Alrighty folks, Valentines Day is not that far away. If you start planning right now – that means today, you could go all out and be a hopeless romantic this Valentines Day. Of course, if you wait until the last minute, you will be taking your date out to Taco Bell for dinner and end up with kiddy cupcakes and wine for dessert. Neither of which are good if you want to show someone how much you love him or her, or how much you care. If you have children, you need to find your babysitter NOW – before you are left with choosing the mysterious punk rocker teenager who wears chains on her boots to sit with your kids for a few hours. (Which will ultimately ruin your date night) So pick up the phone and start dialing or emailing – and go ahead and make your plans.
Far too often, Valentines Day is not a day of ‘armore,’ but also one of sadness and self-pity. The woman in your life may say that she doesn’t want flowers, doesn’t care a thing about candy and doesn’t expect a piece of jewelry. Even so, there isn’t a woman alive who would like to have a hopelessly romantic Valentines Day. And the truth is that no matter what your budget is, how many kids you have – or what you do for a living, there is a way to make Valentines Day special, and uber romantic! The worst thing you do is let this Valentines Day get away from you.
Think of this forthcoming Valentines Day as if it was the last one you and your loved one were going to have together. Honestly, you never know. And if you have skipped romance the past few Valentines Days because you have a houseful of kids or don’t have the money for a ritzy restaurant, you are making a BIG mistake.
Here are a few ideas to make Valentines Day romantic!
- A helicopter ride around the city. If you have never taken a scenic tour of a big city at night from a helicopter, you must. If money is tight, you could share chicken nuggets on the ride downtown and sip on wine during the ride. In big cities, the fees for such a ride aren’t as expensive as you might expect. And this is definitely a romantic way to spend your Valentines Day – and one you will forget. City lights are beautiful.
- Nothing like a scary movie night to get you and your significant other snuggled up on the couch together. Order in some pizza, ship the kids to Grandma’s, light some candles and dim the lights, and snuggle up under a cozy blanket watching something frightening and gory. This is how most teenager romances commence, and you might be surprised how nice it feels to just be together.
- Make that reservation at the restaurant she has been dying to eat at. If you make reservations in advance (meaning today) you might just get in before the Valentines Day Rush. And, she will be so overwhelmed with your thoughtfulness that the night will likely end in an extremely romantic way.
- Are you outdoorsy? How about setting up a romantic tent site getaway. Who cares if it’s in your backyard? Build a fire pit, bring one sleeping bag, and spend the evening ‘roughing’ it together in the wild outdoors. The star show and cool temps will definitely get the two of you in the mood for romance.
- Renew your vows. No one has to be there but you and your significant other. Even if you didn’t get married on Valentines Day, it is the perfect day to renew your vows. Especially if you both write them yourself, and then profess them in a private little ceremony for just the two of you. If you have a family, invite the kids to witness the renewal and then escape afterwards for a short and sweet honeymoon.
- Make a reservation at one of those “cook it yourself” restaurants. This will have the two of you working together in the kitchen, preparing a gourmet meal that you can both sit down and enjoy afterwards. When is the last time the two of you created something together?
- Send your spouse on a scavenger hunt. You could start with small and sweet little cards that bring him or her to various locations. Make sure you don’t forget to add lingerie to one of the stops. The scavenger hunt could end in your bedroom, with rose petals on the bed, romantic music playing in the background and you lying on the bed. Start with a massage and take it from there. All the thought you put into the scavenger hunt will definitely pay off.
You don’t have to spend an exuberant amount of money to have a romantic Valentines Day. What counts is that you spent time and effort trying to create a romantic evening designed for just the two of you. It is the thoughts and planning ahead of time, which will ensure your significant other, knows how much they mean to you. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Valentines Day is a day for celebrating the love you share with someone else. It could be the perfect time to remember those initial feelings that got the two of you together in the first place. And it can be the perfect time to make some new memories as well.