Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Often dubbed the most romantic day in the year, Valentine’s Day is a time for love. Remember, just because you aren’t married, or do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend, does not necessarily mean that you can not have a Valentine and celebrate this special day. In fact, your children, your friends, anyone can qualify to be your Valentine. It’s about loving someone, not necessarily being “in love” with someone. And Valentine’s Day is a day to recognize that connection and spend some quality time together.
Here are 5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day:
Pop the Trunk: Tape a piece of poster board or construction paper to the inside of your car trunk lid that says “I love you” or “Always and Forever” or “Be Mine!”, or whatever you want it to say. Then, get yourself some helium filled balloons and fill that trunk FULL of balloons. Now, suggest a trip to the park, or go for a walk, or find a secluded place to just spend time together. Hand your significant other the keys to the trunk or have them pop the lid by simply asking them if they could grab blankets, water bottle, put a purse in there, anything you can think of to get them to easily go to the trunk. Once they pop the lid, imagine the surprise! I like that it’s a little different than the norm.
Find the Words: It’s time to grab a pen and a piece of paper and write a love song or poem. Now isn’t the time to worry about how good it is. Just convey your feelings. Use your best handwriting, or use your computer and print it out. Now, head out to the store and grab a cheap frame. Decorate, it, paint it or use it as is. Frame the song or poem. It makes a very romantic gift. You can call your song “Jessica’s Song” or the poem “Ode To Douglas”.
Read Together. If as a couple, you are both avid reader’s, a sweet afternoon trip to a bookstore is in order. Find a book that you both wish to read, or find a romantic self help book or a love story or even a romance novel. Purchase the book and then sit in the coffee house area or head to a local coffee shop and read it together while sipping a cappuccino or mocha latte and sharing a pastry.
Create Romantic Fortunes. Prepare your own fortune cookie dough, OR you can purchase some fortune cookies. If you purchase the cookies, without breaking the cookie, use a pair of tweezers to remove the original fortunes. Now, create your own fortunes on slips of paper, cut them out and carefully insert them back into the cookies. Head to your local dollar store, and find some cheap take out boxes or other cute containers. Place the cookies inside. You can do the same thing with Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. Take the little Hershey’s tag off and add your own.
Plant a Tree. Head to the local nursery or building supply store (Lowe’s, Home Depot) and purchase a tree. Spend time planting it together in your yard. Each year on Valentine’s Day, photograph yourselves next to it. Eventually it will be big enough for you to stand underneath the tree. If you aren’t ambitious enough to plant a tree, you could do something a little smaller, like a blueberry bush. Or try the same thing with a garden. Plant flowers or vegetables and fruits. Gardening is a great way to spend time together, is very therapeutic and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come. Fresh from the garden vegetables and fruit are absolutely amazing.