Valentine’s Day comes with some high expectations for romance and perfection. Buy a gift. Send some flowers. Bring a box of chocolates to the house. Those are the obvious choices for Valentine’s Day but the perfect Valentine’s Day needs more than flowers and chocolates. Here are three different ways to host the perfect Valentine’s Day.
Dinner for Two
You could make a reservation at a fancy restaurant, but that takes away the intimacy that you have when it is just the two of you. Plan a private dinner at home for the most romantic evening where you focus only on each other. Before you get to the actual dinner, there’s some work to do.
Set the Scene
You can’t enjoy a romantic dinner in a cluttered space. Tidy up first. Then focus on your table. Nothing says romantic like a candle-lit dinner. Choose your candles and have a vase ready (but not too obvious in case there are no flowers). Use your best dishes and an elegant table cloth.
Chill some white wine and open a bottle of red to breath. Break out a bottle of your best Tequila and fix some margaritas to enjoy with your appetizers. Make sure you have ice cubes and some fancy garnishes for your drinks. Chill some sparkling and still water just in case your significant other doesn’t want any alcohol.
Pick out some music that you both enjoy and set the volume low so that you can hear it but still have a conversation. Dim the lights. These little touches will be the things your special person remembers when they think back to this special night.
Dress the Part
Put on the sweater dress that you know he loves, and maybe a little surprise underneath. Wear some fancy heels that you can kick off as soon as they become uncomfortable, and take the time to do your hair and makeup, even though you are staying in.
If you are putting together an evening for your special girl, get clean shaven and put on a shirt and tie. Show her that you are a classy guy who can not only offer a special night but look fabulous while doing it.
Serve an Incredible Meal
If you love to cook and service is your love language, put together a romance-inspired dinner for you and your loved one. However, you don’t have to spend your Valentine’s Day slaving over a hot stove. Plan ahead and order something special from a restaurant you love. Pick up some frozen appetizers that you can throw together easily. Buy a heart shaped ice cream cake. You don’t need to be a chef to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
Make it a Date Night
Staying in may be too ordinary for some couples. If you have kids, getting out of the house for date night is just what you need. Here are a few date night suggestions.
Visit Your Special Place
Did you meet somewhere that you can revisit on Valentine’s Day? If not, visit the place where you had a special moment, or where you got engaged. If you can’t go to any of these special places, go somewhere that is special to you now and reminisce about those places.
Do Some Role Playing
Have you ever wanted to send a stranger a glass of whiskey and get swept off your feet in a hotel bar? That may not be the safest thing to do, but it can be a fun way to spend your Valentine’s Day role playing with your spouse.
Think Outside the Box
Forget the romance. Plan an all-nighter of things that the two of you really enjoy. Go ziplining. Play paintball. Watch movies at a theater all night. It is your Valentine’s Day and you can enjoy it however you please.
Family Valentine Celebrations
Being a parent means you can’t always get out for Valentine’s Day. You can enjoy it at home with the family because kids love to celebrate everything. Here’s how kids do Valentine’s Day.
Break out the construction paper and the craft foam because it is time to make Valentine’s Day cards, placemats and name tags for the table. Don’t forget to hang some hearts on the wall and maybe make a mobile as well. Let the kids take the lead.
Heart Shaped Everything
You will need heart shaped everything. Order a heart shaped pizza or make it yourself. Use heart shaped dishes. Make a heart shaped cake. If it’s not a heart, it’s not Valentine’s Day for kids.
Movies and Popcorn
Finish your fun family night with a big red bowl of popcorn, pajamas and some cuddling on the couch while you enjoy some family movies together. There’s nothing quite as special as an evening with your family, especially on Valentine’s Day.