Valetines day can be much more than chocolates and roses.
Whether you are with yourself for Valentines or you are with one special love (or more!), Self Serve wants to offer you some fun, sexy activities and ideas to checkout throughout the month of February. We’ve got something for everyone, so scroll down to see how Albuquerque celebrates love.
Creative ideas to celebrate your love on Valentines Day
Be your own date or make a friend date. Love can take many forms, so why not celebrate them all! Take yourself on a date. Make a reservation at a spa and a restaurant, go alone and enjoy getting to know yourself and checking in. Or, bring a friend along. Friends are often one of our greatest sources of love and should be celebrated, too!
Make some love resolutions with your partner.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of life without taking time to appreciate and evaluate your relationships. Consider taking the day of Feb. 14th to make resolutions with your partner/s about your relationship. Talk about your relationship and how it makes you feel – such as what you love about it, what could use some work and what your goals are. You’ll find fun sex, kink and relationship quizzes and tools in books like Sex is Fun and Screw the Roses, Send me the Thorns.
Be adventurous and try something new.
If you are looking for something new to try, sex toys are a great place to start and you might be surprised at what you find. Sex toys have become more advanced every year, especially if you compare the first vibrators ever made to what is available now. Technology and innovation in the sex toy industry is exciting. It means industrial designers are paying attention to pleasure and how our bodies work. For example, Jimmyjane’s Form 6 G3 (generation 3) was re-released with some lovely product improvements. The controls are easier to manage, the charging base is more compact and user friendly and it comes with adapters for international, travel-friendly orgasms. The Form 6 has two powerful, rechargeable motors, a curved end for gspot or pspot stimulation and a wider end that is shaped well to fit the natural curve of a female body. According to Tech Crunch, “It’s obviously the perfect companion for a lonely rainy afternoon, but don’t be afraid to whip this thing out on a playdate. You’d be surprised at how much fun the Jimmyjane can be when someone else is in control of those six vibration modes and five power levels.” Remember – they’re toys!
Boycott the commercial aspect of Valentines day by staying in.
We’re all aware of the intense consumeristic aspect of Valentines day. At Self Serve we think it’s healthy to get away from that side of the holiday and instead, do things that will genuinely strengthen your love for yourself and others. One idea is to stay in on Valentines day, no dinner date, no roses, teddy bears or chocolate, no jewelry. Just enjoy being with yourself or with your partner/s. Stay in bed, watch silly movies, read a book, laugh, masturbate, have sex and maybe eat a buffet off your partner’s body.
Self Serve’s Valentine’s Happy Hour. Come hang out with your community while you indulge in delicious artisan chocolate from Choco Canyon and wine from Crianza. This is a free event, but an RSVP is encouraged. Click here to reserve your spot.
Free Intro to Couples Sex Toys Class. Just in time for Valentine’s day join Self Serve Co-Owner Matie for an entertaining and informative introduction into the world of sex toys. Self Serve provides a safe, comfortable space to get your most intimate questions answered. Get a feel for basic vibrators & couples’ toys to cutting edge gadgets. We’ll explore lubricants, sensation play & creative lovin’. Click here to reserve your spot, since it’s a free class, they’ll probably go fast.
Cooking Class Package Stay at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. Pastry Chef Sarah Ciccatello will teach a two day cooking class that covers pastries and confections. Ciccatello was born in New Mexico and raised in Italy. The package includes a one night stay at the Inn and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Click here for information and booking details.
Adult-themed zoo tour. Maybe you’ve always been a little curious about what the birds and bees actually do when it comes to sex. Feb. 9th is your opportunity to find out if you attend the Birds and the Beasts, 10 am at the zoo, That’s a Morey! 2 pm at the aquarium and Love Bugs at 3:30 pm at the botanic garden. Reservations are required and the tour is for 18+ only. Click here for more information.
One Billion Rising is an event that happens around the world to raise awareness and funds to end violence against women and girls. The Albuquerque event is happening at Studio Sway and will include a dance and Nia party. The class is $2, and any donations above that will be donated to the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico. Click here for more info and to sign up. For more information about this international event, visit www.onebillionrising.org.
Foodie Love: Going out to dinner with a date, friends and family or with yourself is a Valentine’s day classic. If you need some inspiration on where to go, click here for a few suggestions. Keep in mind that many popular restaurants may already be booked way in advance. Pick your favorite and make a reservation for next month, and the date may feel that much more special when you’re not dining with all the other Valentine’s folk.
Our favorite local restaurants include Artichoke Cafe, Jennifer James 101 and Scalo. All creative, delectable and a treat for your senses. If you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind all 3 of these fabulous restaurants have affordable options. Jennifer James 101 offers 3 course dinners weekly at only $25/person. Artichoke Cafe features a cozy bar area and appetizer menu with a warm fire place. Scalo’s Il Bar features small plates and live music almost every day.
Keep in mind when planning your V-day activities that sexy time can be more difficult after you’ve been wined and dined. Many people plan to have sex (or masturbate!) earlier in the day, so you aren’t too tired and full after dinner. If you plan to celebrate with some social lubricant such as wine, beer and spirits, you can do so responsibly and in style by reserving a spot on the Party Trolley. It’s a group taxi with luxury seating, chalkboard walls and ceiling and fun lights. Click here to reserve your spot on the Party Trolley.
Albuquerque Latin Love Fest. Trying something new is a fun way to spice things up. Why not take a sensual bachata dance lesson while listening to the sexy grooves of a live eight piece band, Team Havana. All skill levels are invited to attend the dancing and social night hosted by Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival. Click here to sign up and for more information.
‘Vino on the Rio’ singles bike tour. Routes Rentals is offering three singles bike tours and a wine tasting this Valentines season. It’s a great way to love yourself, enjoy the Albuquerque enchantment and meet new friends. The tour will stop for a wine tasting at Casa Rodeña Winery. There is also a couples bike tour available. Both the singles and couples tours are on Feb, 14th, 16th and 17th. Click here for more information.
Valentines Day Dirty Zine Reading. Get your smut on with the fine folks over at ABQ Zine Fest during their Dirty Zine Reading. The reading will be at Winning Coffee Co. from 7-9 pm. Click here for more information.
Southwest Burlesque Showcase. The 7th annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase is happening over Feb. 14th, 15th and 16th. The showcase will feature local and national talent. The show is held at the Historic Kimo Theater. Click here for more infomation about the event.
Danydkor Queer Cuteness Party. Join your all-star queer community for an evening of sexy, inclusive, loving fun. On Friday, Dandykor hosts its Qweer Valentine Cuteness party, complete with craft table, flirting games, kissing booth and more! It’s an 18+ event open to anyone who is looking for a good time in a safe space. Click here for more information on the event.
However you feel about Valentine’s Day, we understand. Remember that the whole idea of the holiday is about love (forbidden love, even). Make it a time of love in your own fashion, and we hope that love lasts all year long.