+the scene

Cute Date Ideas Inspired By Your Fave Rom-Coms!

Written by AnnMary Mailyan. Published: February 06 2023


The most romantic season of the year is already here! It’s the sweet time when the whole city changes its colors, opting for red and pink with all the cute decorations, the feeling of love in the air, and people planning out their presents and surprises for their loved ones. If you’re among those people who wants to have the perfect date for Valentine’s Day but are tired from the same cliché restaurant or home takeout ideas, this article is for you!


We all love watching romantic comedies, and sometimes we become a little jealous of how cute and ideal everything seems in those films. Of course, real life is far from the fictional plots we see on TV, but who said you can’t create your own rom-com scenario, at least for one day? Today, we’re going to give you some fascinating ideas for your perfect Valentine’s date (or any other, to be honest) inspired from our favorite romantic comedies. Ready to spice up the time spent with your other half? 


1. Watch The Sunset Like Sleepless in Seattle

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks definitely knew how to melt our hearts in the '90s! The scene when they’re looking for each other on the top of the Empire State Building was one of the most famous and loved moments on screen! Imagine now watching the sunset from the very top of the city (doesn’t really matter which skyscraper you’ll choose) with your date. How romantic! There’s something very magical about seeing the sun going down, painting the whole sky with pink, and then witnessing the night city wake up. You’ll definitely enjoy your time!




2. Release Sky Lanterns Like To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

This is one of the most simple yet memorable dates you can have. If you don’t believe us, believe Peter Kowalski, who absolutely knew how to win a girl’s heart. You can either release a lantern with just the two of you, or find a little festival, which will feel even more wonderful, with lots of lanterns floating in the air. Or maybe organize a double/triple date? Don’t forget to make a wish right before releasing the lantern!




3. Take Stroll Through Ikea Like(500) Days of Summer

One of the most iconic scenes of the movie was when Tom and Summer were goofing around in Ikea, pretending that they live in there. If you’re more into having fun rather than feeling romantic, this idea for a date is for you! Especially if you’re thinking about moving in together or purchasing your own place, you’ll get some decoration ideas and inspiration that will come in handy. 




4. Go To an Open Air Cinema Like The Wedding Planner

This is how the story started for Mary and Steve in this classic rom-com. Watching movies together is always a great idea, but to make the day twice as romantic, go for an open air cinema. The atmosphere there is super cute, with twinkle lights all around, cozy puffy chairs, and warm blankets. If you can’t find one nearby, you can make your own low-key outdoor cinema, which will feel much more meaningful. All you’ll need is a movie projector, some cozy blankets, and a source for the film. 




5. Go On a Road Trip Like When Harry Met Sally...

Want to spend a long time together, but not do anything in particular? Then having a road trip will be the best choice for you. It doesn’t have to be a long one, though; pick a beautiful destination not far from where you live and hit the road! That’s how Harry and Sally got to know each other a little better, despite being complete strangers. Don’t forget about the yummy snacks and a playlist with all your favorite songs in it! 




6. Go To a Ski Resort Like Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

If you and your partner are into winter sports, can there be a better idea for a date? The trip wasn’t the most romantic one for Bridget and Mark, but it can be the opposite for you. Imagine the beautiful mountains and evergreens all covered in snow, the cozy wooden cottages or luxurious hotel rooms. You can spend the whole day skiing, skateboarding, or snowmobiling and have the coziest dinner afterward. And what about snowballs fights or building a snowman?




7. Recreate Your First Date Like The Parent Trap

This idea will work the best for those couples who have been together for a long time, as it’s the best way to refresh your relationship. We saw it working in The Parent Trap when Elizabeth and Nick started to realize they still have feelings for each other. So, for this day, go to the same place you went to on your first ever date, wear the same (or similar) clothes, and recreate the same romantic atmosphere (but with less awkwardness and tension). 




8. Play Cards or Board Games Like How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days

If you decide to stay home on Valentine’s Day, make it more exciting with board or card games. It’s a great pastime when you’ll get to know each other from a whole other aspect, as you’ll kind of enter a new world, different from your daily routines. This was the first time Andie and Benjamin started to like each other, which later developed into much stronger feelings. To spice things up even more, you can create prizes for the winner. 




9. Have a Karaoke Night Like My Best Friend’s Wedding

Have you ever tried singing your favorite songs with your partner at the top of your lungs? It’s an amazing experience, somehow making us closer to each other, less awkward and insecure. As we saw in My Best Friend’s Wedding, you don’t have to have the perfect voice to enjoy a great karaoke night. If you’re feeling too shy to go to a special club, you can organize a karaoke day in your house as well. 




10. Go Ice Skating LikeSerendipity

It is still winter after all, so why not enjoy the season to its fullest? The outdoor ice rinks always have a romantic atmosphere, especially in evenings, with the lights of the city and lamps all around. If you’re lucky to get some snow, it will feel even more magical. After that, you can enjoy the tastiest hot chocolate of the city, just like Jonathan and Sara did in Serendipity




11. Have a Bonfire Evening Like 50 First Dates

Imagine this: beautiful scenery, a big bonfire, some more lamps to make it even cozier, blankets to keep you warm, and the most delicious s’mores. It does sound perfect, doesn’t it? You can play guitar and sing, stargaze, or just talk for hours, telling each other stories you never told before. You can make a small party with couples like in50 First Dates, or enjoy the time on your own. 




12. Go To a Playground Like 13 Going On 30

We’re all children inside, no matter how serious and “adult” we act in real life. Let your inner children out and enjoy the most peculiar date on a playground, like Jenna and Matt. Or maybe pick an amusement park, which will be even cooler. You can also prepare a little surprise for each other with a box of all your favorite childhood snacks and food you used to love. Believe us, you’re going to remember this fun day for a long time. 




Happy Valentine's Day!