You procrastinated when planning a romantic Valentine’s Day this year? And now all the best restaurants are booked and the limo services aren’t even answering their phones. It’s not too late. Order the flowers. Today. Then plan some quality romantic moments for tomorrow.
Here are five great mix and match ideas for saving yourself and enjoying time with your partner. Keep in mind that you need to plan an experience, add the element of surprise, and, above all, be totally focused on your dearest.
Enjoy a picnic. Choose the location. Your living room floor, your backyard, at the park or public garden, anywhere you can spread a blanket will do. Choose the time. Breakfast, which might include your bringing a favorite cereal, bowls, spoons and milk. Lunch, which can be already put together sandwiches and chips on paper plates with soft drinks. Or you can order takeout from a favorite restaurant for a dinner picnic and include a bottle of wine and wine glasses. If it’s late enough, you can lie back on the blanket afterwards and stargaze and talk about life and each other.
Walk or hike. Walk downtown and window shop, holding hands and allowing yourselves a small budget to spend on each other. See if you can buy something without the other’s knowledge and surprise him or her. See a matinee or take a local bus tour. Or, if you have access to wide open country, go for a hike. Take along water and a small sack lunch. Plan ahead and think of everything so your partner can relax and enjoy. It’s always a good idea to have a surprise gift tucked away in your jacket or backpack to present while you are resting.
Gift a spa day. Giving a spa gift certificate is great, but not as romantic as being the masseusse yourself. You can provide a much more relaxing treatment at home and reap the rewards yourself. Usually a spa day would include a bubble bath, a massage, and a facial. Chances are you have all the supplies you need already on hand. Clean towels, bubble bath, a soft robe, a place to lounge, massage oils (protect fabric with a clean sheet if you are using massage oils), a mud mask, candles, and hot teas or decaffeinnated beverages are the basics. Put on some relaxing mood music. For more ideas, read Give Yourself a Spa Day. Don’t get bogged down in the details. Choose two or three things that you would feel comfortable doing, and keep it simple and easy so you are both relaxed.
Have a day of fun. Your partner’s idea of fun, that is. Spend the day doing what he or she likes and be gracious and fun. Take your camera or cell phone along and have strangers take your pictures as a couple throughout the day. Be spontaneous or prepared, based on what you know about your partner.
Plan a romantic dinner at home. The food is not as important as the work you put into it. Setting the table, putting on music, lighting candles and adding a few roses can make macaroni and cheese seem like a banquet. If you don’t want to cook and be worried about cleaning the kitchen, order takeout or delivery. Just remember to make it a surprise and look deep into your partner’s eyes during dinner.
And, some nice romantic touches that can add to any of the above experiences include:
Flowers – arranged to have them delivered at the beginning of your romantic efforts
Chocolate dipped strawberries or champagne
Tickets to an event that your partner will enjoy
A love letter or short, romantic texts – check out some love poems online
We wish you all the best this Valentine’s Day!
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