I don’t believe in flamboyant means of showing one’s affection. I just like the simple ways of knowing that I am loved and special. Many people think that Valentine’s Day is all about showing your best foot forward, dining to the fanciest restaurant, traveling to some exotic or romantic place, or buying your special someone a very grandiose gift like fine jewelries, and watches, or the most expensive bouquets and chocolates.
There are plenty of ways you can show your special dear how much they mean to you especially this Valentine’s Day by being pragmatic. Your Valentine’s Day celebration does not have to be grand because here are ways you can actually spend Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank.
Cook for your loveThe best way to a man’s (and even woman!) heart is through his stomach. So, why not whip up some gourmet meals you can prepare at home without having to go through the hassle of reserving for seats in that fancy restaurant?
Surprise your dear with a home-cooked meal with love that he or she really loves. The effort, and time spent to make your Valentine’s Day meal at home is precious than any fancy restaurant reservations out there.
If you don’t cook like I do, and any attempts of cooking decent meals just doesn’t work for you, then call your go-to take-out lifeline! Order online or call for your meals way in advance so you don’t get stuck waiting the last minute because these food outlets will surely be busy to the brim with orders and take-outs.
Set up the mood at homeLight some nicely scented candles around the home (make sure you don’t light anywhere near flammable objects like curtains and sheets!), decorate the house with pretty heart garlands that you can craft yourself. Play some romantic songs or if you two have a favorite playlist as a couple, play it at the background to add more love in the atmosphere.
Have a picnic at the parkLay out your picnic mat, bring out the nice bubbly, champagne flutes, and hors-d’oeuvre. Bring light snacks to fill you throughout the date without feeling too stuffed. Enjoy nature with your love one.
Have a backyard bonfireSit by the bonfire while sipping hot cocoa and eating s’mores while snuggling under the moonlight and stars! Your Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be typically all hearts and roses with chocolates and wines. You can enjoy a romantic evening with your partner (and if you have kids, you can tag them along!) just by sitting side by side in your own backyard. If you don’t have a backyard, why not set up a small fire pit in your balcony or porch and just be cozy with each other’s company. Make sure you practice precautionary measures when handing bonfires in your backyard.
Have a movie marathon at home
Your home is a good setting for a quality date night with your love and even your whole family this Valentine’s Day. Who said Valentine’s need to be exclusive for lovers only? Include the whole family in your movie marathon, prepare some popcorns, snacks, juices for the young ones, and bubbly for the adults. Have a list of movies you can watch that is perfect for the whole family as well if you plan to include them in the celebration.
There are still more ways to spend the Valentine’s Day by sticking to a budget. And no, that is not being cheap, that’s being practical while still giving your love one the best Valentine’s Day ever!