Well, February might not be here yet, but the stores are already bedecked out in red and pink in preparation for Valentine’s Day. And, while I am as much of a fan of all that chocolate as any other girl, I can’t help but feel like a lot of the romance is lost with the commercialization of the most romantic day of the year.
If you’re looking for some ways to help make your Valentine’s Day even more romantic and old-fashioned than ever, then check out these tips for an affordable, fun and of course, old-fashioned Valentine’s Day!
It can be tempting to just go to the store and pick out a bundle of arranged flowers, a box of chocolate, a pre-made card and call it good. But if you’re really looking to create a memorable, old-fashioned Valentines Day, start by trying to spend less! Instead of buying everything, try making a gift (who doesn’t love something handmade?) or finding more creative ways to show you care like doing chores or giving a massage.
Keep it Simple
Extravagance is nice, but sometimes you just need simple. If you’re planning the perfect date, then don’t go overboard with a huge itinerary of things to do–simple is almost always better, as it leaves more room for actual conversation and relaxation. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you can have doing simple things like having ice cream in the park or searching for the coolest thing you can buy for $5 at an antique store. Be creative, and coordinate with your loved one for a simple, fun day!
Create a Special Meal Together
Instead of stressing out over getting all dressed up and finding a parking space at your favorite restaurant on the one night of the year when pretty much every restaurant is packed, why not just stay home and make your own special feast together? Craft a meal of both of your favorite things and enjoy a quiet meal together.
If you have kids at home, consider having a special candlelit dessert after the family meal for just the two of you. Don’t forget the wine!
Make a Homemade Card
You can buy a card at just about any store that says pretty much anything you could possibly want it to say. But that doesn’t really take any thought or effort and costs a ridiculous amount of money for a piece of paper.
Instead, why not make cards at home to give to loved ones and friends? Not only will it mean more to the recipient, but it will cost less too. Make it as goofy or pretty as you want with construction paper or some cheap scrapbooking paper. This can be especially fun if you have small children!
Don’t Forget the Little Things
Showing someone you care isn’t all about sending dozens of roses and expensive rings. In fact, sometimes it’s the little things that can make all of the difference in your day and show someone that you really do care. Consider leaving your loved one a small surprise to find in the morning, a note in their lunch or pocket to read at work or a small gift on their favorite chair when they get home. Even if you don’t have the time or means to do a huge Valentine’s Day celebration, doing several little things can make it just as special!