Couple relaxing on bench

***Post updated 2/9/18

Mother Teresa once said, “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” What better prime time to harvest the ripe fruitValentine’s Day?  We believe the key to a successful Valentine’s celebration is having fun planning the date. We understand it may seem daunting planning something romantic for your sweetheart – particularly on a day that can come bearing expectation. Just keep it simple and sincere. Here’s our list of great dates that won’t break the bank, but are guaranteed to bring the love.

Indoor Picnic

Sticking to a budget? Then you will love this option! A night in can be every bit as decadent as an evening out on the town.  Gather fresh cut flowers to spread throughout the room, bringing an outdoor garden inside.  Take time to create some easy (and inexpensive) favorite sandwiches. Pressed for time?  Grab take-out from your favorite restaurant or pre-order a lovely food basket (coupons here). Add something chocolate and something savory to the mix. Now, spread a blanket on the floor, set out a bottle of wine and glass wear, and unveil your work. When your love arrives, he/she will be delighted with an indoor picnic that clearly demonstrates time, effort, and a desire to impress.

Dinner and a Movie with a Twist

It’s hard to mess up the old reliable – dinner and a movie. Start the evening with a decadent meal, and seek out a nice adventure movie to keep things light and fun. To spice up this classic Valentine’s date, don’t let the show end with the roll of credits.  After the movie ends,  drive out to a looking spot where the skies are clear and settle down for some stargazing. No car? No problem. Do a quick Google search to seek out a great bar with a view of the city. Order a dessert to split and enjoy an intimate discussion over drinks.  This date is an easy way to create a romantic memory your love will carry for years to come. Try Groupon, and Fandango for amazing deals at your favorite eatery and picture house.

Love and Art

Love and marriage? Certainly many will get engaged on Valentine’s Day this year,  but we’re thinking of the less pressurized night out. If you or your loved one is the creative type, this is the ideal date for you.  Look into your local DIY art class, and book a class for a night of painting by instruction filled with appetizers and wine. Budget option here: 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. Treat your special someone 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 bottom line on Valentine’s Day is to love well 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