Why would you want to spend Valentine's Day at home? Perhaps the real question is why wouldn't you! You can do something romantic and special for your sweetheart this February 14th, without spending a lot of money. Most engaged couples are watching their pennies and need to celebrate in a romantic way without breaking the bank. And since many restaurants and theaters are overcrowded and overpriced because of celebrating couples, you'll avoid the crowds, and increase the intimacy at home. Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day at home where your sweetheart will feel truly special.
A Fireside Picnic
Have the sofa pulled up in front of a roaring fire and some champagne on ice. For an added touch, serve strawberries to bring out the champagne's flavor, or drop pomegranate seeds into the glass to tinge the bubbly pink. If you're the cooking type, make a home-cooked Valentine's Day meal. If not, order out from your favorite place, but be sure to ditch the containers and re-plate the meal elegantly on nice plates. Don't forget great music playing on the stereo!
For an extra special touch write a love letter that you can read by the fire, or have a book of love poetry ready.
When your sweetie gets home, draw a hot bath filled with rose petals. (Since roses are so expensive around Valentines Day, you can ask your florist for a package of plain rose petals, short stemmed roses, or for "seconds" -- ones that are slightly bruised since you won't be giving them in a traditional way.) Have a glass of wine and some chocolates to nibble on by the side of the bathtub.
Meanwhile, prepare the bedroom. Line the bed with towels fresh out of the dryer so that they're warm. Get a basin full of warm water near the bed, several washcloths, and some great spa products. Start off with an exfoliating rub like the Bliss Hot Salt Scrub. Wash that away, then massage in a great body moisturizer. You might also want to throw in a foot rub for extra brownie points. (Many people have creams and exfoliating rubs at home already; you don't have to spend extra money on this step.) Afterwards, the two of you can enjoy takeout in bed while you watch a romantic movie.
A Romantic Night
I know what you're saying. Aren't the above sexy nights? But this one puts sexiness as a top priority. We're not talking instantly hopping in the sack either, but a Valentine's Day full of passion and pampering. Sound good? Here's what you need to do. Start by sending your sweetheart out on an errand and getting them out of the house. (If you don't live together, you're one step ahead.) Meanwhile, turn the lights out in most of the house, and replace the lights in the stairway with low wattage bulbs. If you can't easily change them, don't worry, put a lamp or candles in the stairway instead.
Sprinkle rose petals like a trail of breadcrumbs leading from the front door, up the stairs and into the bedroom. Put on something sexy and lay out a sexy outfit for your partner. Ideally, this will be a present of something new, but needn't be if you don't have a lot of money. Prepare some aphrodisiac foods that you can feed each other, including almonds, chocolates, dates, raspberries, strawberries and wine.
(For that extra touch, a few hours before your date, dip the strawberries in melted chocolate and chill in the fridge.) Fill the bedroom with tons of candles and turn the lights out. Then just wait for your sweetheart.