I love creativity, surprises, and celebrating a loved one. I’m like a kid in a candy store sharing the details of this fun adventure!
It all started with a thought: I’m dating a man who I treasure and want to do something fun and happy for him. What better way to celebrate him than surprising him with something unexpected?
This took some careful planning. I worked with Johnny’s boss to get him the day off (which he was not to know about!), and planned a series of clues in a scavenger hunt to lead him to the final BIG surprise. Each clue represented a place or an idea that we’ve shared. Everyone knew about it but him AND managed to keep it a secret.
The scavenger hunt began Sunday morning. I managed to hide the first clue in a book. He flipped through the pages, and out popped a red and pink clue! At first, he was confused, then he re-read it and looked at me like “what’s next?”
I sent him on his way to retrieve 4 additional clues, working his way toward solving the mystery of our Valentine surprise.
Here’s one of the clues that I placed at the end of the dock, on the mighty Chester River. (I placed the clue here moments before he retrieved it…and he never knew!)
The final clue held the details of the surprise and I placed it on the train tracks in his parent’s basement (this train development is super neat). Johnny’s dad even placed a super special train in front, to go along with the surprise…
a trip to New York City! The final clue told him to go home and pack, we’re meeting the train to head to NYC. I was there to savor the finding of the final clue, and it was so much fun!
I planned a few things: dinner at Guy’s American Restaurant (from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), a comedy club show, and staying in a sweet boutique hotel in Times Square.
I loved getting the chance to surprise my Valentine with a fun trip!
On Monday, we spent time playing in Central Park, exploring Chelsea and the High Line, and ate lunch at my favorite lunch/brunch spot in the Upper West Side: Alice’s Tea Cup.
This whole thing was so much fun to plan, even if I did give him a few hints (I was so excited). Happy LOVE Day!