Here's to love and romance and Valentine's Day! Such a sweet message, even if some folks like to cry foul and say Hallmark made the day up. I've been the cynic, but one thing I've learned is that to celebrate life's little moments is key. to take time out on Valentine's Day to toast your other half, show them you care, can be sweet and romantic. Yes, we should do this everyday of the year but it really is kind of sweet that we have this one day dedicated to all things love, isn't it?
February 14th strikes fear into the hearts of many, especially if someone isn't sure what to do, or maybe they're watching their budget. One thing I have learned in all of my dating, and now married, life is that a great date doesn't have to be costly, the greatest moments can happen with a thought and planning. If you're struggling in your own effort to organize the perfect Valentine's Day, here are few ideas that might help.
Dinner and a movie is always a winner! This one is a no-brainer. It's tried and true, and one of my own favorite ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. Personally, I think curling up with your loved one, a movie and a pizza (gluten free, please) are the tops but define this one on your own terms.
Now about that movie...
Picking out your Valentine's Day film could turn into an ordeal, but with a little forethought, you can make sure everyone is happy. How you ask? Easy - you each get to pick a movie. Ta-da! Talk about commitment, am I right? How many times has your partner tried to get you to watch Robocop, AGAIN, or how many times have you hinted that this Sunday afternoon would be the perfect time to watch Sweet Home Alabama one more time? Take advantage of this day while also making both of you happy. Pizza and a movie... can't beat it!
Another sweet sentiment, that is fast becoming a forgotten art, is the handwritten letter. Why not take a few moments to put your pen to paper (not your fingers to the keyboard) and write a note for that special someone? Let them know how you feel about them, why they are so special to you, and share your feelings. Don't text, don't call. Write it out, put it an envelope and mail it. Guaranteed smiles all around!
Some of you are reading this and asking. "Where are the chocolates?" "Where's my Whitman's Sampler in my heart-shaped box?" I'll tell you: It's at the store where it will stay. Come on! If you're going to say I love you, put a little elbow grease in. I totally get down with some gluten free baking - it's a challenge to me. My husband isn't gluten free, but he is my main taste-tester so if I can get a recipe approved by his finicky taste buds, I know we're "sweet as" - as they say here in New Zealand. So, come folks, get out your favorite recipes, dust off those cookbooks or fire up that Pinterest page, and get to baking. After all the way to a man's (or anyone's ) heart is through the stomach.
Valentine's Day can take on any meaning we want or need it to be. My advice is to make it yours, not matter what you do. It doesn't matter what you do, whether it's you and your friends toasting the day over a glass of wine or if you're lighting the candles for a romantic dinner for two, as long as you enjoy it, you mean it and, above all else... you are happy.