Stepping Up Your Valentine’s Game
Stepping Up Your Valentine’s Game
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that is fairly easy to call in, as far as celebrations go. You make reservations somewhere to eat, you pick up some boxed chocolates and flowers, and you tell your significant other that you love them—way to go, you just handled V-Day like a pro.
There’s just one problem: you just handled V-day like a pro. Like someone who has done the same thing for years in a row now and knows the drill.
Which means, there’s not a whole lot of romance to it anymore. It’s just one more day where you follow the steps you know how to follow.
So what would it look like if you did something different this year?
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. It was basically created to get you to spend money, which is exactly why so many couples feel mostly okay about blowing it off a little. But at its core, Valentine’s also has some pretty special sentiments to offer. A day of love. A day to focus on what you have. A day to shower that someone special with attention and care.
Why not play that up a little?
So this year, I’d like to challenge you to step your Valentines Day game up with these five tips:
- Start Early: I’m talking breakfast in bed, fresh blooms beside the plate, champagne in the OJ, kind of stepping it up. Get all the fixings for an amazing breakfast the day before, and then sneak out of bed before your love gets up and whip up something tasty to eat together. If you’ve got kids, bring them in on the action—there is nothing cuter then your child serving breakfast in bed. Then, have fun laughing and talking as you devour your meal from the most comfortable place in your house.
- Make a Day of It: Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means most people probably have the day off. Take advantage of that and spend this day together doing something fun. Go for hike, hit up the beach, or check out the local museums.
- Disconnect: For just this one day, shut off your phone and stay away from your iPad. Make Valentine’s Day about connecting with your love, and disconnecting from everything else. Hold hands, talk, work up a sweat doing something fun outside (or inside) and just enjoy that time together.
- Skip the Reservation: Dining out on Valentine’s Day is basically just asking for crowds and mediocre food. Instead, plan out something delicious you can cook together (letting romance brew in the kitchen) or pick up takeout from a favorite restaurant. Then, make a living room picnic. Candles, music, wine, and each other—it doesn’t get much more intimate than that.
- Curl Up: End the day the same way you started it: in bed. Rent a movie you’ve both been dying to see, or pull out the Scrabble board and make a few friendly wagers. Just finish the night out together, connecting and cuddling before you drift off to sleep.
The beauty of all of the above is that even for families with kids, there are ways to make just about all of it work—to turn your day of romance into a day of love for your whole family; saving the cuddling for after the kids are in bed, of course.
Even better? None of it has anything to do with gifts or forced I-Love-Yous. Instead, it’s about being together and being in love. Something that, sure, you could do every day—but Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do it now!