Valentine's Day is going to be here before you know it. I almost always get caught with no plans made, as if I haven't noticed it on the calendar for the past 364 days. I am determined not to do that this year. I mean, I managed to finally get all my holiday shopping and planning done ahead of time, there's no reason I can't do the same thing here, right? In case you find yourself in the same boat, maybe the following 7 plans for the perfect Valentine's Day will be able to help you out a little!
1. Dinner Cruise
This may sound expensive, but you wouldn't believe how easy it is to luck out and find a really affordable dinner cruise. Now, in some parts of the world, it's maybe not such a great idea to do this in February – but sometimes you also luck out and find an enclosed boat, which can be even more romantic.
2. Picnic in the Park
Again, admittedly maybe not the best choice for February, but this is unquestionably romantic. The Better Half is always gung ho for a picnic in the park – even in the winter. As soon as we get a sunny day, we are out there, so technically, you can pull this off even in February. There are lots of alternatives if you can't manage it, but trust that a picnic is always a good idea, even if it takes place inside.
3. Themed Valentine's Day Surprises
Does your Valentine have a favorite theme? Maybe he or she loves (ahem) Glee, or My Fair Lady, or, I don't know, Rocky Horror Picture Show. The point is, pick one of your Valentine's favorite things, and give him or her themed presents and surprises – or throw a themed party. Just make sure not to give them any inappropriate gifts in mixed company. That's never a good idea.
A massage is a great plan on Valentine's Day, and there are lots of options here. For one thing, you can book a massage for your Valentine so he or she can get properly pampered. You can also book a couples massage, so the two of you can enjoy some luxurious quality time together. Thirdly, you can learn a few massage techniques yourself and surprise your love with a nice, relaxing massage at home.
5. Hotel Getaway
Getting away for a while is always romantic. Whisking your Valentine away to a hotel or to a charming bed and breakfast is always a winner. It's simple but elegant, and sometimes all you need is a little time alone to spend together. Of course, you'll want to plan ahead of time so you can make the proper reservations!
6. Write a Poem or a Song
This option is a killer – and it's free! Get your feelings into words. If you're musically inclined, you can compose a song for your Valentine. But be musically inclined; I once tried to write and compose a Mother's Day song while pounding on the keyboard I didn't know how to play. Bad idea. If you don't play music, no problem. Try a poem instead. It won't really matter if it's Shakespeare quality poetry, it will still mean a lot to the one you love.
Again, you don't have to spend a ton of money to have a great Valentine's Day. Planning a wonderful meal for your lover is an excellent way to spend the day. Cook his or her favorite foods, buy some wine or champagne, light some candles – it will go over really well.
I still have no clue what I'm going to do for Valentine's Day this year. Hopefully I can pluck some ideas from here. What are y'all going to be doing?