Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I am taking a break from my usual topics to address the most loved and hated Holiday: Valentine's Day! If you are one of the lucky ones that has a significant other or friend or family member to celebrate with it is assumed you enjoy the Holiday. But that is not always the case, the stress of being creative, buying a perfect gift, and avoiding cheesy cards and candy, is NOT easy. I came up with a few ideas that won't burn through your budget and are bit unique!

Inexpensive Valentine's Dates

Valentine's Day is a chance to express your love to that special someone in your life, but celebrating doesn't have to drain your bank account. Here are a few suggestions for creating romantic Valentine dates that are light on the wallet.
-Pack a picnic. Fill a basket with an inexpensive bottle of wine or favorite beverage, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and chocolates. Toss in an old quilt or blanket and find a cozy corner in the park or secluded spot on the beach. If the weather is too cold, make it a carpet picnic indoors or start a fire in the backyard and cuddle together. Bring along some sticks and marshmallows for an old fashioned roast. Pack some chocolate bars and graham crackers for homemade smores.
-Serve a romantic dinner at home. Cooking for someone you love is one of the best ways to show you care. Treat your honey to a nice meal served with linen napkins and your best dishes. The fact that you prepared the food yourself will make it even more impressive than the finest restaurant in town. If you aren't a great chef, head to the nearest deli and put together a spread for a few bucks. Remember, presentation is everything. Even if you don't do the cooking, take the time to remove the food from containers and place in serving bowls. Add candles to the table to create ambience.
-Bake and make. Prepare some homemade cookies and candies, then place in a gift bag, along with a handmade card. Again, the fact that you took the time to make something often means more than laying out $50 for a fine box of chocolates.
-Make it a movie night. Rather than pay high ticket prices at the theatre, rent some romantic movies to watch together at home. Light some candles, pile the sofa with pillows and blankets and make some popcorn. Dim the lights and just enjoy a night of cuddling on the couch to your favorite flicks.

Romantic dates for Valentine's Day don't have to cost a fortune. With a little thought and effort, you can let your special someone know just how much they mean to you.


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