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Valentine's Day Ideas Beyond the Ordinary
Do you find yourself always returning to the same ideas for Valentine's Day? Flowers. Chocolates. A card. When you want to impress your wife do you simply spend more money on said flowers, chocolates and/or card? Break out of the rut and truly romance your wife this Valentine's Day with one of the following ideas.
More Than Just Flowers
If your wife really loves the flowers you get her every year try a new twist on the theme. Instead of bringing home one bouquet at the end of the day consider having blooms delivered throughout the day.
Have a bloom in a bud vase on the breakfast table. Or, if you can manage it get up a little early and prepare a breakfast tray. Some croissants, fresh fruit and a cup of coffee would be much appreciated on a tray with the bud vase and her morning bloom.
Then arrange to have a bloom or two delivered to her work. And if you couldn't arrange having breakfast with her perhaps you could do lunch. Come knocking with a sack lunch for two and another bloom to add to her collection.
Finally, at the end of the work day, show up at her work with a modest bouquet or even just a few more blooms. Wisk her away to where ever you have dinner reservations with blooms in tow. All her colleges will be green with envy.
Dining Done Right
If you don't have the bucks to spend on a fancy restaurant consider preparing the meal yourself. Some meals are fairly simple to create yourself you just need to remember a few things before getting started.
Either clean the house yourself or arrange to have it cleaned by a maid service. (Actually that alone is a gift most women will really appreciate.) Should you opt to do the cleaning yourself make sure you do a thorough job. If your wife has a tendency to follow after you and clean a room you thought you'd already cleaned perhaps you should get a female friend to spot check your work for you.
Also, don't forget to arrange for babysitting. If you can have the kids out of the house before she even gets home all the better.
When planning your menu if you are not typically a cook don't try anything to elaborate. Even spaghetti can be nice if well presented. Start with soup or salad (just like in the restaurants). A Caesar salad is easy to make or you could even buy a premade bagged salad.
Choose drinks that will complement your meal. If you know where your wife keeps you wedding toasting glasses now would be a good time to break them out.
French bread makes a nice accompaniment to spaghetti. Or if you are grilling steaks scrub up a couple of potatoes and throw them in the oven for an hour. When the steaks are about five minutes from completion steam some fresh vegetables.
If you have or can borrow a two-person table that would be better than eating at the family dinner table. Serve the meal on the fine china. Set up some candles for mood lighting and have a little romantic music playing softly in the background. Set out placemats and napkins and the good silverware.
And don't forget dessert. Freshly washed strawberries dipped in whipped heavy cream make a romantic end to dinner. Or go to your local bakery and choose something more chocolaty. No matter what you serve your wife is sure to be impressed.
The Personal Spa
Another inexpensive idea that is a good choice even if you aren't trying to save money is the personal spa. Give your wife some personal attention with a pedicure.
Your local drug store or even most grocery stores should carry everything you need: some foot lotion, foot scrub and a foot soak. Find your wife's favorite robe and slippers or buy her a new set. Some stress relieving aroma therapy and some soothing music provide a good background.
Arrange for your children to be out of the house. Make sure the house is clean. Then set up a work area for your spa. You will need a comfortable chair, a basin for the foot soak and probably some towels at the base of the chair. Dim the lights for a truly soothing ambiance.
Proceed or follow the foot soak with a foot massage. Serve your wife a snack of some type. Maybe tea and miniature sandwiches or fresh fruit and sparkling water. Relax together and talk about how far you've come from the day you first met.
Become a Gondolier
Is your wife a fan of Italy? Gondolier rides under the moonlight? Well you don't need to fly far from home to experience a little of this magic. All you need is a nearby body of water and a rowboat or canoe.
Pack a picnic dinner. (If you are unsure about food ideas visit my hubpage about picnics.) Don't forget a few blankets. It's cold in February and even colder on the water.
Bundle up together and sail out under the moonlight. Share a thermos of coffee and look up at the stars together. It will be nearly as magical as Italy and a whole lot less expensive.
Whatever you choose to do for Valentine's Day if you take time to plan it out, and make it personal your wife is sure to love it. And with these ideas, unlike with a restraunt reservation, your wife can easily see the time you put into it. Happy Valentine's Day.