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Valentine's Day Ideas for Teens

So you’ve snagged a sweetie for Valentine’s Day but your high school career doesn’t pay enough to take them to a fancy shmancy restaurant or on an extravagant date.

Don’t fret! There are still ways you can celebrate this love-filled holiday while living on a limited allowance.

Movie-Dinner Date

Sure, the whole dinner and a movie thing may be played out, but by taking this simple date idea and personalizing it for your sweetie, you have a guaranteed good time. Rent your their favorite movie, or try checking your favorite streaming services (Netflix, Hulu) or your cable provider’s On Demand service. Take it one step further by preparing a dinner to fit the movie theme! You can either try and replicate a meal from the actual movie or make your own movie inspired menu. For example, if the movie is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you can try whipping up a breakfast for dinner meal and serve it on Tiffany Blue colored plates!

Indoor Picnic

Picnics are great because there’s no one right way to have a picnic. February may be too cold to take your sweetie to the park, so why not put some flowers around your home and pretend you are outdoors? It’s an easy way to set a romantic mood without having to actually go anywhere. Plus, you get points for creativity.

Go Exploring

So Romance might not be your thing. If you and your sweetie are a less mushy couple and more adventurous, why not plan a date that fits your relationship perfectly? Research local cool attractions and hot spots. I’m from New Jersey, which is filled with “Weird New Jersey” spots like the stone living room and a place called the “Gates of Hell”.  Perfect for a couple that loves to explore.

DIY Fondue Dinner

Fondue first gained popularity in the 1960s, and has continued to be a fun social activity – perfect for dates! Going to a fondue restaurant can get pretty pricey, but you can bring this romantic treat right into your home. First, decide if you want to go with a cheese fondue or a chocolate fondue.

For a cheese fondue, you can research some recipes using your favorite cheeses, or buy a ready made one from the grocery store. Chop up some veggies like carrots, broccoli, and peppers for dipping. Apples and bread bites also go great with any cheese fondue.

For a chocolate fondue, there are countless recipes available online using combinations of milk, white, and dark chocolate. Again, if you prefer a hassle-free option, there are usually ready-made fondue chocolate bars available at your grocery or baking store. For dipping, cut up some tasty fruits and berries like strawberries, bananas, and pineapple chunks. You can even buy or make some desserts to dip like pound cake, cheesecake, brownies, or cookies.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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