Skip the long line at that hot new restaurant on Valentine's Day. Instead, focus on what really matters: spending time with the one you love. Plan a special dinner, create homemade gifts or pamper each other with massages to create a romantic evening at home that you'll both remember.
Turn your home into a romance-infused space to make the evening feel special. Dim any harsh overhead lights and use votive candles on tables and windowsills to create a warm atmosphere. Get out your best plates and glasses for dinner, and stock your couch with plenty of soft pillows for late night snuggling. Make a Valentine's Day playlist with your favorite romantic songs to play during the evening. Choose songs that make you think of your partner and the way that person makes you feel. And if you're game, serenade your special someone with a particularly meaningful song.
Plan a romantic dinner featuring delicacies that you don't eat everyday. For an appetizer, snack on specialty cheeses, fresh French bread and olives. Then feast on a rich main course like wine-balsamic glazed steak, and finish your meal off with velvety tiramisu. Plan and cook your meal with your special sweetheart for more quality time together, or do it all yourself and have it waiting for them. And if cooking isn't your thing, order takeout from your favorite restaurant and have a romantic picnic on a blanket on the floor, feeding each other bites of your delivered dishes.
Instead of the stereotypical flowers and candy, make a homemade gift to show your loved one how much you care. Pour your heart out in a love poem, or paint a portrait of your lover. Make a scrapbook full of special photos, and include other memorable items from your time together such as old ticket stubs and letters. To keep the romance flowing all year, write down 12 reasons why you love your partner and seal each one in a separate envelope to be opened at the first of each month.
Spend the night pampering each other and enjoying your time alone. Light some candles and get in a bubble bath together, then take turns giving each other massages using scented oils or lotions. Curl up on the couch for a romantic movie marathon, and kiss any time the characters in the movie kiss. Or transform a room in your home into your own private club. Move away furniture to create a dance floor, then put on your Valentine's Day playlist and slow dance the night away.