise ring. I was so surprised!"
9. "My boyfriend and I had made plans to go out for dinner, but we waited too late to make reservations. He told me to leave it up to him and that he would find us a place. The morning of Valentine's Day, he showed up to my house with roses, bags full of groceries, and told me that he was making me dinner instead of going out. I was a little hesitant at first about him cooking because he had never done it before, but it turned out pretty well. He made some really yummy enchiladas and best of all, I didn't even need to get dressed up. Afterward, we cuddled and watched a movie. It wasn't the most extravagant date but it was the sweetest."
10. "The most memorable Valentine's Day was when I showed up at my boyfriend's house and he led me downstairs to his basement where he'd prepared an indoor picnic. He knew I was tired from my week and didn't feel like going out, so we stayed in. He doesn't really cook so he went around buying all my favorite foods from different restaurants like chicken and beef skewers, Indian bread, and chicken Caesar salad. I was so surprised because I'd never actually told him my favorite foods, but he'd figured it out from the times we went out to eat. Then for dessert he made chocolate-covered strawberries. We ended the date by watching the movie we watched on our first date. It brought back memories of when we first starting dating and we were both so nervous that we didn't hold hands until the very end. There were no dimly lit mood candles or expensive presents, but it made a lasting impression on my heart."