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.

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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!)

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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…

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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!

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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.

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I loved getting the chance to surprise my Valentine with a fun trip!

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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.

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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!

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