Mother Teresa once said, “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” Valentine’s Day is a prime time to harvest the ripe fruit. The key to a successful Valentine’s celebration is to remember to have fun planning the date. It might feel a little daunting planning something romantic for your sweetheart – particularly on a day that can come bearing expectation. Remember to keep it simple, and keep it from the heart. For a little help in the detail department, we’ve put together a list of great dates that won’t break the bank, but are guaranteed to bring the love.
On a budget? Never fear! A night in can be as decadent as an evening out on the town. Load up on fresh cut flowers, and spread them around the living room, bringing an outdoor garden in. Then take your time building a few of your sweetheart’s (and your) favorite sandwiches. Pressed for time? Pick them up from your favorite restaurant. Add a tray of chocolates, side of chips, and fresh cut veggie with dip. Spread a blanket on the floor, set out a bottle of wine and glass wear, and unveil your spread. When your love arrives, they will be delighted to find an indoor picnic filled with pampering, delight, and most importantly, your smile. Wow them with a gourmet gift basket: click here for special pricing.
Dinner and a Movie with a Twist
You can’t go wrong with old reliable, dinner and a movie. A favorite mix up of a decadent meal, and an adventure in film, embrace the night but don’t stop there. To spice up this classic Valentine’s date, don’t let the show end with the roll of credits. Instead, load your trunk with blankets, scarves, gloves and hats (especially if you’re in a colder state) and drive out to a looking spot where the skies are clear. Unload your trunk and settle in for a night of stargazing, and a romantic memory your love will carry for years to come. Try Groupon, Restaurant.com and Fandango for amazing deals at your favorite eatery and picture house.
Love and Art
Love and marriage? It’s certainly a good holiday for it, but we’re thinking of the less pressurized night out. If your love is a creative type, this is the ideal date for you. Find your local Sip and Serve, and book a class for a night of painting by instruction, filled with appetizers and wine. Or, if you’re on a budget, set the stage in your own home. Hit up Hobby Lobby or the local art store, and load up on paint, paint brushes, canvases, and inspiration. Order in your love’s favorite meal, and treat her to a night of laughter, art, and creativity. As Rumi put it, “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
The most important thing to remember on Valentine’s Day is to love well. Treat your Valentine right, but don’t take on the pressure. Flowers, chocolate, love songs, and poetry are some of the oldest traditions for a reason. Build from their foundation, and have fun planning the date! Your love, if they’re a treasured one, will be delighted with the effort you put forth, and cherish each moment you provide. Remember, “Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” -Author Unknown
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