Romantic Valentine's Day at Home

Pamper Your Sweetheart Without Spending a Lot of Money

Mature couple sitting near fireplace, embracing, drinking wine
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Since many restaurants and theaters are overcrowded with celebrating couples, why not celebrate Valentine's Day Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day at home to make your sweetheart feel truly special.

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.

For an extra special touch write a love letter that you can read by the fire, or have a book of love poetry ready.

Spa Night

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, 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.)

Afterward, the two of you can enjoy takeout in bed while you watch a romantic movie.

Romantic Night

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.

Scatter 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 gift 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.