You can be romantic this
Valentines Day without spending too much. All
it takes is a little creativity and
forethought. The key lies in personalizing
your celebration and letting your loved one
know how special you feel each ordinary day
that you are together.
Here are 25 ideas for
celebrating your love this February 14th, and
throughout the year.
1. Make a memory jar. Take simple slips of
paper and write a favorite memory on each one.
Be specific, and try to record as much about
the occasion as you can. Tuck them into a jar
or wooden box, tied with a bow.
The time you spend reminiscing and recording
these memories will contribute to your own
romantic mood, and what your partner thinks is
a plain old box of chocolates will instead be
a treasured gift for years to come. Plus, you
can add memories to the box for future
birthday, holiday, or Valentine’s Day
2. Build a romantic fire. Host your own indoor
picnic, complete with a bottle of champagne
and chocolate-covered strawberries.
3. Recreate your first date together. What
were you wearing? Where did you go? Do you
remember what you talked about? Spend the
evening reminiscing and reflecting on how far
you have come as a couple.
5. Choose a book in which you are both
interested, fiction or nonfiction. Read a new
chapter each night before bed. This cozy
tradition will allow you to spend some quality
time together and often makes for thought
provoking breakfast conversations.
6. Make a tape of the songs special to your
relationship. Include "your song,"
songs from your wedding, songs from favorite
movies. Add a personal voice dedication and
leave it in his briefcase, Walkman, or car
7. Turn off the TV and play a game of Scrabble
8. Write about the feelings you experienced
when you first met your mate. Write about the
first time you knew you were in love.
9. Frame a new, special photo of the two of
you and display it in your home.
10. Have you been holding a grudge against
your partner? Today, forgive it and move on.
Witness how much power the act of forgiveness
injects into your relationship.
11. Kidnap your spouse. A friend of mine had a
lot of success with this one. She knew her
husband had always wanted to get married in
Vegas, but he had agreed to a large, formal
ceremony hosted by her family. So, after they
had been married 10 years, she surprised him
at work with a packed suitcase. They caught an
evening flight and renewed their vows before
an Elvis impersonator in a Vegas chapel. Years
later, they are still talking about it.
12. Travel to another town, where no one will
recognize you. Check into a hotel or Bed and
13. Jot down 20 things you love about your
partner and slip it under his dinner plate.
14. Cook her favorite breakfast.
15. Choose a book you both will enjoy, and
read it aloud together.
16. Have a scavenger hunt. Write a few poems,
wrap candy kisses inside, and hide them around
the house. Each poem should be a clue to
finding the next one. Make sure the final clue
lands your mate someplace you want to end up
for the entire evening. A romance package,
including a bottle of champagne and new
lingerie, is a nice touch.
17. Write down fifty
favorite memories of your life spent together
so far. Invite your partner to add to the
list, as well as to share special ideas for
18. Leave a message on her voicemail with a
silly, romantic poem. (Roses are red, violets
are blue . . .)
19. Make a CD featuring the songs that have
been important in your relationship. Slip it
into the CD player of her car.
20. Bring homemade cookies or brownies to his
office with a simple love note.
21. Surprise her with some bath salts and her
favorite magazine. Then take the kids out of
the house for the evening so she can enjoy
some time alone.
22. Stash a love note in his shoe.
23. Spend some time talking about all the
goals you have been able to accomplish during
your time as a couple. Reflecting on the
things that you have been able to do with the
strength of the other, including the
challenges, can really help you to remember
and to celebrate the depth of your
relationship and how you have supported one
another through it all.
24. Serve her breakfast in bed.
25. Plan a special weekend getaway. Check
online travel sites for prices on weekend
romantic getaways, or plan a simple trip to a
Use your imagination to create your own
romantic memories today.
Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape at http://www.momscape.com
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