Your Ultimate Guide to Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you know what that means! You better have all your dinner reservations in place, presents bought and wrapped, and the dream date planned out. Let’s be honest though: chances are you’re probably running a little behind on that checklist. Don’t worry, we’re here to make sure your Valentine’s Day goes off without a hitch. Whether you’re spending the day with your husband, wife, partner, family, or friends, there’s plenty to do to celebrate this day of love. Here’s everything you need to make the perfect day, from cocktails and gifts to the romantic dinner. You’ll be more than prepared.

Romantic Dinner Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade dinner, cooked from scratch. Instead of spending tons of money on a night out, stay in this Valentine’s Day and surprise your date with an extravagant meal made with your own hands. Many of our recipes use simple steps which help you all along the way, so even if you’re a beginner-level chef, we have the perfect recipe for you. 

Valentine’s Day Cocktails and Mocktails

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This year, instead of turning to a bottle of wine, spice things up with complex, flavorful cocktail and mocktail creations. Not only are the results delicious, you’ll have some bonding time in the kitchen while you shake up these sensual sips.

Shop Local, Pittsburgh: Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Not sure where to find a last minute gift? The small businesses of Pittsburgh have you covered with selections in decor, clothing, jewelry, sweets, and so much more. No matter what sort of gift you have on your mind, stop into these shops and they’ll be happy to help you find a present that amazes.

Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages

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Photo courtesy of Nemacolin

Spice up Valentine’s Day with a lovely staycation! Valentine’s Day hotel packages are ready to sweep you off your feet for the evening and take care of all the hard work for you with top-notch room service. Take this holiday as an opportunity to go all out and try something new.

More Gifts for Her and Him

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Whether your sweetie is into stylish accessories or loves to end the day with a special glass of wine, we’ve got you covered with gifts for her and for him from brands they’re sure to adore.

Valentine’s Day Events in Pittsburgh

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Find the perfect creative date night that’ll leave smiles on both your faces this Valentine’s Day. Head out for classic Valentine’s activities like dancing to live music and dinner. Or, try something new this year like making a hand-poured candle of your favorite scent.

Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Events

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Valentine’s Day is all about embracing your loved ones and putting love back into the universe. Take this holiday to teach your kids about the lessons of love by taking them for their own Valentine’s date. Just a simple outing to the library to create a themed craft can cast a glow around this festival of hearts! 

Events to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

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Photo courtesy of Nate Johnston

Don’t have a Valentine this year? That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Grab your best girl-friends and head out to celebrate the season of love with friendship. You’ll sip special beverages, create take-home crafts and decorations, and most importantly, make lifetime memories. 

CBD Valentine’s Day Candies and Chocolates

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Finish off the best Valentine’s Day ever with special candies and chocolates for your darling. These CBD recipes will help take away any stresses and allow for the rest of your evening to be a relaxing one. Just pop a chocolate in your mouth and cuddle up to a rom-com on the couch.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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